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Old 05-12-2010, 09:18 AM   #21
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I finally got a chance to upload the photo of my setup.

Hope it helps someone!





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Old 05-12-2010, 11:55 PM   #22
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OK I see now, very simple setup, I will give it a try, THANKS AAJC
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:31 AM   #23
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You're Welcome.
I hope you get as long out of it as I did.


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Old 04-28-2016, 12:59 AM   #24
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linear actuator. Used 2 relays to change polarity. The actuators internal limit switch stops at closed. I use a dpdt microswitch instead of the spst wiper door switch to limit the door open, and energize the wiper motor. Works like a charm.
Hi Gary, was reading your old post converting wiper door to electric actuator. I like your setup, it looks clean. Just wondering if you can help me and give me more details about this setup. I'm in the same process on my 71. part numbers for components you used, wiring details, where you installed your micro switch and any picture you can provide. appreciated
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:19 AM   #25
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Any linear actuator with a 2" stroke will work. The one I used is no longer available. Get one with internal limit switches. Higher force linear actuators tend to be slower, preventing the wiper door from closing on the wiper arms.
I removed the scissor mechanism in the wiper bay and connected the actuator to the arm that comes off the cross shaft.
You replace the OEM limit switch with a dpdt microswitch (ebay). It mounts in the same place.
You can manually operate, making it simpler. I chose to use 2 relays to reverse polarity so it would work with my dash wiper switch.
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2" linear actuator
Diode
dpdt microswitch
2 relays
Couple pieces of metal for bracket

Switch


Schematic:


Pic showing actuator, dpdt limit switch/diode

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Old 04-29-2016, 12:59 AM   #26
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Gary, I really appreciate your input. I'll probably have more question to ask once I start the process. Will get back here. Thanx again.
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I eliminated all but the main arm of the mechanism and used a 2" acuator.
http://www.firgelliauto.com/product_...roducts_id=136
Hi, I've been reading your 2010 post regarding wiper door conversion. I just cant find same exact actuator in firgelliauto website, also asking how much force required, mini one with like 15lb will work? appreciated if you can get me some part #s.
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Old 10-13-2016, 10:09 AM   #28
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It looks like they don't make that one any more. But any 2" stroke will work.
It requires very little force, but higher force actuators are generally slower. This allows the wipers to park before the door closes.

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Hi, I've been reading your 2010 post regarding wiper door conversion. I just cant find same exact actuator in firgelliauto website, also asking how much force required, mini one with like 15lb will work? appreciated if you can get me some part #s.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:07 PM   #29
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Default Garys 68 - is wiper door interlocked?

Is your wiper door interlocked to prevent the door closing on the wipers? it appears so, but you mentioned the linear actuator speed; therefore the question.

I looked at those linear actuators and it looks like their temp range is a high of ~150F..... doesn't it get warmer than that in the engine compartment.

It is a beautiful setup you have going there though.



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It looks like they don't make that one any more. But any 2" stroke will work.
It requires very little force, but higher force actuators are generally slower. This allows the wipers to park before the door closes.
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Old 10-27-2016, 03:23 PM   #30
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Unless you have a monster motor with little vacuum to use to run your headlight and wiper door why bother IMO. Just take some time to fix the vacuum circuit. It's pretty easy and everything is already there and no extra wiring, relays, actuators, brackets etc. to fabricate. Why is some so amendment that electrics are better than the vacuum system? Both have their ups and downs but to me the up side of the vacuum system is that:
1. It works
2. It's already all there

Not bashing you guys just wanted to voice my opinion.
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Old 10-27-2016, 04:46 PM   #31
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Got my idea straight from Garys68...

Untitled by Bill Smith, on Flickr

Haven't hooked up electric yet but battery on the actuator opens and closes great!
Untitled by Bill Smith, on Flickr

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Are you using the same wiring setup that Garys-68 used?
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Is your wiper door interlocked to prevent the door closing on the wipers?
That particular conversion does not have an electrical or mechanical safety interlock to prevent the wiper door from closing on the wiper arms.

I did a conversion that has both safety interlocks, and works exactly the same as the factory vacuum system. You can check it out here:

​​​​​​http://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/...onversion.html



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Old 10-30-2016, 03:10 PM   #34
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The switch has 2 functions. It prevents the wipers from starting as in the original configuration. It also serves as a limit switch to stop the door from opening too far.
There's nothing there to prevent the door from closing before the wipers park, same as the original 68 design too...... I simply chose a linear actuator that was too slow to close before wipers come down.

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Is your wiper door interlocked to prevent the door closing on the wipers? it appears so, but you mentioned the linear actuator speed; therefore the question.

I looked at those linear actuators and it looks like their temp range is a high of ~150F..... doesn't it get warmer than that in the engine compartment.

It is a beautiful setup you have going there though.

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Are you using the same wiring setup that Garys-68 used?
I haven't wired mine yet so I'm not sure how it will end up. Since the wiper mechanicals seem to be haunted (pass side connecting rod flops around and I haven't found the problem yet) I'm on the fence whether or not to just go long hood.
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