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  1. rafael
    Joined: Jun 28, 2007
    Posts: 194

    from Moody AFB

    So last night i was wondering if i could make my own headliner, so this morning i went to Hobby Lobby and looked thru their fabrics and this is what i came up with.

    4 yds of felt like fabrick
    one spool of heavy duty strength string
    some sidewalk chalk that the chillens spot me.
    Pie spatula
    contact cement
    some time, which i have lots of right now. (on leave)

    before: As you can see its in a pretty sorry state, got tired of it dragging on my head. it was just falling apart, it was bad. take your measurements of the space between your bows and write them down to sow later.

    tear it all down be careful of the 60 year insulation... wear a mask!

    Once you have your measurements get your material and measure off the distance between the bows and sow away. i made the space for the bow to go thru an inch.
    once you stitch them all up, to install start with the middle bow and work your way to the front then the back and then tuck the sides in install your trim, lights ets.. and your done!!

    this is the finished product...Perfect? no, but not bad for 25 bones!!!
    worst case scenerio i'm out 25. :D enjoy.
  2. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,283


    Wow, great job, you make it look easy (and I know it isn't!). Thank you for your service as well.
  3. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,432


    That's great! Nice work. I'd say that's well worth $25.

    Thank you for your service.
  4. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,130

    Okie Pete

    Looks Great and you got your helper involved .
    Thank You for your service.
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  6. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    Rafael; you make it sound like a quick, no big deal... :) Looks neat at the seams, nice tech.
  7. Cam VanDerHorst
    Joined: Sep 23, 2007
    Posts: 77

    Cam VanDerHorst

    Looks awesome, you can't beat it for $25! This is what hot rodding is all about it...doing it yourself, for cheap!
  8. hotrodchevy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 127


    nice job looks great 25+ sweat equity well worth it. thanks also for your service from a fellow vet.
  9. custom53
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 652


    looks real good to me. the price is right too.
  10. Ravenwood
    Joined: Feb 26, 2009
    Posts: 237

    from Texas

    Thanks for sharing.

    I tried that once. My seams looked like tracks left by a drunken spider. Too keep passengers from noticing, I drove like a maniac so they were too busy holding on and cursing at me. :)
  11. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,652


  12. Thank you for your service...and tech!!!
  13. great job indeed, I tackle all kinds of projects but that and automatic transmissions, you made it look easy :) and thanks so much for your service
  14. mj40's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 3,278


    Good for you! Always like a self taught builder.
  15. 58custom
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 398


    That's sweet!
  16. rafael
    Joined: Jun 28, 2007
    Posts: 194

    from Moody AFB

    Jajaja I figured no one would catch it.. ;) good one.
    Thanks for the kind words all!
    No worries, this flag flies for folks like you that inspires us every day.
  17. That full awn ROCKS!

    Do you have any more detailed pics for how you sewed the hanger strips in?
  18. you make it look easy ....thks
  19. rafael
    Joined: Jun 28, 2007
    Posts: 194

    from Moody AFB

    Sorry thommyknocker, i dont, but its pretty standard, i just whipped out the old standard SEWing mochine and went to town.
    the process i used was
    1. measure the length of bow
    2. mark with with the chalk (obviously on the side you wont see)
    3. iron the chalk line to keep it from moving
    4.line it up with the 1'' line on the sewing machine
    5 about every arms length do a few back stitches to re-enforce the stitching.
    repeat, in my case about 7 times!!!
    im telling you brudda, it was that easy. just take your time and get some sharp scissors and razor blades to cut the excess.
    easy cheezy yapaneesey!
  20. 55delray
    Joined: Dec 9, 2010
    Posts: 145

    from Florida

    Raf, unbelievably good job. I guess if you're gonna work on a budget you gotta know how to do everything. The wife's gonna be pissed when I drag out her sewing machine, but it beats the hell out of $2-300 for a headliner guy.
  21. rafael
    Joined: Jun 28, 2007
    Posts: 194

    from Moody AFB

    thanks all just a few tips:
    1.choosing the material is important, dont choose too heavy of a material.
    2. choose a good thread, one of heavy doody. ;)
    3. make sure it's wide enough, and long enough. For a 50 ford 4 door i used 4 yards.
    4. get some good contact cement, not the 3m spray any old brand liquid type will work.
    post your pics when you're done!
    good luck
  22. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,341

    from Greeley Co

    hey Raf,good job & you got your little helpers in ther with you..well worth the $25.
  23. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,008


    Wow that looks great...too bad I cant sew to save my life :(
  24. 32Gnu
    Joined: May 20, 2010
    Posts: 538


    Love little man helping!!

    True rodders y'all!!
  25. 64Cyclone
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,496


  26. 1959Nomad
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,046


    [Thank you for your service...and tech!!![/QUOTE]
    looks great, i will keep it in mind for the wagon
  27. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    The first headliner I ever helped with was a friend's 54 Plymouth 2door when I was in the Coast Guard. We went to the local Chevy dealer which had an in-house upholstery shop for materials and advice. The guy there supplied us with oem style headliner material, the bow loops, and a 30-minute rundown on removal and installation. My friend's wife sewed the 'liner with her home Singer and it went in just like yours. Cut from the pattern of the original too.
    Great job explaining and illustrating a job that is so simple, yet so important.
  28. Now thats cool! I'm inspired to get crackin on my '49 project. Good memories for the little helper guy too. Thanks for posting.....
  29. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,351

    from South Indy

    Something different for us to think about, nice work.

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