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Thread: Single Piece Headliner

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    Single Piece Headliner

    I never liked the two piece headliners these cars were built with. To me they look amateurish and kit car'ish, especially since the front piece actually overlays the back piece (they aren't even flush with each other). I can think of no other mass production car ever built with two piece headliners like that.

    I converted stock backer boards into a single piece unit before recovering mine:
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    I think it looks much more professional and polished.

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    That does indeed look infinitely better than stock!

    When I do mine, I think I'll borrow this idea from you, if you don't mind
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    Why the vendors aren't selling the headliners made in this same way, I have no idea. Could it be that there's too much variation in the underbodies? Perhaps the front and rear "hooks" in the roof aren't the same distance apart on all cars.

    Cosmetically, this is superior to the factory configuration.

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    I was actually thinking of making use of the join to add another dome light. But this looks a lot better.

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    Our interior is a Kluge. Watch Jim Prentice's presentation at DCS'04 (Bob Mosely DVD). Three months before the assembly line was to fire up his team still didn't have the interior productionized (largely due to incomplete and missing information from other designers). The cardboard console started as a mockup that was simply put into production for expediency. As the first pilot cars were being assembled in Dunmurry, Pentice's team realized nobody had bothered to design the interior from the seats back (the mock quiz he reads from includes the question "who was the last supplier of the rear quarter trim" -- apparently DMC had real problems getting a complete interior in place on the eve of promised 20,000 unit annual production). The two piece headliner is just one more piece on a sad smelly pile.

    Anyone who thinks DeLoreans were engineered and productionized even to Yugo standards is just plain crazy. They are the automotive equivalent of a school paper written the night before it is due. The wonder isn't that these little cars have flaws -- the wonder is that they aren't so riddled with flaws as to be totally unusable.

    Bill Robertson
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    That's the only part of the DVD I watch. LOL

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    Any additional info (or instruction) on this?

    I'll be re-installing my headliner soon....

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    Whatcha wanna know, Rich? Just glue the front and rear headliners together and cover 'em together. If you're concerned the fitment may not be exact, just staple them together to begin with and test-fit in the car first. I have found little variability in this dimension of the fiberglass underbodies between cars (believe it or not).

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    It won't work. That's what the gurus say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boglin View Post
    Whatcha wanna know, Rich? Just glue the front and rear headliners together and cover 'em together. If you're concerned the fitment may not be exact, just staple them together to begin with and test-fit in the car first. I have found little variability in this dimension of the fiberglass underbodies between cars (believe it or not).
    Thanks Matt.

    They're glued together? What type of glue?

    I also remember Bill mentioning something else related to the one-piece headliner but I don't recall what it was...(riveting something maybe?)

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