Lee Hunter

Inducted 1992

Developed the “Kwikurent” device that permitted the rapid charging of a car battery without removing the battery from the car

Invented a revolutionary machine that allowed the balancing of car wheels while they were spinning on the car

Founded Hunter Engineering in 1946 and became a national leader in the development and production of automotive repair equipment

When everyone said it couldn’t be done, Lee Hunter did it. In 1936, while Hunter was establishing himself as a highly skilled engineer, it was commonly believed that it was impossible to charge a car battery while the battery remained in the car. Hunter developed a device he called the “Kwikurent” and changed the course of automotive history. Hunter’s attention to detail and his drive for perfection then led to the development of wheel alignment and balancing technologies that revolutionized the repair and maintenance of wheels and tires. An inventive genius, Hunter held hundreds of patents and published papers on a variety of engineering topics. Although Hunter and his company were highly successful, his friend William Danforth observed that making money was not Hunter’s objective. Rather, his goal was to do what others could not do and to be productive.

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