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#1 dejh22



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:06 PM

My friend bought a 70 Monte and the Headliner was gone for the most part. We are not sure if the bows were in the right places. Ordered a new headliner and marked were each bow was located. Tried to install the headliner and the bows will not stay in the "up" position. 

I see you can order new bows and they are color coded. There is no color code on the roof were the holes at located. So I'm thinking color code bows may not help me. Has anyone run into this problem? If so what did you do. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated. 




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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:14 PM

Dale, I found the following information in this link(  http://phscollectorc...e-interior.html ) :  Not sure if it will help you out or not.



Headliner Bows:
This last bit of help is really for the do it yourselfers who want to install their own headliners. I often see headliners installed so poorly by these Tear [censored] Bubba car flippers however that you often need to re do the whole thing right. Frequently the fabric is loose in some areas and too tight elsewhere. The ear muffs often are baggy and loose. Another common flaw is sections of headliner that aren't arced correctly, Ninety nine percent of the time they've installed the bows in the wrong order. Here in lies the secretEach bow is color coded from the factory to show installation order from front to back. 

A%2Bbody%2Bheadliner%2Bbow%2Bsequence.JP A body headliner bow sequence From Front- Blue, Pink, center thinnest no color, Pink -Orange, Green-Pink. 

  I have a nice pic from Joe Petrik showing the bows and the color code sequence from front to rear of roof. From the front his was marked Blue, next one was Pink, the center rod is the thinnest one one with no hooks, often no paint daub, the rear ones are Pink-Orange followed by Green-Pink.
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Mark your pieces as you remove them. Now, on an older car you'll often have rust build up on these bows. It's a good idea to removed the rust with steel wool but mark your rods before you take away all the rust. Be sure to mark them so you know which one goes where. Also, do not paint those rods. They were bare for a reason. It makes slipping them through the headliner fabric listings easier. Once you paint the rods, the loops inside the fabric listing tends to "grab" the rod and it causes bunching of the fabric all along the way. Very time consuming to straighten out. Remove the rust, by all means but don't paint the rods. This will go a long way towards ensuring a nice installation.
 * Article © 2015 by Patrick Smith. Images by PHS MEDIA ARCHIVES except last one which                                                   is courtesy of Joe Petrik archives.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:17 PM

Thank You Rob!  Just what I was looking for!

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 04:25 PM

My new bow set came today. This color code is correct with what they sent.


 All headliner bows are color coded for easy installation. Most vehicles have 4 to 6 bows, however, your vehicle may take more bows or less bows (e.g., 1964 El Camino has a two bow headliner and would take only the red and white bows.)

The windshield will be our starting point.

1. Your first color is red (windshield)

2. Your second bow color is white

3. Your third bow color is blue

4. Your fourth bow color is black

5. Your fifth bow color is green

6. Your sixth bow color is yellow

7. Your seventh bow color is orange

8. Your eighth bow color is gold

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