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Issue 45 Dec 9, 2019
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Those Were The Days
Final Thoughts
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I have a great wife.
Her favorite color is chrome.
Why don't they make speedometers
in Braille?
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I came across the photo above in my files. It was taken at our meet in Spencer, North Carolina in 1996 and reminded me what a great time we had there. It also brought to mind that as we get ready for next year, we should put at least one meet in 2020 on your list of things to do.
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Club Events

Our Next Meet:
Spring 2020: April 22 - 26, 2020 in Greenville, South Carolina. Hosted by Tom Cox and Jim Benson, our hotel will be the Greenville Marriott, One Parkway East, Greenville, SC 29645. You can call central reservations at 1-800-228-9290 or the hotel at 864-297-0300. Request the Chrysler 300 Meet group rate of $135/night (plus taxes). You can also make reservations here.
As of press time we are working on events which include a BMW plant tour and much more. Check future newsletters for more details.

Fall 2020: September 16 - 20 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, hosted by John Begian.  The host hotel will be the Auburn Hills Marriott, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, MI 48341. The Chrysler 300 Club group room rates are $109 for a guest room and $130 for a guest room with M Club Access.   Reservations can be made at this link or by calling the hotel at 248-253-9800 and specifying Chrysler 300 Club. Activity details are still being developed.  Check future newsletters for more information.

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.
BIG Blue – The story of 8403 146407

by Gil Cunningham

by George Riehl
Tech Articles

Members Say

John Chesnutt writes;
I received Hemmings Classic Car -October Issue.  The front cover has a 1958 Chrysler 300D, Color Aztec Turquoise. Chrysler Classics- Pages 48 to 59 Letter Car.   Also, Hemmings Daily has an article from the May 2019 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines.
Our 1957 300C, Copper Brown, is shown at the Belgrade, Montana Airport Drag Strip in the Spring of 1958. At that time it was owned by Harold Wilcoxson of Livingston, as shown in the article. We purchased it from Harold Wilcoxson July 19, 1958.
Harold was the owner of Wilcoxson Ice Cream Co. in Livingston, MT. He died Aug 30, 2017 at age 94. He was always racing cars at drag strips from Montana to the West Coast.

Alfonso Gonzalez from Brazil writes:
I am contacting you to inform that I own a 300B 1956. I bought the car 1 year ago. Here are photos from a recent event here in Brazil.

Rich Barber writes:
We received news of the passing of Bruce Toelle-- our friend,  300 Clubs member and past president of the Chrysler 300 Club, Inc.  Bruce died on Sunday, 9/29/19 while in a Rehabilitation Center in Vero Beach, FL.  Your thoughts and prayers for Maryann, the Toelle family and their many friends will be welcomed.

Ron Kurtz writes on the restoration of E #292:

Click here for pictures.
Removing the dash from the car was not as difficult as it would appear as it is also a "swing down" type.  All wires that were disconnected from the car were tagged. The wiring diagram (colored in with pencils)  is always a good guide.
The wires were disconnected from the rear of the dash and also labeled to their connection points.  The original tape was removed so all wires could be inspected from end to end and cleaned.  Cable ties were used to maintain the correct bundling as the inspection and cleaning moved along.  The clamps that hold the cables in place will be rubber coated to avoid wear on the wire insulation. 
The reverse side of the dash was rusted and was sanded, refinished with a primer and top coat.  All chrome and gauges were removed for refurbishing and polishing. The induction clamp on  ammeter snapped off during removal and the gauge was sent to Jeff Carter for rebuilding.  Excellent job. The radio, ash tray assembly and glove compartment insert and door will  be installed after the dash is back in place. 

Rich Barber writes:
I've read that these don't exist but here is a picture of a 1964 150 MPH speedometer. 1964 font, needle and background hue. It is not the same part number as the 1964 calibrated cop car unit or the 300J unit. 

Keith Langendorfer writes:
Very Interesting - that is one rare unit. Where did you find it?
Here’s a pic of the “J” unit in my “K”. Clearly some differences with the needle and numerals, but I think the background hue and texture are pretty close to the alternator and the other gauges.

Write us with whatever might be on your mind.
Restoration Spotlight
by Jamie Hyde

Jean-Yves Chouinard writes he has made another run of the carpet strips/holders for 300F/G (these will work on the 300H with some modifications). Chromed aluminum, looks very nice. The chrome is harder than original anodized. These go on the floor over the carpet where the console and floor carpet meet.  Click here for pictures. $450 a set + shipping. Info
or call 506 393-8189.

Carl Bilter writes;
I wanted to share how I installed the drivers side header on my J. My car didn't have the correct headers but I managed to find a pair and decided to install with the engine still in the car. I don't know if this is the correct procedure (there are no details in the FSM), but it is what worked for me. Click here to read the details.

Jean-Yves Chouinard writes that he has throttle linkage for ram cars now available. These will fit 60-64 ram cars (not max wedge), B or RB block. All the parts are hand made by a local machinist. The complete linkage set comes with all the hardware (clips, nuts, washers, grommets etc.) and includes the bell crank, two linkage rods to carburetor, bottom rod to firewall and all parts at bottom of bell crank. See pictures. Two complete sets are available now. The price for a complete set is $395 US + shipping. More linkages will be made to order and I can supply individual parts of the linkage also. For more info contact Jean-Yves Chouinard at or call (506) 393-8189.

Don Verity writes;
While cleaning parts on my E, I found a few interesting things. The upper control arms show signs of black paint, while the lower control arms show none. The ball joints are original, and I am re-using them. In cleaning the center link and tie rods yesterday, I also saw signs of black paint on the inners. The outer tie rods didn't have enough greasy spots to cover anything underneath. The center link may have been black too.

Carl Bilter writes:
The driver side engine mount heat shield was missing on my J. That shield is unique to the J and the ram K. I took a normal driver side heat shield and had my body shop modify it into the J style.
We have a page on motor mount heat shields here. Interesting to see that even the factory shield looks home-made.
If you like picture puzzles, here are three from our Macungie meet in 2015. Take your pick of
"Prototype Long Rams", "Meet Banner", or "Bud Faubel's Big Red."
Those Were The Days

Justin Iwinski sends photos of our fall meet in October of 1971
and our spring meet in May of 1972.
Let us know if you recognize anyone.
In 1999, an event quite unusual and significant took place.
Someone drove a Letter Car coast to coast.

Click here to see more.

Something a little different

Interesting modifications to a 62 300 Sport 4 door.