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Replacing the Fabric on the Headliner and Side Pieces in a S1 XJ6

Replacing the Fabric on the Headliner and
Side Pieces in a S1 XJ6

Lou Danzico

I am in the process of replacing the fabric on the headliner and side pieces in my 71XJ6 and wanted to share my experience so far. I bought a piece of foam backed fabric which "almost" matched the orginal, 52" wide by 13' long. Next time I would buy slightly more.

I pried the two side and one rear piece away from the metal roof rails with a one inch wood chisel to get good leverage and still not damage the hardboard underneath. The front piece is held with the sun visor and rear view mirror screws. Once on the bench, it was quite easy to remove the old fabric which had completely lost it's foam backing. I saved the old fabric for a template and laid it over the new. I cut the new fabric about 1/2" oversize all around.

After removing the old glue from the hardboard and metal with a brass wire brush and some mineral spirts where needed, and after vacuuming all the dried foam from the spongy material glued to the hardboard (this is apparently different material than that which disintegrated) I laid the new fabric face down, put the hardboard face down on top, and using contact cement on one edge, glued the first side. After 24 hours of drying, I glued the second side P U L L I N G the fabric taut onto the tacky cement edge to get all the wrinkles out.

The front, rear and one side are done. A very satifying job. I hope to soon have a new pad cut for the headlner and have the fabric glued on that.

BYW, someone suggested using Masonite (compressed wood-paper hardboard) instead of the original fiberglass headliner becuase you can bend Masonite to get it through the back door in one piece, avoiding removal of the rear window. Anyone ever do this?? The person who suggested it said that it lietterly "pops" into shape once inside the roof rails.

In a book I read recently, it said Jaguars were always made "to a price". The pieces I took apart were literally cardboard, glue, bits of metal and fabric. Yet when put together in that apealing Jaguar way, create a luxurious and lovely interior which is the envey of many car compaies.


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