DECEMBER 1, 2010 ‘STAR TRUCKIN’: 1927 MODEL T-AN ICONIC OLD RIDE

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Bill Laidman is a classic car guy with a classic ride-a 1927 T Bucket pickup.

 

Vehicle and car should match in any old car story and this is a great example.

 

Bill uses this car as a summer driver in his hometown-a resort area-it’s hard to imagine a more intriguing ride for a retired drag racer.

 

“T- buckets” are the stuff of rock and roll legends.

 

That’s probably why Bill makes this truck a big part of his summer driving program.

 

Bill’s car roots go back to his drag racing days against legendary drivers like Dick Landy in B Stock. He did that until he realized that he couldn’t compete against the Chrysler Corp juggernaut.

 

After that he focused on building fast street rides.

 


 

Vintage vehicles are an ongoing process-every car guy knows that and Bill is no exception. He has a game plan for this T because, as he says “it’s more of a rat rod”. The bucket is actually from a car so the box is actually shorter. Bill plans to clean up the box area and replace the fuel tank with a beer keg.

 

 

He has other upgrades planned for the T but one will not be the power train. Bill is really happy with the classic 327 Chevy heart in this classic rod. He can’t envision an improvement over the legendary V-8 from General Motors. It’s already breathing better with 350 heads so as Bill says, “Why mess with success?”

 


 

Bill has to plan around the fun factor with this car-he lives in a resort area with a great climate so the topless T gets a big workout. His biggest problem is keeping it under control, ” the motor’s a bit of a mismatch but it works, I can’t keep it on the road it’s almost stupid if you punch it”.

 

 

The car is a classic hot rod and it’s about as much as an old drag racer like Bill can handle.

 

That’s the essence of the classic car guy experience.

 

Jerry Sutherland @mystarcollectorcar.com

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