Ed Roth’s Outlaw/Excalibur/Excaliber


Note: To honor the memory of the late Ed Roth, I am reposting (with a new image gallery) this brief tribute from 2010. Nine years ago (April 4, 2001), we lost Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. I felt fortunate that two months prior I had a chance to say hi to Ed and get him to… [Read More]

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket Sells for About Half What it Did Four Years Ago

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket Ed Roth

This historic T-Bucket was originally sold by it’s builder, Bob Johnston, to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth for $1150. By early 2007, when stupid money was bidding up every hot rod of any significance, it sold for $335,500. Last Friday, it sold for …

Who Built the First T-Bucket With Spindle Mount Wire Wheels?

first T-Bucket spindle mount wire wheels

By the 1970s Fad-T era, front wire wheels were the norm for T-Buckets. I’ve researched this subject over the years, bounced it off others, and now feel confident the cycle wheel trend setter award goes to none other than …

Bob Johnston’s T-Bucket, Later to Become Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Tweedy Pie: Part 2

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket by Bob Johnston

The Tweedy Pie T-Bucket was built in the 1950s by Bob Johnston, gained its own recognition as a magazine cover car and then rocketed to T-Bucket superstardom after it was sold to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

Larry Ryan’s T-Bucket

The October, 1961 issue of Rod & Custom magazine had a special feature on “Midwest Rods” and the one I found most memorable was a very cool, very stubby T-bucket built on a budget by a Kansas City teen named Larry Ryan. I understand that mechanical genius George Barnes contributed significantly to this bucket’s build… [Read More]

Bob Johnston’s T-Bucket, Later to Become Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Tweedy Pie: Part 1

Bob Johnston Tweedy Pie T-Bucket

Tweedy Pie was a short wheelbase, flathead powered T-bucket built by Californian Bob Johnston in the 50s. It was cool enough to be a magazine cover car, but really rocketed to stardom after being purchased and updated by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.