Hello Again Commander People,

Another question from the overly-excited new guy!  Our new boat is missing all three wiper arm assemblies.  The motors are there, but no arms or wipers.  The current owner says they've never been there (had it about 15 years), but I would like to have operational wipers.  Any suggestions on where to look for parts like this?

Thanks again for your help and patience!

By the way, here is the "new" boat, 1967 Commander 42.  I have dreamed of owning a Chris Craft since I was about four years old!

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Here is my Grandfather, Clare Bigger, on the deck of his 1953 36-foot Commander.  This is on the St. Mary's River, in Port Huron, in summer of 1965.

Hi Kevin!

Our Library Links section is a great source when looking for parts.

http://commanderclub.com/page/links

 

LPX Sales and Service www.chrisparts.com  Jim and Bob are the “go to” guys for many parts.  If they don’t have them, they will try to recommend someone who does.

 

Windshield Wiper Parts Sources

Discussion Forum Topic  http://commanderclub.com/forum/topics/replacement-wiper-blades

 

 Windshield Wiper Parts Sources.pdf -   article by Greg Gajcak that includes ideas about new motors.

Congratulations Kevin!  You will love the 42 Commander and yours looks like it has been in good hands.  Hope you get in some good motoring at the end of the season.

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla"

Hi Kevin,

As a fellow 1967 42 owner, welcome to the Club!  Great to have you aboard!  Congrats on the purchase of your 42!

Chris Orphal
1967 42 Commander

Hi Kevin. Welcome to the club.  I have a 41 Commander and was able to purchase the older Anco arms and corresponding blades from a NAPA auto parts store.  I dont recall the part numbers but they were used on large American cars of the 60-70's era.  They matched up exactly with the what was on my boat, but I do not know if the boat was originally equipped with something else. In any event they work great, especially if you are not a salt water boater.

Btw, your grandfathers boat was not a commander.  I believe all commanders were fiberglass.  Others on this forum would know better than I.

Nope, original Commanders where wood!

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla"

Hi Kevin,

Very nice picture of your Grandfather and his 36 Wood Commander.  How cool is that!!!!!!!  On the wiper front.  You may want to consider a waterproof motor.  I put a pair on my 35 and they actually work great.  If price is main object a NAPA solution from Anco may be your best bet.  I would advise against Marinco's proprietary arm blade connection as you are stuck with their blades only.  I also sell wipers and arms so I am a bit biased but you'll find good quality arms that accept any aftermarket blade (best solution in my opinion) which any auto parts place or big box store will sell.  Imtra (who I work for) has a good selection of arms which are sold through dealers or places like defender.com.  the adjustable tip style is nice as you can park it parallel and out of your sight lines when not in use (99.9% of the time).  good luck.

http://www.imtra.com/wipers-wiper-arms.htm

Thanks, Greg.  I'll check out your wipers.  Greatly appreciate the information!

 

 

There are a lot of different wiper arms on the site.  How do I know which ones I need?
 
Greg Gajcak said:

Hi Kevin,

Very nice picture of your Grandfather and his 36 Wood Commander.  How cool is that!!!!!!!  On the wiper front.  You may want to consider a waterproof motor.  I put a pair on my 35 and they actually work great.  If price is main object a NAPA solution from Anco may be your best bet.  I would advise against Marinco's proprietary arm blade connection as you are stuck with their blades only.  I also sell wipers and arms so I am a bit biased but you'll find good quality arms that accept any aftermarket blade (best solution in my opinion) which any auto parts place or big box store will sell.  Imtra (who I work for) has a good selection of arms which are sold through dealers or places like defender.com.  the adjustable tip style is nice as you can park it parallel and out of your sight lines when not in use (99.9% of the time).  good luck.

http://www.imtra.com/wipers-wiper-arms.htm

My friend Mark now has a 42 Commander which will be docked next to us.  I'll just borrow one of his and take it to a NAPA store to find something that fits.  Once I do, I'll post the part number so everyone else will know. 

I got mine here:

www.amequipment.com

Looks like just the ticket.  Which ones did you buy, standard, medium, or heavy-duty?  Was there a model number and size?  Thanks!

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