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Author Topic: Fulvia sport headlining  (Read 3273 times)
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« on: 24 January, 2008, 10:59:38 AM »

Who can tell me what the correct material is for my 1600 sport headlining, I cant believe that the rather nasty black felt stuff stuck on with aerosol glue that is there at the moment is right!

Don Warren  8933
1972 Fulvia 1600 sport r.h.d.
1956 Jaguar xk140 fhc
1996 M.B. E320 coupe
« Reply #1 on: 24 January, 2008, 12:01:47 PM »

All S2 Zagatos had a black 'felt like' headlining which was stuck to the roof - which sounds like what you have in yours. When I had mine done, I changed the colour to a light beige which makes the interior so much lighter. I guess the reason they did that way was to maximise the headroom - which would have been reduced had they used the more traditional type of headlining with rods etc.

Richard Fridd
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« Reply #2 on: 24 January, 2008, 07:01:08 PM »

when i first got them both the fulvia sports i have owned suffered from headlining material sagging as far as the tops of the front solution i have found giving  more permanent fixing and maintaining reasonable headroom is to fasten aircraft plywood[thin and light and flexible]almost against the roof skin and  between the roof structural members[two sheets reqiured fastened to the highest parts of the members].headlining material can then actually be marked and stitched to the ply with a suitable industrial sewing should  stitch so that the fasteners can be accessed once the complete assembly is offered up to the roof and leave an appropriate amount of material to stretch gently over the surrounding structure as originally fitted.obviously if drilling any roof structure be careful not to damage the roof skin.terry brown upholstery in maidstone make a good job of this work

Richard Nevison Fridd                                                                      Happy Lancia, Happy Life
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« Reply #3 on: 25 January, 2008, 07:58:37 PM »

I had to go and check on my car before this post to see if the headlining had fallen down Ė it hasnít! Richardís use of plywood is very clever, but I wonder if one needs to go to that extreme.

When I took over my 1967 S1 Sport in 1995 it had the original headlining that had not dropped. It was a uniform snooker-table green colour and I thought that was the original colour until I started to strip it out to discover it was originally black. I had the new headlining made and fitted by Cedric Blackwell who was then based in Suffolk/ south Nortfolk and it was/ is wonderful. Itís lasted twelve years so hopefully he used the right adhesive. Itís black and I like it that way. I can find a phone number for Cedric if anyone is interested.
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