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Gary E Avatar
Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, ,N.C., USA   USA
The headliner in my GT is a mess. There is slits all over the entire surface.(see picture) So I ordered the kit from MGOC. I started to remove the headliner and discovered there is no headliner, the headliner material is glued to the roof of the car. First they put in a thin piece of some sort of hardboard. (in the sections) then glued the headliner material which has a 1/4 + inch thick foam attached to the roof.
I had a 70 Gt and all I had to do was pull the headliner board down from the castle rails and redo it, I even had a spare from a parts car but gave it away......

Now does anyone know when the changed from glued in to a actual headliner board. I hate the thought of trying to glue the new vinyl material to the roof, also the foam on the new one is very thin and would leave a gap, maybe.. Also why are all the replacement headliners in light gray when the originals are a off white / cream..

Next, does anyone in the NC area have a parts car GT with a usable headliner board..



Gary

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mgbanthony Platinum Member Anthony Henderson
Gananoque, ON, Canada   CAN
1962 MG MGB
1962 MG MGB
1968 MG MGB MkII ~ For Sale ! ~
1970 MG MGB GT    & more
Gary, might have been some time in 68. 69 and later GTs definitely had the slide in from the rear headliner board.

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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
Perhaps a (D)PO took the easy route - my '79 still had a headliner board (of sorts - it had been cut where the "dog of a sunroof" had been and it was quite brittle) but I'm either going to make a new one or have the headliner hung like in modern cars. Too late now but most on here have written that the kits from the usual suspects are not worth the $ so you might like to comment once the job is done.

FWIW I'm just about to place an order with Mrmikes and in it I will include both enough cloth and leatherette to do the headliner/cant rails/front and rear headrails/ A,B & C pillars and the panels below the C pillars that were written about here.



Convertible: CKD 11/66 first registered 8/5/67. Owned since 3/77. 90% original sheet metal. 18GB +40 balanced with almost all new internals. Peter Burgess big valve fast road head. Piper 285. Fidanza FW. Basil's followers and pushrods. TR7clutch. TT exhaust. ARP everywhere. 123 ign. Needham 4synchro c/r box.. Stock rebuilt/replaced suspension. Superpro bushes. New brakes all round including all pipes in SS flex. Interior redone. CAMS approved roll bar and side bars. Lots more. Hybrid of o/e and show/fast road car. Not for sale - it's my toy!

GT: UK car built/sold December '78. Stripped back to bare shell (with extensive bodywork to come). Powered by 'worked' Rover 5 litre V8 (ex TVR Chimera) with efi. T5 box. FC IFS. CCE rear attached to Salisbury axle with Quaife. And a whole lot more to yet to come. Stealth is the word.

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oleanderjoe Silver Member Joseph Baba
Fresno, CA, USA   USA
Somebody "REDNECKED" it for you. I currently have a 72 MGBGT, and HAVE HAD, two 71 GT's. All three have had the panel board.

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btriplett Barry Triplett
Walkerton, IN, USA   USA
My 68 GT I bought from the original owner had the same falling apart headliner yours does. At the time, 1986 there was no headliner on offer in the US or the UK. I stripped it off, bought 3/8 inch foam and white vinyl. Using the original side pieces cleaned up, I just glued in the foam and vinyl. Still looks good.
As to the available replacements being all grey, the originals were gray, not white.

Cheers, Barry

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mgbanthony Platinum Member Anthony Henderson
Gananoque, ON, Canada   CAN
1962 MG MGB
1962 MG MGB
1968 MG MGB MkII ~ For Sale ! ~
1970 MG MGB GT    & more
In reply to # 3659701 by oleanderjoe Somebody "REDNECKED" it for you. I currently have a 72 MGBGT, and HAVE HAD, two 71 GT's. All three have had the panel board.

Early GTs through 67 had a glued on headliner which disintegrated as per Gary's above. No redneck involved.

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oleanderjoe Silver Member Joseph Baba
Fresno, CA, USA   USA
REALLY ????????? WELL ?? Oh Crap. Well they must be responsible for something. ??????

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Gary E Avatar
Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, ,N.C., USA   USA
I think the problem is heat.. The material gets hot glued directly to the roof and dries the vinyl out to the point it splits. I think I will resign myself to gluing the new one back like the original. The biggest problem is getting all the old foam scraps off the roof.PIA



Gary

Rod H. Avatar
Amity, OR, USA   USA
1964 MG MGB
1968 MG MGB GT
In reply to # 3659734 by Gary E I think the problem is heat.. The material gets hot glued directly to the roof and dries the vinyl out to the point it splits. I think I will resign myself to gluing the new one back like the original. The biggest problem is getting all the old foam scraps off the roof.PIA

By 1977 the headliner in my friend's'67 GT had bad splitting and looked horrible. The original headliner in my '68 GT, at 50 years old, looks almost like new. Seems like a smart move they made changing the design!



I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. John Cage

'63 MGB
'68 MGBGT
'80 VW Vanagon Kombi
'09 Mazda 3 with 5 speed manual

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Bruce Cunha Avatar
placerville, CA, USA   USA
I have a perfect original headliner in my 67 GT. It is white, not gray.



Bruce E. Cunha

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tahoe36c Paul Hruza
Panama City, FL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC GT "Little Red Rocket..."
1972 MG MGB GT "Tiny Dancer"
2002 Harley-Davidson Dyna
Gary,

I just finished installing a leather liner in my 72 GT. I can help...

I sent you a PM.

Paul


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tampaguy Jack Shea
Elgin, OR, USA   USA
Paul I need help too...jack

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bleteaches6 Silver Member Lee Orphan
Bonney Lake, WA, USA   USA
Paul

Nice job! It looks sharp.

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tahoe36c Paul Hruza
Panama City, FL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC GT "Little Red Rocket..."
1972 MG MGB GT "Tiny Dancer"
2002 Harley-Davidson Dyna
Thank you Lee!!!


Jack, I sent you a PM.

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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
Yes Paul has/had one distinct advantage over most of us - he was in a position to turn his car upside down thumbs up



Convertible: CKD 11/66 first registered 8/5/67. Owned since 3/77. 90% original sheet metal. 18GB +40 balanced with almost all new internals. Peter Burgess big valve fast road head. Piper 285. Fidanza FW. Basil's followers and pushrods. TR7clutch. TT exhaust. ARP everywhere. 123 ign. Needham 4synchro c/r box.. Stock rebuilt/replaced suspension. Superpro bushes. New brakes all round including all pipes in SS flex. Interior redone. CAMS approved roll bar and side bars. Lots more. Hybrid of o/e and show/fast road car. Not for sale - it's my toy!

GT: UK car built/sold December '78. Stripped back to bare shell (with extensive bodywork to come). Powered by 'worked' Rover 5 litre V8 (ex TVR Chimera) with efi. T5 box. FC IFS. CCE rear attached to Salisbury axle with Quaife. And a whole lot more to yet to come. Stealth is the word.

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