The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Issue 40 Jan 17, 2019
In This Issue
Club Events
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
What The Heck?
Final Thought
Chrysler 300 Club International
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This is our first web newsletter for 2019 and we have a lot of news.
Let's Talk Texas. Our spring meet will be in Dallas this April. Activities include a visit to the
Texas Motor Speedway. You can make your reservations now. See the Club Events.
Noel Hastalis took photos and videos of the Kiekhaefer 300B
owned by the Henry Ford Museum. We have those in the Video Corner. Give it a look.
Gary Goers has sold his business to Quirey Quality Design.
See the news in the Restoration Spotlight.
We have a new supplier for club apparel. DMK Sports
has a web page for easy on-line ordering.
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Club Events

Our Next Meet:
Spring 2019: April 28 - May 2 in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by Rob Kern, our host hotel is the Best Western Plus Lewisville Coppell in Lewisville TX, a suburb of Dallas. You can book your room reservations now. Click here for more information.
The deadline for hotel reservations and club registration is April 19.
Summer 2019: 10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance 2019, July 28 in Excelsior, MN. Look for more information in the next editions of the ENews.
Future Meets:
2020: Available.

For more information, contact Ray Jones at or
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Tech Articles

Freshening the H #2

Video (13:50)
Second in a series about getting an H convertible ready for the road. In this edition we reinstall the glove box liner and door, look at visor screws, the center console ash tray, rear license plate lamp.
1962 Convertible Top Motor Replace

Video (14:23)
F, G, H Fuel Tank Comparison

Video (3:20)

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

Video Corner
Kiekhaefer 300B #1

Kiekhaefer 300B #2

Kiekhaefer 300B #3

Kiekhaefer 300B #4

Click here for photos of the Kiekhaefer 300B
Members Say

Carl Bilter writes:
It was the best of compressors; it was the worst of compressors. The one on the right was in the J and not original to the car. A parts store rebuild date coded Sept. 28, 1965 (date stamp located below the EPR suction fitting near the top). Locked up solid and in need of re-rebuilding. The one on the left was original to my 1967 Imperial LeBaron. It worked when last used some 29 years ago, but might not any more due to sitting idle so long. Interesting, I cannot find any date code. As near as I can tell, Chrysler dropped the date stamp either in 1966 or 1967. Notice the difference in oil sumps at the bottom. The 1967 compressor has the correct, early style round sump, used from 1961-68. The 1965 rebuilt unit has an incorrect 1974 and up sump. That would be incorrect for concours judging on a 1961- 65 letter car. There was also a flat style sump used from 1969-73. Notice that both compressors have 3 bolt holes for mounting, with the third hole located above the crankshaft. Later compressors (not sure when it started) in the 1970ís only used 2 mounting bolts as the brackets were completely different. A two bolt RV2 compressor would be incorrect for concours judging on a letter car. One site says the 2 bolt system is correct and the 3 bolt units were service replacements. Maybe on the later muscle cars but not on our 300s! The cast iron bracket that mounts to the block/heads has 3 bolt holes and that was factory correct.
The 1967 compressor on the left is cosmetically correct for 1963 with the exception of the missing date stamp; so it will get cleaned and painted and go in the J for now since I donít have a spare 1963 compressor. That date stamp is partially hidden behind the pulley/clutch when installed.

Dave Stragand writes:
Someone was asking about air filter elements for the E and H. The new K&N E1959 is the correct replacement, no squeezing necessary! See
Jeff Miklas writes:
Here is a pic of a Mini-Conductor tool I bought to work on my 300s! Admittedly, I HAVE set a few cars on fire using a torch while doing delicate surgery near a grease and oil coated undercarriage. This tool was made for the likes of me ! Check out the review. It IS expensive, (over $300 on Amazon), but I went in partners with two friends. It doesn't get a lot of use, but well worth the $ when you really need it !
Noel Hastalis writes:
Some of you may be familiar with the car videos produced by Lou Costabile over the past few years, viewable on his website -
Recently, Lou and I drove to John Begian's home in Michigan, and Lou shot videos of 6 of John's great cars. Lou will be posting these videos to his site over the next 3 months, interspersed among other of his videos. One of these upcoming videos will be of John's black 300-G convertible, that he's driven to most of our Club's Meets over the past 9 years. In addition, Lou also shot a video of the recent Geneva, IL Concours featured Letter Cars, with my commentary, that should be posted to his site in a few weeks.
The first of these videos, however, is of John's '62 Polara 500 convertible, that he drove to our Rohnert Park Meet this past May. Here's the direct link to this YouTube video.
Lou has posted over 1200 videos to date, and I suggest checking out some of them in your spare time. He groups his videos chronologically, mostly by decade, so it's easy to whittle down to your cars of interest.
Larry Jett writes:
One of you fine gents suggested cod liver oil to solve squeaking suspension bushings. I am here to tell you it works excellently. All the noise is gone. $28 worth of oil in a Plews Oiler and the problem evaporated. However, several days later I noticed a not-unpleasant but peculiar aroma in the garage. Today, the light came is cod liver oil. Beware of the lasting back story.
Bob Merritt writes:
For those interested in the Letter Car Production statistics, we have revised our survivor page to include information such as start and stop dates for Letter Cars production. We have also included graphs of estimates for monthly production. Give it a look, you might find it interesting.
Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
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Restoration Spotlight
by Jamie Hyde

Cheryl and Dave Mihalko, owners of Quirey Quality Design have purchased Gary Goers' business. You can contact them by email, or phone with any questions. Quirey Quality Design Co., 3200 Graham Ave, Windber, Pa 15963. Phone 814-509-6410, email

A friend bought a set of short rams but they came minus the choke block off plates. I made a set of plates for him and a few extra. If you need choke block off plates for your J or ram K, or want to block off the choke wells on your long ram, let me know. Plates are $15/ea plus $5 ship. See more here.

Herb Grube had asked where he could get his carburetors rebuilt. I steered him to Daytona Parts, an outfit I have used with great results. I heard later that Daytona has quit carb restoration as they gave up their plating operations due to regulation costs. Daytona will still rebuild carbs, but not replate.
Two possible replacements come to mind; The Quad Shop, 5963 Linden Road, Rockford, IL., 61109-3516. Jim McGowan. (815) 874-4884 or Custom Rebuilt Carburetors 200A Wood Avenue, Middlesex, NJ 08846. (732) 356-4333. Philip Cancilla.

Ron Kurtz writes with this update on the restoration of E #292.

Enclosed are before and after photos of the front suspension of my 300E. After all components were removed, it took a while to clean off decades of crud and get all surfaces cleaned and ready for paint. There was no grease put on the torsion bar ends and no plastic dust covers installed at the factory (unlike my '64). Shown are the original ball joints and bushings that were replaced by new hardware before final painting. noted and preserved are the blue swatches on both anchors. The torsion bars were coated with a rubberized paint.

Jamie Hyde writes:
Here are some pictures of my F transmission during and after rebuild by Don Verity. Don found loads of varnish on this one, perhaps caused by the 30 years this car sat in a barn. Now it is as good as new.

If you like picture puzzles, here are three from our Alamogordo meet of 2014.
What The Heck?
Any idea what these are?
These are the switches used in the F, G, H for the turn signals. The one one the left is G and H while the one on the right is F. Notice how thin the shaft is on the F. Chrysler had failures on F switches from the shaft breaking and changed to a "beefier" shaft.
You may also notice Chrysler changed the bracket to studs in 61, which made assembly easier for the line.
There were a lot of changes from 60 to 61 as Chrysler learned what worked and what didn't. For instance, the bezel over the top of the Astradome is secured by nuts on studs for 1960 while it screwed on in 61 and 62. Here is another: the parking brake release changed -- early models you pulled the release handle down and it released. This was changed to a two step release handle -- you pulled the handle out and then down, preventing accidental brake releases.
It might be fun to catalog the differences 60 to 61.
Good Old Iron

The 300 Sport of Gary Hitchins (now owned by his son) and
Gary's B (now owned by his son-in-law Justin).