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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Windshield wipers are one of those things we don't really think about until we need them, many of us that have been around a few decades have had cars with vacuum wipers, they work marginally.

    For years the inexpensive replacement alternative electric windshield wiper motor was a single speed and you had to flip the switch several times to get the wiper blade parked in the correct position.

    With both of these wipers they sorta keep the windshield clear, Rain-X has always been my go to. I've had hot rods that didn't even have windshield wipers.

    Last year when I installed the interior and added heat, I also broke down and purchased a quality aftermarket windshield wiper from Cornhuskers and it works as well as any modern automobile.

    What are you guys using? HRP
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  2. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,897


    No wipers in the roadster however, the '54 got a Newport kit that I got from a HAMB member for a good price.

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  3. I live in Seattle.....maybe you've heard of rains...a lot.

    Rain-x has been all i have ever used on my pickup. Works great!
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  4. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,364

    jim snow

    Newport on the coupe. Best upgrade so far. Plus Bob is a great guy too.jmho. Snowman

  5. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,389

    1. 1940 Ford

    RainX has its limitations, if you do any long distance driving wipers are a necessity.
    I have a 2 speed unit which has been needed when a semi roars beside you in a downpour.
  6. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,156


    Newport in the '54 Ranch Wagon. Still the vacuum unit in the '39 p/u. Thinking about a Mighty Mite for it this winter.
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  7. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,714

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    My coupe has an original Model A electric wiper motor that seems to work fine as is. My pickup has a vacuum motor that frankly sucks. :rolleyes:
  8. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 8,091


    51 Merc, from Yogis, Newport Eng, Electric motor kit, 2 speed, fits in place where vacuum motor was using stock arms, linkage, fit/ works great, no problems 6 years now. 32 Ford, had 1 wiper, 2 speed electric, again 7/8 years no problem, 29 roadster, Rain X, worked pretty good IMO.
  9. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,407

    from Indiana

    My '26 T coupe started out with the 1 blade, 1 speed, non parking wiper motor. The 2nd time I needed it, it let the smoke out. Went with RainX for a while, but with the visor and the vertical windshield, it seemed the water just stayed on the windshield. I finally went with a Newport Engineering system. Outstanding piece of equipment. 2 blades. 2 speed, and self parking. Blade stroke is matched perfectly to the windshield. Kind of pricey, but IMHO they are the best on the market. I think that may have been the only thing I have bought to build the T that I didn't have to modify to work.
  10. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,552

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Well,I tried a Boat wiper for a short time=big lump an yes,had to play with off n on to stop it,went back to stock type 1928 Armstrong Wiper* an added Rain-X when I found that awesome stuff,I kind of like the never fail armstrong wiper=always were I want it to stop and runs as fast or slow as needed. Little chrome wiper handle can be seen on my windshield. But the pretty gal is way more fun to look at ! 12794460_10205802213042252_2501694299892354217_n.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2020
  11. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,543


    Newport in my 1947 ford coupe as well.
  12. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,405

    rusty rocket

  13. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    Ya, I had the Armstrong wiper on my '29 roadster. I found it a real pain. One hand on the steering wheel, one on the shifter and the third hand on the wiper handle......huh!
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  14. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,455

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    Newport upgrade in my ‘37. Works well. The wiper blades, on the other hand, are not great.

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  15. I wish I had used a Newport wiper in the wagon, I used a cheaper wiper and it is a single speed and doesn't self park, I'm stuck with it because with all the wiring, radio, heat & air, vent hoses there is no way to access it without major removal of some components, any short comings in the windshield wiper efficiency will be addressed with Rain-X. HRP
  16. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,476

    from Essex, Ma.

  17. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,241


    I love my vacuum wipers on my 49 Buick. I believe the reason they work so good is they are connected to a 472 cu in engine. Plus they make such cool sounds when working.
  18. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 538

    Frank Carey

    When I built my '37 sedan 30+ years ago we had to improvise a lot. I used VW beetle wiper motor. I fabricated a mount and a bell crank on one side so the wipers meet at center and park out. And it all fits under the stock windshield header.
  19. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    My merc I put in electric wipers my olds still has the vacuum wipers and rain x but the still do a good job the model a I have one electric
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  20. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,186

    from Berry, AL

    Tried RainX on the Lincoln, water just beaded up and never ran off. Will probably go with a Newport one of these days. I don't even have wiper arms right now, got to find some of those before I worry about a motor. But it won't need wipers until it can get out of the shop under it's own power, whenever that is....
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  21. Newport works great on three of my old vehicles. But i agree the stock wiper arms and blades are more the problem, when compared to modern arms and blades. The spring force and blade design is just not as effective on the old designs.
  22. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,158


    There used to be three trailer manufacturers here. My friend who was a hoarder of stuff had some motor home wiper motors that he gave me. They are two speed with park made by American Bosch. I purchased an intermmitant switch online. My only complaint is the price of wiper arms and blades.

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  23. There was a guy* that tied a string on the wiper arm and ran the string in through both wing window vents. Then he just grabbed the string and pumped it side to side as needed to operate the wiper.

    *The name has been eliminated to protect my innocents. :confused:
  24. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,402


    Newport eng on many 40's--work well. Also stock vacuum unit rebuilt by Ficken back east with a vacuum reserve-work well too!!
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  25. On the 2 model A's i built i used the headlight wipers from a Volvo.
  26. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,336


    The factory vacuum wipers in my old ‘55 Ford 2 dr wagon actually worked well after I cleaned and oiled the motor. Not so for my ‘55 F100, I bought electric wipers from Mid-Fifties F100s and they worked well and were a bunch cheaper that New Port. I really just needed the wipers for the nightly dew and coastal fog when I’d come out of my shop at 11 o’clock each night. Rain X didn’t help with that.
    But hey, it never rains in sunny California.....

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  27. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,090

    from Oregon

    I use RainX on my Austin gasser, as I try not to get caught in the rain with it. On my '39 Chev coupe I installed a modern electric wiper motor kit for just the driver's side. I don't even leave the arm/blade on it, but keep it and a wrench under the seat in case I get caught in a rain storm, and need to have a driver's side wiper. I prefer not even seeing wiper arms or blades the rest the time.
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  28. I've done 250 miles in the rain in a single day....I'd call that long distance. Especially in a 4 banger powered model A
  29. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,912

    dirty old man
    Member Emeritus

    My '31 "A" Hiboy roadster has no wipers and I try not to get caught out in the rain as it is also topless:eek: I do give it a Rain X rub once in awhile and it works if I do get caught out in a sudden shower. Windshield posts are pie cut to lay the glass back a few inches and I guess that helps get the water off after it beads up.
    My '40 Ford coupe has a Drake electric setup that worked when I bought it, but I think the chain has jumped off a sprocket or something as it no longer works:( Been relying on Rain X for quite awhile as I just don't fit under that dash with my big, old age stiffened body with the seat still in place. Also need to pull seat out to figger out why the release mechanism to slide it back and forth is stuck. That's when I plan to fix the wipers also.
    Trouble is my son has a project of restoration of a damn Mustang stalled out for nearly 5 years due to a bunch of health problems he has had that don't allow him to even get wheels under the car to get it out:mad:
    However he just bought a house with an 1800 sq. ft. shop and will soon get some help on building some skids or something so we can at least drag it up on a trailer and move it to his shop:cool:
    Then I hope to still have enough energy and drive to fix those wipers and the seat tracks and also install a dual disc clutch in my "A" so as to make it a little easier on my weak left leg on that clutch pedal;)
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  30. Luke stone
    Joined: Sep 5, 2017
    Posts: 129

    Luke stone

    2 speed specialty power windows kit in my 40 Willys and it’s great especially as it seems to rain every time I get it out
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