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I have a 31 chevy coupe and this winter i want to finish the interior. i need some help in how to figure out putting in the head liner. I have fabric that matches the seat. i also want to put a radio in above the windshield and make and open shelf like a glove box with no door. I'll probably make that out of wood and fasten it to the wood bows in the roof. then i need to form some kind of material and cover and fasten it to the roof bows. never did this work before. any ideas? thanks

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How far apart are the wood bows that go across the roof from door to door, and how many of them are there?
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How far apart are the wood bows that go across the roof from door to door, and how many of them are there?
you would ask me that. i'm at work but i think there are 5 from top of winshield to top of rear window and about 6-8" apart. i should know since i put them in but I'll have to check when i get home tonight. phil
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The way to do the headliner is to measure the distance between the bows from center to center, cut your fabric sections that width plus a seam allowance, make the sections long enough to go from side to side and add some more at each end, and sew a listing at each seam. In each listing pocket, put in a piece of stake wire. Staple the stake wire through the listing fabric to the bows. Then pull the front and rear tight making sure the headliner is centered. Once that is done, pull the headliner towards each side of the car. Attach some panels or decorative wood trim on to cover up the staples around the edges.

The picture is of a Model "A", but it's the same idea.
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Question for Dan on Headliner Install

Sitting block sanding the A so lots of time to think about other details that are still outstanding.

Looking at the headliner picture you posted and the description of the installation. Just wondering how you get the nice sharp crisp edge around the outside. Is it the trim pieces pressing against the headliner just above the tacks that give the nice edge?

Would welding rod work as "Stake" wire?

Another question, the roof bows on the A only go under the roof opening. Do you stretch from that point to the sides of the car with no support from above?

Hope the OP doesn't take this as stealing his post, all headliner related and probably similar on Ford or Chevy.

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1) Yes, the trim panels around the outside edge push up into the headliner.

2) Welding rod is way more expensive than stake wire, but it would probably work if it's not too thick. Does it come in 4' lengths?

3) The headliner is hanging an inch below the roof bows by the listing. The stake wire inside the listing just makes it easier to staple the listing to the roof bows. The picture doesn't show the seams in the headliner where the listings are sewn. The bows, and therefore the seams, are only about 10" to 14" apart.
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