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1941 120 headliner installation
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I will soon be attempting to install a headliner in my 1941 120 sedan. Can someone direct me to the method used to secure the sides of the headliner? I installed a headliner in a 1951 300. There were barbed sheetmetal sides for the headliner to be attached, I believe there was a tack strip in the front and back if I recall. I looked at 120 interior at the sides of the headliner and I don't see a barbed strip of sheet metal. Please advise

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Re: 1941 120 headliner installation
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My 41 160 was the same. Since the bodies were the same as the 120 I can only assume that the 120 is the same thing. Cut the headliner along the sides and you should see the fastening strips.

Posted on: 2017/1/19 3:45
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Re: 1941 120 headliner installation
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Clippers are done the same way -- barbs and tack strips. I believe the barbs face inward and are not readily seen because they are covered by the headlining material pushed up over them. You may be able to slide a small flat and wide tool in the space between the headliner and the windlace. If so by prying outward slightly you can force the retainer strip out to open the work area and by pushing up at the same time possibly lift the headliner off the barbs.

Done carefully in conjunction with forceps or something to grab the folded over piece of the headliner while you push up it is possible to release the headliner from the barbs. If the headliner is old and rotten fabric there is a good possibility that manipulation will also cause the fabric to split so not advised if someone is planning to keep an existing headliner. Usually once a fabric headliner is installed it is very difficult to remove one without damage and even harder to try to try and reinstall it and get it back in the same position so unfaded or damaged edges do not show.

I was able to remove and replace an original vinyl type headliner from a 54 Pacific that had fallen in the center due to rotted bow pockets. Those appear to be a vinyl coating over some sort of base and fairly strong -- although they can tear if not careful. The upholsterer sewed new pockets onto the good portion of the old and then using vinyl dye I was able to recolor and then reinstall. Turned out quite presentable.

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Re: 1941 120 headliner installation
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If you try to pry the material out from under the barbed strips you may bend them so they won't grab the new material. The best way to remove the old material is to cut the headliner with a razor blade so you can access the screws that hold the barbed strips. Then you can remove the screws hat hold the strips without bending them. The metal strips are probably rusty and can bend rather easily.

Posted on: 2017/1/20 4:03
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Re: 1941 120 headliner installation
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Thanks everyone.

Posted on: 2017/1/27 13:49
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