This is a tiny mod, but one that I’ve wanted for quite a long time. There’s no eloquent way of expressing my joy at finally having these, but I’ll do my best. The desire to just squee and post pix is very high though.
Thanks again buddy!! So appreciated.
This is a set of hand-drilled Miata wiper arms made by Chad who used to own Warbird. Chad made a handful of these – some in a brushed finish and some in various black powdercoats. The one Sharka has is done in satin black powder, which is the exact set I wanted.
If I remember right, Chad started with something like 20 sets of wiper arms. He destroyed some learning how to drill them. Others were badly powder coated and he didn’t like the results (they were kinda brown I think). And he had only 4 or 5 sets when he was done.
Out of those 4 or 5 sets, Chad wasn’t 100% happy with any. Each had a small misalignment or some other imperfection. He didn’t feel that any of them were worthy of my blog – and I got updates and pix of the whole project while he was working on it – so none ever came to me.
I was… kinda crushed. I didn’t expect perfection. It just seemed like a cool piece to have and a subtle detail to add to Sharka. But if Chad was not pleased, then I’d just wait for a future batch when he had all the kinks worked out.
Then Chad sold Warbird. And I didn’t expect to ever have a set of his wiper arms.
Yes, those are Sharka’s wiper arms. They’re old and faded and have rubbing compound dots from polishing the hood. Wiper arms are easy to ignore until they get a lot worse than the ones pictured above. A quick spray of black paint usually fixes them up for another few years.
But Jeo provided me with something WAY nicer than a set of sprayed arms!!
I love that! It’s such a cool little detail. And, like the original tired wiper arms, they’re easy to miss. Just something you notice when you’re really looking.
A word about the misaligned holes – you truly cannot tell unless you’re staring at them from a foot or two away. It’s easy to see the crooked holes in these photos, but it’s not like that in real life. They just look like custom wiper arms. Your eye is drawn more to the spring behind the holes than the holes themselves.
And a word about noise – I have not noticed any. Since installing these, I’ve had Sharka on the freeway a few times and not heard any whistling. I mean, he’s not the most quiet car anyway, but I’ve not heard any new noises.
Seriously! So happy to have these.
Recently, Chad has purchased another Miata. He’s got an NB with an M45 supercharger. Chances that he’ll make up some more wiper arms are decent. If he starts selling them, I’ll update this post with links on how to get some.
I would imagine the next batch will have more kinks worked out and have the holes more perfectly placed. But I wouldn’t trade this set. It has personality, it was a thoughtful gift, and it’s the very set I wanted in Chad’s first batch.
Thanks again Jeo and Chad!!! I’m one happy Roadsterman.