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Gennie shifter going out of buisiness?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by carbed87, Aug 30, 2010.

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  1. Johnny Hambone
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 116

    Johnny Hambone

    Don't want to knock the workers at Gennie but I wouldn't buy a product that was made by people who were pissed off and hadn't been paid!

    If the owners are taking in profits and screwing their employees they shouldn't be patronized at all!

  2. carbed87
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 586


    where did you see that?
  3. custom300
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 156


    Todd the owner of streamline inc is a POS doesn't suprise me

  4. Met him once - kind of a arrogant type ain't he! Acted like he was doing me a big ole' favor even selling me something . . . only bought once, the attitude was too much for me.
  5. wheels1950
    Joined: Jun 13, 2001
    Posts: 550

    from PA. USA

  6. If you listened to the radio program it stated that!
  7. aussiesteve
    Joined: Jan 6, 2004
    Posts: 808


    Heres a photo I took this morning of the for sale sign out the front of the Streamline warehouse and Gennie shifter building.
    It,s been for sale for a couple of months at least.
    What does that tell you!!

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  8. aussiesteve
    Joined: Jan 6, 2004
    Posts: 808


    You should meet his dad,the one with the money.
    The apple doesn,t fall far from the tree.
  9. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,976

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Was thinking the same thing. He'd probably outsource the line to China.

    We can go back to the old way; 4 speed or 'Stang shifters. Problem solved.
  10. sawzall
    Joined: Jul 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,628


    listen to the podcast in post #1
  11. this definately sucks! I have been searching for a rear mount for a C-4 with no luck. If anyones got one pm me and lets make a deal. If not I guess i'm stuck with a push button. Guess thats what I get for dragging my feet.
  12. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    really, these shifters are not rocket science..I bet the tallent on here, someone could make these suckers, and even do a better job of it..without the attitude
  13. Wow....that does suck, not only for the employees but the customers like me who like their product. I don't know how someone could go that long without being paid and continue to go to work. Was this guys name Milton or Mike?
  14. aussiesteve
    Joined: Jan 6, 2004
    Posts: 808


    His name is Mike .He started at Gennie Shifter while I still worked at Streamline.
  15. Sorry Steve, I was making a bad joke in reference to the movie "Office Space" where the character "Milton" continues to come to work wondering why he hasn't been paid in the last weeks. You'd have to see the movie.

    I don't mean to be joking about the guys (Mike's) situation, but in the end of Office Space, Milton wins!

    I hope Gennie gets there act together.

  16. Johnny Hambone
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 116

    Johnny Hambone

    I thought for a second I had listened to the wrong thing!

    I didn't see it anywhere?

    I heard the man say it on the radio station link that YOU posted!

    I am summarizing
    "My employer doesn't want to pay what they owe me...over 8 grand...8.5 weeks of pay... not all at once has been over time...also hasn't paid 401k over 4 grand..."

    If am still HEARING this the wrong way please feel free to straighten me out!

  17. You are correct. In fact, in an old issue of Street Rodder, the man who started Gennie did a tech article on just that. Used an old shifter top from a manual something, ran two cables to the shift arm, and mounted the shifter top to the automatic with strap. True, there was no 'gate', but it sure looked the part.

    This was before he started Gennie. The whole was super simple, prolly harder to explain than to do.

    Oh, yeah, I no longer have that issue.

  18. mike805
    Joined: Aug 13, 2010
    Posts: 24


    Funny thing is, I called them the other day to ask about production since nobody seems to have em in stock. The lady I spoke with said they had an issue getting their raw materials for manufacturing at the price they needed but it was all squared away now and they should start shipping in about two weeks. They should probably have mentioned they are going out of business.
  19. jerry sezar
    Joined: Oct 12, 2005
    Posts: 95

    jerry sezar

    Who cares if they go out of will only affect the "bolt on guys". On our more serious rods we generally use Hurst on Richmonds and fab our own for the automatics just like we did before the "streetrodder types" needed bolt on stuff for their plastic hot rods. I will admit I do buy Lokar and Gennie stuff for my customers building "softer ride's" with auto's because they can't afford one off shift mechanisms.
    My two cent's........rhrasnf
  20. claymore
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 896


    WTF??? jerry ^^^^ so everybody should have the skills to build their own shifter or pay to have a custom unit built or be lumped into the "softer class" of hot rod??????

    Partner I think you just insulted a majority of members of this board.
  21. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    be careful who's toes you step on today..because they might be attached to the ass you may need to kiss tomorrow!

    i can guarantee..there are way more cars built out there with production shifters in them , than some ones home made device...they dont deserve to exist Jerry? because you basically said these guys jobs dont matter ,(there are people attached to these products, they dont produce them selfs) for all of us should build all of our own components?

    Traditional or otherwise?
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  22. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    you said it well, Claymore. AND you kept it clean.
  23. rare32
    Joined: Jan 19, 2004
    Posts: 301


    I really hope this isnt so...

    I did a buy-in as a dealer 4 months ago($3k US)...I have only received half my order.

    The girl I have been dealing with has been telling me for a few weeks they have had issues with a supplier of some of their components and we should see the balance of my order soon.

    I have plenty of sticks and throttle cables but not 1 shifter mechanism or handbrake component.

    And I guess being in Australia wont help.

    Keep me informed please
  24. aussiesteve
    Joined: Jan 6, 2004
    Posts: 808


    Basically I think you are screwed.

    RIP ED
  25. Plowboy
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 4,255


    I have had gennie shifters in several of my "soft rods". I really prefer them over the lokar. Hopefully someone will keep making them....

  26. Wow you have a soft rod? huh I guess I do too I got a Gennie Shifter in my soft rod to!!!! Is that ghay?
  27. I don't know about you guys . . . but I don't think anybody really likes a 'Soft Rod' :eek: AND, I don't think many of us HAMBers even want to be accused as such!
  28. Yup, I put one in the old TOuring and sold the Lokar I had instead. Those shifts sure didnt feel SOFT at 5 grand!@
  29. Dang that sucks.

    I went down to the store earlier this summer to pick one up.
    I got the same story, but they did have a few chunks laying around and built me up one for a rear mount 700.

    They are nice products, and I really like the gates.

    Good luck.
  30. mj40's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 3,277


    Yup it was in a Model A roadster. Their phones started ringing when that photo shoot came out. Soon after he developed his idea for marketing.
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