Ultimate Hot Rod Glossary – The T’s
T-Bucket: Fender-less, topless, highly-modified Ford Model T.
Targa: A two-door coupe with removable hard top panels over the front seat.
Teardrops: 1939 Ford taillights, which have become very popular on custom hot rods.
Tie Rod: A component of the steering system that links the steering mechanism (rack & pinion, or pitman arm w/center link) to the spindle steering arm.
Tin Indian: Pontiac (for the grille badge).
Time & Materials: A method of charging for shop work where the labor is based on an hourly rate and billed based upon the number of hours logged against the project – plus charges for parts and other materials.
Tonneau: Originally the rear seating area, but now the term is usually used to refer to a rear storage area.
Topcoat or Top Coat: A catalyzed coat (or coats) of paint that provide a hardened exterior surface that can be color sanded, polished and buffed to provide a lustrous finish. Topcoats can be color (single-stage) or clear (2-stage) depending on the paint process selected.
Toploader: Ford 4-speed manual transmission so named because access to the transmission internal was made via an access panel located on the top of the transmission housing.
Touring Car: A four-door open design that has no windows or top.
Track T: Model T roadster built in the style of a dirt track race car.
Trailer Queen: A vehicle that has been built strictly as a show car and is transported exclusively by trailer or other transport vehicle. Trailer queens need not be roadworthy as their only purpose is to be displayed at car shows and other events.
Tri-Five: Nickname for 1955-57 Chevrolet vehicles.
Tri-Power: An engine with three two barrel carburetors.
Tubbed: Having the rear frame and body modified to allow for extra-wide wheels and tires that do not protrude past the fenders.
Tudor Sedan: Ford coined the word “Tudor” to mean two doors.
Tunneled: Deeply sunken into fender.
Turnkey: A completely finished hot rod built by a professional shop and requiring no additional work.
Two-Ton Hydraulic Engine Hoist: A handy tool for testing the tensile strength of ground straps and hydraulic clutch lines you may have forgotten to disconnect.