The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
This Newsletter is published for the members of the Chrysler 300 Club International. All rights reserved. Publication will be at irregular intervals. Not responsible for errors or omissions.
Fifteenth Issue June 27, 2014
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
One Last Thing
Out The Door
Chrysler 300 Club International
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Benson, MD., 21018

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Green lights and blue skies to you Ed.
Don Cole's spring meet in Mystic -- what a great time. We are already working on the event report for Mystic -- watch for the link in the next edition of the 300 "e" news. If you have photos you would like to see in the event report, send them to
Speaking of Don Cole, I know you will enjoy this old video from the 1997 Frankenmuth meet where Don goes topless in his ram K.

Our next meet is in Alamogordo and the deadline for registration is near. Make your plans soon!

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Club Events

Fall 2014 : This will be a joint meet between the 300 clubs in Alamogordo, New Mexico, September 17 - 21, 2014. Our hosts will be Bill and Marilyn Allen. The meet hotel is the Fairfield Inn & Suites Alamogordo, 300 Panorama Boulevard, Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310. The $94 rooms and $99 suites are available to us if booked by July 1, 2014.
Click here for the meet registration form.
Click here for more information on activities and events.

Future Meets:
Spring 2015: To Be Announced
Fall 2015: In Macungie, PA, hosted by Mark Souders, Tony Rinaldi, and Tony Bevacqua. August 5-9, 2015 for a Joint Meet celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Chrysler 300 Marque. Spring 2016: Hosted by Keith and Judy Boonstra in Holland, Michigan. Details to follow in future editions of the newsletters.
For more information, contact our meet coordinator Ray Jones at
Feature Stories
Blasts From The Past
From newsletters of the 1970's and 80's, here are stories that haven't seen the
light of day for years and deserve another look.

A "B" For The Boss' Son
by Jim Treat

My 300 Story
by Bill Codner

In the next issue, the 300Bs of Phil Irish and John Lazenby
and the G of Brian Frank.
Tech Articles

Why Won't My Horn Blow?
Adventures with a 62 300.
Steering Shaft Ground Strap

(Video 9:24)

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

Video Corner
Click for the video
Our 1998 Meet in South Bend, Indiana.
Video by Dave Schwandt (14:58)
includes a tour of the Hummer plant
and we take our cars to the drag races.
Members Say
From Jamie Hyde:
Working on a hood pad, I removed and soaked those 19 metal retaining clips in a pan of EvapoRust I bought at Tractor Supply. The stuff worked great and after a quick shot of Rustoleum satin black, they look factory fresh. This is the stuff and it works great on those parts too small to handle or too fragile to wire brush.
From Ed Mills:
Tire Availability Survey - Large 14 & 15 Whitewalls.
Seeing the recent tire discussions, and noting the decreasing availability of larger size whitewall tires, I thought this may be of interest. Click here for the full article.
From Jamie Hyde:
For those who want to add the benefits of an AC fan Shroud to their non AC J or K 300ís, or just want to replace a damaged, or missing Fan Shroud on your car, these now can be obtained from Vans LLC as a reproduced part. Their item number is CHBFAN001, the Chrysler part numbers are 2417423 and 2417427.
From the web:
New interior door handles are available for the 1963-1965 Chryslers for $39.85/pair from Hoover Auto Parts. Click here.
Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
If you like picture puzzles, here are three new ones. We have the 300C of Duane DeButts, the 300K tail, and the 300F tail lights.
"What Is Wrong With This Picture" from the last issue.

This car has the rear bumper on the front.
See the notch at the bumper center? That is for the gas filler.
Click to enlarge for a better view.

I had been browsing through some photos of the recent Detroit auto show and came across one of a 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible. It might well have been my car back in the early 70's - maybe I'll find out who now owns it but it is too coincidental to not wonder.

Anyway, I was married in 76 and drove that car up to Detroit where my new bride and I were relocated from Pittsburgh. I had contacted the Riehls previously to talk 300's and he had me join the club. George and his wife treated me as if I were a long lost relative. They helped us get familiar with the area and we landed in Belleville in some apartments along I-96 and I believe they lived in nearby Ann Arbor.

George introduced me to Duane DeButts as well. I had to sell that old car since we lived in an apartment and, just starting out, I did not have it's restoration as a priority. It is one that I still wish had not "gotten away". The Riehls and Duane found it a new home. If it's the same car, it was truly a barn find I located in Latrobe, PA while working in that area in 1973 or so. There were not that many cream white C convertibles with beige interiors I suspect so, there's a fair chance that car was once owned by me. I also had a 65 300L coupe too - maybe also rare as it was not the most desirable and last of the letter series but, it did have a 4 speed - and factory reverb radio too!!

Having been out of the 300 "loop" for decades, when that old 300 (now fully restored at the Detroit show) popped up, I looked up the club and then learned of George's passing. I guess Eleanor had preceded him. My, how time flies and my sadness is only tempered by the memories of the hospitality the Riehls extended to us during our time in Detroit.

Best Regards: Ted Brine, Pittsburgh, PA

Jeff Miklas writes:
I'm attaching a photo of my L from the first Mystic meet (1978). In the car with Dee is Margie Cutler and Carol Cole.
We arrived at that meet late evening after the long alternator mounting bolt snapped at the threads and threw all the belts. Amazingly, we found all four replacement belts at one service station where the attendant helped me "jury-rig" the alternator. As we pulled into the motel portico, the radiator just popped like a relief valve. Quite a sight; steam enveloping the car and the motel entrance. I let the car cool down a little, but then it wouldn't start. The engine or the starter was too hot and it acted like the engine was seized. A few guys got together and pushed me so I could catch it in gear. I drove to a service station and bought one of those little bottles of brass pellets and poured them in the radiator. Unbelievably, the car made it all the way home without any more cooling problems.
The sides of that car were all dinged up with hundreds of small dents. I used a load of spot putty on the sides, but it came out wavy. I painted the car silver to help hide the poor bodywork, but I left the original black below the beltline unpainted. Still that way today.