1979 Chrysler 300 Description

Status of: SS22L9R240622


Manufacture Date:6/5/1979
On this day, Donna Summers' "Hot Stuff" tops the charts.
The pencil shading of my own 300's fender tags. The tags, in great need of archeological type dusting, cleaning and restoration, turned out barely legible in the shading. I used my Dremel Mototool, with the cone-shaped wire brush, with an EXTRA light touch, to clean it a bit, before it gets a fresh coat of Spinnaker White.

Your Host's 300

Your Host's 300

Mostly original, except for the entire exhaust system, to which I've added black tips. The original heater by-pass hose has the 'one-time-use' clamp. Yes, the hose looks like it's about to go.

Background


The Day I bought It
I purchased this 1979 Chrysler 300 in May of 1995. It had under 63K on it.

After looking it over thoroughly and noting the extensively rusted areas, I made an offer and later drove off in the vehicle I had wanted since I was in High School.

1995 - 1996 Body Condition
That summer ( 1995 ), as well as the next, I spent a great deal of time sanding off any body rust and further evaluated the rust inside the bumbers and in other areas underneath the car. Somehow, that's where 99% of the rust decided to stay - out of view of the body's Spinnaker White (EW1) paint. Even further inspection resulted in almost no rust on the underside or body panels, but instead seemed to be concentrated inside the bumpers and bumper re-inforcement. Aside from the trunk, there was really no exterior body rust, except for some crumb-sized spots. These spots can be wiped out with a Dremel tool, in one weekend.

The local Mattos automotive paint store mixed me up a quart of the factory paint and with these handy little spray bottles, I was covering the worked parts with a very close match.

Labor Day weekend, 1996, the car got a thorough washing, Mequire's #2 or #9 application and a final waxing brought the entire car out of this dingy suit which even when I purchased the car, had told me that this car had never had a bath. Of course, I didn't really believe that myself - it had to have been washed and waxed some time as it now shines better, with it's original paint than a later model car down the street (offspring from another big 3 manufacturer), which also has original paint.

The following summer, 1997, I'd not worked much on it as I had indulged in my 2-wheeled entertainment. This coming summer, 1998, is when I plan to deal with the underside rust situation, which when recently on a lift, didn't seem to be all that horrible.

Coming Soon: How I dealt with the rusty bumper and re-inforcement. Interior
I'd have to describe the interior as "not too bad". This is because it has that thin leather interior. I think Recardo Montalban called it "Corinthian Leather" in the TV commercials, back in the days where a 197? Chrysler was marketed as "The Smaller Chrysler". You gotta love it. I wish they had used plain old "Corinthian Vynyl" instead. The sides of the back rest of the driver's seat are corroding and exposing the beautiful yellow foam underneath. I can only imagine how expensive this will be. I have another Chrysler product with the identical material/style, and put seat covers on it as a result of the almost 2 decades of exposure to all kinds of temperatures. Maybe some day . . .

Engine
It has the 360 Four Barrel Engine ( E58 ) and runs smoothly. I was disappointed to find out that it has lower compression than than the non-high-performance 360 engine, according to the 1979 Factory manual.

Mine doesn't have the power seats as I understand only the Canadian models do because the U.S. models have the catalytic converters running right through the area where the resulting bulge would be to accommodate the motors for the power seating.

Ain't that something?

Anyone out there know of a way to adapt power seats to this model, without major work?



Changes last made on: Sun Oct 26 09:23:37 1997