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Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by Sidecar » Sat May 05, 2007 5:54 pm

I'm getting tired of the black ball shifter knob. Where can I find a nice selection to pick a couple of new ones ??

TIA !



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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by Cotten » Sat May 05, 2007 7:23 pm

Everybody (with a hand shift) should have a collection of knobs to suit their moods.
Find a buddy with a lathe, and have a coin of your year inset into a cheapie.
One of my customers has consigned me a selection including many foreign coins, as well as NRA medallions, etc.....will have them at Davenport, of course.

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Post by Billy » Sat May 05, 2007 11:56 pm

Yeah, ya can't have too many cool hand shift knobs!!
Right Weez !! :)
My P/up truck, I drilled & tapped a Que Ball off a pool table..[they didn't miss it] Many things can easily turned into a cool knob..
Or if ya just wanna find a cool knob
try http://www.mooneyes.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Wild selection!!! with links "World wide"

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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by mbskeam » Sun May 06, 2007 4:45 am

hello, try http://www.flameball.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
they have some cool balls. got one on my bike, they avg. about 60.00$
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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by Cotten » Sun May 06, 2007 7:13 am

$60 !!!!!!!
That takes all of the fun out of it.
Back to old doorknobs for me!
(PS: My fellow's custom knobs average $15 to $25, and will install any of your favorite AA coins or whatever tokens for a more moderate price.)
I did it as a courtesy for my better customers for two decades. Particularly Liberty half-dollars.
My personal favorites are compasses that always point at the motor.

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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by Billy » Sun May 06, 2007 11:09 am

60 clams!! Wow. I think I'll keep making my own. Or a mooneyes, many choices, highest priced is I think $25.
But they don't glow at night...
Dice cube shifters are simple, go to Ebay & look up Gambling Accessories & find a pair of 1 1/4" dice the type/color you want $10-20 bucks to your door. Drill & tap. & you're shifting with your own modified knob. & you got an extra, you can sell & your knob is now FREE.
Cotten is right [as usual] old glass door knobs are very cool & easy to modify.

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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by Cotten » Sun May 06, 2007 4:34 pm

The really desireable knob is the 3/4-sized 8-balls.
The Western world uses full sized pool balls, but smaller ones are/were popular in the Orient for many years, so availability was difficult in the US.
I found mine as a keychain ornament in a billiards supply. They couldn't get them any other way.
One-off-custom knobs will always rule. Like my briarwood one, cut from a Dr. Graybow pipe (or however it's spelled) with a dial thermometer in it.
Can we get back to serious tech now?

Oooh,ooh,... I forgot to mention my.......nevermind.

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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by mbskeam » Sun May 06, 2007 7:03 pm

hello, I know 60.00 is a lot, I searched for somthing diff. and this is what I came up with. the ball I got lights up with small bulb. the bulb I replaced with a high intensity led. a small tube that follows the profile of the shifter arm is for the wire to run up to the shift ball. looks pretty cool at night.
:)
mbskeam

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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by dj » Sun May 06, 2007 10:21 pm

I don't have a tank shifter....*sniff*.....but I used a handle off of an old machinist's lathe for a foot shifter on my Pan when I owned it the first time around in the late 70's....Nice shape and it had a lot more *presence* than a stock shifter peg.

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Post by Sidecar » Mon May 07, 2007 2:21 am

Lotsa good ideas !!!!!!!!
You guys have opened my eyes. Stuff I haven't even considered. I can see that I'll need some room for my future collection of knobs !!

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Post by Cotten » Mon May 07, 2007 6:12 am

Just to make this a "tech" thread:
I have an ultra-light "racing" knob in my collection: cut from pure magnesium. ;o)
One that is missing from my collection is the OEM yellow marble-ized plastic one with the red circular inset. Very sought after!

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Post by Sidecar » Mon May 07, 2007 9:34 am

I ordered a blue 8 ball from Flameball. Couldn't resist it. It's seems that the real fancy stuff is expensive. I'm not lookin' for the fancy stuff though.
Mooneyes has some nice ones also !!!!

Too much $$$$

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Post by Cotten » Mon May 07, 2007 1:12 pm

Doh!
That's exactly the one I was trying to describe.
My first resto was a '50 that had one upon it.
It's enough to make me almost use a stoopid smiley to show my despair.

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Post by Sidecar » Mon May 07, 2007 5:34 pm

I've been thinkin' 'bout old door knobs and I've got a mental picture of a glass knob in my head. I think it must have been the knob on the front door of our house while I was growing up.
I'm gonna start lookin' 'round the antique stores. There is a ton of them 'round here. Maybe I can find the one imprinted in the grey matter ?

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Re: Where is all the tank shifter knobs at

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Post by King » Tue May 08, 2007 3:01 am

I've got all sorts of things laying around that will make good knobs. What is the thread size for the tap?

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