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  • Wiper switch swap?

    On my 53 Starliner, I've converted it to 12-volt neg. ground from 6-volt pos. ground. Everythings hooked up and OK but so far I haven't installed my newer wiper motor. The wires on the old motor are [White, Green and Black] on the newer 12-volt motor they are [Yellow, Red, Blue and Black]. I'm assuming I can't use my old switch on the newer motor. If I can how? If I can't, What kind of stock type switch do I need to look for? Thanks for any help Y'all might provide.

    Darryl C. Lewallen

  • #2
    I would guess the extra wire might be for intermittent wipers? You may need to use an older two speed wiper motor for it to work correctly. I may be wrong, but I think a few have mentioned the wiper moter from '64-'70 Dodge A-100 vans/pick ups is almost an exact fit.

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    Tom - Sterling Heights, MI

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    Tom - Bradenton, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
    1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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    • #3
      The wiper motor with the extra wire is a 12-volt Studebaker item that looks EXACTLY like the older 6-volt motor it just has one more wire. Thanks.

      Darryl C. Lewallen
      Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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      • #4
        Darryl,

        If you get an earlier 12V wiper motor it will match your existing switch exactly. That may be easier than trying to make the 4-wire one work, although I am not honestly sure how difficult that is. In any case, I'm not aware of a later switch that would look right in a '53. I can tell you that a '56 Hawk motor will bolt right in as I just did this on my '55 coupe.

        I think the 4-wire motor started in '63 or '64, although I'm not 100% sure about the year.

        nate

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        • #5
          Nate's called it, Darryl. If you get an earlier 12 volt motor from ANY Stude CAR from '56 thru at least 60 on the Larks and thru '62 on Hawks, you should be good to go.
          I went out and pulled a motor for a '63 car awhile ago (in response to your question - I'd never considered using the late, 4-wire motor in place of an earlier type) and I see that that 4th wire is there for the Park switch. In fact, two of the wires from that plug only go to the Park switch's two contacts on the gearbox of the WW motor.
          All they accomplish by this is a circuit thru the Park switch and back to the High-speed terminal of wiper control switch. This way, when you turn off the wipers, that circuit stays hot long enough to see that the wipers get parked and then that park circuit opens and drops the power to the motor.
          I think, if you rigged your wires to where the one going BACK to the control switch from the park switch fed it's temporary power to the "High" terminal on the control switch, that would effectively turn your four-wire motor into one that would work with that old, 3-wire switch. If you like, I can wire one up to see if it works like I envision it.[] Then I can give you a wire-by-wire color arrangement that you could duplicate.
          I used to troubleshoot electrical systems on aircraft, there at the Lockheed-Georgia plant, Darryl. (Darryl lives in Jawjuh.) I ought to be able to figure a way to fudge a wiper motor, eh?[}][xx(][:I]
          You'll wanna get one of those circuit breakers like's on your switch - only in the 5amp rating. Not that the one you have wouldn't pass current, but you DO want proper protection for that motor, no[?]

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          • #6
            I JUST REPLACED A 6V MOTOR ON MY '52 COMMANDER W/A 12V UNIT FROM AN EARLY LARK(2 SPEED MOTOR). ONE OF THE EXTRA WIRES WAS FOR THE 2ND SPEED. I REUSED MY ORIGINAL (SINGLE SPEED) SWITCH, BUT SINCE THAT SWITCH "GROUNDED" THE CIRCUIT, I HAD TO RESOLDER THE CONNECTOR SO IT CLOSED THE "HOT" CIRCUIT. I ONLY HAVE ONE SPEED, BUT IT WORKS GREAT.

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            • #7
              Biggs, I'd sure appreciate any assistance I could get and Bruce could you go into a little more detail as to exactly what you did to make your earlier switch work. I'm no whizz when it come to electrical stuff. Thanks a heap for the help and info, Darryl

              Darryl C. Lewallen
              Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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              • #8
                I'll work it out tomorrow, Darryl. You'll have both speeds I'm sure.

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                1958 Provincial wagon
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                1957 President 2-dr
                1955 President State
                1951 Champion Biz cpe
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                No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                • #9
                  Thanks Biggs, I went to my friends shop to look at the body work progress today and while I was there I checked out the wiper switch. The switch has three positions. I'm guessing they would be off, low and high but since wipers did not work when I bought the car so I really don't know.

                  Darryl C. Lewallen
                  Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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                  • #10
                    That's exactly it, you should have a two speed wiper switch. Now how you hook it up... well, when you get to that point post back and I'll pull the switch out of my dash and look at it and draw a little diagram. ISTR some trial and error getting everything working correctly...

                    nate

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                    • #11
                      I got two wiper motors out today and a switch as well. I didn't get to wire them up tho. I had to take some engine parts up to my friend's shop and we BS'd the afternoon away!

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                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1960 Larkvertible V8
                      1958 Provincial wagon
                      1953 Commander coupe
                      1957 President 2-dr
                      1955 President State
                      1951 Champion Biz cpe
                      1963 Daytona project FS
                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                      • #12
                        DARRYL- THE REASON I USED MY ORIGINAL SWITCH, IS IT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WOULD FIT UP IN THE DASH.
                        ANYWAY, (AT LEAST IN THE '52) THE CONNECTOR ON THE SWITCH THAT POWERED THE MOTOR ACTUALLY "GROUNDED" THE SAME. I BELIEVE THIS HAD TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT 6V SYSTEMS ARE POS. GROUND. ON THE SWITCH YOU CAN SEE THAT THE BULLET CONNECTOR IS SOLDERED TO THE CASE, RATHER THAN THE SWITCH RIVET. I USED A SOLDERING PENCIL TO LOOSEN THE CONNECTOR, THEN ROTATE AND RESOLDER TO THE SWITCH RIVET. I,M SORRY, I CAN'T RECALL EXACTLY, BUT I BELIEVE THE 2ND TERMINAL ON THE SWITCH POWERED THE PARK CIRCUIT.
                        IT SOUNDS LIKE MR. BIGGS WILL HELP YOU WITH THE WIRING.IF YOU ARE STUMPED, LET ME KNOW AND I'LL PULL THE SWITCH TO CONFIRM MY WIRING.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, Bruce, Nate and Biggs for the help !!!!

                          Darryl C. Lewallen
                          Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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                          • #14
                            Well, a week later, I've finally investigated the motor swap in earnest.[:0] The short and easy answer is you can't use that early, rotary style switch with the late, 4-wire motor, Darryl. The reason is that they achieved low speed in the later motors in a different (simpler) fashion than ealier 6 and 12volt motors. [xx(] COULD you get around this using the original switch? - maybe. If you were willing to do some expirimental surgery to the switch contact itself. And I couldn't guarantee the final outcome insofar as to how well the switch would hold up to be lobotomized a bit.
                            But it would be a whole lot easier to just find an earlier 12 volt motor from ANY Stude car of '56 thru '60 vintage![:0]
                            Fact is, I've got several of such laying around here that I know to be good units. If ya wanna swap me yours for one of these and pay the postage on both, we'll both be happy. Probably you, moreso.
                            Let me know!

                            If anyone wants to know HOW the low-speed was achieved differently in the later motors, I'll elaborate more. IF you could find (And I'm sure I could) a suitable replacement switch of rotary style, we could easily adapt it. But the way the Stude switch is constructed, I'm not sure it would stand up to being modified.[V]

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                            1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                            1960 Larkvertible V8
                            1958 Provincial wagon
                            1953 Commander coupe
                            1957 President 2-dr
                            1955 President State
                            1951 Champion Biz cpe
                            1963 Daytona project FS
                            No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Biggs. I'd be interested in swapping my later motor for one of yours and pay the postage. Where do I send it to. It's a beauty, may not be exactly original paintwise and stainless steel screws but it should work for you. Thanks again. Let me know.

                              Darryl C. Lewallen
                              Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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