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Old 09-22-2016, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default 1940 Ford Coupe Headliner Question

I am having trouble trying to figure out how to install the headliner in my 40 Coupe project. Does anybody know exactly what is required above the door openings on each side? Any pictures would really help. I bought a Labonny Barron interior kit. The instructions refer to a "grabber strip" on each side above the doors on the roof line. Is this a seperate piece that screws to the roofpanel? If so , I am missing these parts.
Is there a good reputable upholstery Trim Shop that I could hook up with to get some experienced answers to this question? Any contacts would really help us here.

Thanks for any input or ideas.
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p.s I already called BL and they no longer have technicians that have the experience to answer this .
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:44 PM   #2
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The grabber strips fit over the door openings and slightly turn down the windshield post. They have teeth on them that holds the headliner when it's gets tucked behind them.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:48 PM   #3
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The grabber strips are not reproduced. You'll have to find them used. The strips from the front of a fordor sedan or from a tudor sedan will work. You'll have the shorten the ones from the tudor. You do need them to retain the headliner. Don't forget to replace the tack strips on the door posts for the windlace to attach securely. Trying to use the old tack strip material is a losing proposition.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: 1940 Ford Coupe Headliner Question

The SEARCH box (Headliner installation) is your friend. 5th posting shows grabber strips.
http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...r+installation
Also, read this about headliner kits.
http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...r+installation
This "wrinkle" post is also helpful.
http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...r+installation

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Old 09-23-2016, 10:48 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1940 Ford Coupe Headliner Question

these photos were posted previously on the barn.
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Old 10-08-2020, 12:13 PM   #6
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The grabber strips are not reproduced. You'll have to find them used. The strips from the front of a fordor sedan or from a tudor sedan will work. You'll have the shorten the ones from the tudor. You do need them to retain the headliner. Don't forget to replace the tack strips on the door posts for the windlace to attach securely. Trying to use the old tack strip material is a losing proposition.
Where can I obtain grabber strips. My 1940 didn't have anything in it.
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Old 10-08-2020, 01:23 PM   #7
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Default Re: 1940 Ford Coupe Headliner Question

steve:

Take a look at this and watch the video.
I bet you could use this flexible tack strip with some "creative thinking" and drilling mounting holes in it to mount to the car. The OEM strips do come up once in a while on Ebay.
For the price it's worth a try.
https://www.sailrite.com/Flexible-Me...CABEgIBHPD_BwE

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Old 10-08-2020, 04:39 PM   #8
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Old 10-08-2020, 06:02 PM   #9
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See if you can get a list of the former authorized LB installers in your area. They could probably help.
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:50 PM   #10
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the grabber strips show occasionally, I just parted out 2 fourdor sdns and am using the strips. They do also rust out from condensation. Newc
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Old 10-09-2020, 05:50 AM   #11
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FWIW, I believe the correct term for the "grabber strips" is Door Tins.
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:09 AM   #12
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4dFord/SC: Thanks for that bit of info. I didn't know that.
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:21 AM   #13
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Default Re: 1940 Ford Coupe Headliner Question

I know I have one and maybe both, I also have the 2 pieces that get covered with headliner material along the edge of the windshield down to the dash. PM me if you need these.
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:29 AM   #14
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contact Gary (40fords) he is in Delaware and has a lot of 40 ford stuff, he is on this website all the time
hope you find them
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