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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mikef, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. mikef
    Joined: Sep 29, 2007
    Posts: 20

    from chicago


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  2. Keep the driprails ON! I bought a '56 Plymouth stationwagon where the PO shaved the driprails, and it really looked like crap when it was done. I had them put back ON when I had the bodywork and paint prep done. Looked FAR better with the driprails ON the car.
  3. Keep em on ,you dont want to have a great lookin chopped Merc without driprails.The rooflines just dont flow unless they have driprails.Survey says.... Keep em on.
  4. This poor old 40 sedan looked like a refrigerator being painted white and sans drip rails,,,


    We did a little round stock repair,,





    And the finished look,




    To me they just look better with a drip rail. HRP
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  5. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,941


    Looks good HRP!
  6. TrioxinKustoms
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Posts: 551

    from Romney, WV

    I am on the boat of hating them removed.. It looks so cheesy in my opinion..
  7. SquireDon
    Joined: Aug 8, 2010
    Posts: 600

    from Oregon

    It seems to me those who have shaved their drip rails, wouldn't ever drive their cars in the rain anyways.

    I like the look of the drip rails on cars.
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    This poor old 49 white slab could sure have used some driprails.

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  9. twochops
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,510


    I chopped my 49 Merc ( into a hardtop) and adding drip rails.
    using 57 Buick rails that will be chromed. enjoy--TwoChops

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  10. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    I like them on, when they are shaved especially on any color other than very dark colors, my eye goes straight to the door line on the roof area. If your doing a hardtop it looks good without them. The gutters help break up the area between the roof and sides...its all preference...
  11. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    Mike since yours are diced pretty good using the 1/4 round rod like HRP said works well and gives it a very smooth look.
  12. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    If you're goin' with the drip rails or the round rod mudded over edition, be sure and get the after market chrome emblem that say's " StreetRod ''! These look real ''sexy'' with radials, ''splash graphics'' and a tweed interior:D:D

    " The ice cream truck in his neighborhood plays Helter-Skelter"
  13. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Gospel, from the man who has chopped more tops than the whole HAMB combined.

  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,054


    Well the drip rails on my 48 have been shaved since 1980. I did it because I liked the look when I chopped it.

    That said, you really find out why they are called "drip rails" the first time you drive the vehicle in the rain. Well those of us who drive our rigs when it rains and don't lock them in the hermetically sealed garage when we see clouds forming in the sky.

    As far as it "looking right" that is in the eye of the beholder and we all see things a bit different and so be it. It would be a boring world if we all did everything exactly the same.
  15. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,237


    I wish the ice cream trucks around here played the beatles.:D. Yes I like drip rails. keep them. Model A's look the worst without them!
  16. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    Also Mike, i believe there is a "to do things correctly 50's checklist" that you have to adhere too, to look "correct"

    1. shave door handles
    2. chop top
    3. shave gutters
    4. blah
    5. blah blah
    6. blah blah blah

    My pop did a bunch of lead and metal work to his buddy's 50 coupe back in the 50's. it wasnt chopped but the gutters were leaded up and the seams filled..

    This is one of those back and forth discussions....guys who like the way they were all done back then, or not..

    But hey, im just a young wipper snapper, i really dont know shit....:)
  17. Can't shave the drip rails off a 4 door Merc, sorry. Just can't be done. Ya, looks like fiberglass.

  18. nwbhotrod
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,243

    from wash state

    just because you can dont mean you should
  19. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,303

    hombres ruin

    i like em shaved...but the drip rails keep them on the ride
  20. I figured Jeff would jump in on this one,haha,with his "SHAVE THE GUTTERS OR DIE!!!!!" stand.
    I personally don't care for shaved gutters....but,I must admit,some of my favorite Mercs have the gutters removed. I think they look better without the gutters? NO!
    Do I think they would look better WITH the gutters? NO!
    Each car is different. Hirohata,Sam Barris Merc,Jeffsleds Merc...would they look better with the gutters? Nope.
    It's kinda like the old "What's the best Mercury?" question. Everybody has their preference.
  21. I say....if you want to shave them,shave them. If you want to leave them on,leave them on. It's NOT a deal breaker. Unless,a poor job is done shaving.
  22. GREASER815
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 973


    Keep them, a lot of work to go through just to make a car look worse. My opinion only!
  23. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

    Shaved driprails are HIDEOUS!!




  24. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

    I always thought the roof of your car was fiberglass..?
  25. Very few cars can get away with it. My 2 cents only. You should shave your eyebrows off if your going to do it so everything matches when your cruisin.:D
  26. Hotrodbuilderny
    Joined: Mar 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,646


    Listen if you don't want them shave them, but I think everyone of those cars would have looked better with them on.
  27. randy
    Joined: Nov 15, 2003
    Posts: 679


    Like a 70's porn...don't shave.
  28. hotrodjim
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 208


    I shaved them off my 46 Merc when I cut the top. I dont like the look of the car without anything there so I am adding a piece of 1/2 round for a body line.
  29. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,626


    just say no . to removing drip rails

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