The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Issue 54 June 15, 2021
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Those Were The Days
Final Thought
Chrysler 300 Club International
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It's time to breakout! After a year which keep us apart it's time to come back together at the Fall Meet, the 50th anniversary of the Chrysler 300 Club International. This year's meet will be held September 15-19 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Several great events are planned, including tours of the Chrysler Historical Collection, Stahl's Museum and the Ford Piquette Avenue Museum, A dinner cruise rounds out the tours, followed by the Saturday car show and banquet.
This meet represents a milestone in our club's history, and I look forward to your support of the event not only by attending, but also by bringing your 300! If you have repairs to do or upgrades, now is the time to get ready. Let's get all the letters represented this year for our 50th! After all, it's Better in a Letter!
The registration form lists the all events and pricing, please contact me if you have any questions. I hope to see you, and your 300, at the Fall '21 Meet!
John Begian '21 Fall Meet Chair
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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 (tentative) 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 or
Carlton Schroeder at
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

Dayton, OH - May 21 - 23, 1992

Kerrville, TX - August 8 - 11, 1992

Tech Articles

1960-64 Motor Mounts.

Video (7:34)

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Video Corner
Mike Meier's Videos of the September 2009 meet in Branson
Volume 9
Parking lot chatter, the club car show and judging.
Volume 10
More of the club car show plus the Branson Auto Museum.
Volume 11
More of the Branson Auto museum and the club banquet.
Volume 12
More of the awards banquet and then coverage of the Midwest Fall swap meet.

I came across an old magazine from Nov 1955 and thought you might get a kick out of some of the things I found.
Members Say

Randy Guyer writes:
For those that can't get enough of the 300C, there is this A link to my latest car video that I thought you might get a kick out of…

Henry Mitchell writes:
One more thing I learned the hard way on the C. If the transmission is out of the car after the transmission has been rebuilt, it is very easy to remove the control cable housing. It is exceedingly difficult to remove the housing with the transmission in the car. Remove the housing and check to see if the spring lock to the transmission control cable receiver is oriented correctly. The spring lock can be installed either way, upside down or right side up, which means that, if it is mounted upside down, the spring lock must be pulled (with tiny tiny fabricated needle nose pliers) instead of pushed with a screwdriver to release the control cable like it shows in the book. The unique tiny tiny needle nose pliers is now part of my extensive, growing collection of Chrysler-specific tools. After the transmission is in the car, if you don’t know the spring lock is upside-down, you can push on the spring lock for days-months-years with a screwdriver and never get the control cable to release.
I am glad to hear someone else encountered this. See for my adventures on a 62.
Dave Dumais writes:
I was looking for information regarding the placement of the Pentastar ornament on the passenger front fender of my 64 and I received awesome feed back. I made a template and include it here for those that might need this information. The actual template has to be held in place for hole transfers. Click here for a larger version.
Pete Fitch writes:
A seat belt story: I had the G out for a short drive to the store one Sunday morning when I got stuck in one of those police registration/seat belt checks where they close one lane and make you crawl through while they check. In any event, when I got to the cop he told me to pull over, and I figured he wanted to check out the G, which is not uncommon. He then informed me that he was going to ticket me for not wearing a seat belt, whereupon I told him that the car didn't have seat belts. This cop was maybe 35 years old, and told me "All cars have seat belts." I suggested that, to save himself some embarrassment, perhaps he should check with the stationhouse, or at least someone over the age of 50 and ask about seatbelts. He started to argue with me and I told him that, in fact, seat belts were not standard back in the 60's before he was born. He grudgingly went off to his car, or somewhere, and came back 10 minutes later with a sour look on his face and said "You can go!" I tried to tell him that I understood why he wouldn't know about the seatbelts, but he wasn't interested in hearing it. Anyone else have a similar story?

Randy Guyer writes:
I was just looking around on You Tube and found this video from 2019. The restoration of a toreador red F convertible.

Angad Singh writes:
I found this attached to my 300 G carpet.

You can read more about Barwick Mills at this link.

Jack Boyle writes:
I've been trying to figure out the differences between 1955 and 1956 instrument panel gauges. The faces look the same but 55 would be 6 volt and 56 is 12 volts. After many emails and searches, the photo shows the easiest identifier – the Bakelite insulator plate is shaped differently as shown on these fuel gauges. The temperature gauges looks to have the same differences in the Bakelite.

Keith Boonstra writes:
Andy Mikonis won a Golden Quill Award for the Chrysler 300 Club News again!
Way to go, Andy! Thank you.
Angad Singh writes:
I found these papers under the console of the G. They were taped to the seat frame.

Great Caesar's Ghost! You have found the build sheets! And in amazingly good condition too!

Marshall Larson writes:
Harbourside Place April 2021
Participants Choice First Place
in Jupiter, FL car show

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

Hayden has a new fan clutch that will fit 1960 – 1964 Chrysler products including the Letter Cars. The Hayden number is 2947. This is a nice compact fan drive that is identical to the original drive in overall height (2.8"). The new clutch also comes with the bushing you need in order to fit the original water pump shaft. See Hayden's link here. You can buy these from Rock Auto among other places. One minor point – the original fan drives were not thermal and the new Hayden clutches are thermal. Most would say thermal is an advantage, and I agree. Click here for more pictures.

If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones. Take your pick of "Lake George Judge", "The Begian G", or "Sunset at White Sands."
Those Were The Days

Gil and Carol Cunningham, 2001
Something a little different

Wisdom comes with age,
but sometimes age comes alone.