I have a 68 with a mint headliner (that's about the only mint part the car has). I'd like to remove/re-use it? Is this even possible? I did a search and only came up with installing not removal?? Is there a thread I overlooked?
The reason you didn't find anything on removal is b/c one takes a razor knife to the old one to remove since it is going to be replaced.
Remove the rear view mirror, sun visors, shoulder belt clips, rear sail panels, clothes hanger clips, interior light, and pull gently on the plastic/rubber edge trim around the perimeter of headliner including windows.
The cloth or edge of the 'liner is folded over and "catches" on little formed "teeth." The cloth is stretched and rolled over the edge and caught on these teeth. It may be hard to release the cloth from these teeth.
Once the edges of the cloth is hanging, take a clashing spray bomb paint color and paint/mark the locations on the steel bows onto the roof panel. This will help in the installing of bows & 'liner later.
The determining factor on saving the 'liner for later would be for you to remove the window trim piece from the inside and look at the attachment method I am trying to explain. Remember, when you're installing an "installed h/liner," it will be difficult to roll the cloth over the edge to 'catch the teeth' b/c you have to stretch the material from the center and roll onto at the same time.
My fingers, especially my thumbs, were very sore. There probably is a tool for rolling the cloth.
Wear a dust mask when you take the headliner down. There's asbestos insulation in the roof panel above it, and more than likely there will be dust. I didn't know about this until after I had removed mine.
Ditto Ron!! I found a huge mouse nest (made out of my former rear seat!!) and a couple of dead mice up in my headliner. And dust!! Oh man, was there dust!!
The best way to find the coat hooks etc. is to install all the screws before installing the headliner. As you stretch the liner in you can feel around for the screws and make a small razor cut to back them out through. Once the headliner is in, it's a real PITA to fish for the hardware mounting holes!!
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