1960 300F

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    rexus31 Senior Member

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    From the photo, it looks like the lower quarters are rusted.
     
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    Yes, but my body guy looked at it and it's an easy fix for this talented guy. He has built entire quarters for cars and complete bedsides for a sweptside 58 pickup from scratch He's the best around. Just a minor annoyance. Glad it's in as good a shape as it is!
    You should see his work. He's painting my 61 Chrysler Newport right now. It's looking spectacular!
     
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  3. saforwardlook

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    I estimtate that you will end up loving the F styling more than the G. The styling is just cleaner IMO. While I like the front end styling of the both the G and H (which are nearly identical), the F is just a perfect marriage of sport and elegance to me. I have both the F and the H, so I get to look at them nearly every day. And the tail lights in the F just seem more natural and a perfect compliment to the front styling. The G appears to have a chrome fin plug at the end rather than a boomerang red tail light lens that is so cool to me at least. But having said that, I really love my 1961 New Yorker 2 door coupe as well - they are all out of the ballpark styling efforts (that one is white with a red interior and has a/c). But that one still awaits it restoration, while my H is fully restored and my F is original and will stay that way.

    Since you don't like the fake spare tire deck lid, just replace it with one from a G or a 60 New Yorker.

    I also like red, even though mine is white too.......................

    You have a lot of work ahead of you, but it is very complete and the absence of a/c will make the job significantly easier. And a good body guy such as you have lined up will take care of that rust well, I am confident.

    Enjoy and I look forward to seeing the restoration.

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  4. 78Brougham

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    Gotta disagree on the "Toilet Seat" I love them! My '60 DeSoto had it as well as my '59 Plymouth. Now fender skirts..... YUCH!!! I had a set for my '59 Plymouth... they were on there just long enough to put them on, step back, look and run as fast as I could to take them back off! :rofl:

    Congratulations! Keep us posted.
     
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    Thanks for the comment.
    I'm psrtial to the 61 for a couple reasons.
    First. I learned to drive in my parents 61 4 door Newport with 361 and 3 speed manual in the floor. It was stripped of all options to include radio delete and rubber floor mats instead of carpet. But brother, that Chrysler would FLY!
    Second. I like the canted headlights and the way the bumper ends, park/turn lights, grille, fins and even the front fenders are canted likewise. I like the fins coming to the door and stopping.
    If the powers that be had of just left the 60 taillights on it, like they did the wagon, it would have been perfection to me.
    The 61 Newport 2 door hardtop I'm currently doing, will eventually be retrofitted with the 60 tail lights. I thought it would be a simple swap until I looked at the two side by side and saw the fins were so different. I'm not being a purist on this car. I'm like building it in my own image. '71 440 with a six pack set up, backed by an A833 Hemi 4 speed.
    Seats from a 73 New Yorker are at the upholstery shop being reskinned with the original blue fabric and two shades of blue vinyls that I'm getting from SMS. He's doing a custom carpet too because of the four speed hump I got out of the tranny donor car. I'm claiming 413 as that would have been a 61 motor and a 440 is a punched out 413 anyway
    My 6 pack air cleaner lid has a lion airbrushed coming out of the top like the Golden Lion it is portraying. can't wait to see it on the road. Hopefully this summera

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    Newport 66 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Thanks for all the pictures and information. Looks like a great car and best of luck with it. Thanks for sharing!!
     
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    The 60 is a favorite of mine also, for much the same reasons as stated by saforwardlook. A beautifully designed car that just flows and fits together perfectly. Congratulations!!
     
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    Great Find. Congratulations!

    Take your time. Don't give up.

    I'll check my spares

    Ro
     
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    Check your spares for what?
    Looked back through the messages. not sure what we're talking about.
     
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    There is one here in Ohio. Same color, engine combo. He says he has been offered 10,000.00 for the motor alone. It needs a total resto. Its half exposed to the elements. Sad. What do you think its worth?
     
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    I'm sorry to have seemed to imply "out of the blue" that it would require specific replacement parts.

    I'm actually saying that I think its pretty cool and you got a really nice one! After all, you had no idea that I had been interested before.

    Anyway, Congrats on the purchase. Glad to see that car got a good home!
     
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    Based on that information, I'd have no idea what it's value would be. There are two 300 clubs that you can find on the internet. They have people with the Expertise to give you an idea of the value, but they would need pictures and more detailed information.
    It's hard to believe he was offered that much for the motor.
    A complete 413 crossram motor was on ebay a while back for $5,000 or best offer
    I'm no expert on these cars by any means. I've read a lot about them, but this is the first one I've owned. Plan on being knee deep in this one soon!
     
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    Based on that information, I'd have no idea what it's value would be. There are two 300 clubs that you can find on the internet. They have people with the Expertise to give you an idea of the value, but they would need pictures and more detailed information.
    It's hard to believe he was offered that much for the motor.
    A complete 413 crossram motor was on ebay a while back for $5,000 or best offer
    I'm no expert on these cars by any means. I've read a lot about them, but this is the first one I've owned. Plan on being knee deep in this one soon!
     
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    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    Congrats on your future retirement fund!!
    But first you have to spend all the kids college money,sell all other toys, the house,and live in a trailer to bring her back to good as new!! LOL!!
    Just kidding!
    Letter cars will always be expensive to restore but when done right their return will always be worth it.
    Six figures not unusal for these cars.
    Cheers!
     
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    That is a terrific score ya got there. The '60 300F is THE letter car to own. I like the 'G' too, but for some reason, the sixty is more desirable. If you haven't already, you should join the Chrysler 300 Club, Intl ( CHRYSLER 300 CLUB INTERNATIONAL, INC. ). My wife and I joined this group about six years ago. They know everything there is to know about Chrysler letter cars and they have really great meets twice a year. BTW, they are having a meet in Greenville, SC in April. Since you are in WV, that would be a good time to come and check them out in person. I'd be happy to introduce you around. Of course, if yer already a member. . . Never mind. . .
     
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    Plan to join. Don't think I can make that particular meet. I'm working in Florida and don't know when I'll make it back up there just yet.
    I was a member of the club back in the late seventies and early eighties. Kids and family took presidence then.
    Fortunately, I can do a lot of the work myself and have a friend in the business of restoring forward look cars that I can lean on. His name is Benny Buckner. You may have heard of him.
     
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    Yes! I have heard of him. He has a terrific MOPAR junk yard that the Club visited during our meet in Virginia a few years ago. I posted some photos here. Yer in good hands with him.
     
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    Robndi43

    Congratulations;

    Suggest you join one of the 300 letter clubs as they have great members that share valuable 300 specific restoration information. Either way please provide the VIN number to the 300 club as they may not be aware your car exists - Bob
     
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    I agree. In fact, you should probably join BOTH 300 clubs.