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Fitting Headlining

PostPost by: jono » Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:52 pm

I would be very grateful if anyone could post up some photos of what the interior of the roof looks like with the headlining removed.

I need to tackle this job soon but as my car came with all of the roof stripped out (and a webasto which I have now removed and replaced with an entire solid roof section) and the courtesy light 'cans' removed I have very little to go off.

The things I need some guidance on are how and where the courtesy light cans are fitted, how the wiring runs to them, how the bows are fitted and also the extent of any sound insulation.

Mr car came with a correct new headlining fortunately which is still in the original packaging.

Any photos would be a huge help.

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PostPost by: DavidLB » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:03 pm

Here are a couple of pics of mine,just stripped the lining out? Except I can't attach the pics!
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PostPost by: Craig Elliott » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:39 pm

There's some pics in the following thread (this is a RHD '73 +2 130/5) the wiring goes up the RH screen pillar to the light above the driver's door and then across the roof to the other light. There is foam padding 1/4-1/2 inch thick (but compressed by the headlining material up both screen pillars and the front 6 inches or so of roof. There is also foam padding (similar thickness) around the fuel breather pipes (basically wrapped around them).

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PostPost by: jono » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:27 pm

David,

You have a PM

Cheers

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PostPost by: cal44 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:37 pm

Jono,

take your time and hunt down the best glue. The people that did my P2 left bulges and puckers around the windshield posts. This was done before I owned it.

Bugs me to no end when some don't do the work correctly. It is a real craft to do it the right way.


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PostPost by: Craig Elliott » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:31 pm

You need to find a heat resistant evo-stick like contact adhesive, trimmers like Woolies can provide it and follow the instructions closely... I did a fairly lengthy write up of the process on here not so long ago so it may be worth having a trawl through the archives.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:19 am

Hi Jon. Have a look at these pictures, which show the 5 prongs on each side of the roof that take the headlining rods. Note where the 5th one is, on the top of the 'B' Post next to the top / rear of the door aperture (picture 5). Note also the foam padding front and rear.

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PostPost by: jono » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:30 am

Brilliant!

Thanks Mark, Craig, David et al for all your valued responses.

The metal can for the courtesy lights - how are those fixed? I can see there appears to be 2 foam pads which set them off the roof panel but are they screwed into the roof gutter GRP? I think I have the paper liners in my ever reducing boxes of bits.

Also, are the bow clips screwed into the GRP? Perhaps they could be glassed in place as an alternative?

Thanks again

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PostPost by: DavidLB » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:51 pm

The are riveted to the same panel the the support bows are fixed to. The support bows have a bent wire that fits into the end of the bow with the other end twisted to make a loop that a self tap screw can go through. Can take a pic if you wish
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PostPost by: lee_romain » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:52 pm

Hi Here is a picture of the wiring loom for the interior lights. The cable runs from the passenger side to the drivers side and the cable then runs down the A pillar.

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PostPost by: Craig Elliott » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:42 pm

Hey Lee - your +2 was built only 15 cars before mine! (assuming the chassis numbers were allocated to the bodies consecutively)
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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Whilst you are at it, get a high visibility brake light from a Mondeo, or a Jag and bond it into the roof above the rear screen, recover with your headlining - lovely. The brake light is the right slope to fit snugly against the curve of the screen.
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PostPost by: Lotus fan » Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:41 pm

What age mondeo ???
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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:14 pm

Sorry can't remember the age of the Mondeo, and as it's in the Elan, i cant see the casting marks. As for the jag one, I think at that time they were sourcing parts from Ford, certainly look the same.
Next time I'm in the garage I will hunt out the light and get the date off of it.
Not much help sorry!
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