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Old 07-07-2010, 01:43:55 PM   #1
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Do it yourself drip rail install

I have seen from time to time, people ask how hard it is to do this, so here is a step by step installation of chrome drip rails or aka, roof rail gutters.

HERE IS CAR BEFORE


HERE IS THE DRIP RAIL


HERE ARE THE TOOLS NEEDED


START BY PULLING OUT WEATHERSTRIPPING


LET THE WEATHER STRIP REST ON THE SEAT


TAKE OUT THE 3 SCREWS IN THE PILLAR MOLDING


TAKE OUT ALL THE UPPER ROOF LINE SCREWS


WITH FLAT SCREWDRIVER, PRY OUT THE BOTTOM OF THE CHANNEL


CAREFULLY PULL ON CHANNEL A LITTLE AT A TIME, CAREFUL NOT TO BEND


PRY OUT THE PILLAR CHANNEL ALSO
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:45:45 PM   #2
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HOLES IN ROOF SHOULD ALREADY BE DRILLED FOR THE DRIP EDGE, (they were on this original 70)


INSERT DRIP EDGE AND LOCATE HOLES, YOU WILL NEED 5-6 MORE SCREWS




AFTER THE DRIP EDGE IS ON, REINSTALL THE CHANNEL AND LOOSELY INSTALL A COUPLE SCREWS TO HOLD IT




ALSO REINSTALL THE VERTICAL PILLAR CHROME AND CHANNEL INTO THE UPPER




WITH A PLASTIC PRY TOOL, CAREFULLY PRESS BACK IN WEATHERSTRIPPING STARTING IN THE UPPER CORNER


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Old 07-07-2010, 01:47:04 PM   #3
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GO ALONG WHOLE EDGE AND PUSH IT IN ALL ALONG THE CHANNEL




DRIP EDGES ALL INSTALLED. Big difference from without.


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Old 07-07-2010, 01:49:35 PM   #4
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Now I'm curious, was this stock for the 80 Z28s? Mine has this already and it is 1 piece, not 2 like yours.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:52:51 PM   #5
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what do you mean 1 piece? They are all 2 pieces. There is the drip rail and also a chrome vertical molding also, but sometimes the vertical piece is not used.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:00:20 PM   #6
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Nevermind, went and looked at mine a bit more and it is also 2 pieces. Technically 4 pieces total. I was thinking that for the vertical part alone was 1 piece, and the top horizontal piece was also only 1. But the 2 pieces fit together.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:07:17 PM   #7
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Very nice writeup! good pics!
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:31:17 PM   #8
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Mike,

Great write up....
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:19:42 PM   #9
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nice instructions and write up on the subject....

IMO though, the car looks better without and now I know it can be taken off...it will be coming off my car. LOL
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:32:34 PM   #10
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I like the look without as well. However, I don't like the left leg full of morning rain/dew, so they'll stay on.

Body work is about the last thing I've avoided on the car, so it's good to know this is simple. I'm thinking of pulling mine to get them powdercoated black.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:40:25 PM   #11
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mine was a full channel not the little half channel. i had to seal mine to the body also. Your style seals with the weatherstrip channel. Maybe firebird was different. Good write up though.

Not the best pictures but this is how mine were.


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Old 07-07-2010, 05:16:52 PM   #12
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Cool

Hmmm. Mine is entirely different.

Years ago I got chromed PLASTIC drip rails for my '71. It was a GM dealer part at the time. Just presses on the edge of the roof. Took a little trimming.

Not a "correct" replacement for a serious restoration of course but functional.

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Old 07-08-2010, 11:08:11 AM   #13
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Thanks for the excelling thread and information!
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:28:58 AM   #14
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Thanks for the writeup, ive been thinking about taking it off my 80, this reversed should be very easy.
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:24:36 PM   #15
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Nice write-up! I have them on my '70, and I love them. It only takes a couple times getting out of a wet car and getting an unwanted shower on your pants to install these gems.

Your door seals look gorgeous! Originals or repops? If they're repop, I'd be interested in the brand, and your thoughts on their quality. Looks super clean.
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