Tbucket Assembly

Topics: Steering, Axle, Automobile Pages: 10 (1897 words) Published: January 10, 2011

Building a Spirit “T-Bucket” – Step by Step

Spirit Industries

T-Bucket Instruction Manual

Table of Contents
Page 1 Page 2 Page 3-5 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Chassis Build Frame Prep Front Axle/Brakes Front Spindles Rear End & Suspension Master Cylinder & Lines Brake Lines Steering Shifter Assembly Radiator/Trans Cooler Body Insert Cutting Shifter Hole Steering Column Windshield Wiring Upholstery

Basic Tools Needed
Drill with 5/8”, 13/64” and 1/8” bits 1/4 - 20 NC Tap Ratchet & Socket Set – 3/8” to 15/16” Open End Wrenches – 3/8” to 15/16” Allen Wrench Set Wheel Cylinder Hone Tubing Flaring Tool Tubing Cutter Wire Stripper Wire Crimping Tool Common Hand Tools

When building your bucket, remember there is more than one way to do it. The chassis and basic design of a Spirit bucket is engineered for safety and simplicity. From that start, your imagination is your only limit. From drive train to paint scheme, you can style your bucket to match your personality. It is our goal to see you through this project and help you accomplish the task of building the T bucket of your dreams. If you have any questions feel free to call of at 1-870-425-5900

Spirit Industries

T-Bucket Instruction Manual

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Chassis Build

The chassis is easily assembled in just a few hours.
Before you begin building your kit, it’s best to lay out all of the parts and familiarize yourself with the pieces. NOTE: We recommend you pre-assemble your chassis prior to prepping and painting.

We recomend using Loc-Tite on all nut-bolt combinatins.

Spirit’s grade 8 bolt kit are in labled packages.

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T-Bucket Instruction Manual

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Frame Preparation
Set the frame on jack stands and drill all necessary holes.
Holes to be drilled include 5/8” hole in front cross-member for threaded rod (front friction shocks), all thru-the-frame fittings, brake lines, wiring and ground strap.

NOTE: Thru-the-frame brake fittings require the holes to be drilled in the upper 1/3 portion of the frame to prevent interference with the radius rod.

Drill a 5/8” hole through the center of both ends of the front crossmember. Then, slide the threaded rod through the cross member and install the friction shock components onto the rod..

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Front Axle Assembly
Be sure to use jamb nuts when installing clevises and rod ends into radius rods 1.) Assemble axle on the floor with spring, shackle assemblies, and radius rods NOTE: When installing the shackle bolts into the shackle and spring make sure the nuts are towards the front of the car. This gives you maximum turning radius. After lock nuts are tight cut off excess bolt flush to nut.

When attaching the radius rods to the front axle, use longer bolts through the upper clevis. These bolts will also be used to attach the axle to the friction shock. NOTE: We recommend 5° - 7° positive caster. Camber is preset into the axle.


After connecting the radius rods to the axle, attach the other end of the radius rods to the mounting brackets on the frame. Then lift the spring/axle assembly into the spring perch. Using the panhard bracket, sandwich the spring between the bracket and the perch, and bolt together. Attach the lower clevis to the right front radius rod to the axle using the bracket for the panhard rod.

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T-Bucket Instruction Manual

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Be sure to use jamb nuts when installing clevises and rod ends into radius rods. Routinely check bolt tightness on all suspension parts. The connecting rod ends connect the friction shock to the axle, using the long bolt in the upper radius rod clevis.

Build front spindle/brake assemblies on the bench, then install on the axle. Inner race must be replaced with the ones included in the kit. When assembling front hub assembly, make sure to use...
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