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Issue 67 Aug 8, 2023
In This Issue
Club Events
Tech Articles
Video Corner
Members Say
Restoration Spotlight
Those Were The Days
Final Thought
Chrysler 300 Club International
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From years ago

Green lights and blue skies to
Mick Maxwell
Come on down to Fredericksburg for Randy Thorne's fall meet. He has an interesting agenda waiting for you featuring the National Museum of the Pacific War and a cruise of the area. The deadline for hotel reservations at our special rate is August 17, so make your plans soon. More information here.
Click here for the event report for Chryslers at Carlisle. Thanks to Jeff Miklas, Gloria Moon and Charlie Valentine for their reporting.
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Club Events

Fall 2023: September 17 - 20, 2023 in Fredericksburg, TX. Hosted by Randy Thorne.
Our Host Hotel is The Inn on Baron's Creek, 308 S. Washington, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. Please call the hotel directly at 830-990-9202 for reservations and request reservations under the Chrysler 300 Club. $149.00 + tax (13%), breakfast is included. This special club rate will be available until August 17, 2023. After that date reservations will be subject to prevailing hotel rate availability. A special club rate ($249.00 + tax for Friday/Saturday) is available for up to 3 days before and after our Meet. Click here for the meet registration form. Registration form must arrive before September 3rd.

Spring 2024: Kokomo, Indiana. May 2024, hosted by Ralph Rhees and Jim Rockey.
Fall 2024: Omaha, Nebraska, hosted by Kurt Brueske.
Spring 2025: Available. Contact Rob Kern if you are interested in hosting this meet.
Fall 2025: Buffalo, NY hosted by Curley, Larry and Moe.
Tech Articles

1959 Power Seat Repair

(video 31:12)

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Video Corner
Lamps & Lenses 300E

E fuel gage work

Members Say
Dave Mason writes:
We recently drove the K on the Blue Ridge Parkway- beautiful drive!

Henry Mitchell writes:
Thanks for your video on brake light switches in the last ENews. I must have bought about ten of the hydraulic brake switches of varying degrees of effectiveness before I gave up. The best one would only activate the brake lights when I stomped on the brakes. I bought an early Chevrolet plunger-type brake switch on Ebay for 16 bucks, then fabricated a bracket for it. I tapped into the wiring harness that conveniently runs right above the pedal, found the pink and white wire and connected the switch. The brake switch is really keen because it is adjustable, with a lock nut. Now I just lay my foot on the pedal without applying pressure and the brake lights come on. A simple solution for Peace of Mind.

Bill Elder writes:
This concerns the copper pipes that were used on some Gs for the heater. The driverís side pipe and the orientation of that pipe at the rear of the engine has two different configurations. George Hiller and I have pipes, where the segment of the pipe that connects to the heater box is straight up and down, 12 o-clock. Jean-Yvesí engine and Bob Merrittís engine have pipes where the rear segment of the pipe points towards the brake booster, say the two o-clock position. The straight up and down position creates a problem. The heater hose must immediately bend 90 degrees then do a loop up to the heater box. This results in restricted coolant flow, because the hose canít achieve these bends without being pinched off.
So who can say why there are two versions, was there an engineering change, was there a vendor change? Itís obvious that the pipes that point towards the brake booster are the better version. Here is my solution to the problem. I purchased a hose with a preformed 90 degree bend and a brass connector and used these pieces to connect to a piece of 5/8 power steering return line. Even with the brass connector heading close to the correct direction, I found that the regular heater hose wanted to flatten out, while bending up to the heater box. The power steering return hose has a more robust side wall and resists flattening out and pinching off. If you are interested in this subject, could you please look at the orientation of the driverís side pipe on your car, let me know if it is 12 or 2 and your engine build date. Mine is March 22.

Jeff Miklas writes:
I saw the picture of the manual transmission 1963 300 Sport in the E-News 66. Here are pictures of the shifter "doghouse" from a 300L 4speed. Chrysler sure improved the piece from 1963.

Jon Sager writes:
There is a lot of opinions if that spring in the lower radiator hose is needed or not. I've even read that it was only in there to make filling on the assembly line possible using some sort of vacuum system. I use them as I've seen lower hoses collapse during overheating and I don't buy into the new hoses being built that much better.
The Mustang guys have been reproducing them for a number of years. Stainless steel wire and I think the diameter will work. The other option is buying some SS wire and winding it around something a bit smaller in diameter than the ID of the hose. Lower Radiator Hose Spring, big block 8" long x 1.625" O.D. x .062 T302SS wire

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

Check our next newsletter for information on our patch panel project.

If you like picture puzzles, here are new ones from our St. Louis meet in 1994. Take your pick of "Bob Crawford's H & Jim Golden's D", "Busch Stadium from the Arch", or "Chicago & Pacific Aerotrain."
Those Were The Days

Elmira, NY 1975. Hurricane Eloise had just come through the area but the meet went on.
Something a little different

What is Dave Schwandt doing?

Sunset and the F, two pieces of magic