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Building a Wiper Motor Rocker Halloween Prop

Spider Victim MaterialsWe started this build with a rocking chair that we've had for more than 19 years. It's old and weathered and sorta creepy on its own. But a decomposing old woman rocking away will be a lot more interesting. One of the things we did not want to do was to make the chair unusable after Halloween. So the prop is self contained and removable for storage and does not damage the chair.

Spider Victim MaterialsA wiper motor is needed for this prop. We already had a 12VDC wiper motor that was purchased a couple of years ago. The one pictured is no longer available but Monster Guts sells a similar one. We also needed about 4-feet of 2x6 pine board which forms the base of the unit.

Spider Victim 1We used Scary Terry's technique of using a 4x4 post cap and a couple of brackets to create a mount for the wiper motor. The motor is secured with 6mm screws.

Spider Victim 1We used 12 VDC 1.5 AMP power supply.

Wiper Motor RockerHere is side view of completed mechanism.

Wiper Motor RockerA 15 inch section of 2x6 forms the base plate. A 5.5 inch section is attached 1.5 inches from the front of the base.

Wiper Motor RockerA 4 inch hinge is attached to the 5.5 inch section.

Wiper Motor RockerThe other side of the hinge is attached to the torso section.

Wiper Motor RockerThe torso section is 15 inches long.

Wiper Motor RockerA 2.5 inch section is attached 1 inch from the right side of the base plate. This adds support to the motor mount upright.

Wiper Motor RockerA 10 inch section is used as the motor mount. The motor is mounted so the drive shaft is about 8 3/4 inches from the bottom of the base plate.

Wiper Motor RockerThe 2.5 inch motor arm is attached to the drive shaft and the crank arm.

Wiper Motor RockerThe 7 inch crank arm is attached to the motor arm and the torso upright.

Wiper Motor RockerWiring is attached to the motor and a quick connect jack. We used the low speed connections as described on Scary Terry's web site.

Wiper Motor RockerHere is the hardware connections at the motor. We used a 1/4 inch bolt with a lock washer and nut on the motor arm followed by a washer then the crank arm then another washer and finally a lock nut. The bolt must be tight against the motor arm but the outside lock nut must be loose enough to allow the crank arm to move freely.

Wiper Motor RockerThe other end of the crank arm is attached 8.5 inches from the top of the torso section using a 1/4 inch lag bolt and two washers. This connection must also be loose enough to allow the crank arm to move.

Wiper Motor RockerWe used a piece of hardware cloth screen to create a guard to keep any material from the prop from snagging in the motor as it turned.

Wiper Motor RockerTwo pieces of 1 inch schedule 40 PVC pipe were attached to a 4-way connector to create the connections for the prop shoulders and head. The pipe was attached to the torso with two u-bolts.

Wiper Motor RockerFour pieces of 1 inch PVC pipe and two 90 degree elbow fittings were used for the shoulders and upper arms. A couple of pieces of foam from a pool noodle add some bulk to the arms. The styrofoam wig head will be covered by a mask.

Wiper Motor RockerMore PVC pipe and fittings are used to attach the legs to the base. The legs are Don Post severed legs with the tops removed.

Wiper Motor RockerFour inch clamps are used to secure the prop to the front and back of the chair.

Wiper Motor RockerThis the completed, undressed prop. The two Don Post severed arms are loosely attached with zip ties to the PVC arms. Take a look at the video below to see it in action.

I'll post additional photos after Halloween.

Video of Wiper Motor Rocker in Action

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