The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Issue 51 December 9, 2020
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Those Were The Days
Final Thought
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Is the s or is it the c
in scent that is silent?

Patience is a virtue.
It's just not one of my virtues.
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Spring Meet in Greenville
The meet has been postponed for another year. This doggone bug has been tough to get a handle on and the best way to ensure we have a safe and fun-filled meet is to postpone. We will provide updates on the spring 2022 meet as well as our September 2021 meet in our printed publications, our web site and the ENews.

Elections. Due to the virus, it has been a while since we had elections. Like me, I bet most people have forgotten how they work. In the Final Thought section, Gloria Moon writes with a recap and how we are working to hold elections in 2021.

In addition to our regular features, we have a new installment of the Lefty-Lobstah forum and four videos from Mike Meier of the 2019 meet in Minnesota.
Our Members Say section is proving popular and growing bigger. I am glad to see it. Keep your comments coming -- we have no limit on space.

The Club list server has moved from Yahoo to Google Groups. If you are a club member and would like to join the group, contact Bob Merritt or Don Warnaar.

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Club Events

Future Meets:
Fall 2021: September 15-21, 2021 (tentative) in Auburn Hills, Michigan, hosted by John Begian.  The host hotel will be the Auburn Hills Marriott, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, MI 48341. The Chrysler 300 Club group room rates are $109 for a guest room and $130 for a guest room with M Club Access.   Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 248-253-9800 and specifying Chrysler 300 Club. Check our newsletters for more information.
Spring 2022 : April 20 - 24, 2022 (tentative) in Greenville, South Carolina. Hosted by Tom Cox and Jim Benson, our hotel will be the Greenville Marriott and we will have more information in future newsletters.

For more information, contact Ray Jones at or
Carlton Schroeder at
Feature Stories
The Lefty-Lobstah Forum
With one in California and one in Maine, the Lefty-Lobstah forum is a coast to coast discussion
of life, letter cars, and news of the day. Join Larry Jett and Doug Mayer as they match wits
and trade opinions. Click here for volume two.
Blasts From The Past
From newsletters of the 1970's, 80's and 90's, here are stories that haven't
seen the light of day for years and deserve another look.
My Fifty Dollar Car

by Rev. Carl Kreps
How I Spent My Summer Vacation

by Bob Badyna
Hey Lefty
13 14 15
New Old Event Reports

Altoona, Iowa - May 4 - 6, 1989

Pittsburgh, PA - August 17-19, 1989

Tech Articles

John Grady writes about hazards
from a failed convertible top switch.
Click here to read his experience.
John Grady writes about
debris in brake lines.
Click here.

We are looking for new technical articles. Please send whatever you think is helpful to

Video Corner
Quick Jacks and Adjusting
Brakes 62 Chrysler

Video (17:08)
1963 and 64 Chrysler
Passenger Mirror

Video (15.22)
Mike Meier's Videos of the July 2019 meet in Minnesota
Volume 1
Trips to Berry Cam, Engelke Crank Grinding, the Minnetonka Drive In Diner, the private car collection of Classic Auto Repair. Cars and talk in the hotel parking lot, and a look at Randy Guyer's cars.
Volume 2
More of Randy Guyer's cars, a trip to a collection of Hudsons and Buicks, French Lake Auto Parts, and more car talk in the hotel parking lot.
Volume 3
Car talk in the hotel parking lot. Club meet banquet.
Volume 4
10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance. March 2019 Duluth Motorhead Madness
Members Say

Bob Kelley writes:
I am replying to your Jerry Kocur tribute to report the where abouts of the 300F in Bill Elder's 1997 photo. This past spring in another E-News "Blast From The Past" article I noticed a photo of Jerry with Don Warnaar. From what I have learned few people have seen Jerry's other car, our 300F now in Wisconsin. 
You did this car end up in Wisconsin in 2019.  I am a testament that the "300 Wanted" on the club website works as I was contacted by member Jim Mikolajczak who obtained possession of the 300F after Jerry passed. Jim sorted out many vehicle issues resulting in this car being a very dependable letter car.     
Knowing Jerry had passed, I phoned Don Warnaar to learn more about Jerry and some vehicle details during his ownership which may have started in the late 70's. Don recalled Tim Flock and Jerry getting together in 1997 and Tim signing the F glove box door. Jerry preferred driving his 300K to meets likewise few members have seen this car. 
I am asking any club member to contact me that may know more about the vehicle ownership/history prior to or during Jerry's possession.   
Bob Kelley, or 414-651-4180

Jeff Miklas writes:
The 300L 4-speed transmission mount is slightly different from the 300L automatic transmission mount. See photos. The mounts are similar enough however, that if a 4-speed mount is un-attainable, the auto mount can be drilled and be made to fit.
The mounts pictured are IMPERIAL SERVICES units.

Nick Taylor writes:
I picked up another 300F press kit and it was missing most of the photos but did include this one that I'd not seen before. Obviously showing that the leather is breathable. I didn't get the press copy that went with it unfortunately.

Guy Morice writes in reply:
My 2 cents. I have the 300E press kit.  The picture of the woman blowing smoke through the basket weave leather of the 300 F is probably the same shot as the 300E from a year earlier. My 300E photo has the accompanying description of the photo.....touting the “living leather” as an industry first. It is dated December 16, 1958.

Larry Jett writes:
Angad Manco found these papers in a raft of paper work included with the purchase of his 300G. There are
a few pages from a 1974 newsletter. You might like to read about how things were back then. Even 45 years ago
they were dealing with hard to find parts. You might like to see the cars-for-sale section with included
not one but two L 4 speeds plus a 4 speed F. Oh, if I could go back in time.

Mike Wenrich writes:
While continuing my restoration on a Silver Edition 300K I noticed the passenger side C pillar K emblem did not sit exactly vertical -- it has a slight clockwise offset. I looked at the driver side and it is dead nuts vertical.  I checked a parts car and found the same thing -- driver side vertical and passenger side tilted.  Have you noticed this before?  I can drill a new centering hole but maybe there is some reason for this????

I checked two K coupes and found the same tilt. Let's hear from other K owners. And while we are at it, we should check the J for the same thing.

Charlie from Ottawa writes:
I'm probably not the first one to mention this, but I think the club should offer a non print membership at a reduced cost. Except for the members 300 stories, most of what is in the news letters is on the clubs website. My main interest is mainly exchange of info. / views via this chat room. Mailing news letters is probably one, if not the largest, club expense. I'm betting half the membership would share my opinion. With each new news letter I receive, 50% of the content is not new - club reproduction items, classified etc. Perhaps the club could come up with a digital news letter option as well.

What do you think about Charlie's idea? Let us know at

Remember that show from the late 80s that had a C convertible (Andy Jugle's car)? I found out that you can buy that
TV series on DVDs from For something like $30 you get all 43 episodes.

John Grady writes:
I am working on a D that has a previous incompleted restoration. I was stumped for the longest time with engine clearance issues -- it was too close to the steering link. It turns out the motor mounts were installed wrong. It is possible on these cars to install the mount on the wrong side of the casting blocks on the engine. See the picture for correct mounting. I also found the transmission crossmember can be installed flipped 180. These are two things you should check if you are having clearance and alignment issues with your engine. Correctly installed, there should be 1/2" or more clearance between the oil pan and the steering.

Ron Kurtz writes:
Here is the next installment on the restoration of E #292:
Assembly began with the installation of the front and rear suspensions after "bench" fitting of all components were completed to assure all parts were included and fit together properly, including all brake components.
On the front, the tie rod ends and link were left off so the brake support plates could be swung to either side to ease the torqueing down of the support plate and brake cylinder bolts. Installation of the shoes went smoothly, thanks to tips received from several members.
Because the torsion bars will be installed after the body is lifted from the frame, I installed wooden blocks between the frame and the lower control arms to compensate for the bars.
The differential unit, rebuilt by Don Verity, was lifted by a floor jack and carefully "walked" into the housing, followed by installation of the axles. Axles and bearing races were marked "Left" and "Right" at time of disassembly for correct mating on reinstallation.
Next up: getting the car on its feet.

Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
Restoration Spotlight
by Jamie Hyde

For the 300F, my brake drums were shot so I got new ones from Craig Stanley, Mobile Parts King 516-485-1935. I had my shoes religned and arched to the drum by Rochester Clutch & Brake, 827 Phillips RD Victor NY 14564, 585-924-3717. They offer rebuild and bonding service. These new drums re-use the old hub centers but the fit is nice and tight. Rochester Clutch also did the install of the hubs.

One of those things I understand and then I don't understand is the turn signal switch. That doggone thing is so simple and yet so confusing. I came across this schematic that seems to clear things up and thought it might be of general benefit.

Jamie Hyde says:
Here is a picture of the new exhaust system pieces I got for the F from Accurate Exhaust Products, 7125 Hwy 99N, Roseburg, Oregon, 97470. (541) 672-2661. These muffler hangers are the correct 2-1/4 size for 60 61 62 Chryslers. The tail pipe hanger and clamp are very close to the originals and the best I could find anywhere.

If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones. Take your pick of "JMac and Don", "Stan's D", or "Ram K."
Those Were The Days
Jim McDonnell sends these photos from Florida. These are from the 2012 Garlits meet with
me & my Silver K , Stan Arthur, 300D , George Clineman, Ram K & Herb McCandless & his Imperial.

Gloria Moon writes:
With this virus messing up our plans, you might be wondering what is going on with elections of the officers and directors. The way it is supposed to work, every two years the officers run for election. At the spring meet business meeting, candidates are nominated and accept or decline the nomination.  Nominations of any club member may be made if they are not in attendance and are aware of the nomination and have accepted. If nominations are brought to the floor for more candidates than the current slate, then we publish ballots which are included in the next club publication. Your completed ballots are mailed to the Secretary and the new slate of officers is announced at next business meeting.
The election of directors follows the same idea but is every three years and they are elected at the fall meet.
Last year, we should have had elections for the officers and the directors. When the virus hit, we lost our opportunity and the easiest thing was to extend terms another 12 months.
This year we are better prepared and on the assumption we don't have the spring meet, in lieu of our normal business meeting where nominations are made and voting occurs, we are doing it by mail. Look for more information on this in our next printed club publications.