1923 Ford T-Bucket Track T Roadster
Traditional rods are red hot, and nothing's more traditional than a 1923 Model T roadster stuffed full of a vintage small block Chevy. With a cool combination of track-T and T-bucket styling plus great workmanship, this is the kind of sportster your grandfather may have dreamed of upon his return from WWII, but today you can have one today with vastly better build quality. The Model T roadster was a lot different than the ever-popular Model A or Deuce, and this one takes a different tack on the T-bucket mini pickup look. It's still a 2-seater, and the combination of light weight and a low profile makes it the ideal choice for going fast, because there's simply not much to it. But that familiar pickup bodywork is merged with a track roadster style nose, giving it a very unique look that really works. It has been beautifully refinished, showing signs of high-quality bodywork and paint application that would put any period paint job to shame. Along with the powder coated frame the high-gloss black always looks right on a Model T, and this car has been tastefully accented by very trick airbrushed flames that look extremely realistic. A minimalist tubular nose guard and matching steps on the sides add a little contrast and the cut-down windshield looks awesome, particularly with the header removed. Talk about minimalist! In a period rod, you're as likely as not to find a brightly colored blanket as upholstery, but this high-quality piece offers a fully finished tan vinyl setup that looks fantastic. To make the most of the space inside the roadster cockpit, the bench seat was carefully fitted to the rear bulkhead, then upholstered in a custom pattern that seems to wrap around the entire cockpit. Custom door panels make it fit together, while plush carpets help control noise and temperature far better than the original rubber mat. The T's original dashboard has been heavily reworked, and now sports a complete array of white-faced gauges, but precious little else. A Grant GT steering wheel with a wood rim makes it feel surprisingly upscale inside, and the center-mounted shifter was obviously borrowed from a late-model and makes this primitive little car feel very sophisticated from inside. Under that deck you'll find the fuel cell and battery, but they don't leave room for much else. With a Chevy 350 cubic inch V8, performance is entertaining, to say the least. Fitted with a new Holley 4-barrel carburetor, it fires up instantly and runs beautifully, pulling the lightweight little roadster around with real authority. Detailing is pure retro, with center-bolt chrome valve covers and a matching air cleaner, matching black engine paint, and a minimum of fuss. An HEI ignition, oversized radiator, and those satin black side pipes mean it runs great, doesn't get cranky, and sounds spectacular. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission spins a 10-bolt rear end hanging on a set of ladder bars, so cruising is effortless. A traditional I-beam front suspension features a 4-inch drop axle and transverse leaf spring, and there are 4-wheel disc brakes, so this rod is likely a lot safer than any vintage piece, too. Powder coated steel wheels wear trim rings and baby Moon hubcaps, as well as staggered 195/60/15 front and 235/60/15 rear blackwalls for a serious look. Slick back your hair, roll up your sleeves, and step back in time with this awesome Model T. Call now!