Everyone knows, if you are going to redo your interior, DO THE
HEADLINER FIRST. Well, I had no intention of completely redoing my
interior. The project started out innocently enough. Just spruce up a
few bits. The dash, crash pad, center console.
But, by the time I was done, I
had redone everything. Except the headliner. Well, no one ever really
sees the headliner in a Europa unless they make a great effort. But, I
figured since I had come so far with the interior, I would think about
the headliner. Specifically, how to install one without defacing the
work I had already done. I mean, messing around with glue in my pretty
interior was risky, to say the least.
I thought about this problem
for about six months. Long story short...I considered magnetism. I had
already used rare earth magnets on other non-Europa projects. They are
awesome. The material I was planning to use was a very lightweight
universal trunk liner. Now I just needed some ferrous material I could
safely glue to the ceiling.
For some reason, I save old
hack saw blades...don't ask why. I broke them into 15 two inch lengths.
Glued them to the ceiling at regular intervals, did a rough cut of the
trunk liner, laid it up to the ceiling and used the magnets to hold it
in place. Then I marked the headliner with chalk to do the final cut.
So, the headliner is held in
place by the magnets. I was even able to cover the exposed sides of the
magnets with trunk liner material.
Of course if anyone lays their
smart phone on my roof it could be damaged. I guess I should post a
warning. Mmm, maybe a pace maker warning too. See photos below. Click to enlarge.
Rare Earth magnets, 1/2"x1/8" 15ea from LeeValley.com......$15
Universal Trunk Liner 3'x6' from local auto parts store..........$12 Cyanoacrylate adhesive..................always on hand
Used hack saw blades...read "Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
Note: I held the hack saw blade bits
in place while the glue was drying by placing a magnet on the roof.
Once the glue was dry I removed the magnet.