Distinctive Industries brand headliner - need some opinions !!! - Team Camaro Tech
Interiors Upholstery & soft trim

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 4th, 18, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Dave
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: casselberry, fl
Posts: 843
Distinctive Industries brand headliner - need some opinions !!!

Before I start this, let me say I have ZERO experience with headliners other than removing my original. I've never put one in, never seen anyone put one in, or even seen a reproduction in person before!

I picked up a Distinctive Industries brand headliner from Ecklers warehouse in Titusville, FL. The kit included the headliner, sail panels already covered, and sunvisor material. I opened the box while I was there for a quick look to compare the appearance to a piece of my original GM. It was a good match appearance wise. In the photo below, the three small pieces are sitting on the Distinctive sunvisor material.

After getting it home and really looking it, here's what I found..... and need some questions answered.

1) Compared to headliner sample pieces I got from TMI, PUI, and Legendary, the Distinctive was the closest in appearance to a piece of my original GM headliner that was tucked under and had never seen the light of day......The pattern of the TMI and PUI are correct but both have a little duller sheen than the GM piece. The Distinctive's sheen was spot on the GM. The Legendary sample was nothing like the GM......So appearance wise, the Distinctive is great!

2) Out of the box, the Distinctive has a very strong vinyl odor! Exactly like if you took a brand new vinyl shower curtain out of it's packaging and how strong it smells....I couldn't take smelling that every time I got in my car....Is this normal? Do all brands smell that way out of the box and would it fade over time?

3) My biggest concern is how you would mount these sail panels. The original GM's had four brackets fastened to the back of the sail panel. A clip went in the bracket and then the clip was pushed into holes in the sail panel structure of the body. The distinctive sail panel has no brackets for the clips to fasten to. There are patches of reinforced cardboard on the back with small holes in it. My guess is maybe you are supposed to put your clips in these holes. The problem with that is that first off, you need four clips per side and there are only three holes, the holes are too small to put an original clip in, and the holes are close but not in the same position as the clips on the originals. Two of the at least an inch off! I have no idea how I would mount these.

So I'm needing opinions on this Distinctive headliner and sail panels. Is what I'm seeing here (and smelling) here the norm with all manufacturers or should I return these and look for something better?

Thanks.....Dave

ps....For what it's worth, I measured the thickness of all the samples I have here. I'm not sure if the differences are significant.

TMI .0210 inches
Distinctive Industries .0220 inches
My original GM .0235 inches
PUI .0240 inches




1968, 327 210 HP, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Custom Interior, 4 Speed, Console, Gauges, Tilt Wheel, Speed Warning, Fiber Optics, 10 Bolt 3.55 Posi Rear end......Owned since 1978.
daven1256 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 4th, 18, 05:13 PM
Tech Team
Pete
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
Posts: 91
Garage
Re: Distinctive Industries brand headliner - need some opinions !!!

I've heard from some people that they use Velcro to mount the sail panels. My repro's from Classic Industries were just like the OE sail panels, down to the slots for the mounts......
68lowered is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 4th, 18, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Dave
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: casselberry, fl
Posts: 843
Re: Distinctive Industries brand headliner - need some opinions !!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 68lowered View Post
I've heard from some people that they use Velcro to mount the sail panels. My repro's from Classic Industries were just like the OE sail panels, down to the slots for the mounts......
Do you remember who the manufacturer was of your headliner from Classic?

Did your sail panels have the same metal brackets as the OE on the back that you slide the mounting clips into or something else that they slide into?

Thanks....Dave

1968, 327 210 HP, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Custom Interior, 4 Speed, Console, Gauges, Tilt Wheel, Speed Warning, Fiber Optics, 10 Bolt 3.55 Posi Rear end......Owned since 1978.
daven1256 is offline  
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 6th, 18, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Dave
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: casselberry, fl
Posts: 843
Re: Distinctive Industries brand headliner - need some opinions !!!

My guess would be there is a ton of people on the forum headliner experience.

Any more thoughts on this? My biggest concern is installing the sail panels. Do all brands of sail panels on the back look like the one from Distinctive? Do some come with brackets for the push in clips like the original GM?

68lowered (Pete) said the ones he got from Classic Industries had the slots for the mounts. I don't know how long ago he got them but when I look them up on CI's website, it says the pre-coverd sail panels come with Velcro for attachment. The uncovered sail panel boards come with no hardware.

I'm still concerned about the strong odor too and if it would fade over time.

So I'm still trying to figure out what I have here with this Distinctive Industries headliner and sail panels. Something worth keeping or something I need to return and start looking elsewhere.

Thanks....Dave

1968, 327 210 HP, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Custom Interior, 4 Speed, Console, Gauges, Tilt Wheel, Speed Warning, Fiber Optics, 10 Bolt 3.55 Posi Rear end......Owned since 1978.
daven1256 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Team Camaro Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address.
NOTE we receive a lot of registrations with bad email addresses. IF you do not receive your confirmation email you will not be able to post. contact support and we will try and help.
Be sure you enter a valid email address and check your spam folder as well.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome