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Old 01-28-2012, 11:14 AM
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I'm just wondering if anyone has tried to use a standard model wiper motor to replace the vacuum one in our birds. With used motors going for $10-15 it seems silly to spend $200+ to buy the aftermarket motor if it just needs a mounting bracket fabricated to match up. I'm sure the rectangular mating piece can be taken off the old one and somehow reused. After looking at pictures of the aftermarket one closely it doesn't look like any great feat of engineering. Before I give it a try I was just wondering if anyone can think of reasons why it wouldn't work. Some of the late model motors certainly look small enough to fit in a tight spot.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:01 PM
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I agree!

I couldnt bring myself to spend that amount either; on an item that would only be used very infrequently. If it looks like its gonna rain, the car stays in the garage.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:08 PM
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Some classic car owners completely remove their wiper arms and cover the splines with those chrome 'bullet' things.

But... for those of us who drive our cars, interval & self-park wipers are a 'must have'. Two hundred does sound high, but the hurt quickly fades after you see the results. Mine were well worth the cash. No more stalling or slowing to a crawl. Now, my same wipers plow through snow effortlessly. I had the '59 out only a few days ago for my January 'fix'. What a joy it is to drive...
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I forked over for the aftermarket motor. I have a problem with it, too. I can't set the wipers so they lay down (park) at the bottom of the windshield where they are supposed to because when I move the switch to operate them, they go down a bit then go back and forth as usual. So my wipers look a bit funny, parked higher than they should be.
I did decide to forgo the windshield washer system. If anyone needs any of those parts I still have them.
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I am very happy with the electric wipers. They were easy to install while I had the dash off for a new pad. I think it is a better deal for the $200.00 than a lot of other parts that cost that much, such as the rubber top seals I had to buy.
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Rick, you don't say what brand you have so I'm going to guess you bought the popular Newport Engineering wipers. I had a question regarding mine as well so I called. I found there are adjustments you can make and their tech support is very happy to walk you through.

I strongly suggest you call them to get your wipers working properly. I have two sets and am very happy with both; a world of difference from stock and they didn't change the appearance of my dash.

I might be wrong, but I think all their switches come with the washer option, but not the interval option. If you set your knob too far down, there isn't any room left to push-in for the wash contact to close. Loosen the set screw, lift it up a bit and screw it down again. I think the dark brown wire delivers +12 for your washer bottle motor. Either use that or convert your Washer Switch to an electric microswitch, and let it turn on a relay. Washers are very important in my book.

Hope this helps. - Dave
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Newport setup with the intermittent option and they work well. My car is definitely a driver and it makes driving so much nicer when the sky is crying. I suppose You could make something else work if you have the ability and access to some machine equipment, which I do but at my age I'm learning to pick my battles and at $200 for a bolt in setup I decided this was one I wouldn't engage in. Mike
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Yes Dave I believe they are Newport. I will give them a call. Thanks.
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I just installed the kit on mine and already have no issues convincing myself it was worth it. Mine would almost completely stop when idling, and that is after I took the measure of adding a vacuum bowl to help out.

Now...I have two speeds and no worries. I have spent money on much worse things with regard to my autos. All hail the electric windshield wipers!


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Some classic car owners completely remove their wiper arms and cover the splines with those chrome 'bullet' things.

But... for those of us who drive our cars, interval & self-park wipers are a 'must have'. Two hundred does sound high, but the hurt quickly fades after you see the results. Mine were well worth the cash. No more stalling or slowing to a crawl. Now, my same wipers plow through snow effortlessly. I had the '59 out only a few days ago for my January 'fix'. What a joy it is to drive...
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I also installed the electric conversion kit, purchased from MAC's, this past summer and am very happy with it. I did not explore trying to retro-fit a different motor...
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