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When did the T-handle shift knob come out?
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I used my first Hurst T handle in my 63 1/2 Falcon Sprint in 1967.
I haven't used one since, I prefer the ball.
It's ironic that I used that same old 4 speed Hurst shiftier albeit I cut the handle and modified it to adapt to the 5 speed transmission in the Ranch Wagon. HRP
I have some of them and like Hotrod primer, I like the balls better so the T handles sit on the shelf to look at. I used to like and use them when they first came out but cant even remember when I first got them.
When did the T-handle shift knob come out?
The T-handle is gay??????????????????
Well, then I guess I was gay for a while
Yep, 1970, man, a new Hurst Competition Plus with a "C" shifter and a T handle in a bench seat 57 Chevy, life was good for this 16 year old, hell I even put a hole in that new Hurst Super Boot just so I could have a reverse lockout with that cool little round red knob like all my drag racing heroes used, but that T handle kept giving me a blister on the palm of my hand.
I guess it was just a passing phase, a fad of the time, that old round white ball brought me back to reality.
Who remembers those fuzzy coated T handles?
Copy by core-shifters.com........
"When Hurst first released the T-handle in 1966, they offered it in 3 different mount angles - 25, 45, and 65 degrees (from vertical) because Hurst sticks have a great variety of thread angles. For the best feel, the handle should be horizontal on top. Sadly, few understood the objective and Hurst consolidated to the 45 deg mount a few years later. This doesn't fit very well for many, particularly on today's applications where the shifter stick is dead vertical."
Notice the "open 4" and the "closed 4" in the handles below.
For your homework, which style "4" is the real-deal Hurst part and which is the cheap, Chinese counterfeit? Or are both of 'em Kosher?
You SURE that's what was causing a blister in the palm of your hand, DDDenny!! A young 16 year old? Hmmmmmmmm!
Here is a fuzzy one
I used one on a '61 Impala I had in the late 60's and early 70's. My ex-wife had Polio as a child and her right arm lacked strength. Using a ball to shift into reverse or back into first was real trouble for her. But, reaching underhand on the T handle gave her the leverage needed.
there is not much I can think of you can do in a car with your pants on that is more fun than banging gears with a Hurst linkage with a T handle hooked to your 4 speed.... addition of a big block adds even more fun.
balls are for your wife or girlfriend to handle.
Grumpy liked T handles, though this one was not a Hurst
I used to turn mine to almost a 90 degree angle, with the right hand side facing forward, pointed right in the direction of third gear. It made shifting into reverse kinda awkward though.
The first one I remember having was in 1968 when I put a Hurst Competition Plus shifter and reverse lock out in my then new '68 GTO.
I have a T handle in my off topic 66 Chevelle
That would be a P&G shifter, made in Portland.
@The Shift Wizard -
Gotta be the open 4, based on Mark's black one and the broken white one I have. Thanks for the clarification, I just polished and gave away the one like you showed. It went on my pal's '57. Glad to know it can be told from the copy.
I was using one on the shifter in my '57 Custom bracket racer in '71. The car is long gone, but I still have the T-handle in its bag on the shelf.
I would totally buy that as a poster.
Love that old Pioneer Super Tuner also.... I had one of those with a cassette player.....
Don't worry..There's some guys here that won more than Jenkins, using a ball..They are_______,________, ________..?? Oh hell, I'm sure they're here
Mine was an 8-track with the angled up black face.
Can't remember if they dished out 40 er 60 watts... I had Jensen speakers hooked up to mine...
The ultimate Bitchin' Grump Banging Gears Video....
The first one I ever used was in 67 on a 65 GTO that I drove for a guy . I used one for years on a 69 Camaro.
I just built a T handle for my inline shifter on my
Morris Minor Gasser.
Right there is the proof he was not gay !
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