As we all build our certain projects, we install creature comforts that our daily driver cars have. Things like power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, but overlook other such items like windshield washers.

When I was putting my last 1956 together and shooting some articles with it, Diane at Mid Fifty F-100 Parts sent me a complete new windshield washer kit that they sell. Sy Miller, the owner of Mid Fifty, had spent several years putting this kit together, kind of a pet project. As time passed, each piece came together and the kit was completed. The kit contains all the needed pieces to make it squirt.

When I received the box with the kit, I could never bring myself to drill a hole in my hood for the squirter nozzle so the kit just sat on a shelf. I figured I could talk somebody into it and shoot the install then. Well time went on and now I'm building another 1956 Ford pickup and the theme of this truck is kind of car meets truck. With this truck, having the squirter in the hood and the reservoir bag hanging on an inner fender would go with what I was trying to accomplish.

My new truck is "resale red" so when I finally opened the box and pulled everything out, I saw that the storage bag was red also. Almost a perfect match! Well, OK! Now I have to mount it and again, drilling that hole was not easy. You can't go back once it's drilled. The installation is a snap. Mount the bracket for the bag, mount the pump, and run some small hose to feed the squirter. That simple. Then, as you are cruising down the road you can easily clean your windshield with the push of a button.

I have taken this one step further, because I can, and so can you. I also replaced my wiper motor and wiper switch. I replaced the motor with a new stock-style motor because I plan to daily drive this truck and it sucks not having wipers. Starting new here is just being smart. Anyway, now you can get a wiper switch that has the delay control built in. You just wire this intermittent wiper switch to the stock motor and you have wipers with delay. Plus the switch will activate a washer pump when you push the knob. The washer will squirt and the wipers will wipe three times automatically. That's pretty cool.

The whole kit is really cool and of very high quality for reproduction. The reservoir bag is an exact copy of the one available in 1956. It might not appeal to everyone, having water spots or trails on a show truck might not be that cool, but for us daily driver crowd, these are kind of the cat's meow. The squirter is so cool looking, you quickly get used to it in your hood. I did and I didn't think I would.

I love the kit. The pieces look like brand new stock parts. That just excites me in my old age. One thing though, I couldn't bring myself to use the stock foot pump that was included in my kit. It wouldn't work with my new switch anyway so I went with an electric pump. I went down to my local parts store and got a universal washer pump. As it turns out, it is the same pump you could get through Mid Fifty F-100 Parts as their electric pump option. That worked out well.

I'm still in the going together stage of my truck I run and drive, but need a few more important items, so mounting this kit and wiring it in was not that big a deal. The reservoir bag and its bracket went on the passenger inner fender and the pump mounted up under the top valance. The hose runs up the hood kit brace and up to the squirter. I think I might change the rubber hose on the hood kit brace to a piece of 3⁄16-inch stainless hardline. It will look a lot better.

Now, with my new wiper motor, delay switch, washer, and new arms and blades, I am ready for anything nature or the interstate can throw at me.

SOURCE
Mid-Fifty F-100 Parts
5221 Hwy 68
Golden Valley
AZ  86413
800-252-1956
http://www.midfifty.com
Bobco
18225 Eucalyptus St.
Lake Elsinore
CA  92532
951-674-0575
http://www.bobcoauto.com