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Drip rail questions #733642
March 02nd 2018 11:41 pm
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Has anyone shaved/cut off the drip rail from there 70's Dodge van? I'm looking for advice, suggestions or warnings to help me decide if I want to do that.

Re: Drip rail questions [Re: zank] #733643
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You don’t.

(1) Dodge vans are unibody. The drip rail is actually a very complex joint/seam in the body where 3-5 panels (depending on location) come together. If you shave the drip rail you will need to figure out some way to securely tie the van together along that seam.

(2) you will get dripped on. I once had a car that didn’t have drip rails. It drove me nuts getting dripped on at fast food restaurants.

But if you are building a show can that win’t actually be usef, go for it. You can build a substructure that is hidden by the interior.


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Re: Drip rail questions [Re: zank] #733645
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I don't like the look of them either but like Reed said they are needed. I have seen a few vans with shaved drip rails. All had problems 5 or 10 years after being done.

Last edited by lukester; March 03rd 2018 8:25 am.

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