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Old 01-02-2006, 06:14 PM
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What material should I use to make a headliner from scratch for street rod

I checked the knowledge base on how to make headliners, but all I found was how to recover an existing one. I'm working on a 28 Dodge 2dr sedan, and I'm stuck on how to make the headliner. All the other panels are fairly easy because they are all flat, but the headliner is 3 dimensional. The sides curve down a bit, as well as the rear part. The problem is that I'm working overhead. I've thought about making a jig and flipping the body upside down so that I could make one with fiberglass, but someone must have a better idea. You can see the car at www.geocities.com/dantechfab to get a better idea on what I'm doing. I want a smooth liner which will eventually be covered in vinyl or leather. Thanks. Dan
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Hey Dan, are you trying to build a "one piece" headliner? No seams?
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There is a guy who devoted an entire web site to the construction of his 34 Ford Coupe. He documented just what you are asking. Vist the site at www.project33.com you will never be the same.

It's a great site for street rod builders
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:15 PM
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Just had a look at your site... AWESOME
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I would prefer to make a one piece headliner, but I don't know if it will fit back into the car unless it's somewhat flexible.I could use a flat panel in the middle, and curved pieces in the corners. I will check out the site that Vince mentioned and maybe get some ideas there
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Thanks for the awesome link, Vince. I think I'll be spending a few hours there in the future. Unfortunately, he flipped the body upside down to make his pattern. This will be my last resort.Dan
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There is a messy way. Glue (use something that will release like white glue or craft glue) plastic to the in side of your roof and then you spray foam it.Mask off anything that you don't spray foamed. The spray foam dries fast and can be carved and sanded to any shape that you want and it can be glassed or covered with material of choice. This is very messy and not easy and may take a couple of tries to get right. If you do it this way take your time.you could do it in sections so that you can get the spray foam plug out of the car to work on.
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The headliner in my truck is in one piece and the rear corners are also cup-shaped. I plan on removing it and making my own, as you are doing, and once I do I'll have a better idea of how the previous owner (or interior person) did it.

I did take out two other panels that had similar cup-shapes to them and was surprised at how simply it was done. It was just 1/16-inch cardboard with pie-shaped cuts ... the ends of the pie-shaped cuts were brought together and it formed the rounded corner (cup-shape). The cardboard form looked pretty barbaric, but it sure looked nice on the finished side after it was covered!

I have some 4' x 8' sheets of 1/16-inch cardboard ... it feels waxed ... this stuff is pretty tough and I plan on making some interior panels with it as well as the new headliner -- maybe this Summer.

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What material should I use to make a headliner from scratch for street rod

Dan, another place you might like to check out is http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=38449

Skipstitch documents a coupe headliner from start to finish. The build starts at entry #19. It is a very good description with great pictures
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Wow! Whatta tutorial!

THANKS!

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Outstanding! I'm a little ways off from that but, I've already been thinking about what I want to do.
That was great info.
Thanks!
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headliner

I too, plan on trying to fab a smooth headliner-glass 36 Ford. I'm currently planning on using ABS, can heat and contour it. I'm using an overhead console (Hot Hoods) that spans the headliner fore/aft hiding the seam completely. I'm hoping that using two pieces will help make the project more manageable. I looked at a number of smooth headliners at the last Goodguys- all that I saw cheated a bit by making the headliner flatter than the hood contour. Bill
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bill my friend, your gonna discover new words my 37 ate me alive and left me wimpering in the corner. it has a real nice bow headliner in it now.
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headliner

Happy New Year 'ol wise one! You were right about the late model cadillac seats, never got the heaters working. The headliner may not work out either. I'm going to bend bows out of solid square, will take it to a pro if necessary.Bill
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