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Old 11-19-2008, 01:36 PM
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headliner 48 chevy pickup

HEy folks,

Getting ready to start on the headliner in my truck and need some assistance. I looked through some interior books and most of them used fiberglass to form the panel it seems. I would like other ideas such as wood or plastic or whatever you guys use. I don't know anything about attaching it to the truck or putting the actual headliner on it so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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You need to be a little more explicit about what type of headliner you want to do, and some pictures would really help.
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Hey Dan,

I was hoping you would chime in. I looked through your tutorial but I am slow on the up-take. The truck (48 chevy) is not chopped and basically stock on the inside with the exception of the seat (which is another question). The headliner I was wanting is something simple and fairly easy to do. I was thinking of plastic or thin wood covered with some foam and then some type of covering that an amateur could do. This isn't a show truck by any means. I am thinking of making an overhead console to put the radio/cd player in with maybe a couple of lights. But the headliner itself I am totally ignorant on. What type of materials, how to mount it to the roof, etc. I would like it to come down the A pillars a little and the covering will extend down the back of the cab to the inside body line. There are aftermarket pieces that I can buy but they are what I consider pricey for what they are. A one piece, uncovered, plastic headliner $170.00. Maybe I'm just cheap but that seems excessive. I really appreciate your help. If I can get some pics I will post them. Thanks again.

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Does the truck have a double roof with a space in between?
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The stock headliner was a cardboard two piece affair which is still available from the various suppliers. There is also a one piece ABS plastic version on which you can glue any fabric you want. One thing to keep in mind is the front edge and the side edges of the liner fits under the windshield rubber in the front and the door windlace on the sides. There may be a center bow also for that cab version (there is on my 54) and a rear bow that secures the headliner in place. If you do not have those bows you will need to find them from a supplier or go with the one piece.

That would be the easiest method to get a headliner in your cab. If you try to make your own you will have a challenge. Good luck.
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If there is a one piece ABS plastic headliner board available, or a one piece fiberglass headliner board available, by all means that is the way to go. Either one would make the job simple.
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Buy it....I did my own & it was a lot of work & cost $100. I do not know why, but I can not attach a picture to this thread. I have a build pics of the whole interior made of fiberglass, but the site will not let me post. Is this something new?
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Your picture is probably too big. You are limited to pictures which are 300KB or smaller. To get your pictures reduced, you need to re-size them with whatever photo program you use on your computer.
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I really appreciate the responses from everyone. I don't want to sound like a cheapskate but I have a lot of things yet to buy for the truck and am trying to save where ever possible. I put insulation throughout the cab and thought about just glueing the headliner to the insulation but was afraid it might fall over time.

What mil is used on the one piece plastic headliners and how would you attach it to the roof?

I am also thinking of putting in an overhead console and had some of the same questions as far as attaching it. Thanks again.

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I really appreciate the responses from everyone. I don't want to sound like a cheapskate but I have a lot of things yet to buy for the truck and am trying to save where ever possible.
In the long run, the ABS headliner board will save you time and money. If you try to do this on the cheap, you not be satisfied with the results, and will end up doing it over again the right way anyway.

There is no way to know how thick the ABS board is, but it's probably about 1/8" thick like most headliner boards. When you get the board it will have instructions on how to install it, and at that point you will know what you need to do to attach the console. You will probably need more support for the console than just hanging it from the headliner board.
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Hey Dan,

Thanks for the reply. I do have a couple more questions for you. I was thinking of adding some 1/2 inch square tubing across the top of the cab and attaching the console to that. Would you use metal, wood or rob a console out of a donor vehicle?

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I doubt you would find a console in a donor car that wouldn't require more modification than it was worth.

I would make it out of whatever material you are the most comfortable working with.
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Hi guys, i read this thread and i try to find that kind of fiberglass headliner you talk about, but can't find nothing. Can you tell me where i can buy this piece. Thanks for all
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These folks CLICK HERE have either a 2 piece (like the original) or 1 piece ABS headliner board for your truck. I guess you have to call them to order. There doesn't seem to be any way to order over the internet.
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