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New Guy with a 62 wiper motor question

Discussion in 'Ford Falcon' started by honeybadger63, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. honeybadger63

    honeybadger63 New Member

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    This question is about a 1962 Falcon with the "wishy washy" vacuum wiper motor that is leaking. I see kits ( a motor and a switch ) are available for swapping it to electric, but at $200.00 +, they are out of my price range. Do any of you have a less expensive way of swapping it out? I also will be changing out the 170cid for a 200cid soon, and it won't have the fuel/air pump combo. Thank you in advance for your time.
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    Welcome to FFO. There is an open thread from over the weekend where the owner of a 61 Falcon wagon is having a similar issue with wipers. Some thoughts on possible repairs are in this thread:
    http://www.fordforumsonline.com/threads/new-member.22273/

    With respect to the engine swap, I've not heard of a "fuel/air pump combo". I've only seen belt driven air pumps that affect the exhaust system on vintage Ford engines built after 1965.

    It'll be best to know the year of the replacement block to pick the right fuel pump. Carter makes a variety of new fuel pumps. Rebuilt air pumps are typically available as well on Rock Auto.

    Kevin
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    Welcome to the FFO!

    Actually the fuel pump is a combo fuel & vacuum pump. One side of the pump is used to move gasoline and the other generates vacuum for the wipers. It was less expensive for the factory than electric wipers. And Falcon was a less expensive car.
    In the long run electric wipers were a better solution.

    Falcon had vacuum operated wipers from the beginning until 1962. In 1962 electric wipers were an option. In 1963 electric wipers were standard equipment.

    Cleaning out the vacuum wiper motor may be a less expensive solution. Here is a vid on vacuum wipers.

    If $200 is out of your price range you might reconsider the engine swap. It will be more than $200. With an unsteady vacuum source (manifold vacuum) of the next engine electric wipers would be the logical step. Or keep the 170. Know that there are several versions of the 200. Swapping out the 170 becomes a bit difficult with the later versions of the 200.

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    Amazing; thanks for the clarification.

    Kevin
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    honeybadger63 New Member

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    Thanks for the quick response guys! I will start with cleaning up the wiper motor. Just for clarification, I didn't want to spend 200 bucks on an electric wiper motor,... that doesn't mean I was attempting a 170 to 200 engine swap for 200 bucks,.. ;) I have been drooling over and re-reading my Falcon 6 performance handbook for some time now and your point is well taken. I thought there might be a cheaper way to swap out the vacuum wiper with a less expensive alternative. Again thank for your input.

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