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Wiper Arms

#1 Post by Jim Wayman » Mon Feb 14, 2022 3:28 pm

I have 3 types of wiper arm setups and want to know what the application for each is. I have attached 3 pictures. The first shows the arm bases, 2 short and 1 longer. The second shows the end view of the arm bases. You can see that the 2 short bases are different in that one fits a narrow arm and the other a wider one. The longer base fits a narrow arm. Finally, the 2 arm types I have. Both the same length, but one narrow and one wider. Does anyone know the application for the long base/narrow arm; the short base/narrow arm; and the short base/wider arm?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Wiper Arms

#2 Post by Jim Wayman » Mon Feb 14, 2022 3:28 pm

Sorry for the order of the pictures. When submitted, they reversed order.
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Re: Wiper Arms

#3 Post by Donald Zingg » Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:58 pm

Difficult to say without some dimensions for reference.
Generally, the wider arms are replacement parts from the late 1980s - onward.
Same for the bracket with the larger, wider hole - - - -

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#4 Post by Jim Wayman » Wed Feb 16, 2022 7:00 pm

The long bases are 73MM long and the short ones are 65MM long. The narrow arms are 190MM long and the wide ones are 198MM long. Hope this helps in the identification.
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#5 Post by Donald Zingg » Sun Feb 20, 2022 9:52 pm

Jim

The short brackets are for vw cars mid-1950s through mid-1960s
The longer ones are for P-356 cars from mid-1954 and 356A cars.

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#6 Post by Jim Wayman » Sun Feb 20, 2022 11:01 pm

Thanks Don. So for a 1955 car there should be the long bases with the thin flat arms?
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#7 Post by Donald Zingg » Mon Feb 21, 2022 2:15 am

Correct.
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Re: Wiper Arms

#8 Post by ThibautBoey » Wed Feb 23, 2022 5:09 pm

Jim, do you have the ribed wiperblades? Those are the correct ones for pre a 54-55 cars
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