|This Classic Custom Bucket T was built around 1983 as a show car by a New York car club and was based on one of the most famous of all Custom T-Bucket Hot Rods : "Excaliber" built by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and later renamed Outlaw.
This car was then originally named Excaliber II, with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s permission. The name Excaliber II was lettered across the back in gold leaf.
This car won Three First Place Awards at the 1986 World of Wheels Shows in Phoenix, Tucson, and Pomona, as Best Radical Altered Rod
The car was built by Mitch Cochran, of Arizona Vintage Tin, at the Niagara Falls Rod and Custom Club garage along with other show projects they were building at the same time.
The frame was built by Earl DeGlopper of Fast by Gast, in Grand Island, NY.
The body came from another hot rod that had been wrecked in a drag race at Niagara Dragway in 1976. The only thing good left after the wreck was the body.
The original drive train parts came from a 1956 Chevy, that was sitting out back of the Club garage and shop. The engine was a Chevy 283 with 3-deuce’s on an Offenhauser intake manifold, a Turbo 350 transmission, and the 1956 Chevy rear end. The 23 Ford radiator cover came from Gene Windfield’s shop in Pasadena. It had a Mustang radiator. Windfield’s shop also chopped the windshield frame and modified the mounts.
It has a reversed Corvair steering box, 1939 Willys front spindles, backing plates, and brakes on a chromed dirt track racing front axle, with a Ford Model A rear camel spring and shackles. The original dash was cut from a 1965 Pontiac Tempest, but it was replaced at some point with the carved wood dash and gauges now in the car. The eye catching tail lights are from a 1965 Ford Station Wagon with blue dots in the centers. The Ford emblems are off of a Ford Escort. The original interior was done by John Holtije at Monkey Tom's upholstery shop in Phoenix. I believe the interior was redone about 10 years ago. The wheels are 15x15 Centerline’s on the rear and 15x4 ½ Roadrunner’s on the front.
Several of the original parts have been taken off or changed during the last 30 years, from the original Excaliber II show car. Now missing is the rear bumper and trailer hitch along with the louvered side covers, engine pans, belly pans, and the custom headlight pieces, which were fabricated by Jim Gepart of West Coast Customs, and a small tear drop trailer, which matched the car. The paint was originally a burnt orange with flip flop pearl flames.
The car now has a 1969 Corvette 350 engine, a block used only for Corvettes in 1969, with dual Holley 465’s on a Weiland Tunnel Ram Intake, a mild cam, and a Mallory Uniflight distributor, and a Turbo400 transmission. I believe the rear end is the original ‘56 Chevy. New headlights, front turn signals and a license plate light have been added.
The last five photos are from when the car was originally finished in the 1980's.