The Electronic Newsletter of the Chrysler 300 Club International
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Seventh Issue February 3, 2013
In This Issue
Club Events
Feature Stories
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Chrysler 300 Club International
PO Box 40
Benson, MD, 21018

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Answer to the trivia question of issue #6: What Letter Cars had 3 exhaust pipes?

Cars equipped with the optional "Southwind" gasoline heater.
The main photo of the 300 "e" news features the spectacular G of Niels Hansen. Click here for his restoration story. Congratulations to Niels for his dedication on this extensive project.
President's Message
It's January in Michigan. Even with the '57 put away I look forward to the warmer days ahead and try to get a few things done on the car. Driving to the Chattanooga meet last year I noticed the temperature gauge was reading higher than normal. It ran even hotter at the Woodward cruise. I plan to drive to the St. Louis meet this spring so it was time to get busy. I went through the easy list of possibilities and all were fine. I sent the radiator to the shop last month and they confirmed it needed a new core. I installed it last week and am happy to cross that one off the list. It isn't too early to start thinking about the meet this spring. St Louis is a great central location. There are lots of activities planned. We'd really like to see a big turn out of letter cars. See if there isn't something you can cross off your list, too.
Jim Krausmann
Newsletter and Dues Notes
A reminder to those who mailed their dues and club store checks to George Riehlís address in Jonesville Michigan: that address is no longer valid. Please be sure to mail dues to PO Box 40, Benson MD 21018. The mail going to MI is being temporarily forwarded to his family who then have the chore of mailing it to the Benson MD address.
Please be sure to let me know when you snowbirds move back up north in the spring. If you have not been receiving your newsletters itís because the Post Office will not forward them to you. I have them held hostage and you can contact me to rescue them.
Thanks, Gloria Moon. 410-877-7803 or
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Club Events

                  St. Louis!
Our spring 2013 meet will be May 19 - 23, hosted by Ed Lanfer. Click here for the activities list. The host hotel is the Doubletree by Hilton, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.
Room rates are $94 for 1 queen or 2 queen beds, $99 for 1 king bed. The cutoff date for our special room rates is April 22, 2013. Click here for reservations.
Check this section in future issues for more details or contact Ed Lanfer at

Future Meets: Fall 2013 in Blacksburg, VA hosted by Thomas DeBusk, August 21-24, 2013.
Spring 2014 in Massachusetts hosted by Don Cole for the 50th anniversary of the "K". Date TBA.
Fall 2014 in the White Sands area of New Mexico. Hosted by Bill Allen. Date TBA.
Spring 2015 OPEN.
Fall 2015 in Macungie, PA, hosted by Larry Jett, Tony Rinaldi and Mark Souders. August 5-9, 2015 for a Joint Meet celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Chrysler 300 Marque.

For more information, contact our meet coordinator Ray Jones at
Feature Stories

Charlie Builds A Garage
The 300B Introduces the 300M At Daytona

Tech Articles

From Larry Jett regarding Penetrating Oils

Machinist's Workshop magazine recently published some information on various penetrating oils. They arranged a subjective test of all the popular penetrates with the control being the torque required to remove the nut from a "scientifically rusted" environment.
Penetrating oils Average torque load to loosen
No Oil 516 pounds
WD-40 238 pounds
PB Blaster 214 pounds
Liquid Wrench 127 pounds
Kano Kroil 106 pounds
ATF-Acetone mix 53 pounds
The ATF-Acetone mix is a "home brew" mix of 50 - 50 automatic transmission fluid and acetone. Note this "home brew" released bolts better than any commercial product in this one particular test.

From Bob Jasinski;

Thanks for the link to the E News#6. While there, I clicked on the wheel cover articles and watched the repaint videos.
I have repainted many G wheel covers, and have found a method that is much faster, easier, and gives a cleaner paint line than tape. The method uses a piece of thin plastic acetate sheeting, although you could also use paper, say a brochure or flyer weight type. Bring the ends of the paper or acetate together to make a cylinder that equals the inside diameter of the wheel cover. Tape the point where the correct inside diameter is obtained. Drop it into the cover, and spray down into the masking cylinder onto the exposed cover surface. Let the paint cure for a bit and repeat using the same mask for each additional wheel cover. Works great! No fumbling around with tape to try to get a crisp edge.
From Bill Anderson, regarding the 65 instrument panel finish video :
The tail panels are standard damascening, also called engine turning. This is the pattern Bugatti used on his engine blocks and Buick uses on the `40 and `41 instrument panel and glove box door.
It is a common metal decoration and can be easily done by most any one with a little patience on flat surfaces, curved panels are a different story. Factories typically did this metal treatment on flat metal and then formed (stamped) the panels.
First the metal is highly polished and then the damascening performed. After it must be protected. Buick used steel which it protected with clear lacquer for the instrument panel etc. I suspect the Chrysler pieces are aluminum - polished, damascened, and then anodized.
I have never seen the dash pattern in any other car, the procedure is the same but the alignment of circles is different.
As always, enjoy your news letter! Bill
Don Verity writes:
Enclosed are a couple of pictures of the new style vacuum switch. They can be set up to work just like the original. The alligator clip is on the power supply terminal.
The open terminal next to it goes to the fan switch.
The jumper wire provides power for the compressor clutch wire, which would connect to the terminal under the jumper.
Some use two power feeds, one for the fan, and one for the compressor clutch.
In the off position there should be no power to any other terminal.
In Max and Fresh A/C there should be power at the clutch wire and the fan terminal.
In heat and defrost there should be only power to the fan.
Some switches supply power to the A/C clutch when in the defrost position.

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Video Corner

Dave Schwandt sent his video of the 1992 meet in Kerrville, Texas.
Click here to visit that event.

Click here for the 1994 meet in St. Louis featuring the Chrysler Turbine car.

Click here to see the Chrysler Concept Cars at the Coldwater Meet in 1994.
Members Say
Chuck Schoendorf writes:
"Full Jewelled" is the book every Chrysler 300 and Hemi fan, 50's stock car fan, and racing historian of any sort has been waiting for. It was written for us. The book puts Carl Kiekhaefer and his whole campaign into perspective. Everybody has read and heard bits and pieces about Mr. K. but "FJ" puts it all between two covers and into clear focus. This book is a must own. That's why I just ordered five more copies for my car nut friends. To Russ Hamilton and Russ Truelove, the fans and I can not thank you two enough.
"Full Jewelled" is still available, contact Russ Hamilton at

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