The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Issue 71 March 15, 2024
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Old & Slow Corner
Final Thought
Chrysler 300 Club International
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From 1997
Fins In The Fog

Green lights and blue skies
to Ken Boyd &
Wayne Simonson
With 5 weeks until our Host Hotel's April 15th registration deadline, it's time to book your room to join us at our 300 Club International's Spring 2024 Meet in Kokomo, Indiana! Our block of 60 rooms with its favorable Club rates is already approximately 50% booked, so don't hesitate to reserve your room! Click here for our Meet Registration Form with all the reservation details. Noel Hastalis
We have a tribute page for Michael Burke. Click here.
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. 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 LeBlant 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.

For more information, contact Rob Kern at or
Carlton Schroeder at
Feature Stories
A Youth Well Spent
by John Grady
Tech Articles

1960-62 Astradome Removal Bulletin 1955-63 Wiper No Park Bulletin
Automatic Headlight Beam Changer Service Bulletin

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

Video Corner
1957 Motor Mounts
and a brake light puzzle

C carb to carb line,
wire cover, speedom removal


Here is something I bet you've never seen.
A board game for Letter Cars
from more than 40 years ago.
Click here to play.
Members Say

James Douglas writes:
I finished the “clamp” for the bottom of the door window electric motors. Anyone with a ’63 or a ’64 knows that the cast gear box legs can crack off after years of doors being swung closed. The weight of those motors with two field coils want to keep going when the door closes.
In the past I made some brackets and used a hose clamp. I found some industrial pipe clamps on McMaster-Carr that work very well and they are rubber lined as well. They come with a nut, and I used a stud on it. Then a hardware store angle bracket cut and drilled, and I was done. The McMaster-Carr parts numbers are 2615T22 and 2615T22 for the clamp and the stud for the motor reinforcement. Click here for pictures,
I use the bolt that holds the long “leg” of the window mechanism to the inner door web. Interesting in that when I went to back that bolt out it was under a LOT of load. I could not figure out why one of those brackets had failed on the doors, now I know why. A lot of side load. I suspect that the reinforcing bracket coming up from the bottom of the door and the hole in the door inner web were miss welded at the factory. Once that bolt was out, with all the other tight and the window positioned well, this one arm had to be 1.5 hole diameters out. So I drilled a new hole to line them up with a hole in my new brace. So, a word of caution to folks with a ’63 or a ’64. Take that lower bolt out next time you have a door panel off and if that long bracket moves you know to drill a new hole for that bolt to relieve the tension on it or that upper spot weld may go over time.
You may notice some JB weld in the photo. The cast is fine on these units. What I did is filled on the casting as much as I could to reinforce it in advance of any issues on both the front and the back. They made these sections way too thin.

Ron Kurtz writes:
I had the radiator for the E re-cored at Branford Radiator in Branford, CT (next to New Haven). They are an affiliate of Maine Radiator and one of only six such shops to exist in Connecticut. The attached photos speak to the quality of their work. The job cost $634 before taxes. Here is the address: Branford Radiator Repair, Inc., 27 Jackson Dr., Branford, CT 06405. Phone: (203) 488-7346.

Dave Mason writes:
I was looking for new parking brake shoes for our H. They are NAPA part number TS95. Much to my delight, Napa says they are still available. They come from a manufacturer in KY so take a little longer to arrive. New shoes will probably last forever since this brake is rarely used as a brake. We have a couple cars where the brake works ok but not like it should; I have to get into those and see if they need adjusting or new shoes. Here is a copy from the service manual of the park brake particulars.
Charlie Valentine writes:
Yesterday I was going to take the G out for a ride. I sometimes have to drive through small puddles which get the tires dirty. I pulled the G out of the smaller garage and around the corner to the larger garage to clean the tires. I was shocked to see a flat tire. I just drove it on Friday and all was well.
After I removed the wheel, I was turning it looking for a nail or something in the tire tread. Everything looked good until I looked at the backside. The rim was cracked. It was about 8" long. I'm lucky that I wasn't driving at high speeds on the highway as things could have gone from bad to worse very quickly.
I didn't get the tire removed from the wheel yet. When I go to get it dismounted, I'll ask the guy " I'm wondering if you can fix and weld my wheel." I'm sure he'll get a chuckle out of that, if he's that kind of guy.
Safety Suggestion: Occasionally Inspect your wheels on these old cars looking for stress cracks.
Randy Thorne writes:
We are asking everyone who wants to part with old issues of newsletters and Brute Force to get them to Scott Tozzi or myself to complete our archive of old issues.
Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
Restoration Spotlight
by Jamie Hyde

John Begian writes:
We are pleased to announce that the club has made a special one-time purchase of some unique Chrysler 300 parts now available from the Club Store. These are:

1957-58 300 sill plates: $375/set
1959 300 sill plates: $375/set
300 F/G heel plate kits: $425/set
300 F/G door panel brushed aluminum trim for coupe or convertible: $450/4-piece set
300 F/G ram spark plug wire brackets: $100/11-piece set

All of these parts were made in Sweden by Jan Fridburg and are accurate reproductions of the originals. These reproduction parts will not be produced again.
The sill plates are stamped aluminum, polished and fit as the originals with all the mounting holes correctly placed. A new set of sill plates is an easy way to dress up your interior. Available in both the 1957/58 style and the 1959 style. These sill plates are stamped with the 300 logo.
The F/G heel plate kits consist of two of the anodized aluminum "checkerboard" trim pieces, compression molded rubber inserts and the galvanized steel base plates One kit is used per car. All components are duplicates of the original pieces from Chrysler.
The brushed aluminum trim for the F/G door panels is available for either coupe or convertible models. These are pieces that can scratch easily, especially around the inside door handles. This 4-piece set, for both the doors and quarter trim, fits as the originals and will really dress up your interior.
The 11-piece steel F/G ram spark plug wire brackets are made from originals. These brackets are often damaged or missing from the engine. This set will allow for the correct spark plug wire routing under and around the rams, see this link for correct placement of the brackets,
Pictures of the new arrivals as well as the other Club Store parts can be viewed at this link below. Ordering information is also included. While there, check out the other parts available to club members. These parts have been reproduced by the club and are available exclusively to club members. As many of you well know, it is better to buy the parts when available, because sometimes while you procrastinate, the parts may no longer be reproduced. This is a great time to evaluate what parts you need for your 300's.
As always, if you have suggestions for part reproductions, please contact Jamie Hyde, who heads our Reproduction Parts Committee.

Thanks for your support of the Club Store!

Electric Motor Repair Service. Try Jeff Woods at 214-755-0332 for your next power window motor repair. Click here for the ad he runs in Hemmings.

If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones. Take your pick of "Pierce Arrow Bus", "Frank Lloyd Wright Buffalo", or "Cars Galore."

In this edition of the Old & Slow Corner, Bill Elder recounts his first meet, Rochester, NY 1987. Here is his story.

Something a little different

What a clever idea.
The older I get the more
clearly I remember things
that never happened.
I am at that age where my
back goes out more than I do.
I used to be able to run a
4 minute mile, bench press
380 pounds, and tell the truth.