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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:16 pm 
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My 78 Luvs headliner fell apart mid summer so I pulled it all out and decided to copy the roof in my 72. The way the roof is constructed, there is a 1/4" gap around the top of the cab and the roof itself. This makes a perfect place to tuck in the edges of some material and make a headliner.

You could use almost any fabric you want and then glue it to some 3/8" foam. I chose to use some diamond pleated vinyl I found on EBay. It has the foam and some batting already attached. I bought 1 yard which was 54"x36" and I had enough to do the roof, the package shelf and make a matching dash cover.

I measured the cab and cut my material to 28"x45" to get close to the size
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I then test fit it into the truck and used a flat piece of nylon to tuck it into the gap. I used the old headliner bows to hold the fabric up while I tucked it in.
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So its just hanging there I took pieces of masking tape and taped reference points for front back and sides. then took a light crayon and traced the edge of the opening where the vinyl is tucked in. All the way around and make sure you can see it.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:23 pm 
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Another angle
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Next I pulled it out and trimmed the fabric to 1/2" from the crayon outline of the roof. This makes less fabric to have to stuff in and a closer fit.
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Next is the adhesive, follow the instructions on yours. I sprayed the entire back of the material and the roof of the truck. Don't fprget to cover the seat and dash to avoid overspray
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:29 pm 
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Now that tape for alignment comes in. I started with the sides and then went front to back. The adhesive is repositionable for a short time. I thought it went in easier than expected.
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Here is a test fit for the dash cover. I used the adhesive to fold the edges over. I have it under a stack of truckin magazines drying right now.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:35 pm 
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Nice! Thanks for sharing...

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Nice custom touch, fits the truck pretty well

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:42 pm 
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Ok, it looks like the Loctite glue I used was not strong enough to hold the fabric up to the metal roof. So I am going to retry gluing it with some 3M professional grade fabric adhesive. I will update this when I get that done. We had some upper 80's last week and it was sagging when I got in last Saturday. The glue is still tacky but not holding it in place. :roll:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:31 pm 
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I got the headliner glued in again and it is holding well now. I wound up using 3M super 77 and so far it is working well. I also used some cardboard along with the original headliner bows to hold it up for the first 24 hours. It has been a couple weeks and it's sticking good. The original glue I used is more for crafts not upholstery.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:00 pm 
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LUVTRKR Did you glue that material on a panel of sorts 1st for stiffness or just spray n stick the material to the top of the cab ?

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The material had a foam backing sewn to it already. Per the instructions you spray both surfaces then wait for a few minutes for it to set up. Then put it in place. It's good to have alignment marks on the material and roof so you can get it in the right spot.

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Looks good. I also like the idea of having a cover to protect the dashboard from the heat of the sun.


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