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  • Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

    http://www.bangshift.com/blog/Gearhe...ould-Know.html

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    Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

    Another great story, Brian. Jaws of Life, who would have known? :o

    My Bug actually has a neat vintage Hurst shifter with a big reverse lockout trigger, was in the car when I got it. I had the exact unit in the 72 Super I owned about 25 years ago.


    cheers
    Ed N.
    Ed Nicholson - Caledon Ontario - a bit NW of Toronto
    07 Mustang GT with some stuff
    88 T-Bird Turbo Coupe 5-speed

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    • #3
      Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

      Great story Brian. I had read George was pretty distraught after losing his company and probably had a lot to do with his passing at age 59. I know I used many Hurst items over the years and they were all quality products. Thanks George, and may you rest in peace.

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        Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

        Originally posted by fast Ed
        Another great story, Brian. Jaws of Life, who would have known? :o


        cheers
        Ed N.
        Yep. Fireman refer to it as "the Hurst".

        This is a gearhead guy that everyone should know. He lived the American dream.

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        • #5
          Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

          My first Hurst shifter.......

          I've mentioned Duane Meulling on here before. He was a Pontiac racer who lived in Milford, MI and worked for Pontiac at the Proving Grounds. His wife had a '59 Catalina (black 2 door HT) with a 3 speed. It had a flat handled Hurst - the handle was shaped sort of like an upside-down "!". The "period" at the end was about 2" in diameter and had 2 orange discs of plastic fastened thru the center of the period to hold them on, making a sandwich of a plastic disc, the flat handle, then another plastic disc. As a 13 year old, it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen - and I've never seen another one. Does anyone know if this was a standard thing or maybe something Duane had made?

          My early Hurst memories.

          Dan

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          • #6
            Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

            Three reasons the man should be made a saint- no more missed shifts in a stick car - jaws of life - LINDA VAUGHN!!!!!!!!!! [maybe not in that order]. Wasn't Linda "plan B" in Gumball Rally?
            Jeremy George in Windsor NY

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            • #7
              Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

              hiring the worlds coolest person - linda vaughan - means george rules

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              • #8
                Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                thanks Brian, I read once before that one of Mr.Hurst's acts was getting the name "jaws of life" changed back to the original name "the Hurst Rescue Tool. "
                I have some neat Hurst stuff, from visitor passes and business cards from the Warrminster plant to a HURST AID sticker along with a blank prescription card . Does anybody knows what Im talking about ?
                Reading , Pa
                Good Guys rodders rep.
                "putting the seat down is women's work" Archie Bunker.
                Ban low performance drivers not high performance cars .

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                • #9
                  Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                  ...And,


                  there would be no Hurst/Olds without him.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                    Originally posted by ls7gto
                    thanks Brian, I read once before that one of Mr.Hurst's acts was getting the name "jaws of life" changed back to the original name "the Hurst Rescue Tool. "
                    I have some neat Hurst stuff, from visitor passes and business cards from the Warrminster plant to a HURST AID sticker along with a blank prescription card . Does anybody knows what Im talking about ?
                    From a Shifty Doc. clinic at a race.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                      yep, it is one of my prize possessions. Haven't seen another, except for on old race footage. ( along with my motion chevy book with price list!) I have a video that shows the clinic at the nationals at Indy.
                      Reading , Pa
                      Good Guys rodders rep.
                      "putting the seat down is women's work" Archie Bunker.
                      Ban low performance drivers not high performance cars .

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                      • #12
                        Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                        I recently installed my first Hurst shifter. 3 speed Master Shift in a 77 Chevy pickup. I've driven them before, never installed one. Sure is fun chirping tires in a six cylinder pickup. Even a 3 speed unit is built like a tank.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                          Originally posted by SpiderGearsMan
                          hiring the worlds coolest person - linda vaughan - means george rules
                          George Hurst was a HUGE employer of disabled vets,and a big supporter
                          of all military personnel.He appreceiated the sacrifices that they made.
                          Calypornya...near the beach

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                          • #14
                            Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                            Wanting to replace the crappy stock floor shifeter in my '85 Camaro....and you can bet yer ass I'm eyeballing a Hurst.

                            Only aftermarket shifter my father will ever buy.....still remember the day he cut the trans tunnel to install the 3-speed in his Chevelle.......big chromed Hurst stick, with a red "H" under the chrome cut-out on the boot.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Gearhead Guys You Should Know: George Hurst

                              Another great article Brian. Mr. Hurst was certainly an innovator.

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