Classic Fad-styled T Bucket

Eddie Barrett - Wednesday, December 02, 2015

You need to check out this bad ass 23’ T- Bucket!

This is a replica T- Bucket that one our employees Jim Wilkos had purchased, from Wayne Millis from Kinokuni Enterprises, of Wakayama, Japan (a well known speed shop and performance parts distributor) when they were closing their doors. The model T was built in the United States and then shipped to Japan to the company’s headquarters. The car was put into the Tokyo Auto Salon car show, where it was a complete success while exhibited at numerous key events and also put in the Kinokuni showroom. Coming up with a design was not a problem for them, they already knew that they wanted to build a classic Fad-styled T with all of the elements from the era that made them cool, including; A mile high windshield and top, extra wide rubber out back, chrome cowlights, and a visible engine. Our certified master technician Dan Miller had built the motor for this T- Bucket. When it came time to address the engine, there was only one way that they wanted to go, V-8. They started off with a 57’ Chrysler 392 ci block, bored to a 398 ci and filled with a balanced steel crank and rods linked to Keith Black 8:1 pistons with a COMP cam set. Original steel heads were massaged to perfection and put on as well. The dyno’d 652 hp met the pavement through a TH350 automatic made by Dynamic Racing Transmissions of North Branford, linked to a custom driveshaft. With the drive shaft complete now it was time to worry about the body and the interior. They had used a custom blended PPG burnt orange pearl with the chassis receiving gloss black for accent. The interior received; custom black roll and pleats covering the seats and side panels, Auto Meter gauges to monitor the vitals, as well as a Grant steering wheel linked to a reverse Corvair box handles the navigation and a custom shifter handle gear change and much more! This car is a beauty, Jim really hit it good!


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