Looking for rebuild kit for Trico vacuum wiper motor. Any out there?
I remember a guy that advertised in Hemming's back in the '80s. His name was David Ficken and I believe he was in N.Y. state.
As I recall, he passed away and his children took over the business. At one point, I think he, or his children, bought out the entire inventory of old-stock parts from Trico.
That's all the info I have. Hope this helps.
They won't sell a repair kit but they do rebuild them.
The kits used to show up on Ebay all the time. You might try there.
Rebuilding a Trico motor improves it from worthless to miserable.
Agree with Ken, www.wiperman.com is the only one to be trusted with vacuum motors. His father rebuilt the wiper motor on our '50 Buick and helped to get the windshield washer system to work. He's close to Farmingdale on Long Island, NY
Robert Fricken http://www.wiperman.com/ rebuilt the Trico that is in my T. As with any vacuum device, it works fine as long as you have vacuum.
Try Stacy Brown, Arlington, TX. He's likely to have NOS one and might have a kit.
A long time ago I lived in Arlington and bought a lot of parts from Stacy. Its been over 20 some odd years ago but I bet I could still find his place if it is in the same location. I was keeping a couple of T's, a 41 Cadillac, and a straight 8 Buick running at the time. Do you have his contact information? He had a large supply of pre war parts and could remember the part numbers of most of it!
Stacy has stuff he doesn't even know he has. Great guy, you really need to go there in person for best results.
Antique Auto Supply
1225 Colorado Ln.
Arlington, Texas 76015
Hi: I have a question on vacuum wiper motors. The main problem seems to be loss of vacuum when accellerating. Has anyone used a vacuum ball or can under the dash or mounted somewhere. It would give a vacuum reserve. Seems like it should help but I have never seen it on a model T. Donnie
Thanks for the contact info for Stacy. I would agree that if you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex you need to go see him. I live in Denver and it is going to be some time before I can get by his place again, but I still own a house in Arlington so you never know!
That's the quirk with vacuum wipers. Our '50 Buick had a dual action fuel/vacuum pump to overcome that loss of wiper action on acceleration.
Maybe invest in a bottle of Rain-Ex for those moments ?