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Old 08-05-2002, 04:25 PM
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Post windshield wipers that actually work?

sorry if this should have been in exterior;

I was just wondering if anyone else with a 1960's car has ever found a way to graft on windshield wipers that will actually let you see when it is raining.

I love my 65 chevy, but the windshield wipers are pathetic. Maybe it's the shape of the glass, the way they don't fit the windshield very precisely, or the primitive two speed motor, but when it's raining at all seriously, they don't do jack.

I've gotten used to coating the windows with that no-fog rain-x stuff and just not even turning them on, but maybe one of you knows where I can get some aftermarket parts that will actually move the rain out of the way rather than just lamely smear it.

while I'm asking, can anyone recommend a set of aftermarket hazard lights? My car did not come with them originally until a year later ('66), and I'd like to get some. I have learned that this is the sort of thing that can easily be very poorly made, so I wanted some advice.

thanks for any pointers.

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Old 08-05-2002, 04:41 PM
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you mean those things that look like windshield wipers are supposed to move water.... i just ignored thier existance on my car. Accually, mine move the water just fine on my '69 GTO, but the wiring is messed up, so it only has SUPER FAST speed and when you turn them off, they go all the way down, then back up, then back down, then back up, then back down, then back up... like they are hiding under the hood, then up like you turned them on, not all the way accross the windshield... rain-x is a good product, i use it on all my cars, but it doens't work so good at low speeds. I don't know of anything you can do, unless you can buy some new ones that will fit, or get some blades that are really nice and work well, all i can say is experiment with blades, so maybe someone else can help....
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Try here. www.harmons.com
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i realize i'm stating the obvious but make sure that your windshield is really clean. if there is any wax or grease on it the wipers wont clear well, try wipeing the glass down with alcohol and use a razor blade to go over the surface i had a caddy with that problem and it turned out that spray on wax from a car wash did it
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eeewwwwww car wash wax = bad! never used it.
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Thanks guys! all very good advice. Yeah, I get military when I clean my windshield. It has to be completely absolutely microscopically clean before I put the rain-x & fog-x on.
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lets try another approach, are you sure that the blades you have are the right size? i have a 66 impala and the wipers on it are small looking but they work good. if you have an owners manual check out what size there supposed to be. if there to big they wont sit right on the glass if its curved.
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thanks again. I'm pretty sure they are the right size, but it's a good idea.
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If all else fails, find this book my kids have. "101 things to do with a dead cat" There is an illustartion in there that could be you! <img src="graemlins/evil.gif" border="0" alt="[evil]" />
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what? are ya upset Chevelle Girl didn't whup ya? <img src="graemlins/pimp.gif" border="0" alt="[pimp]" />

Thanks for the idea, but I already tried tying myself to the windshield blade. didn't help.
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hi guys,i have a newport engineering 2 speed windshield wiper on my 48 ford coupe. they quit working,i replaced the fuze,now they work on only 1 speed. anybody got a clue???? thanks guys.
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I don't have any particular problem on my 63. Yes I use Rain-X also.

One thing to consider is the coil spring that presses the arm toward the glass. That spring has been in compression for 40 years. Do you think it might be getting weaker?

Also I have added an airfoil to the driver's arm, like some later model cars have, to help press the blade to the glass at speed.

Aftermarket blades/refills are horrible. They last about 2-3 months. My newer cars the factory rubbers lasted 2-3 years. The best aftermarket I can buy last 3 months.
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The new wipers on the market that are curved might solve your problem. They are a couple bucks more but probably worth it.
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