Originally Posted by Pearl
This is my first post to this thread, and obviously the first to the board. I just picked up a 77 F250 Crewcab. I've spent alot of time (according to the wife) reading all the various posts. My first question is how do you seal the drip rail to prevent rust? The previous owner had the truck painted about 5 years ago, is that good enough or should I try to seal the drip rail.
1977 F250 4X4
to seal driprails: first get on a stool and look down into the channel (on the exterior). this is where the roof panel is spot welded to the drip rail; therefore, there is a seam. the factory used sealer in this spot but after 30 years, it is usually cracked and/or flaked off. if you dont see a crack or seam then you are good for now. mine was flaking off, so i used a wire brush attachment on an angle grinder to clean to bare metal (being careful not to damage the metal). then i degreased the area and ran a bead of seam sealer on the joint, smoothing the bead with a finger. it then needs to be painted. if the joint is a bit rusty, then that needs to be treated first with rust converter. paint wont seal seams.
1960 F800 Super Duty Crew Cab dually pick-up, 1978 F600 superbronco, 2002 Excursion 7.3, two 1979 broncos.