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Issue 33 October 26, 2017
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Those Were The Days
Final Thought
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From the Lynchburg meet

Green lights and blue skies
to Paul Youngs

Our main picture is a nice G convertible. But there is something very unusual about this one and I bet you will never hang on to your hat and read all about it.
Mark Obermann writes: I now have a PO box for members seeking microfilm service. Chrysler 300 Microfilm Research, P.O. Box 1364, Morton Grove, IL 60053. Also, I opened up a new gmail account with the address for inquiries. I much prefer doing this all electronically, including sending out a form with the data card reading. I'm still working on completing that form.
We have updated the web page with the Letter Car Survivor statistics. The math says that 22% of the Letter Cars survive today.
The fall meet in Lynchburg was a great success. The event report is being prepared. Look for the link in our next newsletter.
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:
Spring 2018: May 14-17, 2018 in Rohnert Park, CA, hosted by Sam Cohen & Larry Jett. Look for more information in our next newsletter.
Future Meets:
Fall 2018: September in Newport, RI, hosted by Michael Falcone. Future newsletters will have details.
2019: Available.

For more information, contact Ray Jones at or
Carlton Schroeder at
Tech Articles & Videos

1963 Chrysler Gas Tank

Video (15:18)
1960-1964 Console Ashtray

Video (11:05)

Click here for a 1961
service bulletin for
water in the tail lights.

Click here for a 1961
service bulletin for
correct suspension heights.

Murray Park is now the guy to see for new parking brake cables
for your F, G or H. Contact Murray at

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

Members Say

Burt Bouwkamp writes:
Subject: 1957 A/C SNORKEL
I looked in my Chrysler file and lo and behold Jim Bartuska had sent me the attached service bulletin years ago. It explains the 1957 field fix "snorkel" better than I did at today's luncheon.
Until the parts described were available, snorkels had to be made of metal (black painted) in local sheet metal shops all over the USA. I think we campaigned around 40,000 1957 cars in the field. Some of the locally handmade snorkels looked terrible – but they worked! (While I said "campaigned" I think that cars were not modified if the customer was satisfied with the A/C performance.)
The problem was caused because the instrument panel outlets didn't flow enough air to cool the car in hot weather. The low air flow was because the duct cross sectional area behind the instrument panel was too small. The "snorkel" fixed that.
Great lunch! Thanks to Keith and Judy.

Don Verity writes: Working on hinges, I was able to
disassemble them by putting spacers in the coils of the springs.

Jeff Miklas says:
This 65 Sport was the cleanest car at Chryslers at Carlisle.
Click here to see why.

John Holst writes:
I was working on my K the other day and used a fin comb to straighten the evaporator and radiator fins as well as clean the stuff that was stuck in the fins. I checked on Ebay and found that you can buy these for as little as $3.00 or should be able to find one at a local parts store. Just wanted to say this thing works great and saves the skin on your fingers if you tried the same job with a small screw driver.

Rob Kern writes:
Congratulations are in order to Lynn and John Cote for the restoration profile article of their award winning and stunning two-tone blue 1961 New Yorker wagon that was featured in the most recent Hemmings Classic Car issue! I saw the cross-ram car for the first time last month at the Hemmings Concours D’Elegance in Lake George, New York and was figuratively brought to my knees with such automotive eye-candy parked on the field! Also I had the pleasure to congratulate them as they drove off the red carpet at the awards ceremony for receiving best-in- class recognition for their wagon.
I am still waiting to here from Matt Litwin who is the coordinator for next year’s meet in September at Lake George which will honor the 300 Letter cars as a featured marque! Matt also authored the article on the Cote car in the Hemmings issue.
Great job Lynn and John!

Mick Maxwell writes:
Hello from a new member in Australia. I am sending a picture of my coral D and 58 Plymouth Fury.
April is my wife for 25 years and I am lucky enough have two lovely daughters. My job is Plumbing Superintendent for the city of Ipswich which is the oldest town in Queensland Australia. I have interest in Chrysler products for years and have quite a few stories to tell. At the moment I own the D, the 1958 Fury, a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere in Blue and a 1958 imperial Crown Coupe in Gold so as you can see that is a healthy interest, or I could say infectious interest.
I hope to make the Lynchburg meet.
Best regards, Mick

I am glad to say Mick did indeed make the meet. Great to have him there.

Ron Kurtz writes:
Restoration of E 292 continues. Here are photos of the refurbished brakes and drums.
Interesting to see the corners on the adjusting cams are still sharp, not worn down by brake adjustments.
Also the indicators on the cams are different; fronts have dots and rears have arrows. The drums are original. The brake hardware and shoes are from Kanter Auto. The anti-chatter springs from Michael Burke. There is more to come.

John Mishler sent pictures of a C he has for sale (see here) and included this dealer's owner certificate. I can't remember the last time I have seen one, let alone one original to the car.

Dave McDonnell writes;
I wondered if my old 300-G has been found/restored yet. I have no serial number/vin...but here are some facts: I got the car from a wholesaler who purchased it in Manheim, PA. auction. He knew I wanted one and delivered it to me on a Sunday morning in May, 1963. I traded him my white/gold 1957 Desoto Adventurer conv't...all original (ex. 3 rebuilt trannys)....I was told the 300-G was ordered by the Chrysler dealer in Auburn, NY for his wife. That is why he had installed a factory auto-pilot into the car, to help her driving it. In order to accomplish this the 7 button radio was removed and the auto-pilot control was installed on the lower part of the astro-dome dash....(looked factory to me) ....I had rear speakers installed on the back window shelf....and the knowledgeable Audio shop owner in Syracuse told me about the radio swap as he was wiring up the speaker leads. Since auto-pilot was not available as a factory installed option on 1961 300-G's doesn't that make this car pretty rare?
I just wanted your feedback on it and hope someday to find another 1961 Chrysler 300-G. A convertible, this time.

Jean-Yves Chouinard writes;
I made 10 sets of F G H carpet holder strips. I have two or three left. Contact me at

Gary Goers writes;
10/10/17. The time has come, unfortunately, when I have to shut down operations due to medical issues. My legs are so bad that I can barely walk at all. Even with a walker I am very limited. I've been inundated with orders for Chrysler 300 seats to do, am managing to make progress on those and will finish them all by early next year. I can still take small parts orders, but not large items such as trunk panels. The final blow came Sunday when my helper informed me that his parents were not doing well and needed him to come quickly. So, no capable help for lifting, packing, shipping and etc. He may not be back until end of October. My pain level is such that I can only bear to work very short hours. There is rarely time for emails-- just order what you need --via US mail--and I'll refund for anything I can't supply.
I've been waiting for scheduling treatment at a hospital in Michigan where a group of surgeons specialize in lower leg vascular problems. They should be getting back to me with a plan in a couple of days and then I'll fly there for at least a week of procedures. Hopefully, things will then be much better and I'll continue to catch up. However, I really do need to retire and need someone to take over this business. Quick figuring, I have close to $100,000 of inventory and raw materials (such as over 1,000 yards of custom made carpet to use in 50's cars and 300 yards of custom-made beige vinyl for 300's). Thousands of feet of weatherstrip and on and on it goes.
I thank you for your patronage over the past decades and hope to be able to keep supplying parts or hopefully turning the business over to someone who will keep it going.
Sincerely, Gary

Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones. Take your pick of "D Day Memorial", "G Convertible interior", or "300D Engine."
Those Were The Days

Randy Guyer writes:
At the 10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance.
A few pictures in the early morning before the cars start to roll in:
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