Installing Classic Headliner Installation Instructions

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All Cars made in 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 (Except 1936-48 General Motors).

SPECIAL NOTE:  This Headliner has been especially designed and engineered to fit your car.  Installation is simple and easy.  For perfect installation please follow the ten steps listed below.  Thousands of these especially designed Headliners have been installed and are rendering complete satisfaction.

1.  Remove dome light, sun visors and garnish moldings from windshield and quarter glass.

1-a. Necessary on Ford products only - 1941-1964 models:  Rear window is carefully removed, prying molding with a brake adjustment spoon or a broad blade screwdriver.  While this is not difficult, if you are not too certain of your ability to do this safely,, turn this part of the job over to a glazier.

2.  Remove back seats and the cardboard cover on package tray.  Also remove side panels if windlace is to be replaced.

3.  Old Headliner has been cemented or tacked along front and back of car.  Pull Headlining free at these points.  Above doors Headliner has been pushed up behind metal "retainer strips," teeth on which hold Headliner in place.  Tear Headliner free from retainer strips on each side of car.  Headliner hangs from bows which slide thought cloth loops sewed to back side of Headliner, the ends of which bows are now exposed.  Working from front to tack of car, remove screws from ends of bows, which screws join bows to side of car.  Headliner is now free.  Remove from car.

4.  Remove screws which fasten retainer strips to body above doors.  Windlace is now exposed.  If windlace is to be replaced, remove old windlace, removing tacks holding this in and tack in new windlace.  Clean out behind retainer strips, straightening any bent teeth in same and remount, screwing retainer strips firmly into place.

5.  Remove bows from old Headliner and slide into loops in new Headliners in same order in which they are found in old Headliner.  One inch of bow should be visible extending from each end of loop.  If necessary, clip loop back equally on both ends until 1" of bow is visible on both ends. 

6.  Working from back to front of car, fasten bows with new Headliner back into car.

7.  Cement or tack Headliner in center-front and center-rear of car.  Center of Headliner may be  marked with a chalk line on back side of Headliner.

8.  Trim excess material over door, slowing two inches on each side.  Push up under retainer strips.  Using dull putty knife, or ordinary table knife, push small amount of material under retainer strip at center-sides of car.

9.  Working alternately from centers toward corners, fasten Headliner into place at all points by continuing to push under retainer strips on sides and tack or cement at front and back of car.

10.  Cut out for back glass and cement or tack Headliner around edges of glass frames.  Trim off excess material around all edges, replace sun visors, dome light, garnish moldings, and rear seats.  Job is completed.

NOTE:  Headliners improve with age and if left alone will soon shrink into place of their own accord.  If they are good at first, they will be perfect later.  However, removal of any wrinkles left in cloth headliners may be speeded up by spraying or sprinkling plain warm water on the headliner at points where wrinkles appear.  Moisture and low heat will hasten the departure of wrinkles on leatherette headliners.

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