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Screwing into the headliner

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by Hartman, January 1, 2002.

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    1. Hartman

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      I have a neon setup in my head that I really want to do, and it involves putting some tubes up on the ceiling. My question is, I want to screw the tubes up there, but I don't know what type of screws to use, or where I should screw them in at. I DO NOT want to take the headliner down.

      If anyone has screwed something into the headliner, please share your ideas PLEASE! Thanks. :cool:
       
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      Make sure you hit a crossmember or it is going through the roof. When you drill the holes, get "drill stops" that clamp on your drill bit with a set screw so when you bust through you don't go through the roof. Use sheet metal screw with a blunt end (usually come in brass), so that if you screw them in too far, you have less chance of making a point in your roof. Most of the roof area has a single skin of metal. You can see where the crossmembers are, but you should really consult a set of drawings from someplace like AllData so that you don't drill through a wiring harness.
       
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      Will do, gotta look for a set of plans. Thanks for your help.
       
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      My best advice for you is to suck it up and remove the headliner. It's way too risky not to. Plus, with the headliner down you will be able to make a sturdy mount above the headliner and not have to ever worry about the light falling down.
       
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      Yeah, but I heard once you take the headliner down it'll never be the same again. Plus, it's a pain to take it down. :(
       
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      You can always replace it with shag carpeting and call it Retro-plorer.
       

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