This is the ‘Kookie T’, one of the all-time seminal hot rods, and the inspiration for very probably a thousand hot rods that have followed. Built by hot rodder and actor Norm Grabowski, the Kookie-T exploded into magazines during the mid-’50s, creating such a stir that the car was chosen to make a starring appearance in the ’50s TV show ’77 Sunset Strip’.
Norm’s custom car prowess led to further TV and movie contracts, and eventually allowed him to appear in several productions himself, acting in films including ‘The Monkees’, ‘Batman’, ‘The Towering Inferno’, ‘The Cannonball Run’ and… er, ‘Sex Kittens Go to College’, amongst others.
This fantastic replica of the iconic hot rod comes from previous bloggee Andre Pinto, who has recreated the Kookie-T brilliantly in brick form. Stunning presentation matches the excellent brickwork, and there’s more to see at Andre’s ‘Norm Grabowski’s Kookie Car’ Flickr album. Click the link to take a look, unless you’re already Googling that last film title. You are aren’t you…
Norm Grabowski’s ‘Kookie T-Bucket’ was instrumental to the development of the hot rod scene in the 1950s. So much so we reckon LEGO used it as the basis for their own hot rod set some four decades later. Regular bloggee 1saac W. pays homage to the Grabowski original with this thoroughly excellent recreation of the Kookie T, and there’s more to see on Flickr via the link above.
Following his lovely 5510-inspired Jeep Renegade CJ5 featured here over the weekend Flickr’s Havoc is back with another Model Team set redux. This time it’s the 5541 Blue Fury set from 1995 that gets the update, becoming a smooth Ford T-Bucket complete with working steering, opening suicide doors, a trunk and an enormous engine. there’s more to see at Havoc’s photostream – click the link to make the jump!
Alternatively fuelled vehicles are nothing new. In fact they’ve been around longer than anyone alive today. The early days of motoring saw a number of fuel sources vying for supremacy, including gasoline, steam and even electricity.
It was of course gasoline that won, and it’s only now – over a century later – that we’re beginning to understand the environmental cost of this technological choice, and make any sort of progress to cleaner mobility.
Previous bloggee Norton74 is takes us back to the start of motoring, long before concerns of global warming and air pollution, with this magnificent steampunk Ford T-Bucket hot rod. We’re not aware that Ford’s Model-T could be had with anything other than a gasoline internal combustion engine, but some of its long-forgotten rivals could be powered by all sorts of things, steam included. It’s not too much of a stretch then to imagine that the hot rodding world could indeed merge a Model T with a steam-car.
Norton’s gloriously strange steampunk T-Bucket is just for show though – underneath all that copper is a typical small-block V8 gasoline engine, there’s no water tank and no furnace – but it looks fantastic. There’s lots more to see on Flickr at Norton’s photostream – click the link above to jump back in time.
Green tea is just like regular tea, only worse in every way. Norton74‘s green T-Bucket though, looks damn tasty. It’s based on a ’23 Ford Model-T, powered by a huge V8 engine, and it most likely handles like dodgem on ice. But when it looks this good who cares about the corners? Have a drink with Norton74 on Flickr at the link above.
Today’s creation wasn’t found by our workforce of smelly little Elves, but by a reader. We can’t blame our militant workers for missing it though, as Nico71’s latest build has come directly from his website, and not their usual haunts.
Nico is one of our favourite Technic builders and his Ford T-Bucket ticks all of the items on our Technic wishlist; mechanical functions, Power Functions, a V8 engine, remote control drive and steering, and – above all – it’s a hot rod.
There’s lots more to see at Nico71’s website including a video of the T-Bucket in action as well as a complete parts list and building instructions.
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