Well.... I finally finished the new wood, headliner and top on my 1926 Tudor. I made two wooden tops out od 2x4's and 2x6's as prototypes then made the user out of White Ash.
The headliner went in with only a few problems, but looks good in the end.
Then last night a few guys from our Model T Ford Club came over to help stretch the vinyl over the top.
All in all it turned out pretty nice. I have less than $250 into it and had a lot of fun doing it. I didn't use any special tools either. The most important tool was the table saw, followed by the jig saw and the router.
Wow, I'll take one--where do I send my $250???
How about some details on the headliner install--for instance, what is keeping it so nice against the wood? Nothing is left of the cloth in my car to look at.
The headliner is suspended about 1/4" below the bows.
My headliner is suspended from the 1st, 2nd and 4th bows from the front.
This is what the headliner looked like with the bows tacked in place.
Next the sides are pulled tight. The material is cut at the bow so that the edges can be pulled thru and stapled to the rim lip.
I started at the middle and worked toward the back. Pulling between the 3rd and fourth bow on each side. Then stay tacking the back so that it was tight. Next the 4th and 5th bow, then the back. The stay staples are removed and the material is pulled tight.
The front bowes are done the same way and finally the front stay tacks are removed, the material is pulled tight and stapled in.
One mistake that I made was that the outside slats had to be loosened to get the headliner under them. They were too close the rim boards at the front and rear. If this was not done, there would have been a crack between the headliner and the wrapped rim boards.
Ah, so the side rails are wrapped with headliner material before the headliner is started, and the edges of the headliner are tacked to the tops of the side rails? Looks wonderful!