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56 headliner gasket install
#1376424 Tue Sep 08 2020 11:07 PM
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I got the gasket, now what is the best way to install it? The part came with no instructions, of course. I have seen a couple of videos recommending soaking it warm water for a bit to soften it, and also using some oil to help push it in the gap. What procedures/tips worked for you?
Thanks, Lee.


1956 Chevy 3200, 235 w/3 speed
Re: 56 headliner gasket install
LeeD #1376663 Thu Sep 10 2020 10:10 PM
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I would not use oil or any petroleum product, a little liquid soap will give the lube without harming the rubber.


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Re: 56 headliner gasket install
LeeD #1376760 Sat Sep 12 2020 12:41 AM
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I started on 2 days ago, but it was a little cool outside (55 degrees), and thought it might work easier at warmer temps. So I will try again tomorrow when it is supposed to be sunny and 85. I’ll have some soap handy for the harder sections.


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Re: 56 headliner gasket install
LeeD #1376918 Sun Sep 13 2020 06:35 PM
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It took a half day, but I got it installed. It took a lot of pushing and squeezing and swearing, but we got it in. The corners were the hardest due to not being able to wedge the gap open much when working there. I would say the job would have been almost impossible without having an extra pair of hands involved. We got in each others way on occasion, sometimes it felt like we were playing twister, but we got it done. The gasket was in places thicker than the gap that we needed to push it into, so I had to widen the gap in places to get it to fit. Mostly in the corners. I wonder how the original installers did it, maybe the gasket was thinner and/or more pliable; maybe they had a special tool too. Anyway, I am glad it is done.

Lee


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