At the time I purchased her I saw that the outer plastic cover for the "third" brake light was broken. Makes believe PO may have tried unsuccessfully to solve the wiper problem. I also noticed, as you mentioned, that there is some rust around the area where the shaft goes into the housing. I fully expect that the seizure will be in the same area. Actually, I am chomping at the bit to get it away from the car so that I can restore it to working condition. I love a challenge yet I typically have the proper resources (manuals) at my fingertips. I keep expecting they will arrive any day yet my temptation is to keep working. DIY projects intrigue me but not to the point that I am willing to risk breaking something because of my exuberance (that's a luxury I can't afford). Thanks again and I'll keep you posted!