RE: [Chrysler300] 4-speed equipped 1963 Dodge
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RE: [Chrysler300] 4-speed equipped 1963 Dodge





Hi Carl

Thanks for clearing that up.

I had mis-spoke when I said 4-speed 300J. My memory fails me. I was remembering a conversation with Gil regarding MANUAL TRANSMISSION 300Js and forget it was the 3-speed that we were discussing.

Thanks

Jeff Miklas

On January 4, 2017 at 12:12 AM "cbilter@xxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300]" <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Re. the 4spd J theory, I think I have every ’63 factory published bulletin that applies to the J, and none mention any availability of a 4sp manual. There is a bulletin specifically on the 3spd manual option for the J. Gil has gone though all 400 J microfilm records at some point in the past. No 300-Js left the factory with a 4spd manual. Seven 300-Js left the factory with a 3spd manual. None are known to exist based on our club records. That doesn’t mean that one or more isn’t still out there somewhere. If so, it would be the holy grail of letter cars as it is rarer than the 300-F Special 4 spd or the 300-G 3spd stick.

The 3spd stick J came with a 3.91 rear end, not the usual 3.23. If that tranny held up long enough with fast shifts to get the car down a drag strip it might have been quite the performer. The ¼ mile would have probably been in the high 14s at somewhere north of 105 mph factory stock. A stock 300J with T-flite will do 99.88 in the quarter in 15.41 sec. That’s according to the time card I found in my own J from sometime back in the day at the now-defunct Minnesota Dragways.

It is possible that a dealer created a 4spd 300-J, but none have been verified. And private owners have done so; namely, club member Lynn Dunsworth.

Carl Bilter
J consultant

From: leslie miklas ldmiklas@xxxxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300]
Sent: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 5:00 PM
To: chrysler300
Subject: [Chrysler300] 4-speed equipped 1963 Dodge

Just to supplement the 4-speed thread....

I owned a 1963 B-body convertible that was factory equipped with a 4-speed transmission.

Galen Govier documented it as one of 17 built that year with a GM (General Motors) supplied transmission.

Sadly, to me anyway, , the factory engine was a poly-head 318 2 barrel.

I recall some heated discussion in the past to the published availability of a 4-speed available in the 300 J
and to my knowledge it has never been completely disputed. (The rumor persists that there is one out there) The trans would have had to be an outsourced
unit, not a New Process 833.

Finally, I believe there were 4-speed equipped Hemi B-body SuperStocks with the NewProcess 833s

My .02 cents

Jeff Miklas

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