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08-26-2013, 08:09 PM



Posted by Admin for Golly....
Golly, A guy I paint guitars for has a shop in Van-Nuys. Well, it’s his Dad's shop actually. He’s buildin this pretty cool li'l bucket. LS motor-4L60E trans -Jag rear. His Dads been building Jag rears for about 40 yrs. Cool old guy in his '70s now. He had a business in the ‘60s called Cal-Automotive and used to race a front engined fuel car. Pat Foster drove for him. Pretty cool wheel an tire combo. Pauly Wog .

08-26-2013, 09:31 PM
Hairpins and a tube axle? Refreshing "Profile" for a 'Bucket though , I like it .


08-26-2013, 11:03 PM
Hairpins and a tube axle? Refreshing "Profile" for a 'Bucket though , I like it .


Hairpins/tube axle - it is in America remember...;)

Agree with you on the profile, just not so sure about the front frame horns.


08-26-2013, 11:56 PM
Sorry, but from the firewall forward it looks all wrong to me but hey, what the hell would I know. I do like the choice of wheel tyres but really the chassis rails way up there is not nice nor the engine being so high too , maybe they should of rung Rocket Speed Equipment to do the chassis layout.

You all can shoot me now but it is only my opinion.

08-27-2013, 01:04 AM
Front's definitely not right. I can see they've done it to clear the spring over axle front end (and probably kicked the rails higher than necessary in the process), but it would look waaaaay cooler with straight front rails and a suicide front end. Motor could easily come back a ways too....;)

09-03-2013, 06:32 PM
BUT WAIT ........

- till he puts a top on that ugly engine !!!

09-03-2013, 08:40 PM
Hairpins and a tube axle? Refreshing "Profile" for a 'Bucket though , I like it .


Nice style - but better front brakes would be good!

09-03-2013, 10:09 PM
maybe he's going to put a carburetor in it Geoff!

09-03-2013, 10:52 PM
Well you guys have me curious now as to what the engine is. It looks like an aluminium block so guess maybe something from the Land of the Rising Sun ?

09-03-2013, 11:04 PM
It says it's an LS motor .. :D

09-03-2013, 11:09 PM
oh dear, I didn't read the piece below the pictures, must be that old age blindness thing again..... Thanks Clive, how is Vicky after her op ?

09-03-2013, 11:34 PM
I left the hospital at about 7 tonight and she was as dopey as hell and very sore.
She rang about 10 and seemed quite normal again.
Must be good staff on tonight.:D
I'll pick her up on friday.

Thanks for asking mate.

09-09-2013, 08:41 PM
Here's a couple more photos of the T especially for Forum members via Golly.

Above and below: The motor is in and mounted. There's two generations of hot rodders right there. Curt Hamilton on the left, an old drag racer who worked at Cal Automotive where they made fibreglass altered/T bodies etc in the '60s and son Chris on the right.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u277/nzhotrod/Hot%20Rod%20Album%203/tbucket91_zps4dbe7130.jpgNote:The alternater will be moved to lower left.

09-09-2013, 11:51 PM
Their bodies must be a few inches wider then our ones by the look of the space between the two guys. I noticed that it may of been lengthened too just behind the door swage. my impression of this T hasn't altered I'm afraid but it is theirs to build which ever way they want.

11-03-2013, 08:38 PM




http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u277/nzhotrod/Hot%20Rod%20Album%203/IMG_0609_1_zpsc401098f.jpgPosted for Golly:
While in Los Angeles, my younger brother Paul took us round to Curt Hamilton's shop in the San Fernando Valley ,not far from where I used to live. Curt started Cal Automotive in the late '60s. It was a company which produced 'glass T-Bucket bodies and rolling chassis. He was successful enough to partner up with friends and help run some Fuel Altereds and dragstesr through the '70s. Now he's the Jag rear expert and still rebuilds, narrows and modifies Jag diffs for Cobra kit cars and street rods. He also has been helping restore some T's built many years ago which need a tidy up and some upgrades. Just a neat old guy who doesn't get the recognition he deserves, and is plenty keen to stop work and talk about his various adventures over the years. If ever in "the Valley" check him out.