Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 1, 2003
The new headliner ties together perfectly with the rest of the Real Street's black interior. No more tears, stains, or holes to detract from the rest of the custom work.

Horse Sense: Proper adhesion is the key to making the headliner stay where it belongs. Be sure you use quality spray adhesive and properly prep the headliner backing board. Work slowly and keep the backing board clean. Any old foam, dust, or moisture will prevent long-lasting adhesion.

One of the most neglected areas on a Fox Mustang is its interior. Production materials often leave much to be desired, and years of sun, heat, and cold don't help the situation. Open any late-model parts catalog and you'll see page after page of interior "resto" and upgrade parts. Because of fading and stains, carpet sets are one of the top sellers for Fox Mustangs. Other items include the dashpad above the glovebox, A/C vents, armrest top pads, upholstery, and inside door handle trim.

One often overlooked item is the headliner. It's typically an out-of-sight-out-of-mind product. After all, who drives around looking up at their headliner? Usually it's of no concern-until the foam backing fails and the headliner starts to drop down, blocking your vision and flapping in the breeze. If you smoke, or if you often drive with your windows down, dirt and other particles can darken the headliner. Greasy fingers and accidental tears (we've all shoved that oversized box into the back seat) are not uncommon.

When converting from one interior color scheme to another, installing a similarly colored headliner provides nice continuity. Originally, our Real Street project was adorned with the '89 Scarlet cloth interior. So when Editor Turner went with a new Johnny Cash black interior, the dark-red headliner really clashed. In a pinch to get the Real Street ready for show duty (way back when it didn't run) we spray-dyed the headliner black. The coverage was miserable, but we hoped not many people would look closely at it.

We finally decided to get off our butts and recover the headliner the right way, with a headliner repair kit from Texas Mustang Parts. Follow along to see how to make your headliner look showroom new.

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