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Driprails - Slippery Smooth
Ditching the driprails is the way to go!
One of the great things about vintage Mustangs and Fords is the detail work and the chrome trim that often adorns them. It brightens any paint color up, grabs your attention, and is a unique feature of the era that the OEMs have attempted to duplicate with plated plastic, but the result is never quite the same. With our project Colt of Personality '66 fastback, we've decided to make a great many changes to the car, but we plan to keep the majority of the chrome trim for that classic look. We did, however, decide to have the driprails removed for a slightly cleaner look. While the chrome trim on them looks nice, the driprails stick out a bit far, and would seem to be a bit overbuilt in this author's opinion. Most classic enthusiasts aren't driving their cars in the rain anyway. That said, we looked to Gillis Performance Restorations (Port Richey, Florida) to show us how it removes the driprails. Read on to see whether or not this mod is right for you. We loved the results.
While we're in there...
In addition to the driprail removal, Gillis Performance Restorations performed a number of other modifications/repairs to the fastback. It's better to resolve the issues now than to have your final result marred by festering problems down the road.