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Nostalgia 1923 T-Bucket Frame Kit

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Notes
Includes bare finish frame, '49-'54 Chevy-style spindles, and bare finish suspension components.
Nostalgia 1923 T-Bucket Frame Kit
Nostalgia 1923 T-Bucket Frame Kit
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Nostalgia 1923 T-Bucket Frame Kit

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Watch the videos below to learn more about Speedway Motors T-Bucket body styles and configurations, general assembly and the completed project.







Watch the video below to learn more about Speedway Motors street rod spindles.

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What's in the Box

The Nostalgia T frame is engineered to provide the ultimate in economy and ease of assembly. It features the same spring-behind-axle front suspension as the Budget T, but includes front shock/headlight mounts. The coilover rear suspension uses traditional-style radius rods and a panhard bar, with all necessary mounts welded in place. If you're looking for an affordable, well-engineered T-bucket chassis requiring only basic mechanical skills to assemble, the Nostalgia T is for you! 

Shown with optional rearend and engine mounts installed. This part number does not include a rear axle housing or engine/transmission mounts (as pictured). If you wish to add these items to your chassis, simply purchase these items along with your frame kit. 

All of our T kits are also available with chrome suspension.  This option includes chrome plated: front and rear hairpins, rear coilovers, front axle, front leaf spring, front shocks, steering arms, tie rod, drag link, and related hardware.  

Chassis Exploded View (Link) 

This product requires a 3-4 week build time.

Notes

To complete the package to a rolling chassis you will need the front brakes and hubs along with the wheels and tires. In the rear you will need a complete housing and if the housing and axles are ordered along with the frame package the brackets are welded onto the housing free of charge. You will also need the rear brakes in either drum or disc and the desired wheels and tires. The steering gear is in place and you can mount a tube to the input shaft or configure a preferred way to turn the steering gear in put to make it a rolling and turning chassis. It normally comes loosely assembled and painting and bolting together to specified torque is up to the customer.

  • 1-1/2 x 3" rectangular steel tube frame with 102" wheelbase
  • 3" O.D. round tube front crossmember
  • Spring-behind front suspension with 4" drop tube axle and hairpin radius rods
  • Choice of '37-'48 Ford or '49-'54 Chevy-style spindles with king pins fitted
  • Combination headlight and front shock mounts
  • Coilover rear suspension with radius rods and panhard bar
  • Cross steering with Vega steering box
  • Frame assembly includes: front spring, axle and spindles; rear coilover shocks and panhard bar; front and rear radius rods; Vega steering box; master cylinder, bracket and pedal
  • Available with plain (PLN) or chrome (CHR) suspension components

 

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
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RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT:

cdan
San Diego, CA, USA

'23 T frame

October 20, 2014
Overall, well made, with a few exceptions. It didn't come marked for the body mount holes, which may or may not be a good thing. Steering heim joint was frozen from too much heat when welded. If you order it with a trans mount, check it for proper positioning. Had to cut it make trans mount fit. I will order another one in the future.
Cons:
  • trans mount welded crooked
Yes, I recommend this product.
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cdan
San Diego, CA, USA

'23 T frame

October 20, 2014
Overall, well made, with a few exceptions. It didn't come marked for the body mount holes, which may or may not be a good thing. Steering heim joint was frozen from too much heat when welded. If you order it with a trans mount, check it for proper positioning. Had to cut it make trans mount fit. I will order another one in the future.
Cons:
  • trans mount welded crooked
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shovelrocker
Bayside, TX, USA

Nostalgia "T" Bucket

September 27, 2013
I'm building a 23 Nostalgia "T" and I can tell you for sure the engineers did their homework when they designed this kit, It's going to gether very well. I'm using a doner 1968 302 Ford and C4 tranny and I had Speedway set the frame up for this ahead of delivery and engine and and tranny fit perfect.
Pros:
  • comes with a free "t" bucket assembly manual
  • all the welds are superb
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Product Q&A

10 questions : 12 answers

1 answers

what is the suggested ride height when mocking up the frame to set up front suspension angles and rear pinion angles and engine and trany mounts what front and rear ride heights or tire size are used by your shop.

Abbegale
Ontario, Canada
June 07, 2014

what is the suggested ride height when mocking up the frame to set up front suspension angles and rear pinion angles and engine and trany mounts what front and rear ride heights or tire size are used by your shop.

Answers

June 09, 2014
EricM
The front perch mount is angled and we use a 7” dropped trans cross member. It is all programmed into our jig prior to welding. The option of different tire sizes does come into play and one common configuration is 155R 15 front and 275/60 15 in the rear and another is 560-15 front and 820-15 rear. To get things to match common mount length for the coil overs is 12 3/8" to 12 ½”.
1 answers

ford motor mount location building a 23 t bucket using speedway parts.do you have reference points or measurements where to locate this cross member in the frame.

Abbegale
Ontario, Canada
June 04, 2014

ford motor mount location building a 23 t bucket using speedway parts.do you have reference points or measurements where to locate this cross member in the frame.

Answers

June 05, 2014
EricM
We apologize but currently do not have the motor cross member location for the Ford engine. We do have it for the Chevy and from the front of the front tube to the center of the cross member is 22”. One measurement that may help is the front of the tube to the front of the firewall is 42” and from that location the Ford motor you are using will dictate the cross member location along with the mounts you are using.
1 answers

Will this frame support a 385 series Ford 429 with a c6 tranny?

UpNorthSavage
Central, Minneapolis, MN, USA
September 08, 2013

Will this frame support a 385 series Ford 429 with a c6 tranny?

Answers

September 10, 2013
Jason
The frame on our T bucket kit number 7151200 and the others would hold the weight of a 429 but the dimensions of the frame Will NOT. Length from the firewall to radiator would need to be modified and motor mounts on the narrow chassis would likely be an issue. It would be up to the builder for modification and fabrication of the necessary changes.
1 answers

Thinking of useing a modified 1966 vw bug body on this frame. If you used a standard t bucket body on this frame what would the measurement from fire wall to center of rear axle be? Trying to determine if body will fit, less front end.

grich
Lincoln, NE, USA
June 06, 2013

Thinking of useing a modified 1966 vw bug body on this frame. If you used a standard t bucket body on this frame what would the measurement from fire wall to center of rear axle be? Trying to determine if body will fit, less front end.

Answers

June 07, 2013
Jason
On the standard 23 Nostalgia T bucket frame kit from the front of the firewall to the center of the rear axle is approximately 54-55” for comparison to your body requirements.
2 answers

Is this frame built in U.S. ?

Redmann
March 25, 2013

Is this frame built in U.S. ?

Answers

September 28, 2013
Shovelrocker
You bet your bottom dollar it is !!! Speedway Motors P.O. Box 81906 Lincoln, NE 68501
March 25, 2013
Jason
Yes, this frame is built in Lincoln, NE at the Speedway Motors shop.
2 answers

In this kit what else is needed besides brakes and rear axle housing and brakes what is needed to make it a steerable and rollable chasis.

August 10, 2011

In this kit what else is needed besides brakes and rear axle housing and brakes what is needed to make it a steerable and rollable chasis.

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September 28, 2013
Shovelrocker
Depends on what you order it with, I ordered front disc brakes on mine so after I put my rear end in I put the front end all together and I could have put wheels on it and takin it off the jack stands if I wanted to.
August 12, 2011
John
To complete the package to a rolling chassis you will need the front brakes and hubs along with the wheels and tires. In the rear you will need a complete housing and if the housing and axles are ordered along with the frame package the brackets are welded onto the housing free of charge. You will also need the rear brakes in either drum or disc and the desired wheels and tires. The steering gear is in place and you can mount a tube to the input shaft or configure a preferred way to turn the steering gear in put to make it a rolling and turning chassis. It normally comes loosely assembled and painting and bolting together to specified torque is up to the customer.
1 answers

How much rear kick up do the t bucket frames have?

Kenton
Longview tx
May 04, 2015

How much rear kick up do the t bucket frames have?

Answers

May 06, 2015
John
Expert
The T bucket frames have 10" of kick up in the rear figured from bottom of frame to top of frame.
1 answers

If I order a frame kit I would want sbc motor mount installed, trans mount for a power glide trans but I will install and everything else installed except anything to do with the rear suspension but send all the related parts so I can use what I need for the 9" ford rear end and ladder bars that I already have. When it comes to spindles do you have front brake kits with Chevy bolt pattern for either one and what are the differences between the Ford and the Chevy spindles. The rear end I am going to use is a 9" Ford with Moser axles and drum brakes set up for Chevy wheel bolt pattern along with the 32" ladder bars. Also do I save any money since I will install some components myself and to save the shipping charges can I pick it up myself when ready since I am only about an hour or so away?

Vince
Neola, Iowa
September 30, 2015

If I order a frame kit I would want sbc motor mount installed, trans mount for a power glide trans but I will install and everything else installed except anything to do with the rear suspension but send all the related parts so I can use what I need for the 9" ford rear end and ladder bars that I already have. When it comes to spindles do you have front brake kits with Chevy bolt pattern for either one and what are the differences between the Ford and the Chevy spindles. The rear end I am going to use is a 9" Ford with Moser axles and drum brakes set up for Chevy wheel bolt pattern along with the 32" ladder bars. Also do I save any money since I will install some components myself and to save the shipping charges can I pick it up myself when ready since I am only about an hour or so away?

Answers

September 30, 2015
Eric
Expert
We can add SBC engine and transmission mounts for you, that is option part number 715500. The Powerglide transmission is the same length and mount location as a short tail shaft TH350 so the transmission mount will work great for you. The rear suspension and brackets will come with the kit including the 32" rear radius rods (27" front radius rods). You will need to weld everything to your rear end when you get it. As for spindles and brakes, the Chevy spindles have the ability to use a 9 1/4" rotor and the Ford spindles are only available with an 11" rotor. Both are available with 5 on 4 3/4" wheel bolt pattern. You can certainly pick up the kit here in Lincoln once it is ready. Typical lead time for these kits is 2 to 3 weeks.
1 answers

If I bought this 23 T frame kit with Chevy spindles, what rotors would I ask for at my local parts store? Thanks

Bob the fabricator
Wilmington, Ohio
November 06, 2015

If I bought this 23 T frame kit with Chevy spindles, what rotors would I ask for at my local parts store? Thanks

Answers

November 11, 2015
John
Expert
If you choose the Chevy spindles and buy our brake package it comes with 9 1/4" rotors from a Mustang II front end adapted to the Chevy spindles via the bearing and seal kit. If you run the 11" brakes with the Chevy bolt pattern the rotor is 73-77 midsize GM and for the Ford pattern the Rotor is from 1975-80 Ford Granada and again with the appropriate bearings to work on the Chevy modified spindles.
1 answers

If I buy this kit do you keep a file on hand so I could buy a Ford 9 inch from you at a different time and have all the nessary hard ware welded on to it for this or other kits

No rules rj
Cody wy
November 12, 2015

If I buy this kit do you keep a file on hand so I could buy a Ford 9 inch from you at a different time and have all the nessary hard ware welded on to it for this or other kits

Answers

November 16, 2015
John
Expert
We apologize for the inconvenience but when ordered at the same time the 9" rear does get the lower radius rod/shock mount brackets along with the large tab for the panhard bar welded on. This is all done at the same time as the frame is setting in the jig in order to get the correct dimensions and pinion angle. The kit comes with the brackets and tab when it is ordered without the rear end option and up to the builder to weld on where needed. Any other variation would need to be verified thru the shop and not common practice.
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