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Replacing Roof Lining - 89 L Series Touring Wagon

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#1 p.dubbin


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Posted 27 January 2004 - 11:48 PM

Anyone had experience in replacing the cloth roof lining in an L series touring wagon (with the bump at the back). Mine is coming away from the moulded plastic and it seems expemsive to get it done preofessionally.



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Posted 27 January 2004 - 11:58 PM

It's not a fun job, a lot of the trime needs to come out before you can get the lining out. Also a replacement lining will not be easy to find since the touring wagon models are not that common.

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 12:03 AM

Cloth huh? I've got an '89 Touring and it's the typical vinyl/plastic.

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 12:12 AM

i got the lining ok ok, much easier than expected.
i am planning to get some vinyl (close colour match and i figure the vinyl will be easier to do than cloth) and do it myself.
if i stuff i can always get it done again by a pro...

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 12:13 AM

i would have preferred vinyl originally as the cloth would be a pain to clean (not that i've tried:) )

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 08:41 AM

Hey Dubbs:

I have one of those TW's, but haven't done the interior yet.

But I have done what {I think} you are attempting to do...

You'll need to take the molded headliner out of the car. You have to be careful not to tear the cardboard while pulling it loose. You have to peel the old material from cardboard backing, if possible, or at least clean up the surface.

I found this spongy, foam-backed cloth material, at one of those womens sewing shops that worked out great. Not sure what it's called. It was available in several colors, and looked like something that would normally be found in a car interior.

I bought an oversized piece, and attached it to the cardboard backing using spray adhesive. I flattened the cardboard out so that the material would bond against the countours of the headliner perfectly. Then when the adhesive was dried, I trimmed off the excess material with an exacto knife.

Looked very professional, and probably cost about $20 total in materials.

JC Whitney, and others also sell replacement headliners, but they are considerably more expensive.

good luck, John

#7 mtsmiths


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Posted 28 January 2004 - 11:09 AM

Lasted far longer than the OEM liner.

Make sure you get good adhesion, and for gawdssake do't let the sprayed surfaces touch each other until you WANT them too!

I covered the dried surface with waxed paper and lined each 'strip' up then pulled the paper out as I slightly stretched and smoothed the cloth down.

Good Luck, you can do it!

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 05:47 PM

thanks guys - will start seaching the sewing shops around town...


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