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496-Powered 1923 Ford T-bucket

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496-Powered 1923 Ford T-bucket

Current Bid: $10,000 (USD) by: TruckerMike

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Tucson, Arizona


1,650 (Mi)

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496ci V8








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Vehicle Story

This 1923 Ford is a highly-customized T-bucket roadster that is powered by a supercharged big-block Chevrolet 496ci V8 paired to a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission with transmission brake and Ford 9" rear end. It features a custom-built chromoly chassis, an open front clip with fully exposed engine and suspension components, 4-wheel disc brakes, racing seats, a headset communication system, and performance tires. Finished in yellow with a purple tubular roll cage, this roadster is set up to run on alcohol and is now offered with $40k in receipts, build documentation and a clear Arizona title in the seller’s name.

The body is painted two-tone yellow with purple tubular roll bars and matching suspension components. It rides on a custom-Chromoly chassis and has undergone extensive fabrication including the incorporation of forward illumination, a side-pipe Dynamax exhaust system, slim vertical taillamps, a parachute kit and wheelie bar at the rear, and diamond plating. The exterior finishes are reported to be show-quality throughout.

Polished aluminum Weld Pro Comp wheels are wrapped in staggered tires, with Goodyear slicks at the rear. Braking is handled by 4-wheel disc brakes, and the suspension is comprised of QA1 shocks.

The interior is fitted with black racing bucket seats and harnesses. The dash is color-matched in yellow with purple accents, and the flooring is diamond-plate aluminum. An aluminum panel mounted below the dash contains switches for the fuel system, lighting, and other vehicle systems.

Instrumentation includes a series of aftermarket white-faced dash-mounted gauges including a 160-mph speedometer and gauges for coolant temperature, oil pressure, boost, oil temperature, and fuel level. An AutoMeter 10k tachometer is mounted to the A-pillar. The seller reports that the vehicle has been street-driven 1,650 miles, all of which were accumulated by the original owner/builder when traveling to car shows.

The 496ci Gen-V big-block Chevrolet V8 has received extensive modifications and upgrades and is reported to be set up to run on alcohol. The drivetrain was built and dyno-tested by Hughes Performance in November 2004. It has a 4-bolt main, a SCAT crankshaft and rods, and SRP 8.3.1 pistons. Additionally, it is equipped with BRODIX aluminum heads and a Blower Shop 871 blower with dual Pro-Form 850-cfm carburetors. The seller adds that the motor is currently running 13 lbs. of boost. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission with a 3500 stall converter, and the rear end is a chrome Ford 9” with 35-spline Strange Engineering axles, a nodular Strange housing, Daytona pinion support, Strange billet yoke, and 4.57:1 gears.

Additional photos showing the underside are available in the gallery.

The sale includes build documentation and over $40k in receipts, as well as a set of headsets to facilitate driver-to-passenger communication. A video of the engine running is available below.

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Comments & Questions

May 07, 2021
07:12 AM

@Martymrgrin – I am not too sure how this works, but is there a way for me to speak with the listing company to see if arrangements can be made for shipping this car to the east coast? ...

Enclosed carrier shipping to east coast would be $2400. Shipping costs have gone up dramatically in past months.

May 06, 2021
08:17 PM

I am not too sure how this works, but is there a way for me to speak with the listing company to see if arrangements can be made for shipping this car to the east coast?

May 05, 2021
02:53 PM

@Indian2001 – What would it need to make street legal ...

The T is legal for the street in Arizona. It was registered, plated, and street driven here. Depending on your state there are different laws so you would have to check with the DMV in your state or just ask some of your Hot Rod Buddies.

May 05, 2021
02:45 PM

What would it need to make street legal

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