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    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.

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    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:


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  • #2
    Looks really good. And that is a cool color. What does the outside look like?

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    • #3
      That's very nice! Materials count, but workmanship trumps


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      Clark in San Diego
      '63 F2/Lark Standard
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      Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        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

        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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        • #5

          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.

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          • #6
            Boy, that first guy should be embarrassed!

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

            40 Champion 4 door*
            50 Champion 2 door*
            53 Commander K Auto*
            53 Commander K overdrive*
            55 President Speedster
            62 GT 4Speed*
            63 Avanti R1*
            64 Champ 1/2 ton

            * Formerly owned

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            • #7
              WOW I agree what ddub said. I think $250 isn't too bad at for as nice as that turned out.

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              • #8
                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.

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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    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.

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