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  • vacuum wiper motor

    The wiper motor on my '50 Champion has two hose nipples on it. One has a tube going to the manifold, but there is nothing on the one that points toward the driver's side. Where does a tube go from there?

    '50 Champion, 1 family owner

  • #2
    Bob
    Ever since I got my Champion, the wiper motor has had a plug over the left (driver's side) pipe (port?) and it works ok (as well as those wipers ever do). I have no idea what that pipe is really used for, unless its a separate port that you would use to hook up the vacuum assist from the dual action fuel pumps.

    1950 Champion 4 Dr.
    Holdrege NE
    John
    1950 Champion
    W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
    Holdrege NE

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    • #3
      Thanks. Guess I'll look for a plug and see what happens.

      '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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      • #4
        Vacuum wiper motors often benefit from a shot of shutter-stat fluid to keep the seals swelled. Do not take this advice; see my later post!

        Check here for vacuum wiper parts or rebuild service.

        http://www.wiperman.com/

        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #5
          Rockne
          What the heck is "shutter-stat"? I googled the name and got nothing.


          1950 Champion 4 Dr.
          Holdrege NE
          John
          1950 Champion
          W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
          Holdrege NE

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          • #6
            Thanks for the link Rockne10. I'll bet it comes in handy.

            '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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            • #7
              Older vehicles (diesels, coaches and high-end autos) had grill panels that would open or close depending on coolant temperature. These were vacuum operated by shutter-stats.

              Maybe there's a modern equivalent. Perhaps it's just light weight oil.

              I suspect someone here actually knows more about it than I do. I know the shop where I work on my car has a very old can of shutter-stat fluid. If I remember to ask him, I'll post what info I can find on the can.
              "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

              Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
              sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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              • #8
                MY EXPERIENCE WITH VAC WIPERS WE ALWAYS WOULD TAKE THE INLET VAC HOSE LOOSE AND STICK IN CAN OF BRAKE FLUID THEN MOVE WIPER ARM BACK AND FORTH SUCKING SMALL AMOUNT OF FLUID INTO MOTOR. THIS SEEMS TO ALWAYS HELP THE SPEED.

                HAYWARD/60 LARK
                PIKEVILLE,KY.
                US COAL CAPITAL

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                • #9
                  Anybody ever try Dot-5 Brake Fluid in a Vacuum Wiper Motor?

                  GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

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                  • #10
                    Rob Ficken, of Ficken Auto Parts, on the internet as wiperman.com specializes in vacuum motors. I thought I would ask him about fluids to aid wiper motors. Here is his response in its entirety:

                    "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! Never sparay anything inside a vacuum wiper. The wiper is greased not oiled. The best way to keep it limber is to use it. Rob
                    "

                    Brad Johnson
                    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                    '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                    • #11
                      Rockne-
                      Thanks for your diligent research. I'll run my wipers dry.



                      1950 Champion 4 Dr.
                      Holdrege NE
                      John
                      1950 Champion
                      W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
                      Holdrege NE

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                      • #12
                        Vaseoline is what we always use

                        Mabel 1949 Champion
                        1957 Silverhawk
                        1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                        Gus 1958 Transtar
                        1955 President State
                        Fresno,Ca
                        Mabel 1949 Champion
                        Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                        Gus 1958 Transtar
                        The Prez 1955 President State
                        Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                        Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                        Fresno,Ca

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                        • #13
                          I actually greased mine heavily with white lithium grease. Should I clean it all out and try it with something else? I don't want to hurt the baffle any more than it already is.

                          Chris Salisbury
                          Hutto/Austin, TX

                          1958 Commander Starlight Hardtop

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                          • #14
                            We obviously have a lot of hearsay and folk remedies. I would defer inquiries to Rob Ficken or someone else who qualifies as an expert.

                            http://www.wiperman.com/
                            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                            sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                            • #15
                              Actually, I was just wondering what that second port pointing toward the driver is for. But I sure learned a lot about lubrication.

                              '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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