The New Port Wiper system has a laser cut steel bracket that fits directly in place of the factory unit. The strong, well proven motor delivers smooth, two-speed performance and is supplied with a switch and wiring.
Planning to put a serious amount of miles on your truck? Chances are you’ve already dialed-in the suspension, brakes and driveline components for reliability and maybe added a couple creature comforts in the cab, but have you even considered the operation of the windshield wipers?
Windshield wipers are not likely on top of your upgrade list, but when you spend a few hours driving through a storm with slow, squealing wiper motor and blades that barely touch the glass, they suddenly become a priority! Annoying, yes, but more important is that this just isn’t safe and the right thing to do is to look up New Port Engineering for an all new, heavy-duty wiper motor and arms.
New Port developed their Clean Wipe motor technology over 30 years ago out because they couldn’t find a reliable wiper system for their Model A pickup. As innovative hot rodders, they set out to build their own system and soon people were knocking on their door for their system. Today, the family run company offers motors, wiper arms and blades for nearly 200 different applications including all C10s and pretty much any earlier Chevy truck!
The New Port motor is a heavy duty, powerful, two speed design secured to a laser cut, steel mounting plate. The assembly mounts in the factory position and connects directly to the factory linkage. The system is supplied with a new switch and if you plan to retain the factory knob and location, an extension is available. They also offer an optional intermittent module, washer kits, new wiper arms and blades.
Our buddy, Alex, puts a severe number of miles on his ’64 shorty called SAL blazing across Texas and the southwest area, but was overdue for an upgrade to the wiper system. New Port has a direct-fit motor assembly for his truck and he opted to upgrade the arms and blades as well.
Wiring the new motor and switch were a piece of cake though we did run into a slight clearance issue with the recently installed underdash Vintage Air system. This can happen with aftermarket add-ons and we were able to index the motor on the bracket a smidge to get it mounted in the factory location. In the end, Alex rolled out of the shop with functioning wipers for the first time in years and was ready to handle the Texas monsoons thanks to New Port.
1. Removing old wiper arms is no fun and for those with nice paint can be a bit nerve racking. As you reach under the arm mount, use care not to pry too hard or damage the paint.
2-3. The cowling needs to be removed to access the linkage bolt. Hold the linkage as the nut is loosened.
4. The original wiper motor is accessed from under the dash. The New Port mount is a direct fit, though the Vintage Air brackets provided a bit of a challenge. By slightly clocking the motor on the bracket everything cleared.
5. Under the dash work always requires a bit of mechanic-yoga and double-jointed elbows.
6-7. New Port recommends a bit of silicone to ensure a water-tight seal. The original linkage bolted right in place.
8. Four wires connect to the switch from the New Port motor: Red for power, Yellow is low speed, white is high speed and blue puts the motor into the park position. The motor is also grounded through a black wire.
9. Power was sourced through a switched accessory fuse on the fuse panel. With the wiring complete, we cycled the motor a couple times to ensure the linkage was in the parked position before
10. The new blades were installed to the stainless arms then carefully installed to their stanchions.
11. We hosed down the windshield and cycled the wipers for a few test passes and were pleased that we could see clearly through the windshield – bring on the rain!
12. It was a tight fit with the new under-dash A/C unit, but the new motor fit and thanks to New Port Engineering, Alex is ready to roll through any rain on the next road trip!
New Port Engineering
42760 Newport Road
Washington, MO 63090
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