496-Powered 1923 Ford T-bucket
Current Bid: $10,000 (USD) by: TruckerMike
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.