We are again approaching the time of year where cold winds and low-pressure weather systems move down from the north. That of course leads to significantly more rain than what we’ve become accustomed to during this beautiful, warm and sunny summer which seemingly engulfed all of Europe. Hopefully this shouldn’t keep us from continuing to drive our classics, but we will of course need our windshield wipers. A component haunted by evil spirits and disappointingly poor abilities.
Perhaps you’ve already been out and about in your classic during the past week or two, where dark and heavy clouds have hung low in the sky and occasionally dumped unreasonable amounts of moisture on your windscreen? Optimistically, you switched on your wipers – only to be met with disappointment as they are apparently only any good as a shiny decoration. If your wipers are anything like mine, their greatest talent is removing the last little hope of forward vision, through a technic best described as “smearing”. A thorough smudge of the horrid mixture of rainwater, dirt and road grime which inevitably assembles on your windscreen whenever you encounter precipitation.
I struggle to find a viable solution to this conundrum. So I will now seek the help of our well-informed ViaRETRO readers. What in heaven’s name do you do, in order to maintain a clean and clear windscreen when it rains? And please don’t tell me that you simply accept this thoroughly unacceptable situation, or that you just don’t drive your classic if there’s the slightest risk of rain. Neither should be regarded as a feasible answer. Not even the infallible Porsche-owners can lean back this time, and claim that their German manufactured Bosch wipers are the perfect solution – at least not if they insist on retaining authenticity by using the period-correct stainless steel wipers from the sixties and early seventies.
No, what I’m seeking is knowledge and experience on the subject of the cream of replacement rubber for the old stainless steel wipers. Or alternatively, some ingenious explanation on enhanced spring tension for certain brands of wiper blades compared to others. I’m desperate for a solution!
Somehow, I foresee a day full of classic car owners selling me the virtues of chemistry and nanotechnology to solve the issues of rain combined with antiquated windshield wiping. Okay, if there really is no other way, then please reveal to me exactly what I should buy and how I should use it.
And now that we’re at it, let’s not forget the good old windshield-wiper-arm-spoiler. This peculiar little device which was once available from any respectable car accessory shop – or even your local petrol station for that matter – seems to be experiencing a renascence. Albeit in a sleeker, windtunnel-tested design, but the High-Street-cruising-tosser-of-the-seventies was right: They work! At least I presume so, as the modern wiper blades now incorporate the discreet spoiler in their design. But where in this day and age can I find a pair of classic retro-fit wiper spoilers?