Jump to content

1955 c300 new guy


Guest Charlie's C-300
 Share

Recommended Posts

Guest Charlie's C-300

Hello all. I have a good chance on buying a 1955 c300 in the next few days and am trying to learn as much as possible about this car. I hope I've reached the right people to help and guide me through this exciting opportunity. Is there anybody here that will be able to help me out in the future ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Charlie's C-300

Yes it will consume a lot of fuel but I'm not too worried about that right now , I'm looking for members to be able to advise me as I proceed through the different phases of restoration/repair

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest palosfv3

If memory serves me correctly Wayne Graeffen compiled a comprehensive restoration guide on the early 300's . I believe they are available through the 300 Club. Make sure to check the engine ID number on the block at the front of the lifter galley cover. The B and C cars were targets of early fuel dragsters for motors and especially the cylinder heads off of the 354ci engines. The 55 had the 331 ci engine. Heres a chart on the engine # and a link to Hot Hemi heads a good source for early hemi stuff.

CHRYSLER:

C51 - 8 - 1001 1951 Chrysler 331 2 180**

C52 - 8 - 1001 1952 Chrysler 331 2 180**

C53 - 8 - 1001 1953 Chrysler 331 2 180**

C541 - 8 - 1001 1954 New Yorker 331 2 195**

C542 - 8 - 1001 1954 New Yorker 331 4 235**

WE55 - 1001 1955 New Yorker 331 2 250

NE55 - 1001 1955 New Yorker 331 4 250

CE55 - 1001 1955 Imperial 331 4 250

3NE55 - 1001 1955 C300 331 2-4 300***

NE56 - 1001 1956 New Yorker 354 4 280

CE56 - 1001 1956 Imperial 354 4 280

3NE56 - 1001 1956 300B 354 2-4 340***

NE57 - 1001 1957 New Yorker 392 4 325

3NE57 - 1001 1957 300C 392 2-4 375***

CE57 - 1001 1957 Imperial 392 4 325

58N - 1001 1958 New Yorker 392 4 345

58C - 1001 1958 Imperial 392 4 345

58N3 - 1001 1958 300D 392 2-4 380

* Very rare! All 4 BBL engines were approximately 10% of production.

** 1951 through mid-1954 have bell housings cast onto block.

*** 300 High Performance Option

Early Hemi Info, Photos, Manuals, Specs, Links, Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto, Hemi Engine ID

Check out the Forward Look forum.

Category & forums listing - The Forward Look Network

Their 300 forum

Mail Index

As well as the 300 club site.

CHRYSLER 300 CLUB INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Best Regards

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

these cars are very rare and very sought after if restored completely. if not restored completely probably will spent more than the car is worth. however, if

done correctly and completely, they can bring in excess of $125,000.

how complete is the car.. also a parts car would be very beneficial and save you tons of money and time.

I have a complete one and a fairly complete one.whch someday I will get around to doing.

what is the price on the one you are looking at, and how complete is it. where are you located, I.m in Tampa fl

regards

email me at skaik@embarqmail.com

al

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Charlie's C-300

We did purchase it and I checked it out before hand. I think its a very complete car . It does have the original motor, elec seats / windows, Town and Country radio, power steering , Tango red, etc. It does come w/ a parts car although its a 4 door Imperial ( I think ). It was filthy and will need a complete restoration . My Father-In-Law is going to build me a rotisserie in the next month so repair will be easier. Do you have experience in restoration ? Thank you for your intrest.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Bob Call

Charlie

You might contact BhigDog (Bob Beck) who posts on this site regularly. A couple of years ago he resotred a 56 St Regis which is similar to the 55 300. He would be good for parts sources and tips on the restoration process. Hot Heads and Egge Machine are good parts parts sources for the engine rebuild.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Charlie's C-300

I can do engine / trans, patch panels welding , clean up and so on I'm just not sure about different processes such as replacing nuts and bolts , repairing pitted metal , etc . I don't want to do anything that will take away from the cars value. How do I contact bob ? Just do a search ? Thank you .

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
Guest palosfv3

Warm up your goin in ! :D Best wishes on your project. The engine and stuff appears not to be unassembled at any point in the past. It still has the inline trans cooler attached to the water pump. These were usually removed at some early point in a cars use.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest palosfv3

The cooler being next to the water pump does not cool the trans fluid as efficiently as a cooler mounted in the lower radiator tank. This design was changed a short time later . The only option is a used cooler assembly . Have yours checked and boiled out just like a radiator. more than likely it will be OK. The coolers are different among the 331,354 engines.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Charlie's C-300

Okie Dokie , Thank you. Is it better to keep it as close to original as possible ? Or if necessary change a few under engineered components along the way ? I un-bolted the engine last night and started to raise it up with the trans still attached but my "I" beam supports need a little attention before I proceed . I know the engine alone weighs 675lbs and don't want anything to break :(

Link to comment
Share on other sites

PalosFV3 suggested I wrote a restoration manual for the early 300s. Not exactly. I wrote a 57 Chrysler 300C Handbook of 60+ pages but there are very few similarities between the '55-56 Letter Cars and the '57s. There would be little value in purchasing my book. This Handbook is NOT sold through the 300 clubs as I am not a member of either national club. I sell it direct if there is anyone reading this interested, contacted me with a PM.

Get that C300 back on the road and drive it hard and fast like it was intended.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest palosfv3

Thanks for the correction Wayne . I thought it included the early cars . Its hell getting old and sometimes memories get mixed up. Sorry for the misinformation.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...