Do it yourself drip rail install

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  1. TriK leader

    TriK leader Veteran Member

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    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
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    HERE IS THE DRIP RAIL
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    HERE ARE THE TOOLS NEEDED
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    START BY PULLING OUT WEATHERSTRIPPING
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    LET THE WEATHER STRIP REST ON THE SEAT
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    TAKE OUT THE 3 SCREWS IN THE PILLAR MOLDING
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    TAKE OUT ALL THE UPPER ROOF LINE SCREWS
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    WITH FLAT SCREWDRIVER, PRY OUT THE BOTTOM OF THE CHANNEL
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    CAREFULLY PULL ON CHANNEL A LITTLE AT A TIME, CAREFUL NOT TO BEND
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    PRY OUT THE PILLAR CHANNEL ALSO
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  2. TriK leader

    TriK leader Veteran Member

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    HOLES IN ROOF SHOULD ALREADY BE DRILLED FOR THE DRIP EDGE, (they were on this original 70)
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    INSERT DRIP EDGE AND LOCATE HOLES, YOU WILL NEED 5-6 MORE SCREWS
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    AFTER THE DRIP EDGE IS ON, REINSTALL THE CHANNEL AND LOOSELY INSTALL A COUPLE SCREWS TO HOLD IT
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    ALSO REINSTALL THE VERTICAL PILLAR CHROME AND CHANNEL INTO THE UPPER
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    WITH A PLASTIC PRY TOOL, CAREFULLY PRESS BACK IN WEATHERSTRIPPING STARTING IN THE UPPER CORNER
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  3. TriK leader

    TriK leader Veteran Member

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    GO ALONG WHOLE EDGE AND PUSH IT IN ALL ALONG THE CHANNEL
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    DRIP EDGES ALL INSTALLED. Big difference from without.
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  4. Camaro4life18

    Camaro4life18 Veteran Member

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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.
     
  5. TriK leader

    TriK leader Veteran Member

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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.
     
  6. Camaro4life18

    Camaro4life18 Veteran Member

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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.
     
  7. Toy71Camaro

    Toy71Camaro Veteran Member

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    Very nice writeup! good pics!
     
  8. BTTB71SS

    BTTB71SS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mike,

    Great write up....
     
  9. kik_start

    kik_start BANNED

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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
     
  10. Todd80Z28

    Todd80Z28 Moderator Lifetime Gold Member

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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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