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Christmas 2023 display at the AACA Museum. 300D by John Grady
Issue 70 Jan 26, 2024
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories

Tech Articles

Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Those Were The Days
Old & Slow Corner
Final Thoughts
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6:30 is the best time on the clock.
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Thinking of our spring meet in Kokomo? Well, we are ready for you. Our registration form is completed and the host hotel is accepting reservations. Everything you need to know is here. Come on over to Kokomo. What a great way to start the 2024 car season!
Michael Burke passed away December 28th. A club member and director for many years, he was also instrumental in numerous club projects. In recent years he distributed parts made in Sweden for our cars. A regular at club meets and functions, he was known for his quick wit and humor. Mike will be missed.
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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. Hotel’s Direct Reservation Phone: (765) 450-8085. You can make reservations now. Activities include visits to museums in Auburn, Indiana, a trip to Grissom Air Museum and a few surprises. Click here for the registration form.
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: Mark Artell and Kelly LeBlanc will be hosting the Spring, 2025 Meet in the Lafayette, Louisiana area.
Fall 2025: Buffalo, NY hosted by Jamie Hyde, Ron Klinczar, and Bob Merritt.

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Video Corner
E wheel covers, gas tank

E brake flush

C Tail light reassembly


Chrysler offered an option in 1963 called the "Self Shortening" exhaust. The idea was that as the customer drove, the pavement would grind away the excess tail pipe leaving the optimal length. Customers were cautioned not to back up for the first 1,000 miles. The option was not well received and discontinued by 1964.
Early April Fools!
Members Say

John Sager writes:
Here are three 1965 magazine road tests for the 300L; Hot Rod, Motor Trend, and Motorcade.
I had not heard of Motorcade magazine before and it was kind of a fluke that I found it. It's a cheap pulp magazine that did road tests on new cars and that's about all they did. Interestingly enough, there was a Checker Marathon road test in the pages after the 300L test.
Not surprisingly, the same car is in all three magazines. Even the license plate in the Motor Trend and Motorcade articles is the same. I can't help but wonder what the fate of this car was. A friend bought a '69 Hemi Charger 500 off a used car lot near Albany around 1970 and that turned out to be the magazine test car that was in Hot Rod etc., So they were out there.

Don Verity writes:
I'm working on the power seat motor in the 57. I found that the seat would go forward, but made a grinding noise going back. I took apart the transmission and found these broken parts. The one on the left is normal, except for the wear on the dogs. You can see on the right one that the square had broken off the gear. I've never seen this before. Good thing I have spare transmission parts.
Ron Kurtz writes:
The restoration of E #292 moves along. The seats now sport the Goers upholstery which was ordered back in 2010. The covers were kept in the shop's climate-controlled environment. The interior panels are next to be finished.
The car is scheduled for paint by year's end and completed by spring of next year.

Henry Schleimer writes:
Fletch talks to Jane Park about her 300K in this new episode.

Bob Porecca writes:
I had brake problems on the G; locking at start and grabbing on initial driving. After months of agony, I recently removed all 4 drums and guess what? Rather than the 6 coil red springs someone installed 5 coil BLUE springs….I replaced each spring and all of the brake issues are now gone!!!! I then noticed that the shoes were of the 1957 style and I bought new shoes from Birnbaum. The geometry on the "loops" for the springs is different. These also helped but then I had a grinding noise and it turned out that the loops on one set were TOO high. I tapped them with a hammer and the noise stopped. I have an arc etched on the inside of one drum from the "too high" loop. Also, while these shoes work better I had to open the loops with a drill bit slightly. After fussing over an hour on the first drum to attach the red springs, I realized that the loops were too tight. Once I drilled (just a tad) all of the shoe' loops and tapped them on some of the loops…VOILA! The brakes now stop quietly and perfectly. I'm happy to resolve the G brakes.

Bob writes:
There is pretty fair review of the Auto Pilot system on Youtube. Click here. At 2:50 there are a few minutes where you can see it working with the cover removed.

Dave Mason writes:
I replaced the temperature gauge sending unit on the 62 because it works only sometimes. So far, all is good with new sender and I get a steady temp readout. I had the sender on the shelf and had ohm’ed it a while back as 369 ohms at 60 degrees. It is the Napa TS6626. As it turns out, it reads in the center of the “normal” range once warmed up. I also now have the 4-bolt rocker cover gasket number for Napa (Felpro): VS11703 C (Rubber/cork composite).

Lee Meyer writes:
I recently was dreading getting transmission cables replaced or rebuilt for my 300 Ram K. I am pretty tired of the small amount of vendors that sell or rebuild parts for these old Mopars, because of costs, poor quality, waiting years for things etc. So, a friend of mine who is a race car guy recommended this company in Santa Fe Springs, CA that make control cables for race cars, boats and whatever. I sent them my shifter and park cables and the guy says no sweat. ONE WEEK later I had my new cables and they are spot on perfect better than factory by a mile. Pretty much an impossible feat for these Chryslers. Control Cables Inc. (562) 949-0455

Jim Krausmann writes:
I saw this photo story of the Trenton engine assembly plant and figured you would enjoy it.

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

The supplier for our 1960-62 front and rear quarter repair panels along with the 63-64 front quarter repair panels has increased their price. The new pricing for the panels are $375 for a set of (2) front, or (2) rear of the rear wheel, and again will only be sold in pairs, or $700 for the full set of four, (2) front and (2) rear quarter panel repair panels plus shipping to your address. Please refer back to the Fall 2023 issue of the Club News for pictures of these fantastic repair parts. The same procedure applies for our members to order them from the club store as outlined in the club news fall 2023 issue
We sold out of the first run of panels quickly and this will the last run of these panels for a while as the club concentrates on other projects, so order them now and have them in hand for your current or future restorations. If you have questions call me at 585-465-0067, and email Jean-Yves Chouinard to order.

There is a source for those black plastic washers that go behind the window crank handles our 1962 and newer cars. Detroit Muscle Technologies has their part number GEN6267CS01.
If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones, all Letter Car emblems. Take your pick of 1955 300, 300E, or 300L.
Those Were The Days

A good running J from years ago.

John Rebolj writes:
Hi Bob. I was digging thru some old photos and game across two from our 1988 meet in New Philly, OH. Probably won’t ever see 5 Hursts together again. The photo of my G with my kids (25 years ago) at the 150 year celebration of the city of Cleveland. I was one of 15 classic cars chosen for the event. They even supplied a Cleveland cop to guard the car.

Carlton Schroeder writes:
We are finally getting a little snow here in the great Wisconsin Northwoods so when my daughter send this post card I thought it would be appropriate to post. This post card is dated 1960 so that 300B driver holding the door would probably be at least 85 years old, but maybe he is still with us? The original post was on a Gogebic Iron Range History group on Facebook. Have a great 2024.

In this edition of the Old & Slow Corner, Bill Elder shares some thoughts on Don Rook. Here is his story.

The Walter P Chrysler Club's Northern Illinois Region awarded Noel Hastalis's 300-F its 2023 'Car of the Year' Award, in recognition of the ongoing work that's been done to it and the many miles it's been driven - 9,000 miles during the 2023 cruising season.

HERSHEY, PA | America's Transportation Experience, AACA Museum, Inc. board of directors elected its president, Henry W. 'Hank' Hallowell, III. Effective January 1st, Hank assumed the leadership role in guiding the museum's future and fulfilling its mission to preserve and present motor vehicle history in an engaging, entertaining, and educational manner for members and guests.
As an active automobile and truck collector, Hank has been a strong advocate for the museum. He has remained involved since its opening in 2003. He has served as past president and chaired several museum committees.
Hank is excited to lead the museum as board president once again. To ensure the museum’s future, he has an active agenda for the coming year; adopting a new forward-thinking strategic plan, growing the museum’s membership, launching a capital campaign, increasing the museum’s endowment, all while maintaining the museum’s 4-Star Charity Navigator rating.
Outgoing president Rick Risser stated, "I welcome Hank's enthusiasm, experience, and ongoing leadership. His unique business experience and vehicle history acumen are tremendous assets to our museum."