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Issue 72 June 7, 2024
In This Issue
News
Club Events
Book Review
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Puzzles
Old & Slow Corner
Those Were The Days
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News
We have something different this issue in the Puzzle section. Instead of the normal picture puzzle, this is a word puzzle. Don Warnaar sent it to our newsletter editor Carol Cunningham in November of 1974. Give it a try. You will find it challenging.
The spring meet in Kokomo is in the books and the event report is a'brewing on the stove. If you have photos you would like to share, send to bob@simplexco.com.
You can make reservations for the fall meet in Omaha. Click here for information.
Merritt's Mini-Meet will be July 20th. Contact bob@simplexco.com for details.
Gary Goers passed away recently. We have a tribute page for him. If you would like to have something posted here, contact bob@simplexco.com
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

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. Click here for events and information. The registration form is here.
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.
Spring 2026: Available. Contact Rob Kern at robkern@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in hosting.
Fall 2026: Bartlesville, OK hosted by Rob Kern.


For more information, contact Rob Kern at robkern@sbcglobal.net or
Carlton Schroeder at schroe99@newnorth.net


For more information, contact Rob Kern at robkern@sbcglobal.net or
Carlton Schroeder at schroe99@newnorth.net
Book Review

John Grady writes: Belonging to SAE, I came across a fantastic book and could not put it down; “ The Birth of Chrysler Corporation and Its Engineering Legacy”. It is small but super! Written by Carl Breer before his death, it was compiled for publishing long after. Carl was one of the “ Three Musketeers” famous at Chrysler engineering, the other two being Fred Zeder and Owen Skelton. One forgets they brought us not only the hemi head, but hydraulic brakes, overdrive, tuned motor mounts, harmonic crank dampers and more. Pure genius. It is SAE order #R-144 or you can find it on Ebay or Amazon or others. You will love it.

Tech Articles

Video Corner
The End of a Letter Car
(8:10)
J Discovery Part 1
(14:49)
J Discovery Part 2
(11:29)
What?

1960 Tail Lights
Recognize the odd ball?
Members Say


The Best Idea Of The Week
James Douglas on how to diagnose an over-heating problem: We took 2 or 3 long zip ties and tied the fan on the clutch so it would move as a unit no matter the speed. Then let it idle and then drove it easy on some slow streets. It did not overheat. Then we cut the ties off and drove it again and it started to overheat. Conclusion: Bad Fan Clutch.
I was reading old issues of "DeSoto Days" when I saw this helpful tip how to make curved heater hose replacements. Make the required bend from 3/8" or 1/2" copper tubing. Coat with grease. Cut your 5/8" heater hoses to the required length and at least 2" longer than the tubing. Slide the rubber hose over the tubing with 1" on each end. Clamp the rubber hose to the outlets as usual.
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.
Edward Mills writes:
The 15 inch tires in the sizes we would see on big 50's-60's Chryslers would have typically been 7.60-15 or 8.00-15. These translate roughly to P225/75R15 and P235/75R15. Because these are lower profile (75 series = height of cross section is 75% of cross section width) vs original tires which were 83 series (83%), these tires are typically shorter overall - for example a 7.60-15 was typically 28.7 in to 29 in overall diameter. The 8.00-15 was 29.3 to 29.7 in OD. The 7.60-15 was rated at 1225 lb at 24 psi or 1310 lb at 26 psi. The 8.00-15 were rated at 1335 at 24 or 1395 at 26 psi. These were the 4 ply standard OE tires. Station wagons and some high performance ran 6 ply with higher load capacity at higher pressures. Yes, manufacturers wanted a soft ride back then - owners manuals frequently recommended 4 psi higher pressure with full load (5 passengers and some luggage) or at high speed (Interstates 70 mph considered high) - we typically recommended and ran 32 psi.
Click here for the full article.

Carl Bilter writes:
Earlier in the week I did the spring startup on the 300G for the first drive of the year. I detected a very strong fuel smell just from cranking the engine and looked under the car to find the fuel pump was leaking badly - ruptured diaphragm. Good thing it didn't start right way. I bought a new original style Carter pump #M6903 from Rock Auto for $85, which is about half what Mancini or Summit Racing charges. I was pleased to see that it is made in the USA and essentially identical to an original pump.
Ron Kurtz writes:
I am rounding the corner in the restoration of E #292. Work on the dash is complete. It really helped by tagging the wires upon removal. Wires and cables were fitted into convoluted tubing and placed into the dash. Once the dash is installed, the wires can be dropped down for connections. The steering column was refurbished and ready for install. The car will be going into the shop for metalwork and paint. By invitation, I will be there supervising project since I know the sequence of reassembly.

Dave Mason writes:
We had a 63 sport steering wheel and it was somehow grounding the horn, causing it to blow all the time. After putting a different wheel on, I got to looking at this one. An ohm meter showed continuity between the copper ring and the steering wheel center. There was no insulating material between the copper ring and the metal clip like I’ve seen on other wheels, and also the copper ring just sits on top of the Wednesday, June 05, 2024steering wheel center anyway. So I used some cork/rubber composite and cut two rings. The larger goes between the copper ring and the wheel center, and then you can use what’s left to cut the smaller ring to go between the copper ring and the clip. The horn now works as it should.

Don Verity writes:
If you have pitted, rusty interior chrome and don't want to pay for re-chroming, walnut shells in a blast cabinet cleans them up nicely. It removes the rust staining and doesn't harm the chrome. Polish after with chrome polish, and they look pretty decent.
Dyke Ridgley writes:
Jeff at JC Restorations was kind enough to send me the Carter Factory sheets on the 300F and 300G carburetors. I send them to you for inclusion on the Club's technical pages. I have received approval from Jeff to do this. Click here for the 2903S pages.
Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
Restoration Spotlight
by Jamie Hyde

Did you know Legendary Interiors can make the 300D interior kit? I recently saw one in process at their plant.

James Douglas writes:
On the 300K throttle bracket bushing that likes to fall out, to fix the problem I used some plastic to metal epoxy from the local hardware store. It is even the same color as the loose fitting, as seen in the one photo, plastic bushing. I just used a tapered drift to expand that bushing out and then let the epoxy dry. I scraped to get the paper towel off when it was done. Click here for pictures.
If that bushing falls out (and it DOES) you are stuck. This way that will never happen. If you ever need to change it you can just take a torch and burn the epoxy and old bushing off and clean it and do it again.


Kurt Brueske writes:
I replaced the dash pad on my 62 Chrysler about a year or so ago. It was purchased from RD Autoline. I have pictures and a few recommendations. Click here.


Power Steering Bracket Rebuild Service

From 1960 through 1968, Chrysler used a power steering mount that allowed the pump to float. It is common to see these mounting brackets wobble on cars with high miles. You can have your power steering brackets rebuilt by Jamie Hyde to a better-than-new condition. The bracket holes are drilled and new bushings and a new pivot bolt are installed. These provide a larger bearing surface and these rebuilt brackets will last longer than the original design. Contact Jamie for more information.



E and F wheel cover center gears are back in stock at the Club Store. Contact Gary Runkel to place an order. The gears are machined from aluminum bar stock, buffed and bright anodized. They are an excellent reproduction. This is the 3rd and last run of these parts.
Each gear comes with 3 screws and lock washers to attach to the wheel covers. The center 300 medallion is sold separately. The E uses 4 gears, the F uses 5. The price is $110 each, + shipping.
Many thanks to Herb Rogers who was able to find the CNC file for machining these parts from the previous runs at his former employer. Herb took the machined parts to Jennifer Burke (Linda's daughter) who in turn shipped them to the source for buffing and anodizing and back again. Without the help of Herb and Jennifer, these parts would still be out on the horizon somewhere. It is a testament to our club members who are willing to help to get reproduction parts made for the membership. Thanks again Herb and Jennifer and Linda for getting it done!

Puzzles

Here is a word puzzle created by Don Warnaar. It is a good challenge.
If you get stumped, here are the answers.

In this edition of the Old & Slow Corner, Bill Elder recounts Don Rook's
meet in Mena, 1987. Here is his story.

Those Were The Days

Carlton Schroeder writes: This is my cousin Jerry Pontius in 1961 in Catawba Island, Ohio getting ready to launch his speed boat and cruise to Put-In-Bay. Jerry bought his 300C when it was about one year old from a Chrysler Dealer (who no longer exists) in downtown Toledo, Ohio. When Jerry married in 1963 he traded in the 300C and bought a station wagon. Jerry was like a big brother to me and I enjoyed many good times with him including many 130 mph rides and one ride at 100 mph towing the speedboat. So I got hooked on 300C’s when I was about 15. Jerry made the 300C look even fiercer by painting the headlight surround trim red to match the brake air inlet screen.



Tydol.....Tydol...where did I see that name?