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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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69 Custom Coupe Drip rail trim removal?

Does anyone know the proper way to remove the drip rail trim on a 69 Impala custom coupe? I have built dozens of first gen Camaro's over the years & I just pop it off with a can opener but this Impala doesn't look like that will work. This will be my first Impala build & I really dont want to damage it. At first glance, I assume if I remove the weather stripping channel it might pull off??? Can anyone help?
Thank you in advance,
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 11:20 PM
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I believe I got the Drip Rail off OK, I used a Can Opener and some small Plastic Pry Bars, but that Vertical Molding near the back of the Rear Quarter Glass was impossible on the Impala Custom. I came to the conclusion that if I tried any harder, I would just end up ruining it. So there I left it. I also posted that problem on different sites and got no answer at all.

I believe taking off the weatherstripping channel will help though. On the main drip rail anyway.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the info sir, I may give it a go with the can opener and see what happens. The car has whats left of an old rotted vinyl top and some rust that needs repaired under the top so I really need to get all the trim off to repair it correctly.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Just thought I would post a follow up on this.. I finally got some time earlier today to go out & remove the drip rail trim. I pulled the weather striping channel off first and it made it easy to remove the piece off the A pillar. The long horizontal piece the runs front to back came off pretty easy as well with a little prying underneath to get it started. The vertical piece by the quarter window also came off pretty easy once I finally found the hidden screw. There is a Phillips headed screw hidden in the rubber channel about half way down from the top. You need to open up the fold in the rubber to find it & once you pull it out, you can remove it with out any trouble.

I hope this helps anyone else out there that might have one of these cars.

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