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04-01-2008, 07:50 PM
What's the secret to getting the bows to stay upright?
I've started at the back, clamped the material down and worked my way forward but the bows won't cooperate and it's going to be sag city if I can't get them to stand at attention, so to speak.


Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Western Washington, USA

04-01-2008, 08:02 PM
I think once you glue one end in the front or rear, and pull tight, the bows should be vertical if you tuck it correctly. Maybe this will help


Note, you'll find out why I pay a pro in a few hours.:)


04-01-2008, 08:19 PM
Not sure about your lark but on my '53, the rearmost bow catches in 2 hooks by the back window. Assuming the seams are spaced correctly in the new headliner, pulling tight toward the front pulls the rear bow into the hooks and all the other bows stand up. Then it gets tacked/glued to the front.

If no hooks, I would bet you need to attach the rear end of the headliner to the back window opening. Don't the larks require the headliner to wrap over the roof opening under the window gasket [?]

Jeff in ND
'53 Champion Hardtop

04-02-2008, 07:08 AM
Very worth it to pay a pro for this job,but if you're stubborn like me,you want to do it yourself!Try this site,the installation is a ck body style,but is the same for your Lark:http://www.ncsdc.com/TechnicalPages/Headliners/Headliners.html

Oglesby,Il. http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j273/52hawk/100_0824-1-2.jpg
"Studebaker? It must be hard to find parts for those!"

04-02-2008, 08:04 AM
Great stuff, guys, thanks much!

Western Washington, USA