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The Dreaded Droop

nlcrane
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The Dreaded Droop

Postby nlcrane » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:37 pm

I suppose that I honestly thought that I was immune from it, that I would be spared the pain and suffering, that somehow I would not be prone to the shame of it, that I could avoid the sympathetic glances and the wicked looks of jealous squeaky clean VW owning neighbours, but no, after all these years and in the twilight of my life, I too have been hit with the indignation of the dreaded droop.
The headlining on Sovereign has decided to fail, droop and cover my bald nut like a badly fitting cheap toupee when I drive, although, with my shades on and in poor light, it does make me look like a filthy rich Sunnie Arab tooling along the prom.
She has always been kept garaged, although it is very humid here on the coast of the Med. so I had fooled myself into thinking that it could never happen to me, but no such luck.
I am not even going to attempt any spray adhesive botch ups or other like Mickey Mouse solutions and go for a complete renewal, can anyone point me in the right direction for a replacement here in Spain, or do I need to ship one from the UK?
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby abercanadian » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:27 pm

I would just get those upholstery screw pins and pin it up temporarily - that's what I'm going to do if (when) mine collapses.

I've seen it done and it looks very neat ...not stock/concourse of course, but at my mileage and being a daily, not a garage queen, who cares? As long as it ain't sitting on my bonce :o ...well..

anyway, good luck :)

Larry
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby nlcrane » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:51 pm

abercanadian wrote:I would just get those upholstery screw pins and pin it up temporarily - that's what I'm going to do if (when) mine collapses.

I've seen it done and it looks very neat ...not stock/concourse of course, but at my mileage and being a daily, not a garage queen, who cares? As long as it ain't sitting on my bonce :o ...well..

anyway, good luck :)

Larry


Larry could you send me more info. on those upholstery screws, if nothing else I could use them for my toupee
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby katar83 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:23 pm

Don't you have someone local to redo it? I found headlining to be one of the easier jobs I did on a Jag, but that might be more to do with the fact that mine is an LWB so I didn't need to remove any doors cards or the tunnel. That said, it can be done on an SWB in a similar way, with bending the whole thing in the middle.
Generally the trickiest part is the sunroof if you have one, if you don't then the side trim would be second on the list as all these old brittle plastic clips can be super easy to break. I think I broke only two on mine and didn't even have to replace them in the end, all still holds well, so maybe not that difficult after all :roll:

Anyway, I suggest 'shopping' around for a place that could do it, locally. You can get the material from UK if needed, don't think I paid more than £50 for a set with the glue included. I wouldn't bother with exact colour match either, as far as its fairly the same, you will not notice it and the difference between old and new headlining is a night and day, even if you kept your car garaged and headlining clean.
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby pimgmx » Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:01 pm

Bad luck, Norman!
But nearly inevitable on any '40...

Another piece of advice: better use a local trimmer's than the so-called plug'n'play solution from the supplier that will be at the very top of your google search results...
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby abercanadian » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:01 pm

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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby nlcrane » Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:36 am

Cheers Larry.
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby Morgan1 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:39 pm

Stapled mine lol with the stapler in the house. On the list to do it properly.
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby abercanadian » Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:52 pm

Good for you Morgan! Probably a pretty neat repair too and much better than droopy drawers, right? :D

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94 XJ40 SOVEREIGN vin 703632
Diamond Blue Metallic/Barley
111,000 Kilometers/69,000 Miles
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Re: The Dreaded Droop

Postby Morgan1 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:51 am

Mine was so bad I couldn't see when I was driving :lol: in all fairness not many people notice when they're in there that I've done it. Been like that for three years now. It's quiet a way down the list :D
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2016 Audi A6 S line.
2016 Ford Fiesta zetec.