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Looking for replacement blade windshield wipers for 1981 Datsun 720


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#1 bushcat

bushcat
  • Location:Bay Area, CA
  • Cars:1981 Datsun 720 King Cab, 1991 Geo Metro Lsi

Posted 28 December 2016 - 12:08 PM

I see some for sale on ebay but was wondering if anybody else had better ideas on where to shop for these. The metal piece that holds the plastic blade snapped off in a rain storm recently. 



#2 datzenmike

datzenmike
  • Location:Vancouver Island
  • Cars:'74 710 sedan, '76 710. prevoius... '78 620, '71 521, '68 510 new '76 B-210

Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:13 PM

I kept mine original and refused to put those plastic things on. I buy rubber refills and cut my own. Not sure how the 720 ones are.

 

There's the wiper arm and it clips onto the wiper blade assy. Can you post a picture? http://community.rat...obucket-ratsun/

 

If it's the arm I doubt it can be fixed just replaced. If it's the wiper blade, they are everywhere.


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#3 bushcat

bushcat
  • Location:Bay Area, CA
  • Cars:1981 Datsun 720 King Cab, 1991 Geo Metro Lsi

Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:21 PM

I think we're talking about different parts. See broken metal piece.

https://flic.kr/p/QEMJoF

https://flic.kr/p/PozJTq

https://flic.kr/p/PozGCU

#4 datzenmike

datzenmike
  • Location:Vancouver Island
  • Cars:'74 710 sedan, '76 710. prevoius... '78 620, '71 521, '68 510 new '76 B-210

Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:40 PM

I think we're talking about different parts. See broken metal piece.

https://flic.kr/p/QEMJoF

https://flic.kr/p/PozJTq


This is the wiper arm. The missing part is the windshield wiper blade assy. The end of the arm may be damaged but otherwise a wiper 'refill' should just 'snap' on.

 

disc-hero-wiper-blades.jpg?context=bWFzd

 

https://www.napaonli...des-replacement


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#5 bushcat

bushcat
  • Location:Bay Area, CA
  • Cars:1981 Datsun 720 King Cab, 1991 Geo Metro Lsi

Posted 28 December 2016 - 02:29 PM

The end of the arm is damaged. A wiper blade replacement isn't going to fix the issue. Usually the wiper arm has a u shaped end so you can slide the replacement wiper blafe on. In this case, the u and the end of the arm has snapped off.

#6 Lockleaf

Lockleaf
  • Location:Happy Valley, Utah
  • Cars:'71 510 Goon, '90 240SX, '85 720, '69 Roadster, '96 Pathfinder, too much other shite

Posted 28 December 2016 - 02:49 PM

Not correct. Many 720s do not use j-hooks. That dot or "pin" about an inch back from the end is the lock. The straight arm just slides in to the wiper connector which locks on that pin. that looks identical to my 85 720. I just went and checked to be sure.

Half Pint ('71 510 Goon) http://community.rat...agon/p?=1269361

 

Audrey ('69 Roadster 1600) http://community.rat...rey-the-ratster

 

Tiny Havok ('85 720 DIY built Crewcab 4x4) http://community.rat...ache/?p=1395455

 

720 Shenanigans http://community.rat...20-shenanigans/


#7 datzenmike

datzenmike
  • Location:Vancouver Island
  • Cars:'74 710 sedan, '76 710. prevoius... '78 620, '71 521, '68 510 new '76 B-210

Posted 28 December 2016 - 02:53 PM

I think you're right. There are multiple methods for holding the refill on

 

blade-arm_all-types.png


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#8 Lockleaf

Lockleaf
  • Location:Happy Valley, Utah
  • Cars:'71 510 Goon, '90 240SX, '85 720, '69 Roadster, '96 Pathfinder, too much other shite

Posted 28 December 2016 - 02:56 PM

Bayonet, yes thanks Mike. That's the style on my truck and on his it appears.

Half Pint ('71 510 Goon) http://community.rat...agon/p?=1269361

 

Audrey ('69 Roadster 1600) http://community.rat...rey-the-ratster

 

Tiny Havok ('85 720 DIY built Crewcab 4x4) http://community.rat...ache/?p=1395455

 

720 Shenanigans http://community.rat...20-shenanigans/


#9 bushcat

bushcat
  • Location:Bay Area, CA
  • Cars:1981 Datsun 720 King Cab, 1991 Geo Metro Lsi

Posted 28 December 2016 - 03:14 PM

Had no clue! I'll go take a closer look. Thanks

#10 datsunaholic

datsunaholic
  • Location:Monroe, WA
  • Cars:Not quite the whole set yet

Posted 28 December 2016 - 03:20 PM

Pretty much all Datsuns used a bayonet arm, although I've seen some that were converted to use a pin (or had a pin originally, not sure) with an adaptor that slid over the bayonet.  It wasn't until the late 80s or so that J-hook ones showed up on Nissans; my Pathfinder has a J-hook for the rear wiper.


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