09-25-2006 02:05 PM #1
'23 T bucket frame dimentions
I am planing on building my own frame. I am searching for dimentions for a '23. Anyone have them or know where I could get them?
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There is actually no "standard" size, especially in the length, as most are designed around how much room you need in the engine room. However, there is sort of a standard width in the front crossmember ,and in the rear crossmember, and I will measure mine tonight to see what those dimensions are, and will post for you.
Wheelbase is a very personal thing and is dictated by the engine (as mentioned above) and how long you want your T to be. Usually, the WB ends up sort or around 100 inches, though.
I have two frames, one is for a small block Chevy, and the other I built to accomodate a 460 Ford. The one for the Ford is a few inches longer because of the additional length of that engine.
PS: As a tip, build a frame out of 2 x 4 lumber first, as it will approximate the size you build out of tubing. Also, you need to have your body bought first, so you can have it to build the frame around.
Last edited by Itoldyouso; 09-25-2006 at 02:39 PM.
I look forward to your measurements.
What about the rear kickup?
Kickup is dependant on how low you want the rear of the body to sit. That is why you need to have the body, rear axle, tires, etc there before you build the frame.
Not to be self-serving, but go to Project $ 3K that I have been posting on, and you will see the process from bare tubing to a rolling chassis (I get a check everytime someone reads this thread , yeah, I wish.) I think there might be some good info for you there, since you are doing exactly what I am.
Here is some other info for you Z, but you'll enjoy reading Don's build-up from the git-go....
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Ok, measured it for you. The front crossmember width is 24 inches, and the rear is 30 inches. If you are going to build your own frame, I have a suggestion for you. The 2 and 7/8 inch diameter tubing you need for the front crossmember is hard to find. Total Performance sells a 23 3/4 inch piece of it for $ 25.00 already cut perfectly for the front crossmember. You can get it with their perch too, if you want. Some people use 3 inch water pipe, DON"T DO IT. It is not made for these kinds of stresses, you want DOM tubing, and that is what Total Performance has.
Tech's suggestion about the National T Bucket Alliance is a very good one. Lots of info there.
The frame gradally widents towards the back?
Could the frame just be 24" all the way back? or 30" all the way up?
I wan't to use a '60's 223, pref. with a 4 speed.
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Originally Posted by oddcarout
You could, but it looks so much better tapered. Otherwise you have to make it wider in the front so it meets the firewall correctly, and that just doesn't look right IMO. The vast majority are tapered.
Here, I borrowed this picture from Anchorboy46's gallery. It shows a very typical T bucket frame, especially the taper. The taper also gives you more room in the cockpit for transmission, etc.
Thank you for all of your help Don.
Now Im off to get all the parts.
OH OH, we've created another Monster. , Welcome to hot rodding, Zachariah.
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good luck with the bucket i got a 500 caddy in mine (its a t bucket body not much else)do you have your body already cause that should dictate the frame taper and width.