Help with Wiper Blades and/or Arms

DavidC

Amphicar Expert
> Take a look at these photos. I am in need of some new blades and possibly
> arms. Any ideas on what these are? Suggested replacements?
They look very like early split screen VW van. Totally different to normal
Amphicar and wouldn't work very well - that type of blade is designed for a
flat screen. Someone did mention a while ago that they had seen a few
Amphicars with a different wiper system - which they thought might have been
original factory. Certainly wasn't on late cars, maybe on the very early
1961 cars that went to the States.

Tom I'd just change the arms and blades for normal Amphicar.

However the way the wipers work is one area on Amphicar I'd really like to
improve. However much you try the rod system never seems to work
effectively. There must be a more modern cable type system that could be
made to work. I've looked at a few but not found anything suitable yet as I
really don't want to enlarge the two holes where the wiper pivots come
through the body.

David C
 

mike_israel

Amphicar Forum Admin
Staff member
From the archives:

--- David Derer wrote:

>
> If Ron Green is out there- what wiper arms are You using? 58
Buick?

> Gord any more floor mat kits available? Later Dave the Wave
>
I am using Trico arms that were for the mid 50's GM cars. Mine are
from a 55 Pontiac though I believe they were used probably into the
early 60's. I put 12" Trico blades on, they too were from the same
year and match the wiper arm. This setup can be found and bought at
most old vehicle swap meets, from $40 to $80 depending on your
bartering skills.

To make these work on a Amphi you need to purchase the two right hand
arms (verify) as the mid 50's wipers start at the middle and go up
were as Amphi starts left and both go right, so you need the same
arms. There is an adaptor that fits over the Amphi pivot and is
secured by a set screw that allows the Trico arm to fit onto the
pivots. You can find these adaptors also at a swap meet from the same
people that sell the Trico arms and wipers.

I will shortly be working on the next and maybe better set up as I
may have found a wiper guy at the fall Hershey meet who has a bunch
of older wiper parts that are European.
 
R

Ron Green

Guest
There was a write up last year in the newsletter that gave all the correct numbers, method of installing and whom to call for the arms and blades.
 
K

KERMIT

Guest
Help with Wiper Blades and/o r Arms

I HAD THOSE EXACT SAME BLADES ON MY AMPHI WHEN FIRST BOUGHT IT. THEY NEVER WORKED RIGHT, FOUND OUT WERE FROM V W , PARTS STORE ON ONE OF MY TRIPS FOUND JUNKED AMPHI WHICH I PURCHASED AS REPLACEMNTS MANY YEARS AGO, STILL IN USE, BLADES WERE FROM LOCALSTORE OFF SHELF, P. J. H.

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Ron Green

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The blades that I discovered are not the VW type and do work properly. Here is the write up that was in the newsletter:

Finally a reproduction wiper arm and blade combination that is readily available, looks presentable and actually works. As we all know locating NOS or good used wipers is becoming impossible to find yet affordable. I have been experimenting and using for over 3 years reproduction replacements that have been trouble free. For a little under $100 and a little polishing you can have two (2) new set ups.

Call Rob from Ficken Wiper Service (NY) at 631-587-3332 (WiperMan.COM - Wipers, Wipers, Wipers) and ask for two (2) wrist action type passenger wiper arms for a 1948 Mercury / Ford that fit a 20-11 wiper blade of which you will also need two (2). Both the arm and blade are stainless steel with the arms already factory polished to chrome like finish. The blades are dull stainless (gray/silver) and will need taken apart (easy) to be polished to match the arms. I used Eastwood’s white rouge compound and did a pass with a Dremel 414, 429 and a 423E polishing wheel respectively, though other materials and wheels should work. Each blade took approximately a little over an hour to polish and reassemble.

The only part I have not found (as of yet) that is required is the adaptor that fits onto the existing Amphi wiper linkage shaft. This allows the connection of the new style arms. The adaptor has two (2) allen set screws that lock the new arm(s) onto the shaft. These adaptors can typically be found at antique automotive swap meets however you will need to drill them out to 15/64 to fit the shaft. Recommend filing any burrs off the existing shafts and polishing with a small wire wheel which Dremel also has. I do have some of these adaptors and a box of the special set screws.

After installing the adaptor to the shaft you may need to adjust / move the new arms several times to get them in the perfect park position on the windshield. When doing these adjustments use a spray bottle of water for accurate results, do not operate wipers on the windshield dry! Imagine being able to use your wipers knowing that they actually work and blade refills are available. Happy wiping!
 

chasgould

New Member
Re: Help with Wiper Blades and/or A...

I have access to the adapters if any one (Tom) needs them I have one set in
stock and can check on availability of more.
Keith- "Samantha's Junk" '62 Blue

Hi Keith,
I could sure use a set of those adapters. My wipers have not worked well for many years, as they throw the blade off of the arm, every time they are turned on. Please let me know how much money to send you, and I can do a Paypal.
Thanks,
Charles
 

Midwest Amphicar

Worlds Largest Amphicar Destination
Do not forget the pivots. These are the parts the wiper arm slides over. They usually have grooves wore into them. Also look closely at area of body they bolt to. Good chance of crack developing, usually on passenger side. Later Dave the Wave
 

chasgould

New Member
Do not forget the pivots. These are the parts the wiper arm slides over. They usually have grooves wore into them. Also look closely at area of body they bolt to. Good chance of crack developing, usually on passenger side. Later Dave the Wave

Actually, as I think about it, my wiper arms are securely fastened to the pivot posts without any issues. But I cannot find a blade support or blade that attaches securely to the wiper arm, which has a simple rectangular cross section, and I beleive that it might also have a small hole in the end where a tab might fit into the detent, but I can't remeber for certain. Does anyone have any photos of the original arm end so I cna determine whether mine are original or not?
Thanks,
Chas
 
Keith. I could use a set of those adapters. I got arms and blades from Filken wiper svc in Ny, but cannot find the right adapters. Please let me know. Thanks, Jack Howland 978-352-7195


To: howland_3@hotmail.comSubject: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-19860] RE: Help with Wiper Blades and/or ArmsDate: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 21:04:40 -0500From:



I have access to the adapters if any one (Tom) needs them I have one set in stock and can check on availability of more.Keith- "Samantha's Junk" '62 Blue**************The year's hottest artists on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards. Go to AOL Music. (http://music.aol.com/grammys?NCID=aolcmp00300000002565)

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Charlie, If those adapters arent sold yet I also could use them. I got the rms and blades from Filken wiper svc in NY and havent found the right adapters to attach the to my pivot shafts. Let me know. Thanks, Jack Howland


To: howland_3@hotmail.comSubject: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-19860] RE: Help with Wiper Blades and/or ArmsDate: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 07:22:47 -0500From:



I have access to the adapters if any one (Tom) needs them I have one set in stock and can check on availability of more.Keith- "Samantha's Junk" '62 BlueHi Keith,I could sure use a set of those adapters. My wipers have not worked well for many years, as they throw the blade off of the arm, every time they are turned on. Please let me know how much money to send you, and I can do a Paypal.Thanks,Charles

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antique459

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RE: Help with Wiper Blades and/or A...

Charles, Jack et all. I went to my supplier this morning. He does not have
any in stock and it will take 3 weeks or so to get them. I would like to know
how many sets to buy. I thought that I still had an extra set but I checked
and I don't. My best guess on the cost would be 15 dollars for the set and what
every shipping would be.



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In a message dated 2/15/2008 12:23:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
writes:

Charles, Jack et all. I went to my supplier this morning. He does not have
any in stock and it will take 3 weeks or so to get them. I would like to
know
how many sets to buy. I thought that I still had an extra set but I checked
and I don't. My best guess on the cost would be 15 dollars for the set and
what
every shipping would be.



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Awards. Go to AOL Music.
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(http://music.aol.com/grammys?NCID=aolcmp00300000002565))








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Ron Green

Guest
I have several sets of these adapters already drilled out and ready to go (with set screws) as noted in my post above. If Keith can’t get them from his supplier I usually get $20 for the pair which includes shipping. Dig thru this past year’s copies of the W&W newsletter and you will see a picture of the wipers and adapters along with the article. I have been using this set up for 4 years now and they work fine.
Ron Green
 

chasgould

New Member
RE: Help with Wiper Blades and/or A...

In a message dated 2/16/2008 6:23:35 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
writes:

I have several sets of these adapters already drilled out and ready to go
(with set screws) as noted in my post above. If Keith can’t get them from his
supplier I usually get $20 for the pair which includes shipping. Dig thru this
past year’s copies of the W&W newsletter and you will see a picture of the
wipers and adapters along with the article. I have been using this set up for
4 years now and they work fine


Hey Ron,
Please count me in if Keith can't get them. I will be happy to Paypal you
directly for a set.
Thanks,
Charles



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Midwest Amphicar

Worlds Largest Amphicar Destination
Ron it real would be great if You put together a complete kit. I would think the Club would support any costs involved. This is one of those things the Club should be used for. Later Dave the Wave
 
Ron, Ok, deal. I will take a pr of adapters. Email me directly about where to send payment and how. Do you take paypal? Thanks, Jack howland_3@hotmail.com


To: howland_3@hotmail.comSubject: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-19860] RE: Help with Wiper Blades and/or ArmsDate: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 06:10:43 -0500From:



I have several sets of these adapters already drilled out and ready to go (with set screws) as noted in my post above. If Keith canÂ’t get them from his supplier I usually get $20 for the pair which includes shipping. Dig thru this past yearÂ’s copies of the W&W newsletter and you will see a picture of the wipers and adapters along with the article. I have been using this set up for 4 years now and they work fine.Ron Green

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