One job I'd been putting off forever was replacing my roof lining. The material had been sagging towards the rear for as long as I've had the car, and I'm guessing it was caused by many years of the car being parked in the hot sun. Either way, a new lining was the easiest solution, and I bought mine from Sundeep a few months back.
A load of plastic trim panels needed to come out, though with their somewhat fragile clips it was all too easy to break things. Also the sunvisors have been removed, and that's before we even think about those awkward xmas-tree clips that hold the lining up on all edges...
Along the way, this was one of the more interesting finds. This same dome light was used on high series Falcons and Commodores from the EA/VN to EL/VS period, and it has both the GM and the Ford symbol.
Finally the old lining was out, leaving me to focus on its replacement.
On the left is the new lining, while the pink sheet is my Clark Rubber sound deadening, priced at just over $20 per metre. The sound deadening is being cut to size here...
...and the necessary holes for the interior lights and grab handles also needed to be cut.
Installation was the opposite of removal, though it would have been awkward enough for one person without the extra weight and clumsiness of the sound deadening. The biggest annoyance occured when the job was 90% complete, and I realised I'd installed the rear reading light housings incorrectly - the rear plastic trimmings etc had to come out again so I could gain proper access to the housings. Installing the grab handles was similarly that much more tricky.
But with the exception of a couple of cheap parts now needing replacement (including a rear reading light lense) the job is finally done.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S
Very classy Jack. How long did it take? Interesting fact about the dome light! I see your cat is pretty interested in the whole project, too!! Just wondering if you know whether all the holes for the high-series roof lights are found in the lower-spec models? Do the lights fade out?
Originally Posted by Sundeep
Eh Yagz, suck my left teste mate I'll have boost for $1k, even if it is only 1 pound.
Looks good Jack, It's a job I would never attempt myself, I'd get the lining out ok, but the I'd end up cracking the shits trying to put it back in and driving around with no headlining for a few years before I got around to having another go at it :)
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