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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Lytles Garage, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Jay Tyrrell
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,631

    Jay Tyrrell

  2. HMMM
    My only possible rare (to me any way) shifter came from WARREN JOHNSON'S 40 Chev drag car the car he raced before going to Pro Stock in a 70 Camaro. The built big block from the 40 went in the Camaro and the stock 307 went into the 40. A friend owned the 40 and switched to a four speed ... I had WJ autograph a tag on the shifter in person when he looked over the 40 in 2005.....:)

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  3. I'm surprised I missed this thread.

    I'll play...

    - Drag Fast selector type floor shift conversion for 1939-60 Buick's, 1951-62 Olds and 1956-57 Pontiac transmissions with "6" bolt top inspection covers. It is a model # 193 & 1293. (First picture)

    - Drag Fast selector type floor shift conversion for 1939-60 Buick's, 1939-50 Olds and 1939-55 Pontiac transmissions with "5" bolt top inspection covers. It is a model # 192 & 1292. (Second and Third pictures)

    - a Foxcraft floor shift conversion for Olds selector transmissions. It might fit the same year models as the first Drag Fast. (Fourth picture)

    - NOS Ansen Posi-Matic floor shift conversion for Hydromatic transmissions. (Fifth picture)

    I also have a Hurst floor shifter for Cad/LaSalle side shift transmissions, a Hurst Hydro/Gate floor shift conversion for Hydromatic transmissions, and an unidentified floor shifter that I believe also fits Cad/LaSalle transmissions. I don't have any pictures of those on here though.

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  4. truckdude1
    Joined: Jan 26, 2009
    Posts: 221


    i just scored a NOS Drag Fast 3 speed shifter. Unfortunately, while the instructions say it is for 49-61 Ford and Merc transmissions, the mounting plate and shift rods aren't anywhere close to fitting my '53 Merc OD transmission. Very disappointing, this is such a nice part. It looks like the part number for a standard Ford/Merc 3 speed is 115 and 116 for the OD, both with a straight bottom on the side cover. If I can read the faded box marking, this appears to be a 146 model. Maybe someone has an old speed parts catalog with Drag Fast parts numbers?

  5. Lytles Garage
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 613

    Lytles Garage

    Very Cool Shifter! Chris
  6. teddyt
    Joined: Sep 24, 2010
    Posts: 100

    from U.S.

    Great collection !
  7. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 8,275

    Atwater Mike

    In high school, (1958-60) a pal and I were buying Eelco shifters wholesale from another pal that managed a specialty parts store.
    We'd buy all the '55-'57 Chev brake pedal arms, trim and thread the pedal ends, and weld 'em onto the sloppy Eelco linkage.

    We 'bootlegged' them as a "Hurst shifter you could speed shift". Sold 'em like Indian medicine.
    The 'economy' model was similar to the early Ansens, sloppy like the early 3 speed 'Vettes.
    When adjusted, you NEVER got hung up in the 'gate'...(especially with that rigid handle!)
  8. a4278v
    Joined: Dec 12, 2005
    Posts: 2,307


    This is a M/T 4 speed shifter for a ford toploader trans,I haven't seen many of these just the shifter body and handle,which look very different from Hurst, although mounting points and arms seem to duplicate Hurst,??

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  9. GearSlammer
    Joined: Feb 27, 2013
    Posts: 203


    I got a few shifter and knobs ive collected...dont know much bout the shifters tho..check em out.

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  10. chromeazone
    Joined: Apr 23, 2009
    Posts: 232


    I knew somebody out there had to mention the Hurst Mystery Shifter. It was a Classic Universal shifter for the Po Boys who couldn't spring for the Hurst $80+ flat stick Comp Plus shifter. We didn't care, it worked and it said "Hurst" on the stick so we could run the decals!
    All Great collections !!
  11. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,935


    My three Hydros, all the misc. Hydro parts, and three shifters (NEW Hurst Hydro Gate, Drag Fast, and an unknown) all went to Tom Willford, RIP. Butch/56sedandelivery.
  12. Kustomism
    Joined: Oct 8, 2011
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  13. Bluedot
    Joined: Oct 26, 2011
    Posts: 279


    Fellas, help me with my memory here. My first car (1966) was a '57 Chev, 270HP283. Three on the tree when I got it, but I put in a DragFast floor shifter. (Couldn't afford Hurst.) The handle was heavy and flat sided, like a Comp Plus handle. But here's my question. As I recall, the knob that came with it new was rather like the "yo-yo's" referred to in other posts, but the two sides were wood, and the cross section was teardrop shaped rather than round. In 40+ years since then I've never seen another like it. My 68 year old brain is not to be trusted these days - am I "remembering" something that never existed?
  14. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,530


    This is a very rare locking early ford shifter. Decker Shift Lock :D





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  15. hellsgaterods
    Joined: Dec 8, 2010
    Posts: 534



    Here's an old hurst yoyo I picked up a few months ago for my collection
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  16. Lytles Garage
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 613

    Lytles Garage

    Yes, the Dragfast shifterswere made like a Hurst YoYo but were arrow shaped, my buddy from high scool had one a 55 with a 3 speed, been looking for one also. Chris
  17. Kiwi Kev
    Joined: Apr 24, 2006
    Posts: 7,347

    Kiwi Kev

    Berry and Chung 4speed shifter from New Zealand (late 60's).



  18. wheelsup56
    Joined: Mar 26, 2009
    Posts: 107

    from so.jersey

    I have 2 vertigate was new in the box..the other a Junkyard find! somewhat rare? I love the way they work!
  19. carmuts
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 875


    Here are a couple that were in the parts purchase I made from a now closed local salvage yard a couple of years ago. I have been advertizing them for sale for awhile as I really do not collect them or need them. Mist not be all that collectable as they are still taking up space. Rod

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  20. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,253


    I wouldn't say I "collect" shifters...but I have a couple I plan on building cars around.
    A Hurst Vertigate/Ramrod for a A-833, some Hurst Lightning Rods and "had" an Eelco shifter that I gave away cause it looked like a cheapie Hurst knock-off. I did keep the handle it has the cool Foot logo on it.
    My T has an old Super Shifter in it....
  21. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 12,735


    LOL I had one of those in my 55 Ford and destroyed about 4 second gear syncros before I discovered that with no "stops" built into the shifter body if you power shifted it the synrcos were forced too far onto the forcing cone destroying them in no time. Made some "stops" and never wrecked another trans after that.
  22. Big Jon
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 146

    Big Jon

    hey kev, I've got a b/c shifter and a b/c manifold in the shed for a zepher straight 6

    one of my one day projects

  23. Lytles Garage
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 613

    Lytles Garage

    Kevin; Berry & Chung, thats one I never heard of !! It's amazing how much speed equipment was made!! THANKS Chris
  24. powrshftr
    Joined: Mar 29, 2013
    Posts: 4,521


    If anybody has a B&M shifter for a HydroStick that they are willing to sell,please let me know.I just missed one a few weeks ago...


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  25. lrs30
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,137

    from Kentucky

    I'm not calling mine rare, but I sure am having a hell of a time finding parts for it! What I have is a HURST shifter for my 64 Ford F-100 I have everything but the instructions, and one shift lever. Hurst no longer makes it, and or supplies parts or info on it. Any help would be great.( sorry mods, I also have a post in the wanted section, but not having much luck there). So long story short, I'm one lever short a shifter!
  26. Lytles Garage
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 613

    Lytles Garage

    What does it look like? got a lot of parts. Chris
  27. lrs30
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,137

    from Kentucky

    I will take pics in the am out and about today!

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  28. old soul
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,094

    old soul
    from oswego NY

    holy shifter head
  29. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 678


    Dam who knew there was so many brands!
  30. swe64
    Joined: Nov 22, 2010
    Posts: 415


    i dont collect but i have one mystery shifter from a 1955chevy(engine 1961 283)

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