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DC Headliner Install

Postby gte619n » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:33 am

Hey everyone,

I've received a new headliner from Dennis Carpenter. It looks almost identical to the one I pulled out of the truck but there's a couple of issues:

1. It looks a little bit larger, maybe 1" in the front and 1/2" on the sides.
2. It does not have a hole for the center screw.

To remove the headliner, I removed the four chrome trim pieces (~8 screws). Those are off to the chrome shop as they are in ROUGH shape. Under the chrome trim, there were a few screws that went through the headliner around the edges and nothing else. That doesn't seem right to me. Do I need a set of "headliner clips" that go into the small slots?

Something like this: http://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_truck ... truck.html

Is the center screw correct? Do I need to somehow locate that on the new headliner?

Thanks!

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Re: DC Headliner Install

Postby sargentrs » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:21 am

My truck did not have clips and AFAIK it's all original. Not a bad idea though. They'd hold it in place while you install it and you may not even need the screws then. You do need the center screw or it will droop over time. I guess you could use some glue or double sided tape on the center rib instead and use the screw if that gives way. Put a screw in the hole in the center rib and once the headliner is ready to install, hold it up and tap lightly over the screw. It'll leave a mark that you can then use to drill a small hole to put the screw through. The headliner was probably cut large to give you some room to trim to fit for any inconsistencies in the cab roof.
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Re: DC Headliner Install

Postby gte619n » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:24 am

WRT clips, those look like they're for an earlier model but seem like they might fit in the slots. Has anyone tried that strategy?

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Re: DC Headliner Install

Postby sargentrs » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:27 pm

After thinking about this a little more, I don't think those clips will work on our trucks. The earlier model Ford truck cabs had a bow style headliner. Typically these types of headliners have a metal strip on the outer edges of the headliner that gets clipped to a vertical edge around the top of the cab and windlace may/may not be sandwiched between the two. The clips were to hold the two vertical pieces, the cab sheet metal and the headliner metal strip, together, hence the U shape and the outward turned tab. The front and rear were usually tucked under the rubber seal or clipped in a similar manner. Our trucks have a similar vertical edge around the inside perimeter of the cab but the headliner was designed to lay flat against it and be screwed into place or have the trim hold it there. To use a similar clip on our trucks I would think it would be more of a S shape similar to 61-66 models which used the same style headliner http://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_truck ... ieces.html
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Re: DC Headliner Install

Postby Busboy » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:36 am

The black wide headed screws under the chrome strips were just an assembly aid. All of my trucks had them. My DC headliner fit perfectly and I didn't have to trim it at all. I matched the screw position from the old headliner. Use long strips of wood or something to hold the headliner in place while you position it and begin to install the chrome trim strips.
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