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RE: [oletrucks] fiberglass headliner - it's in

To: "'Steve Parham'" <thebttmline@yahoo.com>, oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: RE: [oletrucks] fiberglass headliner - it's in
From: Terry Stellman <STELLMAN@noex.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 09:22:10 -0500

Where did you get your headliner?  Do you know if it is the same as the one
being sold by a company called Roddoors?

Terry Stellman
1949 3600
Missouri City, Texas

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Parham [SMTP:thebttmline@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2000 8:31 AM
> To:   oletrucks@autox.team.net
> Subject:      [oletrucks] fiberglass headliner  - it's in
> Hi Smokey,
> I took a 1/2 day vacation yesterday (it was a 
> gorgeous day) and I put in my fiberglass headliner.  
> It was kinda like putting a square peg in a round
> hole.  It is still not perfect - there is a gap 
> on each side.  I think this is because there is 
> too much of a bow.  It has the length to go side 
> to side when I just hold it up, but when I put it 
> in and it curves a lot at the sides and I lose some
> length.  I'm planning to put some heat shield
> insulation under the headliner, and I think I can 
> add some extra on each side so it curves a little 
> less and fits side to side.
> I also need to get some of the molding that goes
> right below the headliner.  There are remnants of
> this molding left in my truck, but it is mostly gone.
> Does anyone know where I can get this stuff??
> Here are some installation suggestions.
> 1.  Protect everything.
>     The edges of that fiberglass are rough.  It will
>     scratch your paint if it hits it.  My interior is
>     pretty rough, so I didn't have to worry about it.
>     But if I had already painted inside, I would 
>     have been real concerned.
> 2.  Remove your rear view mirror.
>     You probably don't have to do this, but it is
>     only a couple of screws to take out and then it
>     is one less thing to be in the way and one less
>     thing to get scratched up.
> 3.  Work from the passenger's side.
>     It is a little bit awkward moving the headliner
>     around inside the truck.  The steering wheel
>     is just an extra obstruction to deal with if
>     you try to put it in from the driver's side.
> 4.  Make a template.
>     I didn't do this but I think it would have 
>     helped.  The headliner has to be trimmed and
>     you don't want to cut your $135 headliner to
>     short!  I think a big piece of cardboard 
>     could probably be used to make a template.
> 5.  Trim.
>     If you do the template thing - you just have 
>     to trim the headliner to match your template.
>     Otherwise, you'll have to do what I did and just
>     wing it.  I made a few cuts, held it up, made
>     a few cuts, held it up, etc...  
>     I trimmed it with a strong pair of scissors 
>     and that worked ok.  A dremel-type tool may 
>     work well also.
> 6.  Install.
>     I found it worked best to start at the front.
>     I tried to get each of the front corners tucked
>     in and then the rest of the front tucked in.
>     Then I could slide the whole thing forward until
>     the back was lined up with the bow.  The sides
>     are pretty easy to tuck in.  
>     I did this by myself, but an extra set of hands
>     would have been helpful at this stage.  
> If anybody else has installed one of these fiberglass
> headliners and has any other ideas about the best
> way to install these suckers, let us know.
> Good luck!
> Steve
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