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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Headliner install

Can a headliner get installed if front and rear glass is already in?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 10:00 AM
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No. But one of the newer one-piece headliners like Mustangs To Fear offers would.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 10:21 AM
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Technically, yes- but absolutely not advisable. The liner wraps around the edges and is glued to the pinchweld and is also somewhat held in place by the rubber windshield gaskets. Theoretically you could install the headliner, the rear would remain tight with the listing wires, the front would have to be held tight with additional listing wires to the forward header, then tuck the headliner into the gasket around the front and rear windows. That said, can it be done- yes; would it look good/correct- no. Best to take the windows out and do it the right way- or do a 1 piece like Blake mentioned.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 10:35 AM
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Depends on the year of the car, 1969+ have glued in windshield and rubber sealed rear glass. On a newer car like that, you could pull the rear glass and make it look right. Beats pulling both pieces of glass

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 10:56 AM
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My 69 did not have the headliner underneath the front glass. So I could have gotten away with not pulling the front glass but the headliner installation would not have looked nearly as good. This is because you really need the glass out in order to pull the headliner tight.

Sometimes pulling the windows is a good thing. If your rear window seal has never been changed then it is time. The front is more likely to have been changed at some point just due to rock chips, accidents, etc.


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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 02:53 PM
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Having just done my 65 last summer, I really don't know how you could do a good job without pulling the glass. Hell, its hard enough to do it with the glass out.

Pulling and installing the glass isn't half as hard as you think it is, prior to trying.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 02:56 PM
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My paint shop installed the headliner and glass on my car. They cut the headliner when they installed the glass, and I told them I wanted it replaced. They wanted to just tuck it under and I told them the glass had to come back out. They were not happy.



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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 12:01 AM
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My 68 did not have the headliner wrapped around the pinchweld..just glued to the back. And that was the original headliner. Now I am doing it the recommended way, then putting the windshield in.
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