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Old 01-19-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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drip rail repair help!

Hey guys, just finished with the rocker panel repairs and now its time to move on to this. i have the new drip rail, but how would i go about fixing the hole in my roof!
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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drip rail repair help!

Posted this on the "paint and body" forums, but haven't gotten any advice...Anyway here's my sit. I trying to patch my rusted through drip rails!, i jjust dont know how to fix the giant hole that is in the roof Any input is always appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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Re: drip rail repair help!

Do you have a welder? Looks like you're going to need one.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
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Your going to have to fab up your own patch and weld it in..
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:52 PM   #5
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Re: drip rail repair help!

Yep, no quick fix for this. Its very common on our trucks and odds are you also have unseen damage too. If your not a bodyman or sheetmetal mechanic you should save your money and hire someone experienced to repair it. Most of us have been through the same thing, any halfarse repairs will just make it worse.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:57 PM   #6
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Re: drip rail repair help!

sittin in the same boat :/ it sucks to know u have to deal with it sooner or later =(
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:16 PM   #7
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damn!! not the news i was hoping to hear!! but i kinda expected it :[.. I wonder how it rusted the bottom? was it because there wasn't any seam sealer on top?, also how many pieces are sandwiched together? to me it looks like three?
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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Re: drip rail repair help!

Since you are here in OC, I would just get another rust free cab. They are a dime-a-dozen at the pick n pulls here.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:28 PM   #9
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Since you are here in OC, I would just get another rust free cab. They are a dime-a-dozen at the pick n pulls here.
I kinda already invested time and money into this cab though -_- lol, but ill keep that in mind p.s. where would you recommend i go to get a new cab,if push comes to shove, I live in the Santa Ana area....hmm i can i just avoid this problem all together and just shave them off or is that even harder?
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:49 PM   #10
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I kinda already invested time and money into this cab though -_- lol, but ill keep that in mind p.s. where would you recommend i go to get a new cab,if push comes to shove, I live in the Santa Ana area....hmm i can i just avoid this problem all together and just shave them off or is that even harder?
That rust issue goes way further that were you would shave your drip rails down to. I can almost guarantee that you dont enough time and money into that cab to make it not worth going to get a different rust free one if you are in Socal.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:59 PM   #11
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Re: drip rail repair help!

your gonna have to cut out the offending portion of rust, make a patch to weld in the spot, then grind down the weld before you put in the new driprail. I have one just like it to do. If you can cut out the panel all inone piece so you canuse the cutout for a template to trace the new patch on. If you are unable to do it in one piece cut it all out to good metal then start cutting a cardboard or cardstock piece to make the template out of. Cut that a little big so that you cangrind to fit then weld away. Good luck Jim
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:13 PM   #12
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i replaced my drip rail with an reproduction piece and was really happy with the fit
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I kinda already invested time and money into this cab though -_- lol, but ill keep that in mind p.s. where would you recommend i go to get a new cab,if push comes to shove, I live in the Santa Ana area....hmm i can i just avoid this problem all together and just shave them off or is that even harder?
Look in the yellow pages under automobile dismantling and look for a self-service wrecking yard.
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:58 PM   #14
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Look in the yellow pages under automobile dismantling and look for a self-service wrecking yard.
Will Do!, Thanks. I guess ill give either method a try and take it from there Thanks everyone for the info. This website/forum is AWESOME!!!
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