STRETCHED

OK. So the car is mostly painted other than a few odds and ends to touch up. Now it’s time to start putting it back together.

Step one: Get the interior ready for a new headliner. How do we do that? Simple. Stick some insulation inside the roof and then stretch in a new headliner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust cut out the insulation to fit and then spray the roof and the insulation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStick the light weight, high-tech-looking insulation inside the roof and press it in. One word of caution – make sure it’s in the right spot before you stick it on because you’ll only get one shot. It sticks extremely well.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt makes life easier to work with smallish pieces.

Once the roof is insulated it’s time to stretch the headliner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first step is to slide the rods into the headliner and then hang the rods in the proper holes starting at the back.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsing old pieces of the wind lace as clips, start stretching the front edge first.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpread 3M super weatherstrip adhesive on the headliner back and on the car. Let it dry until tacky and then start in the center of the front window and work out towards the edges.

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Above you can see the front edge glued into place and held with old pieces of wind lace.

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Next move to the back and do the same. So far this is really easy.

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This is where it gets tricky. The sail panels are the most difficult part and it requires a certain measure of patience. It also helps if you watch a bunch of “How To” videos on Youtube. A hair dryer is essential to get the material warmed up and to make it possible to get the stubborn wrinkles out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the hair dryer and a little patience I was able to get it straight.

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The other side worked out well too.

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After the sail panels are done the sides can be stretched and glued. All in all it went pretty well and looks OK for a $35 headliner.

After getting the headliner in I spent a little time getting some of the dash put back together.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe interior is starting to look like a mustang again.

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One thought on “STRETCHED

  1. Scott says:

    Thanks for the update. Thought you were just goofing off again.

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