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Old 02-24-2012, 04:21 PM
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I finally got around to experimenting with retrofitting a late model wiper motor to my '59. I found a link on the internet which detailed how to do it on another type car but with the same type vacuum motor. It explains how you have to use a rear wiper motor that has the oscillating gear. All the newer type front wiper motors are only one direction. You also have to use a motor that goes counterclockwise from the park position. I picked up a rear motor from a '92 Buick Roadmaster and it does the trick. It's not lightening fast and it's only one speed but that's one speed more than my vacuum motor had. I'm sure if I looked around a little more I could've found one that's two speed but I don't plan on driving in the rain if I can help it. I used the mounting bracket from a '61 T-Bird wiper motor I had laying around but it wouldn't be too difficult to fabricate one. The hardest part was cutting the shaft to the right length and making the rectangular piece that mates to the wiper transmission and getting it oriented correctly on the shaft. I used some U shaped angle iron from some shelving I had laying around and it works just fine. A lot of street rodders are using an intermittant wiper switch and relay from a Ford Truck or Bronco with a single speed motor so I may try that rather than a standard single speed switch. My only outlay was $20 for the motor. It's certainly a cheaper alternative than spending $200+ for the aftermarket setup. I wouldn't recommend it for daily driving but for me it should work just fine.

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Old 02-24-2012, 06:26 PM
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With all this talk about wiper motors......I was wondering for those that have a vacuum washer (not wiper - mine is working fine after a tip from the forum! brake fluid)

Anyway, I bought a used one off Rick but the vacuum pump didn't work because the round rubber flange inside the vacuum system had perferated so the suction won't engage the motor.

Mick (trying to keep a "period" 60 tbird)
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