The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Issue 69 Dec 8, 2023
In This Issue
Club Events
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Those Were The Days
Old & Slow Corner
Chrysler 300 Club International
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From 1992

Green lights and blue skies to
John Holst and
Don Warnaar
The event report is ready for the Texas meet. Click here. Those pictures of warm days in Texas sure look good as winter arrives in these parts.
We have a new 300L consultant. He is Jeff Bailey from Oklahoma and he looks forward to your questions. His email is
This newsletter is for you. Let us know what you'd like to see. Your opinions are always welcome and you can click here for the feedback form.
Club Events

Spring 2024: Kokomo, Indiana. May 15 - 19, 2024, hosted by Ralph Rhees and Jim Rockey. Our hotel will be the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kokomo South, 5101 Cartwright Drive, Kokomo, IN 46902. Activities include visits to museums in Auburn, Indiana, a trip to Grissom Air Museum and a few surprises. Check future newsletters for more details as plans are finalized.
Fall 2024: Sept 11 - 15, 2024 hosted by Kurt Brueske. Our host hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha Southwest-La Vista, 12331 Southport Pkwy, La Vista, NE 68128. We will have more information in future editions of the ENews.
Spring 2025: There is something cooking here and it tastes like gumbo.
Fall 2025: Buffalo, NY hosted by Curly, Larry and Moe.

For more information, contact Rob Kern at or
Carlton Schroeder at
Tech Articles

Ram Air Cleaner Installation

by Nick Taylor
  • 1965 Chrysler Accessory List

  • 1965 Chrysler Appearance & Maintenance

  • Dealer Procedure for Claims

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

    Video Corner
    E transmission cable Push Button Adjust E trumpet horn
    E Interior Work Fredericksburg Meet 1955 NY Yankee MVP
    Tune Up L

    From Nick Taylor. A wheelcover Chrysler never made. This is a combination of a
    1959 Imperial and an E center. I built it just to see if I would like it.
    I didn't. Too many gear teeth.
    Members Say

    Rob Kern writes:
    Mixed bag here folks with 300 Cís needing a power steering pump. This is a one year only style pump which is different from the D pump and the Vickers pump on Dodge and DeSoto for 1957. Much to my surprise Advance Auto Parts, Carid, and Rock Auto advertise having this pump! They are remanufactured pumps by Lares. They sell for close to $300 with a core pump valued at close to $600. Without a core for Advance it is close to $900. Mixed bag in my estimation from a substandard rebuild of my Thompson pump in 2005 by Lares. Perhaps there is a marked change a foot on the Lares remanufactured pumps now? It sure would be nice. The price includes the reservoir and pulley. There is a warranty by the Advance Auto Parts folks. I hope that since Lares has teamed up with these 3 parts suppliers that this may be an answer to our prayers to get this virtually impossible to find part for our Cs. It would certainly relieve pressure on our Reproduction Parts Committee to have these vendors supplying this pump (pardon the pun!) If anyone has purchased one of these pumps from these vendors please chime in on what the experience you have had with the pump performance. A standard to look at is a bench tested pressure output of at least 900 PSI for the real deal.

    Rob Kern writes:
    YES! YES! YES! 1957 300C Thompson Sleeve Pump rebuilder found!!!
    Straight Line Steering in San Jose, CA rebuilds the í57 Thompson Pumps!! They are bench tested before shipping. Straight Line has parts and the cost is $350 with 2 week turn around time. They also rebuild the steering gear boxes! Contact Ralph at 408-289-9850. Mention my name from the club and he will take care of you. You will need to send your pump to him.
    Rob Kern writes:
    Necessity is the mother of invention and more close to home having a sleeve design one year only power steering pump on your í57 300C that needs to be serviced is a great motivator to find an outfit to do it right. Straight Line Steering in San Jose, CA sends these pumps to a subcontractor to service them. I contacted a second outfit that is already on the club vendor list in Columbus, Ohio named Steer and Gear. I spoke to Linda, whose father is the founder and owner of the business and who also raced with Hemi powered cars that they also rebuild the Thompson sleeve pump and steering gear boxes! They charge $310 to rebuild the pump which includes ALL parts if required and bench testing before shipping and they even send a UPS shipping label to send it to them! Turn around time 2-3 weeks. One year warranty on both items they repair. So now we have Ralph at Straight Line Steering (who subcontracts the work) in San Jose, CA, and Linda at Steer and Gear in Columbus, Ohio (who does work in house) as points of contact for this service!
    Randy Thorne writes:
    Hill Country Car Culture magazine did a real nice, 2-page, full color article about the 300 Club Meet car show in Fredericksburg, Texas in their November / December issue. It includes 17 pictures! Here are some pages. If you would like to order a copy let me know ASAP. Heís running out of this issue pretty quickly. If you would like to order your own subscription, contact: Hill Country Car Culture 127 Loop 13 Kerrville, Texas 78028 Or email:
    Kurt Brueske writes:
    I have started a service to restore your rusty hardware to like new condition. I have experience in interior aluminum trim and miscellaneous OEM fastener zinc chromate plating (yellow, blue, black). Donít throw away your rusty OEM hardware, let me restore it to like new condition. Contact Kurt at 402-249-1549 or via email at . Here are a few pictures.
    Tony Rinaldi writes:
    This article has a nice history of the Hemi. Click here to read.
    John Sager writes:
    I recently bought a 1965 dealer accessory parts catalog. The dealer accessory book has been reproduced, although mine is an original, but I've never found a copy that could be read online. Click here.
    The appearance and maintenance book has all the various liquids and waxes that Chrysler sold along with products for used car reconditioning. Click here.
    The third is a "procedure for handling claims". My original is pink in color. I couldn't get it to scan in color though. Click here.
    I always find this stuff really interesting and it sometimes helps fill in some blanks with things that may have been added when the car was bought new.
    I also found a really good diagnosis procedure for the Chrysler electronic ignition in an older NAPA/Echlin book. I was just scanning that for myself and it occurred to me that there's probably some guys that have added the Mopar electronic ignition that might appreciate it. It does use a common multimeter rather than the specialty testing equipment that the service manual uses. Click here.
    Henry Schleimer writes:
    Fletch from Classic Restos visits Herb McCandless and talks about cars in his collection including the Bonneville 300D record car in his new video. Click here.
    Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
    If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones. Take your pick of "J Owner's Manual", "Build Sheet", or "J Front Fender."
    Those Were The Days

    Our meet announcement in 1973 was an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper

    We have a new feature; the Old & Slow Corner by Bill Elder. Bill will be writing articles from time to time about the characters he has met over the years, the memorable events, the cars, the women, the wine, the song. Here is his first installment: Old & Slow #1.

    From now until Dec 31, John Grady and his Forward Look Parts
    have the new Chrysler Hubcap Centers JK-300-0150 on sale.
    Place your order at
    and enter TURKEY23 in the promo code box to get the 7% discount.
    This sale applies only to these spinners. Buy a set or a spare set and save 7%
    while showing your support for things John does for our hobby.

    I just burned 1,200 calories.
    I forgot the pizza in the oven
    My kids say they want a cat for Christmas. Normally
    I serve turkey, but, hey, if it will make them happy.
    It only takes one slow-walking person in the
    grocery store to destroy the idea that I'm a nice person.
    Every morning is the
    dawn of a new error.