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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Ryan
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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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    That is a great story! Can't wait to see the new shifter.
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    Great story, now go call your kids.
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    Interesting piece of history. Thanks for posting.
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    Wow. That's a really cool piece of hot rodding history.
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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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    good one, thanks for the read.
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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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    Strangely I find myself wanting more... Fill in the blanks ya know?
    I would buy his book...Lucky
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    Looks like a bunch of new shifter assemblies with extension housings and trans stuff behind his coupe in the "nerf bar pic".
  12. 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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    Very cool,,, !
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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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    That bit reminds me of the movie A Beautiful Mind.
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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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    donnie, just like straight line- pull back, push forward, pull back.... 1,2,3d...
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    Tell me too...
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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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    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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    Great Story!
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    Thinking about getting one from him for my Packard, I've been through three shifters adapted by yours truly and all have been less than successful.
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    DAMN.....looks like I'm too late for the real story!
    I appreciate what was shared, Great looking Coupe!
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    I SWEAR I saw an ad in the classifieds a while back for some King shifters.....so just assumed they were still available....???
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    Looks like George might not have had Linda riding on the trunk of that Pontiac convertible with the giant shifter handle way back when if Tom had taken a different path.:eek:

    Frank

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