The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Issue 31 June 9 2017
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Did You Know?
Members Say
Final Thought
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From the Geneva meet

I have made mistakes but
life didn't come with instructions.
As summer is approaching, the spring meet in Geneva is in the history books. We had 119 people signed up for the event, and although the weather kept some at home, there still was a good crowd. Jamie and I were pleased to have you visit our hometown areas and we invite everyone to stop by next time you get up this way.
Mick and Martha Kreszock sent information for the fall meet in Lynchburg, see below. The meet is the first of October so you have plenty of time to make plans.
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

Our Next Meet:
Fall 2017: October 1 - 4 in Lynchburg, Virginia, hosted by Mick and Martha Krezsock at the Kirkley Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Telephone: 434-237-6333 or toll free 866-510-6333. Tell them you are with the Chrysler 300 Club International for the special rate of $135.39 including all state and local taxes. This also includes a $9.95 per person breakfast coupon. More information on the meet will be out soon.

Future Meets:
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
Blasts From The Past
From newsletters of the 1970's, 80's and 90's, here are stories that haven't
seen the light of day for years and deserve another look.

Whatta Yah Got Under The Hood?
by George Riehl
Tech Articles

Long Rams

Video (18:14)
Click here for the
1964 Chrysler code list
for the Newport, 300, New Yorker and 300K. These are the codes that appear on your
build sheet and data tag.
John Grady writes:
Here is the information I used when
I had the ball and trunion type drive shaft
replaced with a modern cross joint drive shaft.

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

Video Corner
Mark Obermann records
Noel at Road America

Mark Obermann records
Noel at Road America

Mark Obermann records
Vicki Wood at Macungie

Did You Know?
Did you know there were two different styles of parking brake mechanisms in 1960? We were at the spring meet when a fella with a 300F asked about a retaining clip for his parking brake. One glance at his parking brake and it didn't look normal. The release handle was small and said only "BRAKE RELEASE". Turns out this is the early version of the parking brake, which was a new design for 1960 (prior years used the "T" pull handle.) The other style parking brake release handle says "BRAKE RELEASE PULL OUT & PRESS DOWN" and takes two actions to release the brake. I'm guessing, the early design, which required only one action (press the lever down), may have resulted in some unintentional brake releases and so they came up with a new design requiring two actions; out and down. See more here.
Members Say

Ray Melton writes:
Last week the heater valve on my 1957 Chrysler 300C failed and puked antifreeze all over the new Gary Goers front carpet ("Awesome" brand cleaner to the rescue!). Thanks to a tip from someone on the list server, I sent the bad valve to Joe Hudacek in Wisconsin. He completely rebuilt the valve, cleaned it up so it looked like new (although it's hidden and nobody but the mechanic can see it!), and sent it back to me the next day! Cost at his end was $85, which included return shipping. Perfect execution within a tiny niche market, but I'm so glad people like him are available resources for our Club members and others. His minimalist business card says he repairs other automotive switches such as "Headlight, Ignition, Wiper, Heater, Stoplight, Back-up, Dimmer, Starter, etc." See his website at or call Joe Hudacek personally at (715) 392-6169.

Don Verity writes:
If you want the best seat in my house,
you will have to move the cat.

Over the list server, a fella was looking for 1965 motor mounts. These mounts are a one year only item. We had replies which were helpful and worthy of a second printing.

Jeff Miklas writes:
Regarding the motor mounts for the 1965, check out
If you look at the link though, you'll see that it is not a factory correct reproduction. The bracket has been modified so as to utilize a later model more common insulator that is more readily available. This was done not to help the poor 65 C-body owner, but because the 67-69 Darts and Barracudas with the 383 and 440 used the same mount as the 65 Chrysler. Its the musclecar crowd that got it done.
Good old Chrysler though - they scrounged the parts bins when installing the A-Body big blocks. That at least made the original parts available for a lot longer.

Steve Albu writes:
Usually aftermarket motor mounts won't last - they fail after a few moderate accelerations. The best solution I have found is to get the Poly-Loc replacements from Schumacher Creative Services, which can not break by design. The replacement for the 65 Chryslers I believe (from my catalog which is a few years old) would be C3EP. Call them (206 364-7151) to confirm fitment using original brackets (which the catalog states for your model) and price. I have learned the hard way not to compromise on motor mounts and only Schumacher seems to have the right stuff available off the shelf. Mancini Racing also sells the Schumacher mount, so I would get it from either Schumacher or Mancini.

In the previous newsletter we asked if anyone had seen
an engine tag like this before. We received several replies.

Jean-Yves Chouinard writes:
Regarding the picture of an engine tag in the E news, I think it's a warranty block tag. I had a 60 Dodge Polara coupe at one point and it had a replacement engine that was changed when the car was still under warranty. The engine had a tag on it, held in place on the block just like this red tag with a small round nail/rivet...the block ID pad was blank on that warranty block, but this tag identified the engine. Mine was a 361 (Canadian built Polaras had Matador engines) and the code stamped on the tag was 0134.
The engine block codes are listed in section 9-01-24 of the 1960 Chrysler parts book. The code 0133 stamped on the E- news block tag is not listed in the 1960 Chrysler I don't know what engine it is for...later or earlier engine????
Thank you Bob for the great job you do on the E news! I like it!

Jeff Miklas writes:
This tag was riveted to the block in a 300K
that I owned at one time. The block ID pad was blank.

Charlie Slegtenhorst writes:
I purchased a 413 engine out of a gutted 1962 300H drop top many years ago and it had the same tag on it - would have been a warranty block. The engine ID pad had no stampings on it.

Dave Schwandt writes:
The 413 that was in the 300 J I had years ago also had a blank tag engine installed.

Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones. Take your pick of "300s at Legendary Interiors", "300L in Geneva", or "Krauth's D in Geneva."

From wild Bill Leahy of Kennewick, Washington.