All about windshield wipers

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Franklyn
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All about windshield wipers

Post by Franklyn » Sat Aug 27th, 2011 12:57

i want to learn more about updating our windshield wipers,
as we do get a fair amount of rain up here in western bc, Canada.

First off my vaccuum wipers work really good MECHANICALLY (as in they move back and forth across the windshield, and seem to have a fair amount of vaccuum pressure to keep them going while driving)
But as far as wicking any rain off of the windshield, they seem useless. the rain just moves around the windshield and smudges making it hard to see.

I even found some replacement "TRICO" wipers, arms and blades, installed them with no real improvment.

any ideas on how to keep the original vaccuum wipers while upgrading to a modern "wiper" to function in a bit of rain.

again, they work fine mechanically....

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Re: All about windshield wipers

Post by Johnny_S » Sat Aug 27th, 2011 9:08

Not a lot of options with the originals other than ...

1. Use Rain-X on the glass ..... make sure the glass is very clean without any oil residue.
2. Make sure you have good wiper blades.
3. If you don't have a vacumn assist fuel pump ... #9408 AC .... find one, get it rebuilt and install.
4. Make sure your vacumn hoses are in good (read "perfect" shape).
5. Consider adding a vacumn reservoir that "stores" vacumn and then applies it when needed.
6. Upgrade to electrical wipers off a 51 or 52 Mopar.

Those are my thoughts.

John

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Re: All about windshield wipers

Post by Franklyn » Sat Aug 27th, 2011 10:41

thanks for the tips,

though i feel that my vaccuum system is working excellent.
seems like someone mustve rebuilt it at some point.
the wipers move strong and steady and get excellent speed when fully open.
as good as i would expect an electric motor to move, (exept of course when accelerating up a long hill;) )
i dont quite see how MORE vaccuum would assist in the rain.

seems like just the blades themselves are the culprit.
i'll try and get a photo, but the only replacment wiper arms and blades i could find to fit the rotating bit just under the windshield are the "TRICO Classic" arms and rubber blades.

does any one know if any modern style wiper arm and balde would fit onto the wiper gear?

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Re: All about windshield wipers

Post by dsweidman » Sun Aug 28th, 2011 6:55

Sounds like you have all the right stuff...You may just need more wiper contact pressure on the windshield. You can do this easily by bending the wiper arm slightly in toward the windshiled. Again, make certan the windshield is clean. Good luck.

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Re: All about windshield wipers

Post by Franklyn » Sat Sep 3rd, 2011 4:29

I'll try and add some more pressure towards the windshield, thanks.

I've been meaning also to grab some "bronze wool" to give the glass a SERIOUS clean. so it looks good, but also to rule out that any oil/buildup on the glass is adding to my frustration.

On the same topic here, what wipers/arms/blades are YOU guys using???
how do they work for you?

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Re: All about windshield wipers

Post by Johnny_S » Sat Sep 3rd, 2011 4:38

I'm just using factory stock with NOS blades. They are adequate but it doesn't rain too much in Colorado so they don't get fully tested either.

John

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