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1957 Chevrolet Pickup truck Wiper Motor options or locations

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RUSTEE 57 GMC, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. RUSTEE 57 GMC
    Joined: Jul 29, 2006
    Posts: 247

    from Tennessee

    I have a 1957 Chevy pickup truck. It needs to have an updated wiper motor to electric from vacuum type. I was hoping for suggestions or good ideas from those of you who have had this problem before. It does not have to be factory type either. The Wiper Motor mounts under the dash too (incase some of you might have forgot) but I am willing to relocate it if need be. Pictures would be of great help to me! Thanks very much in advance.
  2. Antny
    Joined: Aug 19, 2009
    Posts: 1,071

    from Noo Yawk

    The wiper motor in my 55.5 Chevy truck (basically the same truck as yours) is electric, and appears to be an OEM part. Have you tried the usual parts suppliers for these trucks? (Brothers, Classic Parts, etc)
  3. I used the wiper set-up from Newport Engineering in mine. Perfect fit.
  4. Antny probably doesn't have the original wiper motor in his 55.5 but he may very well have a factory option for either '57 or 58. I don't recall the year it bacame an option but I have seen several '57 and '58 trucks with electric motors and I'm pretty sure it became optional one of those years.

    Wiper motor under the dash was common for many manufacturers in the mid '50s. A major pain on some models but I would leave it under there, it'll be a pain to mount but how often do you change a wiper motor.

    There are several companies that make electric motors for vehicles from the '50s and early '60s. Check with LMC in Kansas City ( they have a site) or heaven forbid Speedway for a starting place. Unless you need everything it should run you much more than about 150.00 give or take.

  5. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,817

    from Idaho

    Electric wiper motor becomes optional for the trucks in the '54 model year.
  6. I switched my 55 1/2 ton from vacuum to electric many years ago, and all I did was to buy the electric motor from a 57 Chev from the auto wrecker. It was a no brainer, but I think I also had to use the cable from the 57 as well.
  7. Halfdone
    Joined: Feb 27, 2005
    Posts: 237


    I did this conversion today :eek:

    An electric wiper was optional on 55-59 trucks

    I bought one (on here) and it just bolted straight in the spot the vacum wiper motor came out of.

    Even the switch and cable are the same, and slip right in.

    About a half hour job, including beer........... assuming you are thin and flexible enough to fit in the gap between the seat and the door pillar :rolleyes:

    I'm 6 foot and 240 pounds ..... and it was a tight squeeze :D

    Next project will be to try putting a variable resistor into the power feed, to give me intermittent wiper control
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,679


    55-57 trucks use an electric motor that is very similar to the car electric motor. 58-59 trucks use a motor that is the same as the 58 car motor. The 58-59 motor won't fit in the 55-57 cab, the later cab is made with more clearance for the motor. Also the 58-59 electric motor setup is pretty crappy. I have a few, I know. The 55-57 setup uses the same cable type control as the vacuum motor, the 58-59 setup uses a two speed switch (they're hard to find in good condition).

    The Newport kit is compact and fits pretty well. The switch/knob isn't so spiffy though.
  9. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    Road Kill PU has got it right. Get a Newport set up and save yourself head aches.

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