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Old 10-30-2019, 12:12 PM
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Windshield wipers 37 Pontiac

At one time there was a thread dealing with windshield wipers, and I had some input from, I think, @39 Master basically discussing the tower mechanisms. Mine are there, but they are not useable due to the actuator arms being broken, and that the builder removed the stock motor & transmission arms to mount the AC unit in that space.
While Rain-X is good, FL weather pretty much calls for functional wipers!
In searching for a solution I found these replacement bezels from Speciality Power Windows http://www.specialtypowerwindows.com/details.php?id=94 that they state will allow meto use their cable driven wiper kit. Specialty Power Windows
Is any one here familiar with these or successfully used this company's products?
Speaking with Speciality on the phone, they tell me the Pontiac & Chevrolet cowls are the same, and pics on a image search appear to bear that out.

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Take a Look at Bob Drake "bobdrake.com"

This Oregon company has Top notch components.

These aren't Junk imports !!

I'm using his Ford Wiper Towers and later Wiper Blades on my '37 Chevy Coupe build.

I've personally seem them installed on a '37 Chevy, they fit well and have excellent gaskets.


Spend some time in their Wiper selections..

good luck,,

Michael...
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Take a Look at Bob Drake "bobdrake.com"

This Oregon company has Top notch components.

These aren't Junk imports !!

I'm using his Ford Wiper Towers and later Wiper Blades on my '37 Chevy Coupe build.

I've personally seem them installed on a '37 Chevy, they fit well and have excellent gaskets.


Spend some time in their Wiper selections..

good luck,,

Michael...
Thanks Michael,
I have seen the Bob Drake products. My problem is I can't use the stock towers, transmission arms or motor as the AC unit is mounted in that location. If I had the room I would get a stock design system with an electric motor.
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Wow, that's a problem with the AC Suitcase being in the way. I'll get mine out, theri still in the box, and check the inside mechanism.

How much room do you have ??

I can't use the Top mount electric units as the Roll Cage Eyebrow Tubing over the windshield is Right Smack in the way. I've always felt that spending $$ on wiper Towers and motors is a waste of Cash, I rarely use the wipers in my '56 Chevy 210..

Have you looked at the Wiper motor that have the wiper post on the end ?? They seem to work well mounted top of the windshield like a pickup. Chevies of the 40's in Vancouver WA has them. Their inexpensive and fit the basic DMV requirements..

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That is a good idea I looked at using those along with the bezels from SPW (http://www.specialtypowerwindows.com/details.php?id=94) which would put the shafts at the correct angle, but I don't have the 3+ inches that the depth that most of these motors measure.
As for mounting them above, the curvature if the roofline won't allow me to mount the shaft close enough to 90* so the wiper hits the wind shield.

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Yep, I've got pair of these or similar Towers from Chevy's of the 40's. I don't know the maker -- But their total import Junk. Piss poor workmanship, pitted and flat gaskets that look like they were punched from an inner tube.. When I called them on the quality, they said Ya we know and no refund. Last Time I even purchase from them !!

I'm surprised that you don't have room for Drake's kit.

Anyways, here's a few photos of Drakes.

The distance from the bottom of the Tower to the bottom of the gear / chain for the Trans, is about an Inch and a half. The gaskets are mounted with a good tight Lip around the edges, they might sell them separately. Great Quality. The tension on the chain is adjustable.

I'm using a 2008 C6 Corvette Steering Column and Instrument Panel, wiring etc. in my '37 Chevy build,, so I'll graft in a Vette wiper motor and Fab the Arms.

Maybe Drake would sell you parts. When I called the Tech Support he said they sell these Ford Tower kits to Chevy owners. You might consider giving them a call, see what they recommend.

Good Luck...

Michael...
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Bob37,,

Yep, I've got pair of these or similar Towers from Chevy's of the 40's. I don't know the maker -- But their total import Junk. Piss poor workmanship, pitted and flat gaskets that look like they were punched from an inner tube.. When I called them on the quality, they said Ya we know and no refund. Last Time I even purchase from them !!

I'm surprised that you don't have room for Drake's kit.

Anyways, here's a few photos of Drakes.

The distance from the bottom of the Tower to the bottom of the gear / chain for the Trans, is about an Inch and a half. The gaskets are mounted with a good tight Lip around the edges, they might sell them separately. Great Quality. The tension on the chain is adjustable.

I'm using a 2008 C6 Corvette Steering Column and Instrument Panel, wiring etc. in my '37 Chevy build,, so I'll graft in a Vette wiper motor and Fab the Arms.

Maybe Drake would sell you parts. When I called the Tech Support he said they sell these Ford Tower kits to Chevy owners. You might consider giving them a call, see what they recommend.

Good Luck...

Michael...
Agreed, the Bob Drake stuff is first class. I have the original towers, the bottom tabs where the transmission arms attach are broken. Regardless, the transmission arms are made to attach to a motor in between the towers, andthat is where my AC unit is mounted!
I see that Bob Drake also sells the Speciality Power Windows universal kit I initially listed, though not in stock. I sent them an email asking their experience with the product. Hopefully they will reply favorably!
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Ah, yes I forgot about the AC suitcase in the way..

Well, ya only need on wiper... \

OR if you need two in your State, just add a Wiper Tower wit ha mechanical handle like the old days.... ha ha

I never drive my '56 Chevy in the rain, got caught in a little mist this last summer. And I barely made it home, mid august, when we had one of those Oregon Thunderstorms. Man it rained hard..

Keep updating your progress !!

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SPW wiper install

Time passes, money finally saved up, purchased the kit from Speciality Power Windows.
Took my time reading the instructions and watching their video.
Used their cast bezels and mounted the transmissions.
The inside of the cowl matches the angle of the split windshield.
I made a cardboard template to match that angle and marked the transmission stem locations.
I used this to align the transmissions and bend/attach the connecting tube for the cable drive.
With the transmissions reinstalled the tube connected easily.
I mounted the drive motor in the passenger kickpanel and used a piece of coathanger to find the proper bend radius and approximate length. With one end installed in the passenger transmission I tweaked the bend, marked and cut the length and reinstalled the final tube.
Pushed the cable through and cut off the excess length, noted that the knurls were turning opposite, as the arms will park toward the center and sweep out.
Greased and installed the cable, aligned the drive wheel on the motor and tested it for operation and sweep. Ended up with total sweep of 130*
Installed the wiper arms and cut the blades for clearance.
Everything works as it should, 2 speed wipers that return to proper park position.
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Wouldn't upload all the pics in the 1st post. Here are 3 more showing the drive cable, the full assembly with the arms and the motor mount.
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The drive box has the motor mount on the bottom with the motor itself hanging down behind the brace it's bolted to. I didn't get a pic of that as everything was greased up at that point. I did take a pic of how the inside mechanism works. The holes in the wheel adjust the sweep from 90* to 160*. I ended up with 130* sweep.
I'm impressed with the quality of this system, everything is well made and fit together with no issues.
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Good stuff. Glad to hear they work well as I've got the same kit.


A few pics for those reading along and contemplating this kit.
This is on a 41 Chrysler.




























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A remote wiper motor is just about the only solution in our case. I used the same system on my '33 Willys and located the motor behind the pass. seat. System is pricey but works well.
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Nice install, looks great.

Will be a while for my wipers, I finally have a full rolling chassis with running gear.
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I used the same spw setup and last summer went to a car show and got stuck in a downpour on the way home.
They started squeaking and with a metal to metal sound and when I got home I took the motor cover off all the hd wheal bearing grease I used was gone and the wheel was rubbing on the outside cover.

I’ve only had them going for a year and that’s the only problem that I’ve had I baught the ones with intermittent delay
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