Drips & Rails.

Drip rail, before 1 Drip rail, before 2

Drip rails always seem to be a problem regardless of what condition the rest of the car is in. when they are doing their job they collect water, divert it, and keep it from coming in through your car door, and that's the problem. Where water can collect, rust will occur. These rails weren't really bad, but drip rails are designed for function rather than looks, and these did not fit with the Bird's new look.

Tim cuts away old drip rail.

After Tim finishes removing the old drip rails he'll weld a continuous piece of 1/4-inch bar stock in its place. This will be scupted into a "body-line" that will be more pleasing to the eye and still function as a drip rail.

New drip rail with tapered end.

Compare the tail ends of the new drip rails with the before photos at the top of the page.

New drip rails.

New frame section. Door sill reinforcement.

Frame rails, too, are getting worked on. This Bird is going to have lots of horsepower under the hood and we don't want things to get bent out of shape when it is applied. In addition to new frame rails set wider than the originals and running the length of the body, Portions of the uni-body are getting additional support below the door sills which have been narrowed in the process.

close up of work on door sill.

Work on door sill finished.

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