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custom headliner build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jcs64, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. jcs64
    Joined: Apr 25, 2005
    Posts: 528


    Im sure a lot of good tech and ideas get buried in the middle of multi page build threads.
    this post was just added to my build thread but I really wanted to share it. I know not too many people are clicking on a build thread for a 51' Plymouth, lol, so heres the headliner part.

    this is what got me started, I bought a stock headliner and they sent me the wrong one :-(
    (Pm me if anyone wants a good deal on a 51 ford headliner)

    knowing that even if I waited the 2 weeks for the correct stock liner, I would have to cut up a $189 headliner to fit the chop top:-(
    So why not just start from scratch

    here's how it went down:
    The cost was $32 for the wedding dress fabric (yup, I had a coupon,:)
    and 20 for a sewing machine off craigslist (ha, blew up the last one on the pleats for the door panels).

    My first step was to figure out some dimensions, may as well use up some old bed sheets as a template.

    W/ promising results from the bed sheets, it was time to start laying out the good stuff (just as a reference, most fabrics cost about $4-$5 yrd, this crap was $14 yrd! (glad I had the coupon:)
    "torque" is just waiting to put paw prints all over it, haha

    Its really not that hard to do and I gotta admit, it is kinda fun to sew, Mostly since you can say you did it.

    All the bows had to be cut and widened to fit the chop top, so now there all welded up and going in for the last time. Or so I thought, they ended up having to come apart a couple more times to fix some ooops's.

    trying to work out the wrinkles (this stuff dosent stretch and that makes it tuff to work w/ as a headliner)

    not too bad for a first attempt, and I kinda like it.
    (my Grandma says its beautiful so that has to count for some thing.)

  2. coupe33
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 639


    It looks real good . I may as well try for my truck also pretty fancy material there!
  3. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Well done! I'm a bit worried about the longevity of a brocaded fabric like that in a car, though. Just be super careful with it and keep it out of the sun and heat as much as possible.
  4. 56premiere
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,445

    from oregon

    In the late 60s early 70s I did quite a few brocade headliners. Some heavy velour, some light weight, They held up fine.. Jack Looks good!
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013

  5. RR496
    Joined: Dec 25, 2010
    Posts: 101


    Great Job!
  6. Looks great!
  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,352


    Very nice. Headliners are the only thing in an interior I'm afraid to tackle. You make it look easy.
  8. 67coronet
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 154


    where does the vial go?
  9. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,422

    Jalopy Joker

  10. Looks like a marriage made in heaven !
  11. coonster
    Joined: Mar 21, 2012
    Posts: 36

    from nw

    good job man. what does the headliner you got looks like?
  12. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,480

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Love the fit and pattern too. Great job!:D:cool:
  13. lincolnlog
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 186

    from Arizona

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