On 12 Oct 2005 06:20:25 -0700, "Willis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Good morning all,
>Has anyone had to rebuild or replace the windshield wiper dashboard
>switch behind their dash on a '63 Galaxie Fastback?
>I was in Ocean City this past weekend (where it rained) when I found
>out my wipers are dead. I got up under the dash, and found that the
>switch consists of a dash-mounted housing with 4 "fingers" set at 0,
>90, 270, and 360 degrees, a black switching mechanism, and the wiring
>harness, which slides onto the 4 aforementioned fingers.
>The switching mechanism seems to be the problem - it looks like it's
>fallen apart, but I can't tell how it was built originally. There are
>four parts that I found - a black plastic swivel piece, a center post
>which the black piece rotates on, a TINY spring, and a circular metal
>pressure plate. I don't know how it all fits back together. I can
>also post pics if need be.
>Has anyone had to rebuild one of these, or replace one? I did a quick
>look through Mac's and Dearborn and couldn't find a replacement (know
>where I could find one?), so any help or advice would be greatly
It's possible that it is the same switch used in Ford p/u trucks,
Mustangs, Falcons, etc of that era. For example, I am using an
intermittent wiper switch from a late 60s F150 p/u. The switch is the
same, as is the knob, as my 65 Mustang. The difference is that the
shaft the knob goes on is longer for the truck, so it's a matter of
cutting it to the right length and creating a flat spot for the knob
set screw. Of course, it also has a black box in the wiring harness
which controls the timing for intermittent operation. The end result
is to turn the knob one way turns on the wipers, and turn it the other
and you can adjust the frequency. The switch, black box, wiper motor,
and wiring cost $25 used at a wrecking yard where F-150s are
plentiful. The intermittent type comes from one of the deluxe models,
and the average F150 will have the standard single or 2 speed system.
If you can determine if it is the same switch, I have a number of
Mustang, Ford truck, TBird, falcon catalogs from that era which do
list the wiper switch.
1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior; Vintage 40
16" rims w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A gForce Radial
225/50ZR16 KDWS skins; surround sound audio-video.
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