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    Quote Originally Posted by johnboy View Post
    Such profligacy!
    From you of all people!
    I'm shocked!


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    And I'm pleased for you that it went through certification so easily.

    Get out now and drive the wheels off the thing! Burn some rubber!

    (But only on a private road with Police supervision and no public access of course! )
    HAHAHA,
    You had me laughing with that one, even though I had to look up “profligacy” to see what that meant!

    I’m looking forward to calling the police department to ask them to supervise my burnouts.


    Yes that inspector definitely had me sweating and stewing for a bit. I think I managed to maintain my poker face.

    And thanks guys, I’m really looking forward to the coming months. I’m planning on heading to the Billetproof show in Ocala, Florida in March. That’s about a two hour drive for me.
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    Congrats! Nice work!
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    Just awesome! I'm very glad you were able to get through the titling process without too many issues. Also a big congrats on driving it the first time. It sure is a good feeling isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver50x View Post
    HAHAHA,
    You had me laughing with that one, even though I had to look up “profligacy” to see what that meant!

    And thanks guys, I’m really looking forward to the coming months. I’m planning on heading to the Billetproof show in Ocala, Florida in March. That’s about a two hour drive for me.
    UM.... well... you do know and understand that pictures will then be mandatory right???
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    Picking up the groceries at Wally World.

    The next project will be finishing the seats. Using two by fours as a seat back is not the hot setup.

    For anyone who has never driven a T Bucket, it really does feel like driving a big overpowered go cart. The steering and brakes feel really good on it. I haven’t had it on the freeway yet. I do know that you can be running about 15 MPH, give it about half throttle, and light up the back tire! I haven’t even opened the secondary’s yet.


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    Sounds like you're having fun!

    Be careful of even a tiny amount water on the road and even dust or dirt. Your T appears to be a little longer than most, but they will swap ends with you in a heartbeat if you're not careful. Very few cars have the power to weight ratio of even a modestly powered T.

    Another thing, when passing, don't hammer the throttle and then change lanes. Change lanes and then open it up. They are different breed of car and can have a rather steep learning curve.

    As I heard someone say, treat it like a loaded cannon. Make sure it's pointed where you want to go before you pull the trigger!

    Stay safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod46 View Post
    Sounds like you're having fun!

    Be careful of even a tiny amount water on the road and even dust or dirt. Your T appears to be a little longer than most, but they will swap ends with you in a heartbeat if you're not careful. Very few cars have the power to weight ratio of even a modestly powered T.

    Another thing, when passing, don't hammer the throttle and then change lanes. Change lanes and then open it up. They are different breed of car and can have a rather steep learning curve.

    As I heard someone say, treat it like a loaded cannon. Make sure it's pointed where you want to go before you pull the trigger!

    Stay safe!
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    Thanks man. I can see these things could hurt you quickly if you don’t use your head. I’m still easing into driving this thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Severson View Post
    When I was young and insane I had a 'glass bodied '27 roadster with a 501" Ford and a Doug Nash five speed. My friend Rick called it the "Mystery Machine", every time you grabbed a gear it was a mystery what direction the car was going to go!
    Been there, done that! LOL! Sold mine....
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    And we have PICS! And a first drive report too. Way cool. Good for you - enjoy the ride 'cause there will never be another first for that one. Are the new rear tires still like new? LOL.
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    After you've logged some miles you'll get used to its quirks and driving it will be pure fun. My first rod was a 1915 C-Cab replica that I built on a T-bucket style chassis. It had a 327 with a mild cam and a 4-barrel carb. The blower was a dummy, just an empty case. It had a 3.55 posi rear end and a Turbo 350 with a Vega 11" torque converter. Once I got used to its handling, I could launch it straight and turn consistent 13.60s at the strip. It was a fun car.
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    It looks really nice! I'm betting the open diff will help keep it from going really sideways but you will be the first one to find out.
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    I’m getting ready to order some foam to upholster the seats. I’m thinking about getting 3” thick firm or medium/firm for the seat bottom, and 2” medium foam for the seat back. Does that sound about right to you guys?
    Steve

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    I would look for the densest foam I could find in the thicknesses you suggested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver50x View Post
    I’m getting ready to order some foam to upholster the seats. I’m thinking about getting 3” thick firm or medium/firm for the seat bottom, and 2” medium foam for the seat back. Does that sound about right to you guys?
    See if someone in your area has some that you might be able to try out. Maybe an upholstery shop in or near you? And a lot of folks like to add the different densities to layer it and get the different "feelings" to suit your tastes. To soft and you'll sink right through it and to hard will cause you pain/discomfort. The top (closest to you) is usually the softest one inch or less, then a higher density below that. Or??? Just see if you can try some out and return it if you don't like it in exchange for something different.

    Or just carry on as if I hadn't replied, you may be better off! LOL..
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