Sure is a lot of fuss over drip rails! Well, I'm not the authority that some here seem to be, and I won't be posting any links to prove how some of you just don't get, I'll just give my opinion like it was asked for. First off, the four examples posted by streamliner are beautiful cars, not because the rails are removed, but because all the lines and proportions are right, and they're obviously built by skilled craftsman, but I don't think drip rails would hurt them in any way. Personally, I'm leaving them on the '54 Chevy that I am chopping with my own 2 hands. Even though it wasn't easy, I think it looks MUCH better with them, and I'm building it to suit ME. But I promise, if you don't like them on my car, I'll be ok with it and I won't try to prove how wrong you are. Most cars, like the 40 coupe shown, look terrible without them , the door becomes too obvious and the quarter window looks like it's floating in space. Some cars on the other hand, look fine without them, 49/51 mercs with the right chop for example look good either way. Each car is different, and deserves study and a good eye to do it justice, not just rules to follow. In the end however, it's a matter of just what the original poster asked for, OPINION. Mine is (without actually seeing the car) leave them on.