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05-10-2008, 08:28 PM
I am attempting to replace the interior welting around the windows and doors of a 54 commander starliner. I have discovered that I need to lengthen the tab on the welting and my wife and her magic sewing machine took care of that. Do I have to take out the headliner? It looks good and I hate to disturb it. I have done some of the job around the doors but I am stuck on the part under the headliner. I would appreciate any tips.

05-10-2008, 08:58 PM
If you can get toothpaste back into the tube, you can probably install the "windlace" without removing the headliner. It will be a challenge.
The windlace is tacked under sheetmetal tabs which are part of the body stamping. A "toothed" strip is then screwed over the windlace and the headliner is tucked in to catch on the teeth.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

05-11-2008, 02:29 AM
actually, I've been told that if you sew a piece of 5/32 welting on the tuck edge of the windlace it will grab onto the headliner teeth and stay in place. I haven't tried it myself but I got this tip from someone with a rather substantial fleet of Studes.....

05-11-2008, 07:57 AM
Tuck it in long side the headliner with a dull putty knife or a plastic bondo spreader. You may need a little trim adhesive to hold it in a few loose areas,but it can be done.

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

05-11-2008, 03:40 PM
Go to a local upholstery shop and ask them to show you the tool for this. It is a half round, nonshark flat blad with a handle. The one I have was made by K-D tool co. It nolonger has a number. I don't know how on pictures yet.

Tex in Alabama
53 C coupe

Tex E. Grier