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#1157499 Tue Mar 29 2016 08:12 PM
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'Bolter
So, I have a 1954 3800. The inside, with exception to the door uppers, is a tan/beige color. I need a new headliner which is also that same tan color. The closest I could find was medium brown but when I just received it from Jim Carter it is REALLY brown. I haven't found any others that may fit. Has anyone else found this to be a problem? Do I need to accept my headliner will be brown?


1942 BK 1/2 Ton Pickup
1954 3800 1 Ton Pickup
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Bubba - Curmudgeon
I think JC is, as usual, correct (for standard 1954 cab interior color - Pearl Beige).
However, this sales brochure shows a headliner that matches the interior color?
(sales brochure are often done by artists, not by photographs)

Deluxe interior (Pulsar Gray, with light Gray headliner) and two-tone interiors had other colors (none of them light tan).

Chevs of the 40s also sells black, brown, and gray.
Classic Parts - black, brown, and gray (and 2-tone interior).

You could paint the headliner whatever color suits you.

I suggest painting/sealing the top/edges of the cardboard headliner to diminish warpage from moisture.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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'Bolter
Well, Since the seat is brown, and the door trims (I guess that's what you call them, just below the window) I don't think the brown headliner would be too bad. Who know's maybe the original owner before me painted it over time.

Anyway, thanks for the help (again)!


1942 BK 1/2 Ton Pickup
1954 3800 1 Ton Pickup
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Posts: 31,815
Bubba - Curmudgeon

I think that brown would look good.

Consider my advice to seal the top and edges of the cardboard headliner.

Humidity/condensation will quickly deform the cardboard.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,559
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'Bolter
Tim,
Quote
Consider my advice to seal the top and edges of the cardboard headliner.

Can you add more detail as to how?
Thanks,
Harold


Harold
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Bubba - Curmudgeon
Harold,

Do you use any 2-part urethane? - spray the cardboard panel with good side down (try to get a good seal on the edges )

Maybe people will recommend a brush-on or spray-can paint that will seal cardboard from moisture?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,559
H
'Bolter
Tim,
Thanks,
Do you think the Spray Can "Clear" would work?
Harold


Harold
Is a restoration ever finished?
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 31,815
Bubba - Curmudgeon
I am paint "illiterate/ignorant". Maybe someone with knowledge/experience will reply?

You might want to check the product description on-line. It might give information about moisture resistance.

Good luck.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]

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