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Old 12-14-2009, 10:22 AM   #1
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Default The King Shifter



Almost a year ago, I got an email from Tom King. I didn't recognize the name, but I recognized the scans of vintage ads that were attached to the email. See, Tom King was the inventor of the King Shifter and his ads were found all over hot rod public...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:25 AM   #2
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Tom King also sent along his life story. Much of it isn't related at all to hot rodding, so I didn't include it in the article. However, I can't resist including it here as it's just damned entertaining... Enjoy:

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:28 AM   #3
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That is a great story! Can't wait to see the new shifter.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:49 AM   #4
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Great story, now go call your kids.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:50 AM   #5
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Interesting piece of history. Thanks for posting.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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Wow. That's a really cool piece of hot rodding history.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:54 AM   #7
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Man, this guy has had a busy life. What an interesting read. I've seen old ads for the "King Shifter", it is cool to now read this. Thanks Ryan for sharing.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:26 AM   #8
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good one, thanks for the read.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:45 AM   #9
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It does sound like a good book will come out of this, and possibly a movie!
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:38 PM   #10
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Strangely I find myself wanting more... Fill in the blanks ya know?
I would buy his book...Lucky
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:18 PM   #11
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That is a great story! Can't wait to see the new shifter.
Looks like a bunch of new shifter assemblies with extension housings and trans stuff behind his coupe in the "nerf bar pic".
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:52 PM   #12
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This is one of the years best! Makes you wonder where Hurst would be if Mr. King would have stayed in the shifter business?
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:57 PM   #13
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Very cool,,, !
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:34 PM   #14
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Tell me more about being the leader of an elite Special Forces Team at such a young age.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:58 PM   #15
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Tell me more about being the leader of an elite Special Forces Team at such a young age.
That bit reminds me of the movie A Beautiful Mind.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:13 PM   #16
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Wow, whats the chances of 2 guys in the same state creating shifters. Good story.

What does it mean that the Cadillac could be "flat shifted" with his shifter?
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:06 AM   #17
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donnie, just like straight line- pull back, push forward, pull back.... 1,2,3d...
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:09 AM   #18
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Tell me more about being the leader of an elite Special Forces Team at such a young age.

Tell me too...
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:46 AM   #19
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Thanks Tuck
In Line shifters in 1962? cool, I thought they where a late 70s thing.
I see the first add Ryan posted is a reversed K pattern. I have never heard them called a K pattern. All I have heard is H pattern. But I can see why a 3 speed would be called a K.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:17 AM   #20
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This is one of the coolest storys I've read in a long while. What a great bit of hot rodding past and history in general. Only in America!!!!!!!!!!
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