Bat­tle of the wipers

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

I read with in­ter­est Fuzz Town­shend’s tech­ni­cal ar­ti­cle in CCW (18 Jan­uary) about how wind­screen wipers work, but there was some­thing about it that didn’t seem right in my ex­pe­ri­ence.

In the 1960s I had a Ford Anglia 100E with wind­screen wipers that worked off the vac­uum, as Fuzz cor­rectly stated. They were okay in fine rain, but ab­so­lutely ter­ri­ble in heavy rain and worked in com­pletely the op­po­site way to how Fuzz de­scribed.

When ac­cel­er­at­ing, they slowed dra­mat­i­cally, mean­ing you had to take the load off the en­gine in or­der for them to speed up again.

I am sure that a lot of your read­ers who owned early Fords will have a sim­i­lar story to tell. Paul Scot­ten, King’s Lynn, Nor­folk

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