View Full Version : Headliner done at last

09-19-2009, 03:55 PM
Well, it was an expensive lesson. I hired an upholstery
guy to put in my new vinyl headliner and turned out he didn't
know what he was doing- plus it turns out one of the sections
was made too small so that compounded the problem; I had it laying around for quite awhile so there was no possibility of a refund of my money from the vendor... Here's what it looked like when he was "done". No amount of heating etc. would pull it tight.


I then went to a second shop and the guy told me that the headliner was no good, and so we agreed tht he would make
one up himself,(foam back cloth; he had worked on Studebakers
before so he was familiar with the Hawks. He then
installed it - without taking out the front and rear windows -
which I thought could not be done...He was a pro.
So, thankfully I didn't have to remove the glass which probably
would have meant new rubber was well: He charged me $250
for the material and labor, and here is the result:


Chucks Stude
09-19-2009, 05:54 PM
Looks really good. And that is a cool color. What does the outside look like?

09-19-2009, 07:56 PM
That's very nice! Materials count, but workmanship trumps :)


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

09-20-2009, 01:42 PM
Wow! What a difference! Who was it that did the good one???

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

09-20-2009, 02:20 PM
Chuck, the car is still in primer; I know, I know, I should
finish the painting before putting back the windshield, etc. and
the interior, but I haven't worked up the courage yet to paint the exterior....but I want to drive the car a little, thus my
sequence of getting things done is out of kilter..

Mr. Biggs, BackStreet Customs in Harrisonburg, Va (Michael) did the headliner. After the first guy screwed things up, I called the only other upholstery shop in the area. I lucked out with Michael; I think $250 was a real bargain; as I said, the headliner material is foam-backed cloth, color was something like "medium oak", I believe. From what I see in his shop, he does great upholstery work as well.



09-20-2009, 06:02 PM
Boy, that first guy should be embarrassed!

Don Wilson
53 Commander Hardtop
64 Champ 1/2 ton
Centralia, WA

09-21-2009, 05:58 PM
WOW I agree what ddub said. I think $250 isn't too bad at for as nice as that turned out.

09-22-2009, 05:52 PM
I've made headliners from scratch and it looks like that first one could have been easily saved by stretching it towards each side. Why wasn't that done? Or better yet, how much for it including shipping to 92543? I need one for my 57 Silverhawk. Even if i have to modify it, it beats a new one.

09-23-2009, 07:55 AM
I took it to this guy with the understanding that he would try
to save the vinyl headliner.. however, he found one of the sections was made too short (front to back) so it was pulling the bows out of place- plus the first guy had already cut the holes for the courtesy lamp and visors; as he was tryiing to stretch the thing, those holes no longer lined up. He also thought the metal retaining strips on the sides should be a little tighter as they were bowing out a little.
Bottom line, he recommended tossing it, and I agreed. After it was out, he went to work on those retainer strips and removed all those little metal "twisties" that hold it in place. He then screwed them down nice and tight. Then, he made the new headliner to fit perfectly.
I don't know whether he does things long distance. I doubt it. However, his name is Michael and his number is: 540-442-7029.

Joe D.

09-23-2009, 10:01 AM
Sorry, I re-read your post and realized you were talking about
my OLD headliner. Well as I said, it had holes in it that didn't
line up anymore plus a couple of places where the first guy
got glue on it; it's already been thrown away.

Joe D.