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Issue 50 October 8, 2020
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Those Were The Days
One That Got Away
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Rochester NY Meet 1987

Green lights and blue skies
to Monte Gillespie.

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It was a dry summer here in the northeast -- perfect for drives in the convertible. As autumn nears, thoughts turn to next year with hopes that we can resume our normal schedule of meets and events. While we can't guarantee this virus problem will be solved, we will proceed on the assumption that it will be. Check our newsletters and web page for updates.
Here is something old that is new -- Bill Elder dug out his photo album from spring and fall meets going as far back as 1987. He scanned the photos, typed up the meet host dialog and made event reports for the web. We will put several of these in each of the Blast From the Past sections of the ENews issues. If you have photos from any of these meets that you would like to add, send them in.
This newsletter is for you -- let us know what you'd like to see.
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Club Events

Future Meets:
Spring 2021 : April 21 - 25, 2021 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 at this link.
Fall 2021: September 15-21 (tentative) 2021 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 by calling the hotel at 248-253-9800 and specifying Chrysler 300 Club. Check our 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.
I Am Still EEE-Lated

by Guy Morice
1970 300 Convertible

by John & Arlyss Chesnutt

Hey Lefty
10a 10b 11

New Old Event Reports

Rochester, NY 1987

Mena, AR, 1988

Tech Articles

In our last issue we asked who made this 300.
If you answered Packard, you were right.
Manufactured in 1951 and 1952, Packard had the 300
before Chrysler did.
A new question: Did someone before Packard make a 300?
Members Say

Jeff Miklas writes:
I am sending some pages from a 1965 Dealer Parts pamphlet. I bet you didn't know dual quads were available as a dealer installation on a 300L. Here are the part #s. You could buy a dual-4 barrel intake and two carbs for a total of $178.75 list price. Also available: Chrome Valve Covers, STEEL "scattershield" bellhousing and 3.55, 3.73, 3.91, 4.30, 4.56, and 4.89 gears. THOSE were the days!

I got some press for the 300s....
Two of my 300Cs were winners in the MOPAR COLLECTORS GUIDE 2020 VIRTUAL CAR SHOW.
It was a GREAT SHOW - It didn't cost anything to enter, didn't cost anything to get there and back
AND I didn't break down !

John Grady writes:
I had my 300F steering wheel restored by Dennis Crooks. It looks good. He is in San Diego, CA at Quality Restorations, Inc. Tel: 858-271-7374.
Rich Barber writes:
From the information in the July 2020 edition of the Newsflite, I made a paint code distribution table for the 300C. No surprise, the cloud white color is most popular at over 50%. White out-numbers the next popular color (black) almost 3 to 1.
Ron Kurtz writes:
The restoration of E #292 continues with work on the sheet metal, stripping 4 coats of paint down to clear metal. The car was repainted in 1964 by the original owner to add more red to the finish. what resulted was a sloppy job. It is interesting to note 99 percent of the sheet metal is clear as the car was garaged in 1967.
All interior surfaces (door jambs, undersides of panels, etc.) where coated with an etch primer then an acrylic primer. Exterior surfaces were primed with a "cheap" primer to ward off any surface rust until the final etch and top primers are applied before the finish coat is applied later on.
Work on the frame has begun. Next the suspension and wheels will be installed so the car can be skated to the other bay for frame-off work.

Don Warnaar and Bill Elder got together to make a page for Jerry Kocur. You can see it here. If you have something you'd like to share about Jerry, send it in and we will add it to the page.

Henry Mitchell writes: Regarding Jim Bartuska's post in the latest "e" news: here is a picture of my tag, still attached to the radio.

Carl Bilter writes:
There was an exchange recently on the Forward Look Facebook page where fellow club member Dave Clelland asserted that the cross ram air cleaners were painted by the factory as an assembled unit.  Therefore, the stud and wing nut that held the two halves together were painted the color of the cleaner (red or gold). This photo of an NOS 1964 air cleaner, courtesy of Bob Merritt, seems to validate this theory. 
Andy Mikonis adds: George Riehl made this assertion to me many years ago. It is also evident on the 71-mile G.

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

I recently had my F distributor rebushed by Fasttrack Machining, 594 Hague St, Rochester NY 14606 (585) 319-5345. He replaced all shaft bushings and machined the housing to accept a bushing for the tach drive. I think the cost was well worth it.

If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones from our 1994 meet in Coldwater, Michigan. Take your pick of
"That Will Buff Out", "Good Times", or "One Clean G Engine."

90% of all carburetor problems
are electrical.
Those Were The Days
Nope. No idea what that is.

Maybe we better put it back before they notice.

If we welded on a 1/4-20 I bet it wouldn't fall off.

Let's tell Bob it's the latch off a J convertible roof.

If you hold it in the air you can get the Lone Ranger broadcast.

It was way back in 1998. A single headlight C for sale in California.
I was in New York and just as the seller and I came near to an agreement,
a guy local to the seller bought it. The new owner gave the car a
thorough restoration so in the grand scheme, all is well.
Next Issue:
Event reports for our 1989 meets in Iowa and Pennsylvania
and an installment of the Lefty Lobstah Forum