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Larry Carter’s 1923 T-Bucket


Larry Carter’s 1923 T-Bucket was recently featured on Cool Rides Online’s Facebook page. His Cool Ride got such amazing positive responses that we wanted to know more about his awesome car.

Larry first heard about Cool Rides Online through Facebook and he joined the group because he loves looking at other people’s projects and custom rides. Carter owns a few other Cool Rides but non as extreme as his T-Bucket, which he purchased as a standard fiberglass T-Bucket. He went on to completely disassemble it and put his own twist on it. He wanted to build something “really different—not your typical cookie-cutter T-Bucket.” He took inspiration for the build from a Hot Wheels car that he has owned for a long time. It’s a skull car Hot Wheels and Carter decided to build his T-Bucket as the Hot Wheel in full scale.



“People’s reactions are pretty comical at times,” Carter said of the T-Bucket’s first impressions. “They take a lot of pictures.” Carter also lets young children climb in so their parents can take pictures of them. He said the reactions he gets are a lot of fun.

Carter always remembers being interested in cars. He received his first car when he was 15—a 1968 Firebird. His father built it with him and he drove it throughout high school. “It was a beautiful car,” Carter said. “I have wished I had it back for many years now.” Since then, Carter has owned over 50 muscle cars, hot rods, and pickups. However, his dream car is a 1932 Ford Roadster Hi-Boy with a “suped’-up” V8 flathead painted orange with pinstripes. It would also have Coker Whites and a lot of chrome.

Since owning his skull T-Bucket, Carter has been featured in Rebel Rodz magazine twice, was highlighted in a T.V. commercial for his local cruise-in car and plane show in Indiana, and has had his car autographed by Trixie Roth, the widow of his idol, Ed Roth (the Rat Fink creator). He has also been asked to the World of Wheels several times and was part of the Cruzin’ Calendar in 2009.


In the future, Carter’s only definite plans for his Cool Ride would be the Ducktail run in Gas City, Indiana in September—a celebration of the late James Dean.

When asked about the many positive compliments he got on our Facebook page, Carter said that he “feels blessed. There were a lot of kind comments. Thanks everyone!”

Check out the T-Bucket in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q99kMattHqQ

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