This is a part that’s been on my want list for a good 4 or 5 years. It’s more quilted loveliness from Nakamae. I added their quilted transmission tunnel cover years ago and made my own quilted leather door panels, but I’ve held off adding more quilted stuff.
I didn’t want Sharka to have the Full Coffin look, you know?
And then a quilted headliner appeared.
This piece comes from Ly (who works at Pann Auto and is also known as aarrow on CR) who was parting out his NA for some ridiculous reason. I sent a PM and some cash and received this lovely slab of quilted vinyl just a few days later.
The attachment method – lol. Nakamae apparently uses sticky tape to keep the headliner attached. Ly very carefully applied backing to the tape for transport. I… cannot imagine the time this took. All of the tape was fine and able to be applied to Sharka’s top.
Thanks for the awesome service Ly. You rock!
I took the HT off and moved it inside. It seemed easier than trying to struggle against gravity. I mean… the roof comes off… why not take advantage of that fact?
You can see the rollbar damage on the OEM headliner on the corners. My old Hard Dog touched the top at those edges. After a decade, it rubbed most of the headliner off. No damage to the fiberglass, but the headliner took some wear.
To make absolutely clear – this damage was NOT from my Blackbird Fabworx bar. That one does not touch top and sits a bit farther back. The damage you see came from my old HDHCDD. Because Sharka can’t just have one rollbar, right?
I’ve never actually cleaned the OEM headliner. No better time than immediately before covering it up forever, right? A bit of rubbing alcohol to remove any oils seemed like the right choice.
Amazingly, there was very little black stuff on my white microfiber after I finished cleaning. I guess the bottom side of a hardtop stays clean pretty easily. Who knew?
I took the opportunity to add some extra tape to the headliner as well. I have a ton of it around the shop and figured it couldn’t hurt.
If the tape doesn’t hold and the headliner starts to sag, I won’t have any worry about breaking out the Dap Weldwood headliner adhesive. That would keep the top and quilted goodness connected until the end days. We’ll see if that level of stickiness is required over the next few months.
What you don’t see is 10 minutes of careful measuring and positioning of the headliner before sticking it down. Many thanks to my wife for the help in this tedious job.
I tucked the front edges of the headliner under the HT latches. The material seemed like it was shaped for it to do this.
Once the headliner touched the top? Brilliance. Angels sang. Unicorns shat rainbows. Stars filled my eyes.
Remember the before pic? I had to hit you with it again.
More angels singing. How did I not get this piece years ago? I have no idea why I waited so long.
The weather was warm enough that I got to take Sharka out of the garage, drive a bit, and shoot the interior in a little nicer location than the boring garage.
It adds so much depth to Sharka’s interior. Driving with that beautiful quilting above my head is… different. I never noticed the roof before. It used to just be a black area that my brain would ignore. Now it has this texture and shine.
I’m so happy with this.
The warm weather can return at any time. I miss driving my ridiculous tiny turbo car every day.