Over time the headliner fabric on your 1973 Dodge Charger can come loose and sag, requiring you to learn how to install a 1973 Dodge Charger headliner. A sagging headliner not only affects the look of the interior but it can also be dangerous when driving. In order to replace the headlining, you must first purchase the correct one for the model you have. You could even take this opportunity to change the headlining for a different color, if you are refurbishing the rest of your interior.
- New Dodge Charger headliner
- Can of spray adhesive
- Phillips screwdriver
- While it is possible to change the headlining with all of the rest of the interior present, some find it easier to remove the front seats in order to have more floor space. To do this, you will need a socket set and wrench and undo the four bolts attaching the seats to the rails.
- Disconnect the negative battery lead when performing this procedure as there are some electrical connections which need to be removed. Using the Phillips screwdriver undo and remove the screws holding the sunvisors, rear view mirror, grab handles and interior light fixture. Remove the bulb and then the rest of the light fixtures.
- The headlining will normally be easily pulled down from this point. If there are any snags, you might need to pry the rubber seals outwards slightly in order to release the headlining.
- Once all of the fixtures are removed and the headlining is free, remove it from the car through an open door. Do not bend the headliner when removing it.
- Rest the headliner on the floor and peel the fabric off the headlining shell. Be careful not to rip the headlining. If there is any foam left on the headlining shell, use sandpaper to remove it.
- Wipe down the shell with a clean rag then lay the new headlining onto the shell. Make sure it is the right way around and fold half of the fabric back once it is in the right place. Using the spray adhesive, coat the shell and the new fabric with glue.
- After a few moments of drying time to make the glue tacky, fit the corners of the glued fabric to the shell. Carefully apply it and use a plastic card to smooth out any creases and wrinkles. Always work outwards to the corners in order to push any air bubbles out.
- Once you have completed one half, spray adhesive onto the other half of the headlining. Repeat the fitting and smoothing process. The headlining will overhang slightly. Trim the edges with scissors so only a small portion overhangs. This edging will be hidden by the plastic moldings in the roof of the car.
- Refit the headlining to the ceiling then refit the hooks, light fixture, grab handles and rear view mirror as well as the negative battery cable to complete the job.