Original windshield wiper refills

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by jhems17, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. jhems17

    jhems17 Active Member

    I hope this is the right section. Hey guys so my 71 Riviera has some black plastic after market windshield wipers. I know it had metal ones originally. I think I found them on Rock Auto but was wondering where are you supposed to get the rubber refills from? Even Rock Auto didn't seem to have them. Thanks
     
  2. BuickV8Mike

    BuickV8Mike SD Buick Fan

    NAPA had them for my 1969 GS.
     
  3. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Originals were Trico and if you want genuine you need NOS
     
  4. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Originals had cross slats of aluminum
     
  5. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    Got mine from thepartsplace.
     
  6. 1973gs

    1973gs Well-Known Member

    I got mine at Oreillys. Out the door for under $6 for the pair.
     
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  7. jhems17

    jhems17 Active Member

    Thanks guys I'll check out all those options.
     
  8. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    Ask for Trico Classic Series.
     
  9. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    AB8E119F-1ED7-40B4-89DC-BBE3225E7688.jpeg It appears you need the arms too but these are original type blade refills to compare. Top is type with cross slats which were original until I am not sure what year and back until at least 1962. The bottom type will fit but have no slats and appear late 70’s vintage by the Camaro on the box.
     
  10. Duane

    Duane Member

    Years ago at Carlisle there was a guy set up a few spaces down from me and he had tons of original NOS wiper refills and oil filters. (And I mean cases of them.)

    When it was slow he allowed me to open up the boxes so I could see the date codes and figure out all the varieties of the Buick oil filters, etc.. I remember also making sketches of the markings on the rubber wiper refills.

    If I find the sheet I will post it here.
    Duane
     
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  11. jhems17

    jhems17 Active Member

    Right on, thanks guys. I'll be waiting for that info hopefully you can find it. If not I'm sure the info's out there somewhere. I saw some yesterday on a website saying the drivers side had two arms and the passenger had one arm. Any one know why that is? Is that how the originals really are?
     
  12. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    It’s true. The drivers side is the brains of the system. You set it up first.
     
  13. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Duane I am sure this is the same guy I got mine from. I have talked to him many times.
     
  14. jhems17

    jhems17 Active Member

    The brains? What does the 2 arm driver side do? Is only the driver side driven by the motor and it pulls/pushes the passenger arm? Crazy.
     
  15. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    It has two arms so that the left, as it wipes across its arc, stays closer to vertical. The only way it can be mounted where it is and clear the glass at the pillar from top to bottom is to kick out as it goes there.
    Patrick
     
  16. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    60FED669-5AA1-4545-B1D1-D404A05A6D12.jpeg Here is diagram of 68-70 big including Riv. Of course my parts book is missing 71 page. Yours should be similar. You can see the second arm pops on a pin then a slide tab locks it in place on the pin.
     
  17. Duane

    Duane Member

    OK,
    I found my sketch for the GM A-Body wiper blade refills. (I imagine the large cars would have been the same designs, but maybe longer.)

    Now this info was developed from looking at cases of original refills, and I did this sometime in the mid-late 80's

    I also found my photos of original Buick Oil filters from the same source. I guess I should post them on another thread.

    Of course this is for those of us that are crazy enough to care.
    Enjoy.
    Duane

    PS. Just as an aside, when I was looking for a set for the 69 car, the sets I had put away had the lines embossed on the rubber just like the originals.


    Trico Original Wiper Refill Sketch 64-72.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2018
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  18. jhems17

    jhems17 Active Member

    Thanks guys.
     
  19. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Damn, now I have to check for lines and dates.
     
  20. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    The correct Trico number for ‘68-‘72 is 33-162. It’s a 16”, pin mount, stainless blade assembly. These were commonly available until about two years ago; then Trico dropped them. Big news! They’re making them again!
    Trico announced it in September-any Trico retailer will (at some point) be able to get them again.
    https://www.aapexshow.com/2018/Public/eBooth.aspx?BoothID=206655

    Not sure what the rubber in them will look like, but if your ride has ugly black plastic on it now...

    Patrick
     

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