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Old 04-10-2006, 01:38 PM   #1
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How much of a NASA mastermind do you need to be able to remove this?

Can you tell I don't really ever do interior work???? LOL
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search for JohnDeereBoy, he removed the headliner in his car along with a few others wilth sucesss....


IIRC the console and possibly the seats have to come out so you dont bend the **** out of it....
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All I really need to do is gain access to the sunroof area......and drain tubes. The work par of it I more than likely could do from the outside of the car just need the liner down to see what'* going on under there....


Something'* leaking like bitch.
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Remove A, B and C pillar trim, visors, sunroof gasket and door seals (just the top, no need to remove the entire thing) and the headliner will just fall down. IIRC there is a couple whimpy pieces of velcro about 2" forward of the rear window but it comes apart easily.
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Sweet......So what tools will I need to take this on?
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Hmmmm. The A pilar trim clips can be stubborn. They attach to the body better than the trim. It'* helpfull to have a trim clip "popper" or a broad head screwdriver. Pull the door seal down and enter there. Disconnect the upper clip and you should be able to just pull the trim upward leaving the remaining 2 clips attached to the body. They can be removed from the body easier once the trim is removed.

The B pillar trim is only the "Christmas tree" (as I call them) plastic fasteners and interlocks with the sill trim. 92'* might have one screw at the bottom of the B pillar trim that will have to be removed after removing the sill trim but later years should just interlock.

The C pillar trim used the Xmas tree fasteners. Again it'* helpfull to have the trim popper.

Thinking back, most of my clips were pretty brittle in the 93. I had to replace a couple. Be gentle...
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Hrmmm...Interesting.....I don't think my 95 has that screw you're talking about, but I've never needed to look for it though either.....About how long should this project take me?
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No, the 95 will not have the screw. You can tell by looking at the sill trim. If it has screws, then the bottom of the B pillar has the one screw. I've only seen it in 92'*... but not all.

Disassembly doesn't take very long. 20 minutes if you're not swearing because of broken trim clips.

... Insert reason for dropping headliner ...

About another 30 minutes for reasembly. Start with the sunroof gasket. Having this in place kinda aligns everything else and the headliner will stay up enough for one person to reinstall the trim and visors.


Total: 4-5 beers.
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YAY BEER!!!!!!!

Now if I only had any beer.....LOL


Cool so I may do this sometime this week
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Just did this two weeks ago in the 92. For best results, remove the two front seats and the rear bench. Otherwise, you'll bend the hell out of it.

And, there are three 2" strips of velcro in the back. It'* not a bad job.
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