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Old 12-07-2004, 08:39 AM
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Trying to convert '53 chev truck wipers to electric. Cannot afford the big price of buying a kit so would like to do it on my own. Anyone have any ideas? the truck is 12 volt. I have a windshield motor just am stumped on how to hook up the linkage??

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Old 12-08-2004, 07:28 AM
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The big problem is that vacuum wipers self reverse while electric motors rotate continuously. The two options are to make a crank for the motor that will allow the wiper arms to rotate around the center pivot or mount the motor to the side and make a pivot (possibly from the original wiper motor) for the wiper arms that is connected to the motor by a short rod, turning the circle motion into a back and forth.
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I just did that conversion on my '53 AD pickup. Used VW Bug wiper system and switch. Works like a champ. I'll take some pictures and post a how-to in my journal, hopefully by the week-end.

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I have used the early B-series Mazda and Ford Courier p/up wiper motors. Small powerful and easy to adapt to just about anything. I have also used the VW system. Works good.
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This is very easy to do. I used an AMC mechanism and a Mazda motor with an aftermarket switch. Any Chrysler or AMC mechanism will be the easiest to install because they mount with a simple nut. Go to my web site to see how I did it on my '53 pickup and on my pro street 41. The advantage is that it lets you have normal wipers that operate in unison from left to right rather than opposite from the center out.

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Center - that motor is identical to the VW!!
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Center - that motor is identical to the VW!!
Interesting.... although its a a Mazda truck motor it carries a Ford part number. Bet most of the small car motors are similar though.

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The VW suggestion was a good one and one I'd forgotten about over the years (not too many junk Bugs around here anymore). The nice thing about them is all the motor,arms and mount hardware is mounted in a single compact unit.
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I used the bug unit on my 51 Ford also. Just had to shorten one of the arms a little.
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Lookie here!
It would appear that great minds think alike. Although they may take different routes the result is the same.

Here's the Chrysler/AMC unit installed.



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Windshield wiper conversion

Thanks Willis
Copied it for future reference. My Mercury has vacuume wipers and they don't work worth a damn because of the cam and having to buy a vacuume pump set-up is the last thing I want to have to fool with
Thanks again for a really well done article.
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I wish I had this thread when I first bought my 54 Chevy pickup 2 years ago ... the FIRST thing I did when I bought my truck was to get rid of that old vacume joke of a wiper system! It was hilarious! Anyway, I bought the conversion kit for $160 and went that route.

No complaints, but I could've saved some bucks, eh?

Centerline -- I really enjoyed all the pictures at your site, bro'!

Willys36 -- nice job!

PS -- Here's how I got ALL the knobs on my dash to match.

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If you can find one, 54 and 55 first series big trucks were available with electric wipers. they are 6 volt, but you can use a voltage drop, or replace the motor with a later 12 volt one. they are a bolt in clear back to 47.
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VW wiper motor

I need more iinfo about installing a vw wiper motor on my 48 Chev, Pick up.
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