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Replacing the headlining

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  • LagerLager
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    #11991 |

    I guess it´s pretty common in 780 that the headlining is sagging? It sure is common problem in other 700-series cars.

    I have a new original headlining that I will install at some point.

    I guess that the trickiest part is to get the old one out and the new one in.

    I have done this in 740 sedan. It was pretty “easy”. With a help of another person we took off the front seats, back seat, passenger-side door and the center console. Then we just took the old one out and the new one in through the passenger-side´s door opening.

    I guess that this could work in 780 as well. 780 has a wider door opening.

    I have also a new inner hatch for the sunroof. I guess that it´s pretty easy to replace it after the headlining has been removed.

    Has anyone done this?

    -Mika

    Hagberg1303@gmail.comJonas Hagberg
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    Hi,

    I removed the headliner in my car a few months back and reinstalled it quite recently. but i did this while I had the rear window of the car. so I took it out and put it back through the rear window opening. It’s quite a lot of panels that needs to be removed in order to get the headliner out properly. A,B and C pillar trim needs to be removed. in order to remove the c-pillar the back seat needs to come out along with the rear shelf where the rear speaker sits.

    I don’t now if its possible to remove it through the door opening since I’ve never tried it. but be careful if you do since its really week around the sunroof opening.

    the headliner piece for the sunroof opening is quite easy to remove through the sunroof opening (up). but in order to do so the sunroof itself needs to be out. I think this is the only way to remove it as well since the sunroof guides and complete assembly is in the way to remove it downwards.

    hope this can be of some help

    // Jonas

    LagerLager
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    Hi!

    I forgot that I need to remove a lot of panels on 740 also.

    I think that the back seat can be removed through the door opening since I have seen some pics it removed while the backglass is still in place.

    I remember that you have to bend the headlining a little when it comes and goes through the door opening on 740.

    I guess that I have to measure the door opening and the headlining before I try this.

    -Mika

    DaviesDavies
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    Jonas, did you take any photos of the headliner replacement? Did you use the Volvo material or find something that was a close match? I had a professional replace my 1991 headliner about 8 years ago and he did it through the door, so I know it can be done.

    LagerLager
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    Owens,

    Did he remove the seats? It´s good to know that it can be done through the door. Did you replace the headlining with a new original one?

    Regards

    -Mika

    Hagberg1303@gmail.comJonas Hagberg
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    I’m not sure if I remembered to take some pictures during the process. but i will search in my computer and see.

    I searched a wile for a new blue headliner. but i never found one. luckily for me my mother works with re upholstery furniture and others so she have a large stock of fabrics. with her help I managed to find a alcantara fabric in a good match blue. Nevotex was the supplier (http://nevotex.se/).

    br jonas

    Carl StevenCarl Steven
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    This has been a great discussion. What words of wisdom can be conveyed for a situation where the headliner was removed and no longer exists at all? Is it possible to get s replacement headliner in the United States? Or, does it really amount to recreating a custom headliner?
    Carl

    LagerLager
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    Carl,

    I managed to buy new one from the Volvo-dealer last autumn. It was very expensive…
    I live in Finland.

    LagerLager
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    I think that GCP has them. Can your Volvo-dealer order parts from them? Our dealers order all older parts from GCP.

    GCP has a website where you can order parts but I think that the shipping to USA is very expensive. http://www.gcp.se.

    Here in Finland it is cheaper to buy the parts from Volvo-dealer than from the gcp website because of the shipping costs. In Finland all the parts come from Sweden. I don´t know if there is a warehouse in USA?

    GuillaumeC Guillaume
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    Hi,

    Here is the official procedure to disassemble and reassemble the headlining.
    In French, sorry!

    GuillaumeC Guillaume
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    The last sentence is: “Carefully remove the headlining, by opening the right door”.

    LagerLager
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    Hi Guillaume!

    Thank you for the instructions! So it is not necessary to take off the front seat when removing the headlining? Sounds strange…

    GuillaumeC Guillaume
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    Not necessary 🙂
    On picture number 3, a sentence say : “fold the front seats fully rearward”.

    LagerLager
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    OK. Sounds good. What does it say on the page that has a picture of some sort of tape roll?

    GuillaumeC Guillaume
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    A little bit difficult to translate into english, I hope you understand:

    Attach the headlining around the sunroof opening
    Paste the double-sided adhesive tape around the opening of the sunroof.
    Pull the edge of the lining fabric and glue it on the adhesive rubant; fold in the edges.
    Replace the seal.

    Rest
    – The sun visors
    – The rear view mirror
    – The covering hood of the electric sunroof motor
    – The wand back door threshold
    – The cover on the seat rail

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