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Headliner removal later '49
#1409188 Sun May 09 2021 04:24 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,021
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Charlie's headliner (at least the front half) has not been touched since it was installed on the assembly line. I had to remove the back part to install the seatbelt kit ... and it went very well -- I was able to remove it and reinstall it without damaging it.

Back to the front ... Because this is the later '49 and does not have the removable center retainer, will I be able to just gently push it out and remove it after I remove the inner windshield frames?

Something is going on behind it that is causing a rust spot on the windshield frame and I suspect a mouse nest. I want to save the headliner if I can because it's original and its in good shape, other than this rust issue /soft spot.

Thanks,
John


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409391 Mon May 10 2021 09:10 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,962
'Bolter
My 51 has a 2 part. Once I remove the window frames (includes visors) and screws in the back, mine come right off. I assumed that your old marine corps eyes missed a screw.

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409409 Tue May 11 2021 12:03 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,021
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Thanks Chris -- I haven't tried yet. What screws in the back? Back of what? Can I just remove the front half, or do I need to remove both front and back?

I am not looking forward to what I am going to find ...

Charlie needs as new home ... frown

Thanks,
John


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409422 Tue May 11 2021 01:52 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,962
'Bolter
If it’s a 2 part headliner, I would take out both in one piece. You might wreck the cardboard. Mine has screws holding the cardboard to the metal just above the window. If you need pictures, just ask.

Chris

Last edited by ndkid275; Tue May 11 2021 11:16 AM.
Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409453 Tue May 11 2021 11:57 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,021
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Chris -- I've removed and replaced the rear piece before but I have not messed with the front half. I guess I will just go at it carefully and hopefully I can intuit my way through it.

Thanks


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409601 Wed May 12 2021 12:55 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
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J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Was able to stop by the garage this afternoon on my way home from the dentist ... Met up with Hambone. Anyway ...

There was no way to save the front half of the headliner. Turns out that it *was* a mouse nest. A big one. Recent, too. But enough that it caused the stain in the headliner and fresh rust on the inside windshield frame. Anyway, with Hambone's assistance, it headliner came out in pieces and I was about to hit the rust with a wire brush and spray the whole thing with rust converter. I think we caught it before things got too far. The headliner was original and and this was the first time the inside of the cab roof has seen daylight since August, 1949.

I saved the visor, though.

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John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409620 Wed May 12 2021 03:28 AM
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I hate rudeness in vermin. Won't tolerate it.

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409727 Thu May 13 2021 12:52 AM
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'Bolter
Since you pulled it out, you should consider Formica as a replacement.

Chris

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409958 Sat May 15 2021 10:49 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,021
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Formica?


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Headliner removal later '49
John Milliman #1409965 Sat May 15 2021 01:03 PM
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 1,559
'Bolter
Shag. Think of it. Outside the box.


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