Wiper arm "fins"

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Wiper arm "fins"

Postby stuffedpike20 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:23 pm

Years ago there were plastic fins that clipped onto each windscreen wiper arm available from motor factors.
Each one had three fins that caught the wind and pushed the wiper blades onto the windscreen. They seemed to really help to clear the screen.
Anyone seen any recently?

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby JOWETTJAVELIN » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:28 pm

You might find some on eBay under 'wiper spoilers'. I had a stainless steel pair of B-G ones fitted to a car, I think they were more for appearance than effect. A more likely solution would be to check the wiper arm springs for tension.
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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby SteveClem » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:43 pm

A very ‘70’s thing...there were lots of them! Nice and period looking but almost entirely useless,I think :D

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby Myrtles Man » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:17 pm

This thread has set me to thinking about the various 'embellishments' that were all the rage for a while and I've remembered the following:- plastic wind deflectors (fly catchers?) fitted at the front of the bonnet; earthing straps from the car to the road; tigers tails on filler caps; 'bullet holes' in windows; very long, whippy radio aerials; 'his and hers' named sun-visor strips on windscreens... (any others?)

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby stuffedpike20 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:08 am

Wiper arm tension, even with new arms and springs, is generally rubbish.
I found that these spoilers helped a lot to clear the whole wiped area of the screen.
I have found some on ebay, and I will be giving them a go.

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby darrenj » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:16 am

Don't forget the" fluffy dice", very popular😀

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby panky » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:29 am

Wavy hands :D
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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby Bowie69 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:39 am

Fingers trapped in bootlids...

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby SteveClem » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:34 am

Other things trapped in bootlids.... :oops:

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby palacebear » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:51 am

Vinyl roof in a spray-can... and even worse... window tint in a spray-can!
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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby Myrtles Man » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:17 pm

Oh yes, just remembered - the nodding dog (I was actually bought one for my Ford Anglia as an 'ironic' birthday present by my then girlfriend). :oops:

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby geoberni » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:08 pm

Myrtles Man wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:17 pm
This thread has set me to thinking about the various 'embellishments' that were all the rage for a while and I've remembered the following:- plastic wind deflectors (fly catchers?) fitted at the front of the bonnet; earthing straps from the car to the road; tigers tails on filler caps; 'bullet holes' in windows; very long, whippy radio aerials; 'his and hers' named sun-visor strips on windscreens... (any others?)
Saw a new Pickup (Mitsubishi I think) on the A1 this morning with bullet hole stickers all along the side..... :roll:
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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby Myrtles Man » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:17 pm

geoberni wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:08 pm

Saw a new Pickup (Mitsubishi I think) on the A1 this morning with bullet hole stickers all along the side..... :roll:
Which section of the A1? It's just possible that they weren't stickers... :o

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby geoberni » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:28 pm

Myrtles Man wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:17 pm
geoberni wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:08 pm

Saw a new Pickup (Mitsubishi I think) on the A1 this morning with bullet hole stickers all along the side..... :roll:
Which section of the A1? It's just possible that they weren't stickers... :o
Near Newark, so Nottinghamshire.... :o :)
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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby Myrtles Man » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:20 pm

Oh, Nottinghamshire, that's OK then. They must have been stickers otherwise, presumably, there would have been arrows sticking out of it rather than bullet holes. 8)

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby viewsonic1 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:39 pm

Two things I bought for my Viva in my youth; a gear lever extension which increased the length by two inches, and a device which attached to the heater hose in the engine to give "hot" water when using the screen wash. Both a waste of money. And did those plastic rear "demist" panels actually work?

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby palacebear » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:41 am

Another thing springs to mind... bought for my Mk.1 Mini... a Paddy Hopkirk accelerator pedal 'enlarger'.
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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby panky » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:21 am

Got one of them now :D
Spot the Paddy pedal

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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby philthehill » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:28 am

I have had a Paddy pedal for many years - ideal for when you need to heel and toe. It also helps that the accelerator pedal has been modified to put the pedal into the right position for heel and toe action.
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Re: Wiper arm "fins"

Postby panky » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:48 am

Makes it go really fast too 8)
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