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Old 07-21-2020, 12:14 PM
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Looking for the best wiper setup to use in the 37 Packard. Nobody makes a specific kit of course.. I'm turned off with the cable drive universal kits like SPW, they are just too weak to move the wipers once it's all assembled, the tension of the wiper blades against the window causes the aluminum tube to pull out of the wiper transmissions or out of the drive unit. I know you can't have too tight a radius on the tubing or it makes too much resistance for the cable to move, even so, I've had trouble with them. Another beef is the lousy pot metal knurled knob that the wipers slip onto - to get them tight enough to stay in place, the tiny set screws easily strip out or the knob splits in half.
I'd like to go with a normal mechanical drive setup like Newport Engineering's Clean Wipe systems, but same thing no kit for the Packard. I called them for advice on a kit that might easily adapt to my car but they were no help at all, didn't want to even suggest one that is close.....
Original setup is similar to GM vehicles of the era with chain drive towers that stick up in front of the window, and arms below with linkage going to a vacuum motor. I don't have any of that stuff so I need a kit that has the motor, drive linkage and transmissions that protrude through the cowl, they need to have a bezel that fits the contour of the cowl or ones that can be reshaped to fit it.
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Old 07-21-2020, 12:42 PM
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I've used the Mighty Wiper on a couple of cars. They're actually worthless as a real wiper but I hardly ever drive in bad weather & it helps pass inspection here in Tejas! On my current build I'll be getting antique plates & the State doesn't require inspection with that registration so I'll probably just use Rain X!

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Old 07-21-2020, 12:49 PM
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ZZ, with your mad skills, you can make anything fit anything and it will look factory installed.
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Old 07-21-2020, 02:03 PM
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I've used these on the last several builds and they've done pretty good

https://www.gearheadworld.com/store/...AIR-P1216.aspx

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'37-'38 Chevy?

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/detail...nsmission.html

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/detail...With_Park.html

I'd be happy to take some measurements and some decent pictures if you like...





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Old 07-21-2020, 06:26 PM
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I've used the Mighty Wiper on a couple of cars. They're actually worthless as a real wiper but I hardly ever drive in bad weather & it helps pass inspection here in Tejas! On my current build I'll be getting antique plates & the State doesn't require inspection with that registration so I'll probably just use Rain X!

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I've used these on the last several builds and they've done pretty good
https://www.gearheadworld.com/store/...AIR-P1216.aspx

I've used Mighty wipers before on roadsters but don't want them hangin' out above the window or going all independently of each other...


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ZZ, with your mad skills, you can make anything fit anything and it will look factory installed.
Yeh, but I'm getting lazy, i want an easy way out


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'37-'38 Chevy?

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/detail...nsmission.html

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/detail...With_Park.html

I'd be happy to take some measurements and some decent pictures if you like...





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Yes, the Chevy has very similar wiper tower/transmissions to the Packard - Newport has a kit but it's just the motor, no linkage and they assume you have the transmissions and linkage There are some NOS Packard transmissions out there but they are going for big dollars - I don't want to drop $1000.00 just to round up the parts...
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Did you look at this link? Everything's there but the motor and a pair of blades...

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/detail...nsmission.html

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Did you look at this link? Everything's there but the motor and a pair of blades...

https://www.chevsofthe40s.com/detail...nsmission.html

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Jeez Doc, you must be psychic! I was just looking at that. Actually, I came up with another solution from Bob Drake for a 46 Ford that uses a simpler transmission needing just a round hole in the cowl. Also they have the motor to go with it. Still adds up to about $500 US though.... I may yet come up with a boneyard solution - on my Hennway I used a 78 Ford pickup assembly (mods required...)
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Jeez Doc, you must be psychic! I was just looking at that. Actually, I came up with another solution from Bob Drake for a 46 Ford that uses a simpler transmission needing just a round hole in the cowl. Also they have the motor to go with it. Still adds up to about $500 US though.... I may yet come up with a boneyard solution - on my Hennway I used a 78 Ford pickup assembly (mods required...)
They used to call me "Psycho". Does that count?

I hear ya on the cost... almost double by the time it gets to your door or mine.

I have the complete (original) wiper assembly in my '38 project and we have most of it for the '37 coupe... even so, we'd like to find a donor system for both cars. If you find such a thing for your Packard, please post it here or in your build thread. If we find such a thing, I'll do the same...

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Old 07-22-2020, 04:22 AM
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What about a VW Beetle wipers? $186.99 new
https://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails...13%2D989%2D955


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