Bill makes some really valid points on the electronics/ vacuum operated systems.
I don't plan to even try to rebuild these to original. Electric solenoids for the door locks and trunk release are the only way to go and are an easy upgrade. I may have to keep it for he headlight doors but am looking into electric options also.
I really would also like to retrofit the hydraulic wipers to electric.
I do not plan to make a correct restoration, but an updated cruiser.
Bill, do you know if the 70 birds were electric wipers and may work?
I have read the the 70's were basically very similar to the 69's but with different front end metal among other changes.
Hydraulic wipers?! So THATS why there are power steering lines running into the firewall.... What were they thinking?
+1 on the vacuum stuff... nothing works on mine. I have thought about using a electric exhaust cut-out controller for the head lights. Or just cutting out the metal frame and having them shine through the grilles.