1923 Ford T-Bucket

Kirk Massey
Willis, TX

This car is called Death Bed Promise. My father-in-law started this project over 20 years ago; he and his wife drove to Speedway Motors in Nebraska on their last road trip together to pick up the C-4 Transmission and adapter for a Flathead. Shortly after he got pancreatic cancer and died. On his Death Bed he made me promise I would finish the T-Bucket. It was many years later that my In-laws gave me the car to finish. So, I sold my R-1 motorcycle to finance the project and got started on November 14th, 2021, and finished the main things in 8 and a half months. All welding, engine assembly, fabricating, exhaust, and painting was done by me except the lower seat upholstery and sewing the seams on the interior side and back panels. The motor's machine work, turning the crank and boring the motor .060” over was done by Ted's Engine Machine. The motor is a 49-53 Ford Flathead, 3/4 Race Cam, Adjustable lifters, Petronix electronic ignition, Edelbrock 65cc heads, Speedway 2 Carb intake with Holley 94 Carbs. It has a late model Ford C-4 transmission and a Ford 9" rear end with a 2:47 gear ratio. The paint is Shop Line urethane single stage with no clear coat.