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workingclass 03-14-2006 08:04 AM

Drip rair removal ??? for a 62 impala
 
Hey all, I had a question about removing the drip rails on my 62 impala, is this just a remove some spot welds like it looks or would I have to cut into the roof and replace the rails with new metal and weld?

Kevin

jvsapp 03-14-2006 10:02 AM

are you looking to completely remove the dril rails? or repair and replacing them? on my nova i had to cut away the drip rail so i could patch a piece on the roof. then welded the rail back up. on my friend 68 camaro they removed the drip rail with a big grinder... just sanded it down then stitched the seam.

workingclass 03-14-2006 10:12 AM

re: Drip rair removal ??? for a 62 impala
 
Hey, i'd like to remove the drip rail completely. Looking at it, I notice some spot welds but I can't tell if its to stitch the rails to the roof or if it connects the rails and the outer and inner roof panels together. Any ideas?

Kevin

jvsapp 03-14-2006 10:28 AM

i am guessing here... but with my 63 nova. the dril rail is where they attach the roof to the side. i think mine were just crimped though... hence the rust... but yes possibly if you got all the seam sealer out and are looking at the rail, there is possibly a series of spot welds... if you took a cut off wheel to it, you could hack it off like i did on my nova before i fixed the roof rail. top pic shows the area i cut away.

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workingclass 03-14-2006 10:46 AM

re: Drip rair removal ??? for a 62 impala
 
I think I will give it a shot by cutting off and then grinding smooth. These really don't serve any other purpose except to act like a gutter or do the enhance the stability of the roof? Just wondering before I mess with the structural integrity of my ride. Kevin

Sweed62 03-14-2006 04:14 PM

There was a post recently in chevy talk, -61 to -64 forum, STW, pictures of good work, see if you can find it, was last week, I replied, but did not got any answer, impressive work to me.
Svenne

poncho62 03-14-2006 04:51 PM

I have a feeling, that if you gtind off the drip rails, the roof panel will come loose and need to be rewelded on. I think under that seam sealer is where the roof panel joins the sides of the car...........

jvsapp 03-15-2006 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by poncho62
I have a feeling, that if you gtind off the drip rails, the roof panel will come loose and need to be rewelded on. I think under that seam sealer is where the roof panel joins the sides of the car...........

i agree with poncho... you'll probably wind up having to reweld the seam... might want to take it in sections... like middle then a few inches away... etc... with my friends 68 camaro, running his 468 bigblock doing 12's he had no structrual problems without cage or subframe connectors. i think as long as the weld is good, you shouldn't have any problems...

workingclass 03-15-2006 09:24 PM

re: Drip rair removal ??? for a 62 impala
 
Ok, so i'm thinking to take an air body saw or cut-off wheel and in sections remove as close to the actual roof as possible leaving as little material left to grind as possible to help out with heat distortion, than after cleaning up the seam, again in sections weld up the gap or where I can see a joining line. Does this sound about right? Thanks for all the help so far, Kevin

jvsapp 03-16-2006 10:32 AM

sounds about right... if you weld it up in small sections, it will greatly reduce the heat damage..... taking it off the air die grinder will probably work best... i rested mine on the rail and just cut in near the roof edge.

workingclass 03-16-2006 10:51 AM

re: Drip rair removal ??? for a 62 impala
 
great!!! hopefully I can get started removing them this weekend if i'm not already busy working on everyone else's projects. I'll post some pics as soon as its done and thanks again for all the help. :sweat:

Kevin


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