Well after driving for about 11 months with 7 aluminum bows holding the
headliner up, I decided it was time to replace it. This was the first
car that I've owned that need the headling replaced.
6 feet of Grey headliner fabric at Jo Anne Fabric's cost $17.84. And one
can of 3M Trim Adhesive cost $9.99
Amazingly none of the plastic trim moldings snapped in half, but three
tabs on one molding broke off that press into the metal body clips. Got
to J - B Weld them back on.
First, I removed the roof quarter trim moldings, then came the roof
quarter trim panels/ rear seat reading/courtesy lights, 2 coat hooks,
center pillar trim moundings & trim panels, roof rail moldings, visors,
windshield pillar moldings, front seat overhead reading light assembly
and the overhead storage bin.
The roof rail moldings are 1 Piece and start at the back of the back
door come all the way forward down the windshield pillar and go down to
the bottom of the dash board. Was very worried about breaking this
8 Velcro strips held the headliner to the roof. Separated the two
halves, dropped the headliner forward and removed it out the front
passenger door. I didn't remove the front seats, just reclined them back
and covered them with a sheet.
Also when removing the headliner I didn't get a faceful of dust from the
dried up foam backing. Luckily the material was still attached to the
four sides where it folds over the edges. So there was no big mess.
I also have a bit of a project filling in a 4 " X 5 ", hole in the
backer board from the overhead storage bin I installed about five years
ago, from a 2 door Olds Calais. It never did work out as expected, not
enough angle to it. On take off's stuff would fall out of it, but mainly
I installed it for the 1.5" X 4" light that was built into the front
portion. It was wired up to light up when the driverside map light
button was pressed, or when all the courtesy lights came on.
I'm hoping to use some Red Oak ( wood ) Trim to cover the hole and
incorporate just the light from the overhead storage bin. Got some
sawing to do on that. I'm also going to run two, 5' lengths of Red Oak
Trim Moldings from the visors back to the rear quarter windows on the
back doors, just above the roof rail moldings. There about 3 inches wide
and have some nice wavy contour to them.
The Red Oak will be stained an Early American finish to match the center
console bolted to the floor.
With all that real wood inside it will give the appearance of a Jag or
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE