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Suspended “Bow” Style Headliners
(Most cars early 1970s and older)

Up until the early 1970s, headliners were generally supported by bows (rods) which slipped through sleeves on the underside of the headliner. These bows were slid into clips at each end along the ceiling.
When the headliner is to be changed, the bows are removed from the old headliner and transferred into the sleeves of the new headliner. The new headliner is then carefully stretched, heated and glued into position.

Antique & Classic Cars

For an original restoration, Broadcloth or Mohair wools are available. For a more economical approach, or where applicable, napped cotton or synthetic cloths offer a nice, finished appearance. Matching headliner material is usually also used to cover the lower trim panels and sunvisors.
In addition, many classic cars also require windlace to be installed in conjunction with the headliner. The windlace generally runs along the roof line and and around the door openings.



Street Rods

Anything goes, including the use of tweed cloths, suedes or even geometric designs sewn right into the headliner.



Muscle Cars

A nice new headliner is another important part of a complete restoration. Most cars of this era had a variety of textured vinyl headliners including plain, perforated, bedford cord and recessed star patterns. Rear sail panels and sunvisors may also be recovered.


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