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    Simple wiper system

    As my build nears completion I need to decide on a wiper system for my car. Jim73vw posted up some valuable information on the pantograph system he used on Nena :- http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/vb/showth...-wiper-options

    This was a few years ago but the parts are still available so I may choose to go down this route.

    However, I am also considering a much cheaper/simpler system using a single arm and was wondering if a motor such as this one would be suitable? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Front-Win...frcectupt=true

    Question is the pantograph system much better or would a single arm system suffice for a car that will never be a daily driver? If I go with a single arm what length or arm and wiper blade would I need to go for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    As my build nears completion I need to decide on a wiper system for my car.
    .............. Question is the pantograph system much better or would a single arm system suffice for a car that will never be a daily driver? If I go with a single arm what length or arm and wiper blade would I need to go for?
    Hi Phill,

    It's so long since I drove my Nova that I can't really make a judgement other than suggest that the pantograph will get to the edge of the screen over most of the visible area, whereas the single arm won't.

    Here's a photo I took at the Scottish Kit Car Show at Ingleston many years ago which shows 'panto' beside 'single' which might help you get an idea for the swept areas.

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    I don't think the fact that it is an occasional drive should come into the equation. You can leave your house for a 2 mile drive and it be nice and sunny by the time you are driving home it can be poring down and just a couple of hundred yards with a poor windscreen wiper is a nightmare. Mick posted a link to some phonographic arms a few years back made for buses I think have a search.

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    Phil, I’ve got a single arm, and as Alistair rightly points out the clearance area is less than the pantograph system.

    I will certainly be going down the pantograph route on my Scooby Nova

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    David, Alex , Lauren or anyone else using a single blade system - can you tell me what length of arm and width of blade you are using?
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    On the wiper systems I have been looking at a quite different system that has been literally in my face, The one on my Mercedes A-class, which also has a large screen although wider at the top. It is a one piece unit requiring two spindle holes and two mountings.
    The two arms overlap in the middle and swing to the vertical at the sides, a small adjustment to crank length would mean less arch so fit in with the narrow top of the SS/Nova screen and a 90% coverage.

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    Thanks Peter. At the moment I'm still considering a single wiper system.

    I found this pantograph arm in the box of spares that originally came with the car:-

    IMG_8564[1].jpg

    With a clean up and paint it should be perfectly serviceable. Not sure if I need a special pantograph motor with two spindles or if the type of motor I linked to at the top of this thread would be suitable as long as I add a second pivot point onto the canopy for the second arm to attach to?
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    Mine is a daily driver & has the pentograph wiper. I have a picture some where (may already be on this site somewhere) of the swept area of the windscreen. Taken after a light dusting of snow and shows it well. The Eureka wiper only has 1 driven spindle, the other is just an idler for the other arm.

    Not having driven a single wiper Nova I can't comment on the effective wiped area.

    Lauren does have a single arm from memory but she moved the motor mounting point & thus the wiper position.

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    I think Lauren's is still a phonograph but just offset from center??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    Thanks Peter. At the moment I'm still considering a single wiper system.

    I found this pantograph arm in the box of spares that originally came with the car:-

    IMG_8564[1].jpg

    With a clean up and paint it should be perfectly serviceable. Not sure if I need a special pantograph motor with two spindles or if the type of motor I linked to at the top of this thread would be suitable as long as I add a second pivot point onto the canopy for the second arm to attach to?
    I would use that just make a bracket for the motor to attache to that has the second pivot point Ill try and dig out a pic of mine.

    Dirk

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