Ford Hot Rod T-Bucket

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Project by crowie posted 02-21-2018 10:56 PM 930 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ford Hot Rod T-Bucket.

This is the closest to “scratch built” that I’ve done thus far.

And firstly a few THANK YOU’S to those who has assisted, encouraged, and advised on the project…

Bruce, aka HTL
Alex, aka Little Black Duck
Jan, aka Dutchy
Tony, aka Grumpy

Each of these Lumberjocks have given me specific assistance on the build so gents, THANK YOU…

I started with a “Blown Big Block Ford” engine build then some clever computer overlay work to get the scale of the T-Bucket onto the base of a T&J plan; I’ve even done a blog on the project..

Firstly, it’s a toy to be played with by our grandsons, taking some 50 – 60 hours.

The Engine is a mixture of “Spotted Gum”, “Iron Bark” and “Blackheart Sassafras” with “Tassie Oak” extractors and exhaust.

The Chassis is “Red Gum” with “American Walnut” a front transverse spring.

The Body sides are “Blackheart Sassafras” as is the firewall while the tailgate, front & rear bumper bars are 100+ year old “American Walnut”.

The Radiator is ””Blackheart Sassafras” with a “Merbau” insert and “silver solder” stays.

The Steering Wheel is home made from timber buttons on “American Walnut” post, with the Gear Stick also “American Walnut” but with an “Oak” bead glued to the top.

The Pedals are “American Walnut” on bamboo tooth picks.

The Seats are just a pretty figured & grains timber I found in my stash.

The Wheels are “Red Gum” with a “Huon Pine” highlight.

The Ford seat decals & tailgate badge speak for themselves, as does my “Peterbilt” number plate.

The Ford T-Bucket is 16” [400mm] long x 9” [230mm] wide x 5” [130mm] high.

The finish is 4 coats of clear satin polyurethane.

A fun build which has tested and stretched me in a good way.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#1 posted 02-21-2018 11:18 PM

What can I say. The wood, the build, the design, it’s all awesome. Job well done!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 11:29 PM

Very nice indeed Peter and a score of 10/10 for design

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#4 posted 02-22-2018 12:22 AM

NICE. Very well done, the weather must be agreeing with you done under. Sturdy and durable for the grand kids I bet.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 02-22-2018 12:33 AM

This turned out so COOL for one mean HOT rod!!!
I love the mix of woods.
I must say when you first started it the sassafras had me wondering but now that it’s all put together it makes it just right.

The Ford seat decals & tailgate badge speak for themselves, as does my “Peterbilt” number plate.

I hate to say it but the peterbilt finally hit home and I get the pun, I know I’m slow but I usually get there with a little help.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs.

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#6 posted 02-22-2018 01:36 AM

Looks great, love the different woods.

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#7 posted 02-22-2018 01:56 AM

WOW Peter a lot of really nice wood choices also love the decals love that its a FORD …..GREAT JOB :<))


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#8 posted 02-22-2018 02:38 AM

What a fun toy! Your grandsons should love it. The blog was fun to follow too.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 02-22-2018 03:50 AM

Great model, well done and it even better because it’s a Ford.
Henry Ford got a piece of wood and a sheet of tin, the wood he sawed the tin he bent, he cranked her up and away she went.

-- Peter New Zealand

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#10 posted 02-22-2018 04:35 AM

That came out nice.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#11 posted 02-22-2018 07:42 AM

You’re welcome Peter.

You have build a great car. I love all the details, wood species and the tough look. Very well done!. You’re grandson will play with/love it for a long time. One problem: “It will always will be a Ford” :)

Thanks for the blog also. I have followed it with a lot of interest.


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#12 posted 02-22-2018 08:42 AM

Out of this world good. ...and the sign at the back -outstanding as well as other incredible details (especialy tyres)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 02-22-2018 11:08 AM

Absolute RIPPER.
Love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#14 posted 02-22-2018 12:02 PM

Hay man, pretty cool ride!!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#15 posted 02-22-2018 06:40 PM

What can I say. The wood, the build, the design, it s all awesome. Job well done!

- jeffswildwood


I used to know a guy that had a T-Bucket “Thumpper” out of Minot ND—50+years ago. That one had a Chrysler Hemi- 392 souped up ! It was Hamm’s Beer Blue with a white Naugahyde interior and an awesome unit!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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