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headliner bows, '57 chevy BA ht

I acquired a '57 chevy BA ht w/o headliner bows and have since acquired the required 7 bows. My question is: how to position the bows in their correct mounting place in the roof slots to fit the headliner properly?

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Are the bows color coded on the ends? If so, match the color of each bow end to the corresponding color of each grommet at each side of the roof. If they are not color coded, you will have to fit them by trial and error. Each bow should sit down from the roof about 3" and be a snug fit from side to side. Measure across the roof from side to side, and then measure the bows side to side from where the straight ends start to curve up to see which bow matches up the best with each location.
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The bows do go in a certain place.
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The bows do go in a certain place.
That is correct, but all 7 bows are not radically different from one another, and some of them are identical to one another.
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'57 chevy BA ht headliner bows

Checked the presence of color coding but found none. Of the 7 bows I can fit all into their mounting holes on each side of the roof. The center bow (next to the dome light) fits in a channel and is snug to the roof line? 2 of the others fit with a clearance of 2 inches from the roof, while the others fit snug to the roof. Someone who has fit a headliner recently would probably know how the bows should fit if they were installed w/o the headliner. I know trial and error is a good teacher, but since this is my first headliner, I sure would like to make it as easy as possible with limited help available in the shop! Appreciate any advice.

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The headliner bows should not be snug to the roof. The headliner should be hanging by the listings sewed to the headliner, and the listings are an inch to an inch and a half wide. The listings should not be wedged against the roof. Are you sure you got the right bows for your car?
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'57 chevy BA ht headliner bows

I'm sure these are the correct bows. I think I can switch bow positions and possibly have all of them separated from the roof by 1"-2" to fit the listings. If I'm getting the picture clearer you're saying that the listings which take the bows need 1"-2" room between the headliner and the roof. If they are not in the correct position, then that part of the headliner would be either too tight or too loose.

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That's what the bows should do: each one should be below the roof by approximately the same amount. The headliner hangs from the listings (the long pockets sewn at each seam of the headliner that you put the bows through) 1" to 1 1/2" below the bows. None of the bows should be tight to the roof. The headliner would look funny if the bows were not all the same distance below the roof, and yes, may not fit correctly.
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Headliner bows, 57 chevy 2dr ht

Hey Dan TwoLakes:

Been awhile since we posted on my headliner, but had to pull off with winter weather and no heat in the garage/shop! Will be getting back on the project soon after driveline/brake issues solved, and will look forward to your helpful comments.

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