Dennis Lacy Posted August 8, 2022 Share Posted August 8, 2022 (edited) It’s been on my mind for a while now to build a proper mid-60’s traditional ‘23 T Bucket. Basically ever since I picked up one of the many reissues of the old Monogram - now Revell kit for the first time EVER last year. Yeah, hard to believe I’ve never had one of these kits! Then again, it’s only fairly recently that I’ve taken any interest in T Buckets. I thought forever that they were dumb but then I saw a few pictures of some done just right and realize how cool they can be. For what it’s worth, I started with this issue: The first thing was to come up with a plan. All the recent issues of the kit suffer from 70’s era “updates” which don’t do the car any favors. Here’s a rough mock up with the front wheels and tires from the recent Atlantis (former Revell) Mooneyes dragster along with rear mags and slicks from Monogram’s Boothill Express show rod. The kit small block Chevy has the blower from Revell’s ‘29 Roadster precariously stacked on top. One of the things I don’t care for in this kit (regardless of issue) is the front axle set up, specifically because of how ridiculously WIDE it is due to the spindle design. I thought the car would look much better with the track width narrowed. I trimmed out the original front frame area and fit the tube cross member with bitchin perch detail from the extra frame in the Mooneyes dragster. The dropped front axle and split wishbones are from Revell’s ‘29 Roadster. The molded brackets were cut off from the ends of the wishbones, .040” pins inserted and then some simple tabs added to the bottom of the frame rails. Now for everyone’s favorite part of scale hot rod building, the motor! The kit comes with a small block Chevy which is good with me so I kept the block, trans and heads as a foundation. The molded timing cover/water pump lump got cut off and replaced with the finned cover/pump and belt drive from the Revell ‘29 Roadster. Also from the ‘29 Roadster is the complete 6-71 blower set up. Mickey Thompson valve covers of unknown origin with separate breathers added top off the heads. Shotgun dragster headers from AMT’s Chevy parts pack engine handle the exhaust while the magneto is from the AMT old tool ‘57 Chevy optional 409. The kit already has a quick change axle with split wishbones and early Ford brake plates so I will use all that as is with one tiny modification which was to shorten the tabs on the spring to suck it down against the axle to lower the back just a bit. Got the basic chassis rolling on all 4 tires. Thankfully there was plenty of room for the blower drive behind the radiator! And here’s a full mock up with body in place. I’m quite happy with the stance and proportions. I think it looks like a traditional T Bucket should before they got weird with lanterns and other paraphernalia hung on them. That’s all for now. Next I’ll be fitting a steering box and building linkage along with sorting out some other details like dashboard, lights, license plate, etc. Edited October 31, 2022 by Dennis Lacy 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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