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

  1. I always thought I wanted a HydroGate on the Hydro I run in my '36 Willys coupe but close inspections shows I have zero room for one. the aluminum shaft was one of their bragging points in their ads! Saved 0.000001# in weight on a quarter-mile bandit.
     
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  2. Check the Hydro group again. We can account for more than 6! 10, possibly 11 currently accounted for.
     
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  3. mutant55
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
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    Speedy has done a good job putting together a list of all of the owners and serial numbers of the Hydro Gate Shifters we know of, we have pictures of all of them too! Lots of mystery about these shifters, and they are neat units!
     
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  4. Thanks! I need to update the list as I have the name of the owner of one more since I last posted.
     
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  5. mutant55
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
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    More Speedy? What are we up to now??
     
  6. Still 11, but one of the 'unknowns' I now have a name and serial number for.
     
  7. cavman
    Joined: Mar 23, 2005
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    Here is one I have had for several years. Not very complex, and for a 3 speed Auto. No markings of any kind.
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  8. mutant55
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
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    Cavman, looks a lot like an Ansen posi shift to me, I have one for a hydro that utilizes the same detent holes, and has the same handle and knob, very similar construction. I will take a picture of it and post it here. Mine came to me nos in the box so I know mine is an Ansen for sure.
     
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  9. cavman
    Joined: Mar 23, 2005
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    Thanks. What is in my picture is all I have. What, if anything am I missing?
    I got this and one of the Ansen select shifters for a 3 speed, from a neighbor.
     
  10. I'll agree with Greg on this one. Here's my NOS Ansen Posi Shift for a Hydro transmission. You can see how similar the bracketry and 'base' of the shifter arm is.
    I've been planning to drill a few holes in mine, as yours has the detents for different gears. Mine currently does not.

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  11. You're missing the shift rod that connects the transmission to the shifter body. It will either be straight, or bent to contour to the transmission, and one end will attach to the hole on the bottom of the shifter arm. See pictures of mine above for reference.
     
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  12. Would this thread be an appropriate place to ask for an estimated value on an Ansen shifter I plan to sell?

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  13. 56sedandelivery
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    ^^^^^You're probably going to be deluged with e-mails on that^^^^^. LOT of guys looking for one of those old Selector transmission shifters. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
     
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  14. Sounds good to me, I will be looking to sell in a few weeks. I wouldn't mind taking offers. It's a working complete setup, linkage rods and bracket are homemade -- I have the original bracket to include, but it's modified to the point of being hopelessly mangled.
     
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  15. DDDenny
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    from oregon

    I'm not a collector but I have this one.

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  16. Prices can be a bit all over. Supply and demand. I bought a NOS Drag Fast still in the original box shifter for a selector shift for $120. I bought another NOS Drag Fast (not in the original box) for $80. I've got two FoxCraft shifters for selector shift transmissions, one was free, the other came with a transmission. I sold one for $100. I bought a NOS Ansen shifter for a Hydro for $200 because I needed it...
    Ansen's are generally worth a little more. I think if you get $150 for yours, you've done very well considering the original brackets are buggered.
     
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  17. OK that's good to know. I know a Foxcraft went on eBay for $600, so I was hoping for about half that. Ultimately it's worth what someone offers me.
     
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  18. :eek::eek::eek:
    $600?!? I might just have to sell my other one if that's the going price. Maybe I'm out of touch with current prices. All those numbers I gave you above were from purchases/sales about 4 years ago.
     
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  19. Like you said, "going price" can be a moving target --- with anything in this hobby, more so with the rare stuff.
     
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  20. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
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    Rat Fink, that Ansen you have is in amazing condition. Looks better then a brand new one I installed on a 55 Buick. Its got to be one of a kind. I wouldn't sell it for less then $600. If someone doesn't like your price, tell them to try and find one elsewhere.

    Gary
     
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  21. JOECOOL
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
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    I've been looking for a Vertical Gate shifter for awhile. Everybody who has them likes them too bad they don't still make them.
     
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  22. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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    image.jpg Cool Ansen Posi shift with bronze mounting bracket studebaker lark Daytona
     
  23. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
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    I'm giving my roadster a facelift and a heart transplant. The poor little 283 Chevy is out and the 345" Olds and B&M 4 spd Hydro are in.
    I picked up this old shifter a few years back with the idea that I would modify it to shift the old Hydro. So now I need to make it work. I tried to show the detents in the photos thinking someone may recognize it and know what it was originally intended for. It looks similar to a C1 Corvette PG shifter.
    Also, what is the shift pattern of the Olds slant pan hydro?
    Looking at the early B&M plate it goes R-1-2-3-4-N. With a stock hydro are 1st and 2nd one position, (Lo)?
    And isn't Park hiding in there somewhere too? It's been 50 years since I ran one and I've forgotten a bunch. I've got a great looking handle I will be grafting onto the shifter - it has a long slow curve back over the seat, just like the one I had in my '47 coupe years ago.
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  24. No Park position on a slant pan hydro. If I recall correctly (haven't had my coffee yet this morning) Lo is 1-2 on a stock transmission. B&M installed a lockout piece that would keep the transmission in 1st, however, most racers started in 2nd, let the transmission make the 1-2 shift on its own and then manually shifted from there.

    Lots of great info on the Hydro Tech forum. (You have to join to see it all).
     
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