- Engine Size
- 350 V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1923 Ford T-Bucket
Model T's were hot-rodded and customized from the 1920s on, but the T-bucket was specifically created and named by Norm Grabowski in the 1950s. This car was named Lightning Bug, better known as the Kookie Kar, after being redesigned by Grabowski and appearing in the TV show 77 Sunset Strip, driven by character Gerald "Kookie" Kookson. The exposure it gained led to numerous copies being built.
A genuine T-bucket has the two-seater body of a Model T roadster (with or without the turtle deck or small pickup box), this "bucket"-shaped body shell giving the cars their name. A Model T-style radiator is usually fitted, and even these can sometimes be barely up to the task of cooling the large engines fitted. Windshields, when fitted, are vertical glass like the original Model T.
Today, T-buckets remain common. They generally feature an enormous engine for the size and weight of the car, generally a V8, along with tough drivetrains to handle the power and large rear tires to apply that power to the road. The front wheels are often much narrower than the rear wheels, and are often motorcycle wheels.
This 1923 T-Bucket is like the iconic hotrod. This is a very nice entry level street rod for the first-time street rodder. This car shows well with the dark purple paint with wolf head graphics painted on the sides. It has a warmed up 350 Chevrolet engine, Edelbrock performer manifold and Edlebrock Carb, HEI ignition, a 400 THM transmission and 10-bolt rear. The front end is a dropped tube axle hung suicide style with hair pins and disc brakes with GM Calipers. The rear is a 10-bolt Chev on coil springs and hairpins. The weld wheels set off the car and the full array of Dolphin gauges light up the dash. Someone is going to have a lot of fun in this street rod.