Anyone good at date coding other brand Hurst Comp./Plus shift mech?

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  1. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    Local gent wants my #3138 Hurst Competition shifter mechanism (Oldsmoblie)

    Could use some help on what I think is the date code under "HURST COMPETITION/PLUS"
    "11 7B2" kinda looks like November 67 and rest is week and day?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
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  2. buick64203

    buick64203 Buick Hunter Staff Member

    From the number, it looks like a 64-68ish shifter. I would say that is November 1967. After that, they put the number vertically. I don't know what the B2 stands for. Pete Serio says in his book that the factory shifters were stamped for internal purposes. Likely due to the fact that they had to warranty them for the big three.
     
  3. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    Thank ya Jason:cool:
     
  4. buick64203

    buick64203 Buick Hunter Staff Member

    No problem. What chrome handle is on it?
     
  5. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    Crusty,major oxidized vintage Hurst T handle
     
  6. buick64203

    buick64203 Buick Hunter Staff Member

    The reason I ask is it were a 442 handle, we might be able to verify the year.
     
  7. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    It should have a series of numbers like this:
     

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  8. buick64203

    buick64203 Buick Hunter Staff Member

    Brian, I believe they moved them there around 69/70. The early ones seems to be dated under the Hurst stamping
     
  9. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    My bad, she says Fo Fo Two on her and an "H"
    # 3608 or something stick
     
  10. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

  11. buick64203

    buick64203 Buick Hunter Staff Member

    Brian might know a little better, but the early 66/67 442 shifters have a square end where the threads are. The 68/69's are tapered. Yours looks like a 68/69 which would fall in line with the shifter date of 11/67. That would of gone in a 1968 model year 442
     
  12. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    Yes,the earlier ones had more of a square stub at the threads. Yours is a 67-69. That mechanism should work with your 5335 handle though. If you want it period-correct,you would want one like I pictured above,with the numbers along the edge.
    Here is a 67-69 “442” shifter that I bent to to an exact copy of a 70-72 Cutlass/442 console shifter.
     

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