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    I hate this

    So, the MK2 has had wiper issues. When I got it, near as we can tell, Morris Minor motor, wrong sweep, park contacts missing.

    THREE used motors, got correct motor, correct sweep worm gar, park contacts, then had to find the wiring hack to make it park for RHD.

    Couple of weeks ago, RH wiper...arm started jerking, got out of sync....pulled the arms and rack, cleaned, inspected and lubed, rotated wheelbox shafts 180, to find hopefully good teeth....and tried to order a wheelbox with a part number in hand.

    Nothing. Maybe evilbait, but what then?

    EVERYBODY wants to sell you an uprated wiper system for $650 or so, and not interested. FAR too much moolah.

    Got a friend in Louisiana who has a Jaguar Garden in his back yard, had some, sent me two.

    Cleaned one up, lubed it up, spent an enjoyable (HA!) several hours swapping it out, checked rack in the wheelbox area, looked good, buttoned up and all works.

    Just for safety, figured I get a new rack (cable). No dice. Buy an uprated system.

    I can get all I need for a 70 year old Ford, buy not a Jag?

    Wipers inadequate? Mine worked fine, two speed, in downpours.

    What's the deal? Just want to sell new stuff,and they have no individual parts FOR that new system, so one part fails and another $650 or so?

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    Re: I hate this

    Nobody wants to make these parts. When I need something, I know what isn't available here so I got to England by way of ebay. Might try contacting on ofbthebJaf clubs in Englad and see what they have. Cost me $400 in shipping for 3 boxes of patch panels for the MK1 and most of the things I buy of ebay.uk ships for $20. Try the club, got to cost less than $650.
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    Also had , 68 Cortina 1600E, 64 Spit 4 & 80 1500, 73 GT6 3, 71 XJ6, 79 XJ6, 86 XJS V-12, 53 XK120 OTS.

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    Re: I hate this

    I did more inspection. Top 1/2 of 2/3 of the teeth wore off.

    Cleaned and compared to the second unit I got.

    Dug out my numbered drill bits and dial caliper. Old gear OD is about .005"+ smaller than the "new" one.

    Shouldn't be a problem.

    Then I looked at the housing "shelf" that the rack, worm, cable rubs on and holds the gears in mesh. Looks odd.

    Laid numbered drill shanks in, slid from one end, onto some of the undamaged teeth and compared to "new" unit.

    Old shelf is dished...badly....and there is at least .015" MORE clearance.

    Could be a problem.

    As far as nobody wants to make these parts...they sure stepped up to the plate for $650 for a complete new system.

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