Nothing is as fundamental to hot rodding as the '23 T-bucket. Many
factors make this a hugely popular format, and legions of them have
been built over the years in every style imaginable. And why not?
These cars are light, fast, and fun. If you're looking at one,
then, what it comes down to is quality. This purple monster is the
product of T-bucket guru Mickey Lauria and his Total Performance
shop. Mickey is a master builder, hot hodder, and businessman. He
expanded on Andy Brizio's Instant T program, and he acquired
Inglese Induction Systems and Coolflex Hoses. The Inglese
progressive triples look great on a street rod and they deliver
superb performance. That they were the fuel system of choice for
the Cobra lends some serious credibility and pedigree to the mix.
They sit proudly attop a 350 LT1 small block set way back in the
frame for some great weight distribution and appearance. Cast
Chevrolet Performance valve covers look tough and they keep the oil
where it belongs. The custom chrome headers have a sprint car feel
and the sound is perfect. One of the legendary phrases of
hottroding is "B&M Turbo Hydro." B&M took on the daunting
task of building transmissions for the first nitro Funny Cars. The
sight of a "built in Chatsworth California" B&M Turbo 350
beneath the body shell is enough to bring a tear to the eye of any
dyed-in-the-wool hot rodder. And it's more than up to the task in
this application. A Ford 9-inch rear completes the quintessential
hot rod power team. More smiles are in store upon close inspection.
Such details as Alinabal rod ends, a cool driveshaft brake, and
wiring that would make a computer builder proud are signs that this
rod will run and it will do so for many years to come. Often, a
good indicator of the quality of a build is the rolling stock.
Centerline Convo Pro wheels see duty on 4000 horsepower alcohol
drag cars. They may be overkill, but isn't that what hot rodding is
all about? And a proper hot rod needs big tires. The tread width of
the Pro Trac meats on the back of this rod measure no less than 15
and a half inches. Hop aboard. A row of blackface Classic
Instruments gauges look exquisite behind the Grant steering wheel.
You can really get comfy on the soft leather bench seat. But the
supreme test of quality is in the drive. This is, after all, a car.
The steering is easy and precise, and there are disc brakes all
around. Cooling is ably handled with a large electric fan and the
aforementioned Coolflex hose. Multicolor paint with a purple base
color sets the mood. This is a 1923 T-bucket with a little extra in
terms of quality and origin. The bottom line is that you'll have
more time for enjoying your car.
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