Gene Benson founded
Flat-o Products, Inc. in the mid 1980s He has been in the
transmission business all his life. Genes dad Ray Benson founded
Automatic Transmission Specialties in 1961. At that time Gene was
5 years old. Like most young kids whose dads are in the automotive
business, he grew up involved in it.
In the early years, Genes responsibilities
were to fill the pop machine and keep the floors swept. Gradually he started
doing service work on transmissions. Before he had his drivers
license he was overhauling a variety of transmissions. He continued to
work in the shop while going to high school. After graduation from high school,
he went to community college, earning his associate in science degree.
In 1976 Gene and his dad were looking
forward to working together, but two weeks after Genes graduation from
college Ray Benson died. Gene and his mom Shirley who also
worked at the shop picked up the ball and continued on. Gene also loved to work
on the strange and different projects whenever possible usually revolving
around hot rods and racecars.
Around 1980 Gene started to develop the
Flat-o Matic kit. By 1982 he was in full production and
hasnt looked back. After the Flat-o Matic kit he developed the
Shorty C-4; the Chevord Y Block open drive. (Thats a
C-4 to Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Buick, and Cadillac) His to do
list is quiet long, with other new things to develop.
In June of 1999
Gene looked around and decided to concentrate solely on Flat-o Products,
Inc. and the adapters, so Automatic Transmission Specialties was
closed after 38 years of operation. Says Gene; Theres
no enough hours in the day to do it all. Our goal at Flat-o Products,
Inc. is to provide great parts at reasonable prices for your
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