Barn Find: This 1965 Built T-Bucket Is A Bad Ass, And I Don’t Like T-Buckets Even A Little!


Barn Find: This 1965 Built T-Bucket Is A Bad Ass, And I Don’t Like T-Buckets Even A Little!

It is no secret that I do not like T-Buckets. I am good with 1920’s Fords, and am cool with building them into hot rods, but plastering all the parts and stuff on them like a T-Bucket is not for me. This one however really turns my crank because it is so old and done so long ago. The Magnesium wheels, blower, belt drive, exhaust, and details really do set this one off. I would never have built it, but whoever did should be proud. Read the story below to see all the info on this car and then click the link if you want to see the original ad with more photos and contact info.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ORIGINAL AD

FOUND!!! TIME CAPSULE 1965 BUILT SHOWROD. ALL ORIGINAL DOWN TO THE TIRES.

Museum quality.. The car is $39000 or serious offer

With all the hype with these Cars and the Mecum auction of the Kookie Car and the Golden Seharia this weekend. Own your piece of hot rod & custom history..

ONE OF THE EARLIEST OF THE FAB TEES KNOWN… this car was so advanced for its saw with every Speed part available at that time..

ALL MY INFO ON THE “CASUAL T” AKA LATER AS THE “MINT JULEP”

ALL THE HISTORY WE KNOW TO THIS POINT…

STARTED BUILD IN 1965 AND COMPLETED MID 1966… , BUT STILL PIECING ORIGINAL BUILDER INFO AND FIRST OWNERS HISTORY..

When we found the car, The car has been tucked in the back of a old service station for over 40 years and was the second owner Harry Arrington.

I showed the car to my mother, and we both decided we had to have it. did the deal, and it headed to Pompano Beach Florida. when it finally arrived it was even Cooler than pictures can do it justice..

EVERYTHING DOWN TO THE TIRES ARE ORIGINAL, THE WHEELS ORIGINAL MAGNESIUM, BUT WERE MIRROR POLISHED ORIGINALLY…. AND FOR ALL THOSE WONDERING…
WE WILL NOT BE CHANGING A THING ON THE CAR!!!!

So here is what i have gathered so far. car was started in 1965, completed mid 1966 ” Builder and or original owner may have ties to Cincinnati??? but not sure

Story goes the car was built for the Douglass family, 2 brothers & sister, ?????? the car was shown for a few years, then a sale from Kansas from the “Norman” Douglass IN LATE DECEMBER 1969 and titled March 12 1970 to Harry Arrington and the car was shown for years after, until it was stored in the back of a old service station 40ish years, and is now is sunny South Florida..

do know the motor is indeed a 1965 327, and has a polished 4 speed, which everyone has told me was a M22, have not verified numbers, but if so, it would make it a group of the first m22s produced… Interesting.. 16 inch magnesium torque thrust rear, and 15 front.. cragar blower, lots of crazy trick stuff.. NHRA polished bell housing.. everything is original down to the tires, but the magneto is out before me.. have original display, wiring diagram binder, judges card, hand written letters from on owner to next, describing which products have been used on it since new….

here is where some confusion starts.. There is magazine layout from ROD POWER magazine years later apparently has mixed up 2 sets of car notes. The majority of the information is correct, but i have spoken to Gene Weaver in Kansas, who was a profound builder and still has a beautiful 53 chevy custom. I FOUND GENE AND TOLD HIM I HAVE YOUR CAR… He was amazed, and started to tell me about it, after 5 minutes we realized we were talking about 2 different animals… So now the article was making sense, he did indeed have a bad ass tbucket, WITH a 283 and a POWERGLIDE Along with front brakes, THAT HE BUILT FROM THE RAILS UP, but built it when he came back from the war… … So now i am searching for that issue of ROD POWER, to see if Genes car is also in it, and from the two i may be able to reverse the mixup, and fill in the blanks.. Any input would amazing..

STUMBLED ON THIS CRAZY COOL VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
NAMED—– ISCA – Lago Vista Rod Run – Late 60s

THIS IS FROM MEMBER
dadz34
Member

from Argyle, TX

AND THE SECOND GENTLEMAN IN THE WHITE RECEIVING THE TROPHY WAS HARRY ARRINGTON.. THE SECOND OWNER…

Updated: More old film footage from my Dad’s box of 16mm collection. I wasn’t sure if this was from the 60s or 70s, nor where this was filmed until I showed it to Blake Burwell (Austin Hot Rodder, aka D.W. of the Yaa-Hoos) while attending Pistons & Paint. Blake enjoyed the footage and said he would ask Skot Ingram (aka SKOTZ) if he knew where this event was held. My dad had always told me this was footage from one of the first (if not the first) “organized” rod runs in the state of Texas. That next week, Blake wrote me back and with an email response from Skot Ingram. I think Skot said it best in his words… Updated: More old film footage from my Dad’s box of 16mm collection. I wasn’t sure if this was from the 60s or 70s, nor where this was filmed until I showed it to Blake Burwell (Austin Hot Rodder, aka D.W. of the Yaa-Hoos) while attending Pistons & Paint. Blake enjoyed the footage and said he would ask Skot Ingram (aka SKOTZ) if he knew where this event was held. My dad had always told me this was footage from one of the first (if not the first) “organized” rod runs in the state of Texas. That next week, Blake wrote me back and with an email response from Skot Ingram. I think Skot said it best in his words…

“WOW…..that’s not in the 70’s…..late 60’s….at Bar K / Lago Vista!

Brought back some memories…..My 2nd hot rod is shown on opening shots….orange(go figure) 28 Roadster PU, with a Chrysler Hemi 3 carbs and white headers, model T grill and metalflake 2 tone interior…..wow, I need to make a copy of this.

Other cars Kinnison’s T, Freddy Hoffman’s T, George Walkers channeled 32 Tweety Bird…..this was the first official Rod Run, that wasn’t just set at a hotel parking lot…..it was hosted by the car show folks, ISCA.

Other than that…..naaa, don’t know anything…..oh yea, Andy Cryer, Troy’s dad (credits on last page) obviously was there…

Thanks for sending…..that was cool
Skot”

Lots of very cool cars. Perhaps you will remember other cars and if the owners/cars are still around.
———-I know the green T with the blower motor was owned (and likely still is owned) by Harry & Ann Arrington of Arkansas. ——-
Harry taught me how to water ski behind a john-boat with stick steering in the early 80s at Tablerock Lake (He also took me for a 100mph+ ride in his Blown, Big Block Chevy powered, V-Drive racing boat…that was a heck of a rush for a 12 year old).

I also remember visiting the man’s home once who owned the yellow ’34 Fordor when he lived in Houston. Although I was only 4-5 years old, I can still remember his garage and the yellow sedan inside.

Anyway…enjoy. I hope you can recognize some of these cars and tell more of the story. Thanks Skot for the history lesson!

———————————————————————————————UPDATE!!
OWNER WAS indeed
NORMAN R DOUGLAS
5694 CANDELITE TERRACE CINCINNATI OHIO

SEARCHED THAT AND CAME UP WITH THIS.

The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on February 17, 1969 …
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/100687013/
Douglas9 Hot Rot Takes 3 Awards Norman Douglas of 5694 Candlelite Terrace, Cincinnati, won three awards in the Hot Rod class of the ninth annual Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs held Friday through Sunday at the Convention-Exposition Center. Douglas 1923 Ford took Best Rod,. Best Rod Engine” and Best.

The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on February 17, 1969 … Douglas Hot Rot Takes 3 Awards Norman Douglas of 5694 Candlelite Terrace, Cincinnati, won three awards in the Hot Rod class of the ninth annual Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs held Friday through Sunday at the Convention-Exposition Center.
——- Douglas 1923 Ford took Best Rod,. Best Rod Engine” and Best. Rod Interior honors. ——-

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6 thoughts on “Barn Find: This 1965 Built T-Bucket Is A Bad Ass, And I Don’t Like T-Buckets Even A Little!

  1. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    A great basis for building a “Pro Touring” T bucket with cutting edge suspension, brakes and a modern multi valve engine- but it might be cheaper and easier to start that project from scratch.

  2. bob

    I had a buddy that had a nice T. He said it was so unpredictable & evil to drive, he got rid of it for a 502-502 Boss Hoss. Said the bike was much safer.

  3. RK - no relation

    I never understood the idea, and now I know that its “unpredictable & evil to drive”, I get it even less.

    Stupid looking and stupid handling; what’s the appeal?

    “Pro Touring” T bucket, Geordie? Do not [email protected]*k off, just make one. It has to be an improvement

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