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« on: November 13, 2008, 09:24:35 AM »

My Reege - the '80 Dodge St Regis, has the typical nylon panty cloth
headliner that is sagging down in places, just like on every 70s car
you ever see...but the cloth itself is real good shape, no holes or
tears I can see...  any tips on the best fix? something for a
DIY?  Cost to do it by a pro?  Anyone done this? Bawby
Stitcherman?

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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2008, 10:20:51 AM »

I know of no fix.  I had the same problem wiuth my '84 Fifth Avenue.  I had to get the entire roof piece replaced. 
 
I have seen "headliner tacs" at my local parts shop, but everyone laughs at the idea.  It's a thought, just the same.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008, 12:12:36 PM »

Thanks - and here I was hopin' an easy glue job would suffice! Come to
think of it, it would permeate the fabric and look crappy... I called
the local upholstery shop - they guesstimated $400!

Oh well, at least tacks are cheap!



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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008, 01:29:05 PM »

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My Reege - the '80 Dodge St Regis, has the typical nylon panty cloth headliner that is sagging down in places, just like on every 70s car you ever see...but the cloth itself is real good shape, no holes or tears I can see...  any tips on the best fix? something for a DIY?  Cost to do it by a pro?  Anyone done this? Bawby Stitcherman?
 
PM Stitcherbob.  Usually the solution is just replace it
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008, 03:49:52 PM »

Will do... Puttin' tacks in to hold it up looks kinda... dare I say it... tacky?  Sorry 'bout that, couldn' help myself...

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2008, 04:10:42 PM »

On my old Kaddidliac I used safety pins.

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2008, 05:47:57 PM »

Tacks, staples, push pins.....all will destroy the headliner board. It's just a piece of thin fiberglass sandwiched between two layers of brown paper. Get it replaced with the correct glue (high temp contact cement sprayed is all that will work)

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2008, 03:19:51 AM »

Bob: can the present cloth be re-glued, or would it need to be
replaced? It's dark navy blue nylon... is that even still available?
  

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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2008, 05:04:13 AM »

There are a ton of colors available in foam backed headliners....the cloth came off because the foam is dissolving....no way to fix, just replacement

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2008, 05:16:15 AM »

To remove the hard board from the passenger compartment dont you have to remove the windshield?
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2008, 07:31:09 AM »

on my old towncar i glued up tacks with velor button heads..... gave it a bordello type of look... i also got pieces of decorated cardbord, my personal designs... and wedged them in the trim areas around the roof... kept the headliner up till i dontated it...

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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2008, 12:50:46 PM »

the glass doesn't have to come out on the newer cars....older ones like Ford Mustangs of the 60's need the rear window out, but even then there are ways around that....

The moldings hold the roof up, some have a plastic button in the center.

Mob bordello......now that explains a lot


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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2008, 02:00:14 PM »

You told me that about the 5th Ave
 
Tell us where to get the material so I can get it done.
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2009, 07:43:03 AM »

So Bob - as Steve says: ... where can we get the navy blue nylon, 
does it come with a foam backing?  What brand of spray contact
cement to use and where to get that too?



So take the trim moldings off, take out the roof board, recover it and replace.  

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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2009, 03:22:31 PM »

I got a roll here of foam-backed blue...sell U cheep...just doan tell Steve 

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