Does anyone know what color the hose for the vacuum wiper is supposed to be in 26-27 Improved models. I have found modern black hose , or red ribbed hose. I will be hooking up my wiper on the 27 Sport Touring soon ... Thanks ....
Donnie, You can have any color you want, as long as it's black!
Sorry, I couldn't resist...
Now Keith, Us Improved Ford owners have a plethora of color choices.
This older post has some good photos of the tubing.
As for color, well..red hose was old fashion for the carbide generator hoses to pass gas, black is better for vacuum or air Besides, the wiper hose color should be the same as Henry's favorite color!
There is no Ford specification for the color of the vacuum hose used for the automatic wiper, but the installation kit used by the dealer definitely included a roll of black rubber hose. This type of rubber hose has not changed since 1926, and you can still buy it from any car parts store, such as Pep Boys.
The 1928 Model A had an automatic wiper as standard equipment, and when it was a vacuum unit, the hose was fabric covered. Near as I can tell, such a fancy hose was never used on the Model T. The wiper motor was sold off-brand as the TRICO Junior, and examining NOS Junior kits confirms the use of plain, black rubber hose.
OK black it is ... I had never seen red hose used, but it was common to the era. So I thought I would ask ... There is a small chance the wiper will actually work. It was in great shape. But more than likely, it will still be a manual wiper. (they have a handle just in case) but it is one of the accessories that my 27 Sport Touring could have had. Thanks for the input
Yes, making the Ford wiper work is a real challenge. I get the impression that they were very fragile at the time, and almost all of them were thrown away when they stopped working.
The main problem is that the vacuum chamber in which the paddle is pulled back and forth is made of pot metal, and it warps with age. The slightest vacuum leak due to an ill-fitting paddle is death for the wipe action.
There is one man in the world who can make a hopeless, junky Ford wiper work: Kent Jaquith. He is quite familiar with the very unique Ford valve mechanism, and he can straighten out and polish the inside of the vacuum chamber. His email is
His address is 2633 SW Obsidian
Redmond, OR 97756
A Ford automatic wiper rebuilt by Jaquith is a joy to behold. It runs perfectly and reliably, and it's one of the most rare authentic Ford accessories you can find.
James: I finally have three units together and operating. But I do not have high hopes for them staying that way. They were not very good when new, and did not last long. I do not think mine will keep working for very long either. But they may fool me. I hope to get one of them installed on the 27 Sport Touring soon ... Then we will see how long my work will last.
Please post photographs upon installation!