1968 chrysler 300 Questions

Early C Bodies - The Slab Side Years

  1. Thunder68

    Thunder68 New Member

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    Hi,
    Im a young guy from Germany and im going to Look at a 68 chrysler 300 soon. I want to know on which parts of the car i should have an eye on? Trunk floor, A-pillar etc...

    I hope some of you can give me some Informations from their experience.

    Thanks
     
  2. bigmoparjeff

    bigmoparjeff Senior Member

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    I seems like you already know that rust is at the top of the list of what to look for.

    The most likely areas for rust are:

    1. The bottom of the stub frame behind the front wheels, especially on the driver side. Be sure to inspect the inner sides that face the center of the car.

    2. Bottoms of the quarter panels behind the rear wheels, inside and out.

    3. Quarter panels above the fender skirts.

    4. Trunk floor.

    5. Look for bubbles under the vinyl top if it has one, and for rust around the rear window.

    6. The seam under the hood between the upper and lower firewall/cowl panels. Look closely around the recess where the wiper motor is mounted.

    7. All four floor sections. Can look from underneath the car for any perforations.


    Beyond rust, previous collision damage would be the next biggest concern.

    1. Check the front of the stub frame for crumpled areas or parts that have been cut and welded.

    2. Look for cracks or bubbles in the finish, indicating possible plastic filler under the paint.

    These cars were not all that straight from the factory, so it's likely that you will see some waves in the panels that have been there since the car was new. Many also left the factory with some terrible gaps between the panels, so bad gaps aren't a sure sign that the car has been in a collision. You'll have to use your best judgement on spotting a car that's been wrecked. Cars this old are very likely to have been in some minor fender benders over the years, and that's not a reason to walk away on an otherwise decent car.

    Of course, you'll want to check over the mechanicals the best you can by checking all the fluids and going for a test drive.


    Jeff
     
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  3. 440Chrysler

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    Out of curiosity, are you looking at a car in Germany or in the USA?
     
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    Im looking for the car in Germany...i want to look for local ones before importing one from the US..its a White one without vinyl top and blue interior
     
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    I'm looking to sell one in the US that matches that description:

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    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    If it has AC make sure it doesn't have ATC.
     
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    WissaMan Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Do you have this listed in the For Sale forum?
     
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    I don't yet. I'm waiting until the snow melts to post it. It's stuck in the snow behind my garage. I bought it for the front end because it's pretty solid. The only rot is in the trunk. Runs, drives, stops. The only thing stopping it from being a driver is it needs a windshield, a brake check, an accelerator pump, an interior, and some tinkering with the headlight door motor.
     
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    This is so important. Over the years, we've come to expect precision fit and finish, with 1/8" gap barely tolerable. I had forgotten this when I noticed gaps in my 66 I just bought. These cars were built by human workers, pre-robot.....All the more appealing....