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  • Wet Feet!!!!

    I don't drive my car (63 Daytona) in the rain, but I just washed it a couple of weeks ago and got a foot soaking out of it. When I cranked it up and started to back it into my garage, a deluge of water came down on my feet. What's up with that? Is there some kind of hose missing that drains the windshield wiper well or something?

    Another related question... Why do my wipers move at super-slow speed? I once saw a tech-tip somewhere on how to fix the problem (something about cleaning the wiper motor), but can't remember where I saw it. Any suggestions?

    Thanks y'all!!!!

    Jim's pride....
    1963 Daytona Convertible

  • #2
    The cowl vent has a drain (a rather large one) directly behind the engine. There should be a rigid hose that dumps to the passenger side of the firewall. If this is plugged and any body seams have failed you could get wet. If you attempt to remove the hose, be careful; fort-three years of engine heat has made that hose fairly brittle and, as far as I know, no one has repopped it.

    Brad Johnson
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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    • #3
      Another thing, make sure you DO have that hose there, as water can drain into your trans as well. [:0] We learned that the hard way. [xx(]

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      • #4
        This is a good time to suggest everyone pull vent grill at the windshield base. You may find a few pounds of wet leaves/compost heap in progress in there. A real rust maker if not blown or hosed out.


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        • #5
          How does one go about getting the vent grille off?


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          • #6
            Lift the hood, and there will be a few (four?) sheetmetal screws holding it to the cowl. I like to replace them with stainless whenever replacing the grille, because after 40 years they tend to seize and then the heads strip when you try to remove them.

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            • #7
              I think you may also need a new gasket on your windshield...
              Water comes in at the corner/lower edge of the windshield seal and can drip in the area of your feet...
              OR did your water come from your steering colum~ [?]
              I recently found that leaking water had dripped from above, onto the wheel, run into the area between the wheel and colum- filling it with just enough to surprise me when I moved the car!!! [:0]
              That water went more in my lap then anywhere else, but was STILL caused by a bad gasket...


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              • #8
                I'm not liking the sounds of some of these potential causes, but thank you all for the pointers. I'm hoping it's the hose. I'll let y'all know when I get to it.

                Any input to Part 2 of my post?
                "Another related question... Why do my wipers move at super-slow speed? I once saw a tech-tip somewhere on how to fix the problem (something about cleaning the wiper motor), but can't remember where I saw it. Any suggestions?"


                Thanks again,

                Jim's pride....
                1963 Daytona Convertible

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                • #9
                  I think the thread you were thinking about was cleaning the filter on the old vacuum wipers. Your Lark has electric wipers, so I'd look for another cause for slow wiping. Make sure all the wiring is good and the connections are clean. If that all checks out, I'd try a different motor.

                  quote:Originally posted by PalmerGA

                  I'm not liking the sounds of some of these potential causes, but thank you all for the pointers. I'm hoping it's the hose. I'll let y'all know when I get to it.

                  Any input to Part 2 of my post?
                  "Another related question... Why do my wipers move at super-slow speed? I once saw a tech-tip somewhere on how to fix the problem (something about cleaning the wiper motor), but can't remember where I saw it. Any suggestions?"


                  Thanks again,

                  Jim's pride....
                  1963 Daytona Convertible
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                  Mark Anderson
                  1965 Cruiser
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                  • #10
                    You may be right about that, Mark. It makes more sense that it would apply to vacuum wipers and not electric. I've checked all the connections and so forth. I'm wondering if removing the motor, disassembling it, and cleaning it internally (if possible) would be worthwhile. ???

                    Jim's pride....
                    1963 Daytona Convertible

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                    • #11
                      It can't hurt. You might also lube and check the linkage for the wipers. Maybe you DO have a ton of leaves and other gunk inside there that's causing the leak AND the slow wipers[}].

                      quote:Originally posted by PalmerGA

                      You may be right about that, Mark. It makes more sense that it would apply to vacuum wipers and not electric. I've checked all the connections and so forth. I'm wondering if removing the motor, disassembling it, and cleaning it internally (if possible) would be worthwhile. ???

                      Jim's pride....
                      1963 Daytona Convertible
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                      Mark Anderson
                      1965 Cruiser
                      http://home.alltel.net/anderm

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