To remove the headliner, you first need to remove the sun visors and the
center overhead console (if it has one). The perimeter of the foam backing
is held up by the plastic trim on the pillars and over the doors. This trim
is held in place by pressure clips snapped into the back of the plastic then
pressed into matching holes in the sheet metal. This makes for a tighter,
smoother fit that won't come loose like the old fashioned trim with sheet
metal screws that your old Ford used. The front edge of the backing board
along the windshield is not held in by anything in particular. It is curved
back in a lip for rigidity that may rest in tabs to hold it up, but there is
not any clips or brackets that you can remove.
Be careful when removing the trim panels as the clips are easily broken (but
are fortunately easy to find at almost any auto parts store). The biggest
worry on older, brittle plastic is if you break the slot that the clip fits
into on the back of the plastic panel.
The board is one piece and can be tricky to remove from the cab - be careful
not to bend, crease or break it. If you are going to replace the headliner
fabric, make sure to remove all of the old fabric first and clean the
backing board with a brush. When applying the new headliner, use a spray
adhesive that is specifically designed for headliners and will take a wide
range of temperatures.
FWIW, Chevy gave up using trim held in by sheet metal screws, welded gutters
over the doors, chrome around the windshield seal, wing windows,
glass-in-track recessed side windows, and went to wrap-around doors and
flush-mounted glass back in '88, but Ford kept using all of it up to '96.
Cheers - Jonathan
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