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Old 10-24-2009, 04:01 AM   #1
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Default 240 custom headliners?

obviously this is pretty easy to do in a 7xx/9xx car since the headliner is an actual unit, whereas the 240 headliners aren't?

So what I'm asking then is "how would one go about making a custom 2xx headliner?"

Seems like it would be kind of cool to make the 245 a little more "me" if you will, so I was playing around with the idea.

Also, has anyone other than Brickster151 done this?
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Old 10-24-2009, 04:33 PM   #2
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Since the headliner in wagon is a thin sheet of vinyl I'd think that you could remove and paint or stain it whatever color you want. I haven't heard of anyone doing this so I don't know what product to use. Once you figure that out and you wanted to get real crazy you could probably paint a mural on the thing. Now that would be totally original! Good Luck!
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Old 10-24-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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i did custom fabric on my 244. had problems taking out the headliner off the car.
probably alot easier working with a 245.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...=160443&page=2
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im satisfied with the results. after 2 months, still holding up pretty well. hope it helps.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:26 PM   #4
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Taking out the rear window is not too hard, that is what I did the first time I did my headliner for the 244. With a 245 though it would be easy.

Just get some material [not too thin], some good headliner adhesive, work out any bubbles, let it dry and it'll be good to go.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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i want some dark plaid headliner
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:14 PM   #6
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well does the 2xx headliner have just a metal bow frame or is it like the 7xx headliner where there's actually something to glue to?
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:58 PM   #7
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well does the 2xx headliner have just a metal bow frame or is it like the 7xx headliner where there's actually something to glue to?
glue some fabric on the existing cardboard headliner? it should be relatively easy on a 244.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:28 PM   #8
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I have a 245 though.
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Old 10-24-2009, 10:41 PM   #9
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Old 10-24-2009, 10:54 PM   #10
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that's what i was afraid of.
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:07 AM   #11
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Yeah 245's headliners are like Levi's jeans, stretch-to-fit (or is that shrink-to-fit?)
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:22 AM   #12
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Taking out the rear window is not too hard, that is what I did the first time I did my headliner for the 244. With a 245 though it would be easy.

Just get some material [not too thin], some good headliner adhesive, work out any bubbles, let it dry and it'll be good to go.
But how easy was it getting teh rear window back in?
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But how easy was it getting teh rear window back in?
Putting the early style trim back on was more of a bitch.
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:40 AM   #14
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Is it still the same chrome skeleton holding the rubber seal in place?
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:11 AM   #15
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na the trim just has a lip and kinda slips under another lip in the rubber seal, but no skeleton like the front window. The window is super easy to put back in, and you dont really have to mess with the trim, but if any of it comes off.... ive never got it back on...
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Old 12-07-2020, 05:11 PM   #16
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I realize this is an old, old thread, but I thought I'd chime in since I am in the midst of removing my '90 245 headliner so that my body shop guy can seal up my old roof rack holes (long story).

I started at the rear, which was easy enough, but got as far as the spot just behind the rear doors, where there's a bit of a curve. I called a local Volvo mechanic to see if they could help. That guy informed me that, even if I can get the thing off, no way will I be able to get it back on, because they shrink over time -- and it's been 30 years!

So, I might need to get creative when the time comes to try to put something back on up there...
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Old 12-07-2020, 05:20 PM   #17
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Old 12-07-2020, 05:49 PM   #18
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Half-joking aside, VP Autoparts sells a replacement headliner, just for you:

https://vp-autoparts.com/en/artiklar...-93-vinyl.html
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Old 12-08-2020, 12:08 AM   #19
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I had an upholstery shop put a black perforated headliner in the 80 245 I just sold. Didn't help in the summer heat.
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Old 12-10-2020, 04:02 AM   #20
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I realize this is an old, old thread, but I thought I'd chime in since I am in the midst of removing my '90 245 headliner so that my body shop guy can seal up my old roof rack holes (long story).

I started at the rear, which was easy enough, but got as far as the spot just behind the rear doors, where there's a bit of a curve. I called a local Volvo mechanic to see if they could help. That guy informed me that, even if I can get the thing off, no way will I be able to get it back on, because they shrink over time -- and it's been 30 years!

So, I might need to get creative when the time comes to try to put something back on up there...

It is totally do-able. I've removed and installed 3 or 4 in my various 245's over the years, mostly to paint them black. Just take your time and it is pretty much self explanatory. You may have to slightly Ben's some of the ridge where the hard plastic fits into or kinda pry the pieces out but with a little patience you should be able to get a 245 headliner in or out without damaging anything. As far as it shrinking making it impossible to reinstall... Pffft. I have a speaker box and sub box underneath my headliner currently. It stretched the headliner, but nothing too crazy.
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