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Issue 55 August 6, 2021
In This Issue
News
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Puzzles
Those Were The Days
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News
John Begian writes:
Hi Everyone! I hope you are getting ready to come to Michigan for the 2021 Fall Meet! This is a friendly reminder that we are coming up on the registration deadline soon. We would like to have everything in by August 15th; this really helps with planning!
We have the following events set up: Ford Piquette Avenue Tour, Chrysler Historical Collection Tour, Stahl's Museum Tour, Road Rally, and Dinner Cruise on the Detroit Princess. The car show will be held in conjunction with Mid-Michigan Mopars at the Hub restaurant. We can check out the great cars and trucks in an all-Mopar setting.
We have several letter cars coming, but still need to fill in some of them, like C300, B, D, and J. The venues are great, so please bring your car! With all these great events planned and the chance to catch up with old and new 300 friends, get those registrations in the mail!
Club Events

Fall 2021: September 15-19, 2021 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, 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 guestroom and $130 for a guestroom with M Club Access. The M club lounge option includes complimentary breakfast, Hors d'oeuvres, Dessert. We have a full side lot that will be blocked off for our cars and a back lot for trailer parking. For reservations call the hotel at 248-253-9800 and specify Chrysler 300 Club or reserve on line. Click here for the meet registration form.

Spring 2022: April 27 - May 1, 2022 in Greenville, South Carolina. Hosted by Tom Cox and Jim Benson, our hotel will be the Greenville Marriott. We will have more information in future newsletters.


For more information, contact Ray Jones at 1970hurst@gmail.com or
Carlton Schroeder at schroe99@newnorth.net
Feature Stories
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.

New Old Event Reports

New Hope, PA - May 12 - 15, 1993


Chardon, Ohio - September 15 - 18, 1993

Tech Articles

Video Corner
July 17 mini-meet

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Sunday drive in the K

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What?
I came across an old magazine from 1957 and thought
you might get a kick out of some of the things I found.
Members Say

Frank Newhouse writes:
Last summer the restoration shop purchased a complete wiring harness for my 1961 300G. They got it from Ynz Yesterday's Parts, 333 East Stuart Ave. Unit A, Redlands, CA 92374 (909) 798-1498. Take a look at their web page. They sell a whole lot more than just wiring harnesses. They number and have a description sheet where each wire goes. They were great.


Jeff Miklas writes:
I've attached some pics of the top-plate bezel for a 4-speed 300L console. If you are lucky enough to own a 4-speed 300L but the console top plate bezel is badly pitted or damaged, it is simple to replace. Find a nice condition bezel from an automatic console. It doesn't even have to be from a "Chrysler" console. Plymouth and Dodge were the same. Chrysler in it's cost-saving genius used the same part for auto and manual transmissions company-wide (cast#2490614) See photos:
Removing the Vacuum gauge from the auto unit, see that the mounting structure is the same as that of the tachometer. I've shown with dotted lines the material that must be removed to fit the 4-speed top plate, just as the Chrysler workers did back then. All that is left is to drill two small holes for the top plate center trim screws. (Arrows) Use your existing 4-speed top plate as a template. The holes for the top plate rear trim screws are already there.


George Ver Berkmoes writes:
Here are pictures of the medallion from Tony Rinaldi attached to the grill of my "L".


Larry Jett writes:
SIRs (Sons In Retirement) is a CA organization for retired gents. We have about 13,000 members in individual branches. Branch #59 is in Fremont CA and the CEO of the 158 members is called the Big Sir. Our monthly magazine, The Pathfinder, has a column about a member and I was chosen for July. If you would like to read the article, click here.


Al MacDonald writes:
Does anyone know what these are?
They came out of an old Dodge dealership.


Jeff Miklas writes:
Here is something you don't see very often. It is the shifter out of my 62 300 Sport 3-speed manual. It is the same shifter as the 300G 3-speed manual.


Jean-Yves Chouinard writes:
I thought I would write you a summary of my little research about rear window top trim on 300F, to put to rest this topic for the time being.
I have data on 25 cars. The SO Number on body code plates range from January 11 to June 16, 1960. Of the 25 cars, 4 cars have a one joint upper trim and all the others have three joints. The one joint cars have SO numbers : January 20, February 8 and 19 and June 14. From this I can't draw any conclusions. I assume the three joint upper trim was the preferred trim, with one joint replacing three joint when the factory ran out of three joint trim.
Thank you to all that send me their data.


Jeff Miklas writes:
I am looking for additional photos of these cars. Anyone have a lead?
Contact Jeff at Ldmiklas@comcast.net


Dave Schwandt sent in a PDF for the modern mix of Aztec Turquoise. Click here to download the file.


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

I just returned (July 12, 2021) from the Chrysler Event at Carlisle in PA. where I spoke with Dave (Quirey Quality Designs) and Chris (Legendary Auto Interiors) about seat foams. Both stated the same thing; seat foam chemicals are in very short supply, if you can get them at all. This is only a temporary situation. It is covid related at the chemical factory and should be easing shortly. Legendary has a year supply of the chemicals but they have a half year backlog of orders, and they do not stock seat foam -- everything is made to order. Dave had been checking with his foam supplier every few days. Dave told me that his supplier saw an increase from $200 to $2000 dollars for a tank of chemicals. Dave does not feel he cannot justify the price increase he would have to charge us for seat foam and is waiting for costs come down. Dave feels this price drop will happen very soon. Dave asked that you send an email to Todd to see the status of your seat foam order.
I also spoke with Bob Baker (ABC Moparts). Bob told me he cannot get supplies to make his dash pads or arm rests. As soon as I hear something I will pass it along to the club.

For J and K Ram owners in need of a spare Booster Check valve, check out this Dorman #80190 which I bought from RockAuto for $2.76. I needed a new check valve for my J and this is what Dorman supplied as an alternative to the factory part. The new valve is black while the original Chrysler valve (part number 2401870) is white but those are impossible to find now.
More from Carl Bilter: This Dorman valve is a inlet from the booster and 11/32 (close to 3/8) outlet to the engine manifold as indicated in the photo. The outlet is no problem -- use an 11/32 hose to connect it to the ram manifold. For the inlet from the booster, 15/32 hose can be used (closest available to ). A Gates 28609 vacuum hose connector/reducer can be used unobtrusively somewhere between the check valve and the booster to connect the 15/32 hose from the check valve to the 3/8 hose to the booster. The Gates connector is also available at Rock Auto or some local parts stores.

Puzzles
If you like picture puzzles, here are three new ones from Larry Jett. Take your pick of "Dramatic F", "Three 300", or "Blue Coupe."
Those Were The Days

Don Warnaar and his L turning 50 years old (2015).
I asked my wife to hand me a screwdriver.
She says: "Flat head, Phillips or vodka?"
That was when I knew she was the one.
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