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Technical Windshield wiper upgrade

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by PeggySue, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. PeggySue
    Joined: Sep 5, 2016
    Posts: 364


    Car came with separate 12v wiper motors, original wiper system was took out. Looking at up grading the wipers system. Wondering which would be better find original transmissions and arms and install with new 12 volt motor or go with kit like Specialty Power Windows wiper kit with the cable feed line from the motor?
  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,901


    It all depends on how much money you want to spend. Old school would be to find the original wiper transmission and adapt an electric motor from a junk yard to it. That's what I would do, but I don't have the cash to buy a new wiper kit. Either way should get you a good wiper system.
  3. PeggySue
    Joined: Sep 5, 2016
    Posts: 364


    With not have any original in the car now it would be a wash for price that I found. Have to buy original transmissions ,arms ,etc, I found some for $125.00 plus $209..00 for 12 volt motor or Specialty power kit or others comparable I have seen for $275.00
  4. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,857


    You don't tell us what kind of car you have, but I have used Newport wipers in the past and they worked well. Check and see if they have a kit for your car.
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  5. I like Specialty Power stuff. I have both window and wiper components in my Avitar. Been there for 15 years. Have them in 2 of my other personal cars. I've installed both types in at least 10 other Customer cars and as of this date not one single issue. They are very user friendly and good people to deal with.
    The Wizzard
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  6. PeggySue
    Joined: Sep 5, 2016
    Posts: 364


    Sorry I guess I assumed it was in my signature picture, 1950 Chevrolet styleline
  7. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,075


    Just put one of their units in a 1940 Ford pickup, nice unit, really liked the drill fixture. Not to worry the wire guy is doing the electrical end of things. Bob
  8. PeggySue
    Joined: Sep 5, 2016
    Posts: 364


    My dash area is pretty much open underneath, Haven't seen any install instructions yet for the Specialty Power kit but wondering how vestibule( cable bends etc) the options on where the motor can be mounted?
  9. I have mounted the Drive motor on both the Left and Right sides in cars and often behind the kick panel if there's room. The universal kit is very adaptable to say the least. If I remember right I think they say at least a 6" radi if your going 90 degrees or more. I have a kit on hand right now for a project in house and could go check if you like. I mounted the motor above the glove box in a 50 Olds once and have installed them in several 35-39 Fords overhead with the motor in the Kick panel below the dash so pretty tight quarters. I often use factory bezels outside so they look stock as my 51 does.
    The Wizzard
  10. PeggySue
    Joined: Sep 5, 2016
    Posts: 364


    OK thanks found the instructions online, 3" radius if doing a 90 degrees bend, should have room, going to do some sizing up, thanks again to all!
  11. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    Please let us no how it all works out.
  12. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,721

    sloppy jalopies

    I have a '51-'52 pick up cowltop, has everything bolted to it, vac. motor, towers, linkage, 1 arm...
    it is cut out so you can see everything easily... TOP
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    UNDERSIDE... DSCN2739 (1).JPG DSCN2738 (1).JPG
  13. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
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  14. donno
    Joined: Feb 28, 2015
    Posts: 423


    Newport, no fuss, no muss. Price is right.
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,422


    I would go with Newport too. Good service and price too
  16. if the ones u have work why bother. You're not gonna drive 'er in the rain.
  17. roger didonato
    Joined: Aug 24, 2016
    Posts: 133

    roger didonato

    I drive both of mine in the rain sometimes you get caught & you have no choice They 78 & 80yrs old .Rain aint melted them yet! Just bein a wise guy.we need some humor once in awhile in this hobby. Roger
  18. Kulturepimp
    Joined: Oct 27, 2002
    Posts: 474


    I too am a firm believer in Newport. But has anyone had any look with wiper arms and blades. Semi modern but still able to look the part? For a real driver with wind and such the old arms still suck even after having 40 hrs in spring tension etc. thank you for your input..
  19. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    As previously posted New Port Engineering is the way to go. No antiquated old wiper transmissions.

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