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Issue 28 Nov 26, 2016
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Restoration Spotlight
Members Say
Those Were The Days
Final Thought
Chrysler 300 Club International
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Two silk worms had a race.
They ended up in a tie

She was only a whiskey maker,
but I loved her still.

If attacked by a mob of clowns,
go for the juggler.
Our fall meet in Wisconsin is in the books. It was great to see old friends and make new ones. I had such a good time I'm seriously considering going to the Spring 2017 meet. How about you?
A bit of administrative news: Michael Burke has resigned his position as Club Director. Noel Hastalis will fill the remainder of the term. We welcome Noel to the board and thank Michael for his many years of service.
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

Future Meets:
Spring 2017: May 3-7, 2017 in Geneva, New York, hosted by Jamie Hyde. Our Host Hotel is the Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lake Front Dr, Geneva, NY 14456. Phone: (315) 789-0400. Room are $139.99 + tax for lakeview or $129.99 + tax for cityview. These include breakfast. If you make reservations by phone, mention you are with the Chrysler 300 Club to get our special rates. On-Line reservations will be available shortly. This special club room rate will be available only until April 3, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available so we suggest you book early. Room upgrades are available by contacting the hotel main desk.
Jamie and Dawn Hyde are hosting our meet. You can contact Jamie (cell) 585-465-0067, (home) 585-586-7115, email:
At this time, the events and activities are still in-process. We will have the events list available in the near future.

Fall 2017: Charleston, WV, hosted by Mick Kreszock
Look for more information in future newsletters.

Spring 2018: San Francisco Bay area, hosts Jett & Cohen
Fall 2018: Newport, RI, hosted by Michael Falcone

For more information, contact Ray Jones at or
Carlton Schroeder at
Feature Stories
Tech Articles

Headlight Switch replacement 300J

Video (5:48)
Heater system vacuum hose logic

Video (10:28)
Click here for the Dr Crankshaft Helpful Hints from 1992.

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

Video Corner
Videos From the Fall Meet
Bill Allen's Dodge by Noel Hastalis {2:00} The Cars On The Show Field by Noel Hastalis {16:57}
Randy Guyer's F&C by Noel Hastalis {3:27} The 2016 Fall meet {14:15}
A few laps on Road America {5:36}

Restoration Spotlight
by Jamie Hyde

1957-1959 Power Windows plastic connectors. Very nice and accurate reproduction of original Power Windows plastic connectors, for both master switch and single switches. Limited production made by batches, so it can take time to fulfill your order. The master switch connector is $33.00, the single switch connector is $9.00. A full set (1 master and 3 singles) is $60.00. Shipping from Europe, worldwide at a $8.00 flat rate up to 2 full sets. Click here for more. Contact me at: Email

1960 Chrysler front turn signal gaskets are available from Detroit Muscle Technologies (DMT) as a package of 4 gaskets (2 inner and 2 outer) for the lens to housing and for the housing to body. Made from .125" thick gray foam rubber like originals, the DMT part number is CCH6060PL01. Priced at $8.00 for the package, you can order direct from DMT or use their listing on Ebay. Click here for more.
Members Say

A few years ago Dave Schwandt assembled a notebook for 300 F owners. Included is the press release, specifications, service notes and more. Click here to download the PDF.
50 YEARS!!!
I have a question for you F owners: Over the past few months we have been working on several different Fs. We have been finding that the upper tail light mounting nut is missing most of the time. This would be the nut hidden way back in the recesses of the fin, very difficult to access. The tail light is secure with the other mounting nuts and we are wondering if perhaps the factory found it was too difficult to install, perhaps not all that necessary, and let the car go without it. So the question is: Does your F have upper tail light nuts? Yes, no, what?

Jim Krausmann writes:
I came across an oil filter cross reference and source site: and an air filter cross reference and source site:
Rich Barber writes:
I have prepared a chart that I use to interpret and decode Data Plates for the 1964 model year. Click here for the chart.
Carl Bilter writes:
I have prepared a chart that I use to interpret and decode Data Plates for the 1963 300J. Click here for the chart.

Keith Boonstra writes:
Over many years of restoring cars the one thing that always had me at a loss for a trusted vendor was chrome plating. Between shoddy work, high prices, long lead times, and lack of personal attention, I hated to get plating done. But a few years ago I happened to use Custom Plating Specialist out of Brillion, WI, and I could not believe what a great job they did for the money, and what careful attention they paid to each of my parts. I would say that their typical work is amazingly near to "show chrome" quality, yet lower in price than most platers' "driver" quality. I have used them several times afterward with equal results. They do pot metal restoration as well as steel and everything else.
I stopped in there when I was in WI a couple of months back to check out this family operation, and I think they are about as straight-up a plater as you can find today. They actually get regulated and inspected, so you don't have to worry about the place being shut down while they are sitting on your precious parts.
I apologize if this sounds like a paid commercial. It's not! I just like to spread the word when somebody works this hard to please the customer, and I hope it helps out fellow club members facing the same challenge as I did.
John Nowosacki asked about parts for his G exhaust manifold heat risers.

Marshall Larson replied: I purchased new thermostats from Chevs of the Forties for replacements. Probably not the same specification but trust that they will do the job. Part #838573.

John Grady writes:
I spent time with Don Verity today. As you know, he offers transmission rebuild services. Well, I brought him four transmissions and he spotted a problem instantly when I showed him the parts. That gear behind the input shaft "disc" is made in two tooth widths. A thicker clutch pack means a thinner gear. We had the thick clutch pack but the thick gear too, maybe from another trans. The thick one was scored and beat up, likely the cause of the trouble we have been having. I would not have known about that gear width variation, no one would, but Don knew before I said anything.
He told me many variations are inside transmissions as they get better and better during the 1956-61 period. The 1960-61 is the best of the cast iron transmissions. Don told me about ten small inner things that were made much better over the life of trans. I had an excellent time with Don. He is a VERY smart guy. I am really impressed with what he really knows about transmissions and machining. Don is a huge asset to our club.
Don knows how to upgrade early transmissions to the 1960-61 style. He knows the parts and all that was changed. So he can make sense of a mess of mixed parts. I doubt anyone in the world can do that but him. We are in good hands! These transmissions are a work of art and needs an artist to fix.
Jeff Miklas writes:
I've attached a few pics of an engine I installed in a 62 300 Sport convertible that was an original 3-speed manual which I converted to a 4-speed. Some people think that the J and Ram K weren't offered with 4-speeds due to interference with the ram exhaust manifolds.
As seen in the pics, that radical dogleg in the drivers side manifold allows plenty of clearance for the bellcrank and clutch fork action, and was obviously designed for that reason. Maybe anyone considering a conversion might like to see these. One fellow in the club has already converted his J to a 4-speed. He had it at the Macungie meet.
Gary Nelson sent these pictures of his 300C 392 coffee table.

Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones from our fall meet. Take your pick of "Mirror Mirror", "Fins 1959", or "Fins 1960."
Those Were The Days
Larry Jett writes:
66 Chrysler command center

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