The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Issue 34 January 12, 2018
In This Issue
Club Events
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Restoration Spotlight
Members Say
Final Thought
Chrysler 300 Club International
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Benson, MD., 21018

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If it ain’t frozen,
it didn’t come from Canada. Eh

Remember, you are unique.
Just like everyone else.

If my memory gets any worse,
I'll be able to plan
my own surprise party.

Ever notice the word
"swims" upside-down
is still "swims"?
Our main photo comes from Richard Coulombe. He writes:
"My friend Édouard Rodrigue of Sherbrooke, Québec has finished his '57 Ghia Chrysler 300 Concept."
Click here for pictures and a video.
The event report for the Lynchburg meet is finished. Click here to give it a gander. Thanks again to Mick and Martha for hosting.
If you were to ask Carl Bilter: "What is the rarest Letter Car?" the answer might surprise you. It is not the 4 speed L (108), not the 4 speed K (82), not the 4 speed F (12). It is the J with the 3 speed manual. Seven were built, none are known to exist.
This newsletter is for you. Your opinions are welcome. 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 9-12 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

Click here for a 1961
service bulletin
on ammeter fluctuation.

Click here for a 1962
service bulletin for
correct stop lamp switch adjustment.

Click here for a 1962
service bulletin for
proper adjusting of the
transmission push button cable.

Click here for a 1963
service bulletin for
the new pentastar medallion.

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

Video Corner
Noel's F to Lynchburg

The Lynchburg Meet

Burgers with Burt

First Episode
Members Say

Don Verity writes:
On Torqueflite Drain Back. What is actually draining back is the torque converter. The converter holds about 2/3 of the fluid in the transmission. That equals about 4 quarts above the center line of the converter. This is quite a lot of weight pushing down. All transmissions have a vent to allow for expansion and contraction of the fluid as it heat up and cools off. Any place that air or oil can leak through a seal will allow the converter to slowly try to equalize its level. There are numerous places on the trans where air can leak by, including the pump gears (too much clearance), drive sleeve seal, input shaft seals, regulator valve body, and stator support seal. The transmission case eventually gets over filled, and fluid tries to find its way out wherever it can. This usually ends up being the kick down shaft seal, or the shift cable. The shaft seal is not very big and the shaft is constantly moving back and forth with throttle position. To compound things, the shaft goes through a bore in the valve body that usually gets loose with age. This causes the shaft to egg out the seal over time. The best way to keep the fluid where it belongs and to make the seal last longer, is to first make sure the steel washer is on top of the seal under the kick down lever. This washer helps to keep dust and dirt out of the seal. Also make sure there is minimum up and down play in the shaft when you tighten the clamp bolt. Pulling up lightly on the shaft while tightening the bolt will keep play to a minimum and help keep the shaft stable. Just make sure it does not bind through its range of travel. The shift cable O-ring can leak, and also the casing itself, if it is damaged. The oil pan is usually not a problem if the gasket surface is straight and a quality gasket it used. I never use any sealer on the gasket, and torque to 12-13 foot pounds. With a cork gasket I use less, usually around 10-11.
The main way to combat drain back of course, is to drive the car regularly.

Mark Love writes:
Here are some pictures I took in Palm Desert of my new F. You may recognize it as Terry McTaggart's car.

Click here for more pictures.

Dave Mitchell writes:
I had a couple T-shirts made. The art work is by local car artist Perry Key (75). I wanted a shirt that would never be commercially available for my car. They're not cheap, because of the one-off printing process, but if the club wanted to offer them to other 300-Hurst owners, the file at least exists, and I'd be willing to find out what additional prints would be. I'm guessing about $30 per shirt, including shipping but not my time running around gathering sizes, and taking them from the shirt office in Albuquerque to the post office. How many Hurst owners can there be (left) that would want them? It would be more of a voluntary service. I imagine this will work on a different color shirt also, ie black or white, or any color. Anyway, I have a 300-Hurst shirt design if anyone's interested. Contact Dave Mitchell at
Ron Kurtz writes:
As the restoration of E #292 continues, here are before and after photos of the rear suspension parts. Upon removal and inspection, all parts (except the plates 1856 346&7) had to be replaced. I used Eaton Spring for the springs and Andy Berbaum for the shackles and other hardware.
Next up are the differential and axles.
New member Tim Herringshaw from Florida writes:
Good evening Mrs. Moon. I was pleased to receive your information. That made my day and is a great source of information. I am happy to hear that our 300H (VIN 8423 131731) is a new find. She needs some restoring and some tender loving care. Here are a few pictures of how she looked on her arrival and we will be happy to add more pictures as we go on with the project.
Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
Restoration Spotlight
by Jamie Hyde

F G H Center Console Strap. This is the strap, or retaining cable, found on the front center arm rest F, G, H. If you are in need of a new one, Jamie Hyde has made replacements. The cable is $35.00 plus shipping. Click here for pictures. Contact Jamie Hyde at or 585-465-0067 cell/text

J, Ram K Camshaft. New camshafts are available from Hughes Engines. They have the standard replacement J & Ram K cam as well as the "George Cam". Click here for more information.
If you like picture puzzles, here are two new ones. Take your pick of "Winter in Rhode Island", or "Route 81."

Bill Leahy's studio