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Old 02-06-2006, 10:34 PM
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Installing a headliner in a glass top car

Ive read the few headliner threads on this forum and half of which say take it to a trim-shop; the other half talk about gluing the vinyl mine is cloth.

There are serrated teeth around the edges of the back posts and back window (which is installed by the way), but there are only a few large ones pointing in the wrong direction along the front where it meets up with the glass top.

Can anyone give me the procedure for installing this type of headliner in this type of car (54 Merc Sun Valley). i.e. do I use glue if so what kind, after centering, should I start at the front or back?

Any information is greatly appreciated.

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Ed

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There are serrated teeth around the edges of the back posts and back window (which is installed by the way), but there are only a few large ones pointing in the wrong direction along the front where it meets up with the glass top.
The FORD and MERC Glasstops had a cover that would slide under the glass (similiar to later Moon Roof installation) to protect the front seat from the sun. Is yours still there?

If you are serious about doing it yourself, there should be ready-cut fabric kits available.
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Hi KULTULZ,

Thanks for the reply. I don't have a kit, but I do have a headliner already. It's got the right number of listings sewn in and is cut to the right length (about 1/2 as long as the regular 2dr hardtop version). What else would a kit come with? Also, should there be some kind of fabric reinforcement where the teeth on the body bite into the headliner fabric? Will I have to sew something onto the front and back edges of this headliner? I don't get it. I've read how much pulling and stretching goes on in a headliner installation and I'm worried that it's going to tear my new headliner up.

By the way, I do not have the sun-shade that you are talking about. I've heard that was an option that came out later in that car's production. As this is a Canadian made car, I doubt there were heat problems as others in the southern states experienced.

Thanks again,
Ed
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Everyone must be busy in the shop. Has anyone out there done one of these that can help try to explain?
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Old 02-17-2006, 11:29 PM
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Geez,

Sorry, I missed your reply. Do you have a shop manual for the car? It should be described there. Also, there are instruction tapes available to demonstrate how to install one.

Did you get new windlace too?

-Headliner Installation Instructions-

Of course, a picture of the finished product would be nice too...



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Hi KULTULZ,

Thanks for the reply - that little article that you've shared is the best explanation that I've seen to date. That should be enough to get me going. I've got some good strong adhesive and tack strips. That should get the job done. Thanks for all your help.

Ed
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Hope she turns out to your likin'...
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You ever see the fiberglass hood some of these came through with?
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No I haven't? Or do you mean the clear see-through hood? I've seen a couple of those on EBay going for mucho dinero. There was also a car on there recently that had a clear hood as well. I believe they only went out on Fords not Merc.
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