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Old 01-13-2003, 10:34 AM
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i am going to change the headliner in my 1957 belair 4door the car is origional with extremly low milage a mouse got in the headliner and you know the story can you advise me on some tips or instructions before i start the job it looks quite a bit different from other headliners i have done thank you dave

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The haedliner is probably glued at the front edge. The sides are held by the standard toothed rails. The crossbows are in "sleeves" sewn to the headliner seams. You will, of course have to remove the front windshield mouldings, visors,dome lamp, clotheshanger hooks and so forth to get it down. The material is probably tucked behind the rubber moulding of the back glass. The best procedure is to take it down, front to back, unclipping the bows as you go, rolling the liner up around the bows. You can get it out in one piece for a pattern. If you buy a new one , lay it our next to the old one, insert the bows one at a time so you don't screw up their order, reroll it around the bows and reinstall just as you took it down.
Be sure your new headliner is not made from the modern cloth with foambacking crap like new cars use. The foam will rot and sift through the material covering you and yours with a fine sticky black powder. YUCK!
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you can get an exact match headliner from J.C.Whitney, very good to excellant quality and they fit! a word of warning, headliners are serious stuff. also stick with the cloth headliner, the vinyl ones are a real challange (even for a pro) in an old car that was designed for cloth.
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Yes, vinyl headliners are a pain in the *** . I own an upholstery shop, and I HATE to do vinyl headliners. 99.9% of our work is custom interiors, and we won't do a bow-style headliner in vinyl. We don't do many restoration jobs, and if we get a request for a car that needs a new vinyl headliner, I usually just turn down the job. The frustration isn't worth the money. Pull one way to remove a wrinkle, make another wrinkle appear somewhere else. Repeat that process about 50-75 times and you are done, all the while laying in an awkward position looking up. Not fun.
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[quote]Originally posted by dave76:
<strong>i am going to change the headliner in my 1957 belair 4door the car is origional with extremly low milage a mouse got in the headliner and you know the story can you advise me on some tips or instructions before i start the job it looks quite a bit different from other headliners i have done thank you dave</strong><hr></blockquote>
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To the person with the headliner to replace. Make sure you have the front and rear window seal's. It is a must because it will leak. Glue, and new wind lace. The old wind lace will crack after taking off. Good luck, I just went threw this with my 67 Mustang Deluxe Coupe
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Hey headliner guy. Check this out b4 you do much else. <a href="http://www.autoupholsterykits.com" target="_blank">http://www.autoupholsterykits.com</a> ask for samples etc. I'm thinking about going this way myself soon.

Good luck with a tough job. <img src="graemlins/sweat.gif" border="0" alt="[sweat]" />
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