T-Buckets and Kit Cars

Ok, so maybe it is just me, but I like the idea of building a car.  Not just putting one back together like the typical project car, but taking a pile of metal, and making a car out of it.  Maybe that is why I like the idea of kit cars so much.  Like the Factory Five Roadster.  A truck shows up, drops off a bunch of parts, you add some of your own, and end up with a cool Cobra replica, with performance to match modern super cars, even around corners.

T-Buckets and Kit Cars


I mean, who wouldn’t want a car that looks like that?  The Cobra is such a piece of automotive history, and a replica makes it possible for more people to own one.

But it is still expensive.  After all, the base kit is $12,990 and you still need a Mustang donor car on top of that.  Unfortunately, that puts it out of my reach.

But what about another light weight two seat car?  If you read the title, you know I am talking about T-Buckets.

Sure, most of them look something like this:

T-Buckets and Kit Cars


Sure, not exactly high tech suspension, and not going to run with a Cobra replica in the corners.  But it does have light weight going for it.  And in the words of Colin Chapman of Lotus fame: “Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.”

Plus, a T-Bucket can be build for low cost, after all, it is a pretty simple car.  For example, you can get plans detailing how to build one for less than $3,000 from tbucketplans.com.

So now we have a cool looking car with a lot of potential in a straight line.  After all, a lot of them end up weighing around 1,800 to 1,900 pounds with a small block V8.

That means there isn’t much weight to move around, in a straight line, or around corners.  too bad there is that solid front axle to deal with.  But there is a solution to that also, the Mustang II front suspension.

That means you can have improved handling versus a solid front axle, but still have a light weight car.  I am sure that the IFS will add some weight, but not that much.

Of course, the purists would argue that adding IFS ruins it.  Where do you draw the line, is it IFS that is going to far, or how about something other than a flat head Ford?

Personally, I am ok with IFS.  Although I think it would look much better with some tubular control arms rather than the stamped factory ones.  Although that would add to the cost, it may pare down some weight.

And just to be different, I would put a small block Mopar in mine instead, complete with a manual transmission.  The manual just because I like them, and the Mopar just because I haven’t see one in a T-Bucket before.  The only Mopar engine I have seen in one is a first gen Hemi.

Now all I need is a welder, a few thousand dollars, and more free time.

The bigger problem is, do I dream about that first or my dream of a second gen Dodge Charger?


T-Buckets and Kit Cars — 2 Comments

  1. the idea of building a car from scratch is brilliant! i often get ideas for customisations and such, and have seen some very creative attempts in the past around and about. as always, time and money are always ruling factors when dreaming of what could be!

    • Yeah, I think building a car from scratch would be a lot of fun. Maybe when my kids are older and can help, that would at least help with the time, and be a fun way to spend time with them.

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