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Old 08-15-2019, 09:43 PM
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universal wiper motor mods needed

I hope someone can help me- I have 2 universal wiper motors on the frame of my windshield- the problem I have is the arms and the supplied blades do not work well. I want to mount a modern wiper arm and blade I am wondering if I use these adaptors on the wiper motor shafts and go from there? has anyone done it? thanks in advance
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:27 AM
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Nope but keep us posted with what you do, the universal one suck, i have them as well. But then i try not to get caught in the rain.
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Yes, I have used the adapters but really didn't gain anything. Those tiny motors just don't have the horsepower to effectively move a larger blade.



Over the years I have found a wiper system cost lots of bucks. Used Specialty on the Willys which was cable operated with the motor behind the pass. seat. Worked well with no big bulge over the window. On several cars I've used Newport Engineering units that bolt into existing hangers. These work very well but I always have Rain-X as a backup.
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:01 AM
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yup this seems to be a problem- well I guess this is gonna take some thinkin' not my strong suite haha
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kick back, have a few more beers and think about it.
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The only Company that I know that might be able to help is Bob Drake is Southern Oregon.

They had excellent parts and great Tech support. Check out the various wipers and parts.

I purchased their Ford wiper transmissions fro my '37 Chevy Coupe build. These are much better quality and less $$.

Good Luck...

https://www.bobdrake.com/40windshieldwiperparts
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Yup this looks like a trip to the pik-a-part in ontario for some ideas- I mean its not too rainy in SoCal but I like to travel - I will keep you posted - thanks for the responses so far hope there are some more out there
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I have had a couple of those small wiper motors through the frame. I let the smoke out of both of them.... in the rain. I have to say 39 Master has it right. Newport Engineering's quality is unsurpassed IMHO. I installed a 2 wiper set in my '26 T coupe. Easy install. Works great. That's the PRO's. The CON is, they are expensive. But you are done messing with wipers.
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in years gone by the hot set up in use was VW electric wiper motors, small & reliable.

when you come up with a good conversion,
please let us know
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That's what I hear- now them damn VW's and parts are like your left nutt- useless-hard to find and expensive to them hipsters hahahaha- ever notice since them "reality" shows like pickers and gas monkey etc prices for any old caris like off the hook? sorry for the rant
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I bought one (Ongaro brand) made for a boat off E-Bay to replace the vacuum motor on my old Rambler project, mainly because I wanted it off the firewall (it's inside the cowl now, exposed to rain). It test-runs both wipers fine, but my wipers are 13".

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Well I am on the track of trying to re-enforce the old blades- I will keep you posted- First off I have to cut the shafts- if that don't work it's off to the junkyard for ideas- Ya know it don't rain that much here in So Cal for me to get the bank to spend 400 bucks, when on a fixed (getting old sucks) income, when we have the prop tax to pay hahaha-
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