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Edgemontvillage

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TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« on: March 06, 2015, 12:08:01 AM »
From my review, 1968 Camaros used a peaked style TRICO brushed stainless wiper blade stamped MADE IN USA (Photos 1 & 2). As best I can determine this peaked design carried through into the 1969 production year however at some point Chevrolet switched to a bevelled design (Photos 3 & 4). Does anyone have information on when the bevelled design came into assembly line use?

Photo 1 - TRICO Peaked Design


Photo 2 - TRICO Peaked Design


Photo 3 - TRICO Bevelled Design


Photo 4 TRICO Bevelled Design

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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2015, 11:21:02 AM »
I believe my wipers are factory and they are the peaked design.  03D
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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2015, 12:19:09 PM »
Our 69 Nova survivor Willow Run 03D has the beveled wiper blade holders and friends 09D (late Sept69) Hugger Orange survivor NOR Camaro has beveled blade holders. I started to wonder about the same thing when I found differences between the 68 and 69 model years while researching correctness for our 68Z restoration.
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68 Z/28 NOR 01B Orig motor/trans/rear
69 Z/28 NOR 07A Orig Block & GM Cross-ram/carbs
69 L34 Rest. Nova Father/Son Car
69 L78 Surv Nova Purch 4/69 31K miles
67 L89 Corv Tribute
68 Corv 427/400 Orig motor
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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2015, 12:25:47 PM »
Hey Lloyd, A lot of parts had design changes between Dec 68 and Jan 69, then we see some of the parts bleeding over into Feb at least as old parts were being used up, rear spoilers, wood steering wheels, kick panels, etc. Maybe these were part of those changes.

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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2015, 06:23:04 PM »
My original 02D '69 Norwood Z has the "peaked" wiper blades. The exact same blades (not arms) were also used on '66-'67 Corvettes.
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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2015, 11:34:11 PM »
The exact same blades (not arms) were also used on '66-'67 Corvettes.
Agree John but I think those used in 66/67 did not have "made in USA" stamped in.
Chick
68 Z/28 NOR 01B Orig motor/trans/rear
69 Z/28 NOR 07A Orig Block & GM Cross-ram/carbs
69 L34 Rest. Nova Father/Son Car
69 L78 Surv Nova Purch 4/69 31K miles
67 L89 Corv Tribute
68 Corv 427/400 Orig motor
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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2015, 12:59:18 AM »
Was it common practice back in the day to just replace the rubber insert once it was worn? Just wondering how sure one can be that the blades are original to a car.
When Dad and I (as a kid) were servicing our family cars, we often swapped the blade and rubber insert together as a unit, especially if the blade got scratched or bent.
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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2015, 02:26:28 AM »
Here's mine. My car shows 12000 on odometer and when the 4.88 gears were installed, they changed the speedometer to compensate.  They changed it the wrong way in teeth numbers and it was adding miles Alot faster than it should.  I estimate from what I know of the history, it could be under 10,000 miles actual. The inserts in my wiper were bad and guessed they could be original to the car.
1969 Z28, Burgandy, numbers matching, 12,900 miles
1967 Plymouth GTX Hemi, 4 speed, dana
1961 Chrysler 300G convertible

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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2015, 03:55:58 PM »
The exact same blades (not arms) were also used on '66-'67 Corvettes.
Agree John but I think those used in 66/67 did not have "made in USA" stamped in.

On Corvettes, the "Made In USA" stamp (on one end of the peaked holder) started in January, 1967, and was phased in on BOTH ends by the end of the model year.
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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2015, 08:18:40 PM »
The exact same blades (not arms) were also used on '66-'67 Corvettes.
Agree John but I think those used in 66/67 did not have "made in USA" stamped in.

On Corvettes, the "Made In USA" stamp (on one end of the peaked holder) started in January, 1967, and was phased in on BOTH ends by the end of the model year.

Thanks John as our 67 has or had those wing type Anco on which I know are wrong. :) Good info to know concerning the stamping timeframes!
Bill, what is the build time-frame for your 69?
Chick
68 Z/28 NOR 01B Orig motor/trans/rear
69 Z/28 NOR 07A Orig Block & GM Cross-ram/carbs
69 L34 Rest. Nova Father/Son Car
69 L78 Surv Nova Purch 4/69 31K miles
67 L89 Corv Tribute
68 Corv 427/400 Orig motor
07 Corv Z06
R 68Z build- http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=182584

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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2015, 02:16:51 PM »
The exact same blades (not arms) were also used on '66-'67 Corvettes.
Agree John but I think those used in 66/67 did not have "made in USA" stamped in.

On Corvettes, the "Made In USA" stamp (on one end of the peaked holder) started in January, 1967, and was phased in on BOTH ends by the end of the model year.

John, for greater clarity, do the wiper blades on your Z/28 have the "MADE IN USA" stamp on both ends of each blade?

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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2015, 05:00:58 PM »
The exact same blades (not arms) were also used on '66-'67 Corvettes.
Agree John but I think those used in 66/67 did not have "made in USA" stamped in.

On Corvettes, the "Made In USA" stamp (on one end of the peaked holder) started in January, 1967, and was phased in on BOTH ends by the end of the model year.

John, for greater clarity, do the wiper blades on your Z/28 have the "MADE IN USA" stamp on both ends of each blade?

Yes, they do.
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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2015, 12:23:42 PM »
Lloyd, yesterday looked at a 06A NOR Camaro that had original paint and was a pretty neat car (un-restored) and it had peaked blades.
Bill's car is 03D!
Chick
68 Z/28 NOR 01B Orig motor/trans/rear
69 Z/28 NOR 07A Orig Block & GM Cross-ram/carbs
69 L34 Rest. Nova Father/Son Car
69 L78 Surv Nova Purch 4/69 31K miles
67 L89 Corv Tribute
68 Corv 427/400 Orig motor
07 Corv Z06
R 68Z build- http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=182584

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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2015, 11:02:35 PM »
Lloyd, yesterday looked at a 06A NOR Camaro that had original paint and was a pretty neat car (un-restored) and it had peaked blades.
Bill's car is 03D!

Thanks Chick, based on very limited data it seems the peaked style TRICO blade continued to be installed on Camaros as original equipment (Norwood and Van Nuys?) until at least early June, 1969.  I would be interested in hearing from others with original wiper blades.  

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Re: TRICO Wiper Blade Design Changeover in 1969
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2015, 02:04:51 AM »
Hi guys my 1969 Camaro is a 05A (JL8) z/28  my blades are original I believe, and  they are peaked and say TRICO made in USA on both ends , car was never apart as far as I cloud tell when I started my restoration. I haven't been on here in a while as  family and health issues had me shelve the project. IAM  back on the job! I will be posting more often. John C.