bucket of bolts

bucket of bolts

A piece of machinery, typically an automobile, that is extremely old and/or in total disrepair. I can't sell this old bucket of bolts!
See also: bolt, bucket, of

bucket of bolts

n. a machine, such as a car or a motorcycle, that is old, run-down, or worn-out. My old bucket of bolts wouldn’t start this morning.
See also: bolt, bucket, of
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The Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour will include stories of World War II aviation, one of two B-29 bombers that still fly, the P-51 Mustang Gunfighter, C-45 Expeditor Bucket of Bolts, T-6 Texan and PT-13 Stearman.
Aircraft include B-29 Superfortress Fifi, P-51 Mustang Man o' War, C-45 Expeditor Bucket of Bolts, and a T-6 Texan (Navy SNJ).
But finally, after months of ignoring my entreaties to start the process of unloading the old bucket of bolts, he said yes.
I was trailing a pickup truck straight off the set of "Sanford & Son." You know, the rusted bucket of bolts full of busted up kitchen appliances, copper pipe, and yard trash.
The wheezing bucket of bolts somehow managed to deliver the couple to the Trocadero nightclub, and their romance was off and running.
Looking back it really was a bucket of bolts. But I had done some autocross before trying circuit racing and I thought I knew it all.
The fact that a wealthy Hollywood star drives a16-year-old bucket of bolts named after a horse race or the fact that he admits carrying a a loaded 9mm Glock handgun and a .38 calibre Smith & Wesson revolver in his easy-to-nick old banger.
We were knocked about like a bucket of bolts as we passed through heavy turbulence.
Which is to say, Is there any real difference between a bucket of bolts and a schnauzer?
It's sometimes difficult for purchasers of construction services, and the general public, to understand why bid shopping is "fool's gold." A building program is not a commodity, the same as buying a bucket of bolts. You don't get something for nothing.
When Prime Minister Borden's dread-noughts were sunk in the Senate, Premier Richard McBride of British Columbia became very nervous about the defence of the west coast which was assigned to a hand-me-down bucket of bolts called Rainbow.
It labors day and night processing everything it is given, only to be portrayed by its human counterparts as a "stubborn, incompetent bucket of bolts." The computer gets blamed for everything from mis-addressing checks to just not computing."