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Old 01-11-2020, 04:41 PM   #11
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That is correct, and the first one you put in. You center the "bow/rod" in the proper listing. Then you center that listing in the roof. The sharp points poke through the listing right next to the bow to hold it. Start in the center and poke the points through working toward the sides, gently stretching the headliner. Once it is stretched across the pointed tabs, the tabs get bent up to hold the "bow/rod" in place.

You have to stretch the headliner side to side on this one as you go since the listing cannot slide once the pointed tabs are poked through.

After that, snap the rest of the bows up into place.

I usually mark the center of the headliner of that listing and the center of the top. This ensures the headliner starts out centered.
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Thanks, I really appreciate all the tips. I sort of understand the process, but having never installed a headliner, all the guidance helps me better understand what to do.
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I am curious if you are going to replace you headliner yourself of are you going to have a shop do it? If you are going to do it yourself, I just did mine over labor day weekend and can give you some advice and pointers. Dano
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I am curious if you are going to replace you headliner yourself of are you going to have a shop do it? If you are going to do it yourself, I just did mine over labor day weekend and can give you some advice and pointers. Dano
I figure to do the work, and am in the process of stripping the tack strip stuff out of the car. I am slow, so after I get that part done, I would like to take you up on your offer (and GaryC on his offer). I will PM youse guys when I get the new tack strips in, as if you tell me now, I will forget before I get to the actual headliner install. The oxen are slow, but the earth is patient!
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Just a tip....I recently did my tack strips. If you are going to use contact cement in addition to screws or rivets, take some 80 grit sandpaper to the cemented side of the strip so it will bond. Also, use a heat gun to form the strips around the curves. Heat it, bend it, hold it or dunk it in cold water till cool. It will hold the shape fairly well for attaching.
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Thanks for the tip! Yesterday I stripped out the old tack strips, and found the strips in the tack strip kit I bought a few years back don't match the originals dimensionally. The side strips are thinner, and narrower by at least 3/16" in each dimension. Seems like I should find strips with a better fit than that so the strips stay put; ordered replacement strips for the sides. I assume one just uses the tabs to hold the side strips in place (no cement). The thin strip for the back window was too wide (like hotrodg726 said in a post might be the case), so cut the width down to better fit. The thin strip for the front looks like no width trimming is necessary.
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Doug, some upholstery shops will have the plastic convertible top tack strip in stock. It comes in 2 widths and thicknesses and works real well. Easy to cut on a band saw for modifying.
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Doug, some upholstery shops will have the plastic convertible top tack strip in stock. It comes in 2 widths and thicknesses and works real well. Easy to cut on a band saw for modifying.
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Great, thanks Terry!
I live out in the sticks, so ordered some online. Hopefully the quoted measurements will equal reality.
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