Resurrection of my 1970 Chrysler 300 Convertible

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Jubilee Blue Metallic

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Thanks! Jubilee Blue Poly, kind of rolls off the tung...
 

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Continuing my story...
2011 I only had time to work on small parts. By 2012 I was waiting for the warm weather to really hit the project with all of my nearly 50 year-old gusto could manage (sorry, I gave up working in the snow and rain back in the 1980’s), but disaster struck and I needed shoulder surgery in June of that year and I was done for the season. However, with the help of my wife and daughter we were still able to coat the trunk pan and rails in POR-15 and muscle the pan into place. Some creative bending allowed us to get it in place without cutting it up:
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Best wife on the planet, just don’t mess with her and a crow-bar:

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Continuing my story...
2011 I only had time to work on small parts. By 2012 I was waiting for the warm weather to really hit the project with all of my nearly 50 year-old gusto could manage (sorry, I gave up working in the snow and rain back in the 1980’s), but disaster struck and I needed shoulder surgery in June of that year and I was done for the season. However, with the help of my wife and daughter we were still able to coat the trunk pan and rails in POR-15 and muscle the pan into place. Some creative bending allowed us to get it in place without cutting it up:















Best wife on the planet, just don’t mess with her and a crow-bar:

A family project is a beautiful thing.
 

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I keep teasing the girls that someday they will want to be taken to the church in it on their wedding day. Of course I get the eye roll and the comment, "in that pile of rusty metal?"
 

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Well, at least one of them doesn't think twice about picking up a sandblaster or a body hammer...

Recently, I spent some time cleaning up and examining the floors. For me, the solid floors and rockers are the major reason this car is worth saving. There are a few pin holes, but nothing worth welding in metal:

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A coat of POR15 actually makes it look nice:

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Thanks, man! It was your build thread that kicked me in the butt, to get going on this.

So, brining this up to date, I decided to pull the axel and springs out and do some cleaning and painting:

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Of course I snapped a bunch of studs on the forward brackets of the springs. So far I've not found any replacements for something that seems as common as wheel studs.

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Typical 8 3/4 except for the chunk missing from part of the propeller shaft yoke:

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Her it is after a good purple cleaning:

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And then some paint:

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Brake shoes had a lot of meat left on them:

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Cleaned up and added some high-heat paint:

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Evapo-Rust the small parts:

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Before:

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After:

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I tried sand blasting the drums with a little 20oz hand blaster and it barely made a scratch. I just picked up a small blasting cabinet from Harbor Freight so I can have some fun over the long weekend, so more pics next week. Have a good Labor Day weekend every one!
 
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I would replace the pinion seal and cover gasket since you got it apart. Axle seals too if they are leaking or seeping.
 

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Astounding, nothing like progress!
 

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As promised, here are photos of my newly acquired parts car. It is a running 1970 300 2 door hard top, A/C, power windows, power door locks, power seat, white interior.

Decoding of Fender Tag​
E85 440-4 Barrel
D32 H-D A-727 TorqueFlite Trans / Some Years A-998
CM23
C = Chrysler
M = Medium
23 = 2 Door Hardtop
T0C
T = 440, 350hp
0 = 1970
C = Jefferson Avenue, MI, USA

TX9 = Paint Code: Black / Black Velvet
M6XW
Trim Grade/Style/Color
M = Medium
6 = Vinyl Bucket Seats
X = Black

EW1 = Upper Door Frame: White / Alpine White
A30 = Date Built: 10 / 30 / 1969
Order Number: 083172
TX9 =
Roof Type OR Color: Black / Black Velvet
H51 = Single Air /w Heater
P31 = Power Windows

P41 = Power Door Locks
L31 = Hood / Fender Mount Turn Signal
C21 = Center Seat Foldown Armrest
P25 = Power LS Bucket or 50/50

B51 = Power Assisted Brakes
G11 = Tinted Glass All
V5X =
Black - Mouldings - Protective Insert Body Side


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Anyone know where the switch is for the power locks?

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Love the over-flow setup.

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Brakes are non-existent.

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The motor does not smoke, but there is a lot of blow-by.

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Trunk and the floors are well ventilated, but the frame rails and rockers are surprisingly clean.

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Wheels! I never thought I get a set of these. All are in great shape except one has some flaking chrome. What size tires should these have?

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Back:
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Light group:


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James

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isnt that little metal "power locks" square the switch? They slide, dont they?


I'll be down tomorrow for my front frame rails
 

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Rear seats are actually nice. Fronts are wasted. I was disapointed I didn't find a build sheet. Maybe it's hiding under the fronts or in the dash.

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Don't know if you can see this, but the dash pad looks like it was green and then painted black.

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Small collection of parts found in the trunk:

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What are these rods with the colored ends?

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Overall, I 'm pleased that I now have just about everything for my convertible except for the roof and a few interior parts, but I always planned on going Legendary anyway. I probably paid way more than I should have, but now I don't have to hunt down nearly as much. It's all driver quality which is where I was headed so if I do come across NOS, upgrading is always an option. After all, this is a Resurrection, not necessarily a Restoration.

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isnt that little metal "power locks" square the switch? They slide, dont they?


I'll be down tomorrow for my front frame rails

I thought so, I tried to move them but they didn't budge. Are you still looking for a stub frame? I need this to be a roller until at least the spring, lets talk then.
 
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