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Old 06-07-2007, 11:40 PM
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very new at this.. need help.

just bought a 71 chevelle and i need to change the headliner. i basiclly have no clue where to start, what tools i need, the proper headliner to get, how to install it etc. lol hope i dont sound to stupid... could use all the help i can get thanks!!!!

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oohhh..

heres a couple of pics.. i know people like to see the car in topic
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Headliners are a pain to put in. You need the right kind of glue and to be able to stretch it right. I tried it once and I will never do it again.
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There's no such thing as a stupid question.

If you are a very detail oriented and patient person, you can do it.

I put a headliner in a '71 Dart years back ... it was the 2nd time I had done this. The 1st time was many years earlier, on a '54 Ford Ranchwagon. When my nephew took the '71 Dart to an auto body shop, they asked who did the headliner and said it was one of the best jobs they had ever seen.
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:07 PM
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A new headliner for your car should be easy to find on the internet, just search for it. It should only be about $125 to $175. If you're not comfortable putting it in, take it to a pro.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:02 PM
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A new headliner for your car should be easy to find on the internet, just search for it. It should only be about $125 to $175. If you're not comfortable putting it in, take it to a pro.
Good luck.
I agree. If you had a crazy off brand orphan of a car, like say, a 66 Rambler Ambassador, then doing your own headliner is the only affordable option. But with a super popular ride like a Chevelle, with it's huge aftermarket following there's no reason to do your own except to say "I did it myself". Keep an eye on ebay, somebody has one that they aren't going to use!
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Just my 2 cents here, but you might try your local community college. I'm taking Automotive Upholstery classes starting in August, and one of the projects I'll have to do is the headliner. I'll not only make it myself, I'll install it with a professional looking over my shoulder and helping out if necessary.

Classes here are $170 per class (plus materials) - a bargain in my book.

Like I said; just my 2 cents, but a worthy option if you don't really know what you're doing - much like me...
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dusty.. good call with the classes.. i looked into it and they had notting on automotive classes right now but ill be looking.. thanks
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You've got me thinkin' too, Mark.

There's a vocational technical school nearby ... I'm gonna call 'em this week and see if they have classes - it sure will help!
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When I first got into this, I looked in the fall semester catalog of my local community college to see if they even had such a thing as automotive upholstery classes and was pleasently surprised to discover that they did.

Beginning Automotive Upholstery
Covers the basics of cutting, fitting and stitching for all types of seats in cars, vans, motorcycles and boats. The student will learn how to operate the sewing machine, layout patterns, and repair seat frames.

Advanced Auto Upholstery
Students work with custom upholstery designs such as tuck and roll, button and pleat, etc. Includes work with convertible tops, vinyl tops, and headliners.

Oh, and after checking out the catalog a bit closer, the total fee for the classes is $191.25 (plus materials) per class - still a bigtime bargain as far as I'm concerned.

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cant find any classes at all... bunch of bull pretty pissed.. lol
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Aren't there any Vocational-Technical schools near you?
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I'm afraid upholsterers are (forgive the pun) pretty much a dying breed. Any upholsterer that you'd want to learn from is so busy he doesn't need to teach technical school classes. Auto upholstery is another whole ballgame. Dusty is very lucky to find someone who can teach this subject.
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just bought a 71 chevelle and i need to change the headliner. i basiclly have no clue where to start, what tools i need, the proper headliner to get, how to install it etc. lol hope i dont sound to stupid... could use all the help i can get thanks!!!!
Start here by doing a search for "headliner". This site has lots of info on that subject.
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