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King of Beasts II: T-Bucket Dragster Survivor

This T-Bucket dragster should stir up some nostalgia for out old hot rodders. Built in 1966 by three young rodders in Walpole, MA, it was run at a local 1/8th mile strip set in the parking lot of the Norwood Arena (where one of us here at BarnFinds watched stock car races as a youth), and at the New England Dragway in Epping, NH. Amazingly it still looks just as it did when it was first raced almost 50 years ago. Find it here on eBay in Providence, RI bid to $8,600.

Apart from some names associated with the dragster and a number of period photos showing it making a few runs, there isn’t much history on the car. The names of the three rodders who built it, and whose initials are painted on the cowl right behind the 1957 Chrysler 392 Hemi engine, are known, as is the name of the second owner, who bought the car in 1978 and kept it until his passing in 2000. Fortunately this appears to be an unaltered Altered that still has the trick parts that helped make it go fast: a 671 GMC blower with Cragar belt drive and fuel injection, a Vertex magneto, an Isky cam, a large air intake with three throttle openings, narrow tires on mag wheels at the front, and wide slicks on aluminum wheels out back.

Although the body is not described in the listing, this ’27 T-bucket appears to use a period fiberglass reproduction body. The chassis is standard fare for low-budget dragsters back in the day: simple boxed chassis rails, nerf bar in back for push starts, solid axles with radius rods, and no brakes at the front. Stopping was taken care of by drum brakes on the rear axle and a parachute mounted at the rear, which is included in the sale. The purple metal-flake paint and graphics appear to be well preserved.

The interior is plain and simple, with a generic racing wheel and a push-button panel for the Hemi’s TorqueFlite automatic transmission grafted into the floor hump, and not much else. While the parachute that’s mentioned in the listing is present, we are guessing that a lever to apply the rear brakes is not visible in this interior shot.

The current owner bought the car from the second owner’s brother and has done nothing to the car other than fire the Hemi up. He says that it started right away and that it runs strong. This little altered is a time capsule of early rod technology that was available to young guys who wanted to race on weekends a quarter mile at a time. Our only question is, When is the owner going to list that black ’32 Cabrio?


  1. Pat

    NOW THIS IS COOL. Would love to have it myself.

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  2. Gaetan Plourde

    if i had the money for this i would buy it right now!

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  3. tom minch

    The steering rod over the exhaust is killer…literally!

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  4. Dave

    A little modern redesign to steering, suspension and cockpit and she is good to go down the track…

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  5. TVC15

    Death Trap !!!!!! ……I love it !!!!!

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  6. Jim D.

    Great piece of history, I remember Norwood Arena from my youth as well as Westboro Speedway. Great memories!

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  7. Dolphin Member

    Bid to $11,099 but did not meet the reserve.

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  8. Allahna tucker

    My grandfather made this car I have been trying to find it online for ever

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  9. Ericka Tucker

    My Dad built that! Dave Tucker! It’s so great to see these photos.

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