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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:47 am    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

Oh now I get it. I also located the material via Everett's reply on this post. I'll take a peek and check out the condition. Thanks for the new vocabulary work also Clara. "directional flaps" and yes bar soap 2x4 rubber mallet and push up to give the board the curved bend.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=266265&highlight=directional+flaps

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Clara what does this mean? Do I remove one of the screws? "do the fresh air directional flaps before, as the upper screw will be hidden after the panel is in place."

I'll try soap now.
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It means if you are going to install new directional flaps in the fresh air box, do that before installing the cab roof panels.
After the cab roof panels are in, you won't be able to get to the upper screws, so that window of opportunity will be closed.
Don't remove the upper screw and leave it out.

If your fresh air flaps are fine, ignore the above and just put the cab roof panels in.
Like someone else said, install the cab roof panels before the wood ones behind.

Might be good to put soap on both long sides of the panel, the flat side and the curved side, come to think of it.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:54 am    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

and this complete thread with images of the vent.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=102071&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Wood headliner - birch wood but what color stain for 1971? Reply with quote

What color stain do you use on the birch wood headliner for a 1971 T2 camper?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

westy orange, gives it some pizzazz! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Wood headliner - birch wood but what color stain for 1971? Reply with quote

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What color stain do you use on the birch wood headliner for a 1971 T2 camper?
The original headliner was not stained; most likely Westfalia used a lacquer or shellac brushed on with the headliner in place.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:12 am    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

Hi everybody, does someone can give us the size of the 2 panels in the cab?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

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Hi everybody, does someone can give us the size of the 2 panels in the cab?


Not really. First have no idea of the year of your bus.

Plus those panels are not just a simple rectangle. What you should do is find someone that will trace out each onto paper. Use those templates so you can mark and cut out your own.

Do keep in mind that 1955 till sometime in 1961, and later 1961 thru 1967 are different panels.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

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Hi everybody, does someone can give us the size of the 2 panels in the cab?
Are you looking for length & width? I don't know what those dimensions will provide you, because the panel has a curved shape.
Are you asking for a template?

If so, there is an early template and late template for the forward cab panels (adjacent to the fresh air box).
You will need to tell the year of your bus.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

My bus is a 1966 westy...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

There are 3 versions of this panel (and variations on them)

If you want to DIY, the basic thing is about 33 x 22, but has only one straight side, next to the airbox. You can spend some time and DIY.

I make interior panels for split buses.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

I installed this wood ceiling in my 58 Standard! It was a challenge, but it turned out pretty well!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:11 am    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

sixtyonecre very tidy, how is that wood slat held up? Love your 58 what was the original color?

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I installed this wood ceiling in my 58 Standard! It was a challenge, but it turned out pretty well!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:30 am    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

Thanks Clara,

I know you make panels for slpits buses, but I'm in France, and affraid of the shipping cost....
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

Here are a couple photos of the ceiling in my bus. I reproduced the ceiling from the original design. Very simple. This is a 1966 Sundial Camper.

Cut a 4 x 8 sheet of 1/8" plywood or ??? into 2 pieces 2' x 8'. These will fit from the outside edges to the almost center. A ripper of about 10" or so goes into other center gap between the two large panels.

From there you run batts over the exposed seams and you're done. I used the 1/4" x 1 1/2" oak "hobby boards" from the Home Depot to make the batts. I used stainless steel screws and finish washers for a nautical look.

The entire interior was pretty beat up and I used the old cabinets for templates and reproduced the camper interior. If you are simply looking to build a headliner this method works well. It is NOT a Westfalia ceiling. As you were.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

DYNOARNO wrote:
Thanks Clara,

I know you make panels for slpits buses, but I'm in France, and affraid of the shipping cost....


This guy sells them in the Netherlands:

https://www.facebook.com/rickysbuspanels/
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: Installing a wood headliner? Reply with quote

dgsaz wrote:
Here are a couple photos of the ceiling in my bus. I reproduced the ceiling from the original design. Very simple. This is a 1966 Sundial Camper.


That's really nicely done.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marklaken wrote:
here are couple more pics for DIYers:

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this last picture shows the thin wood that runs in the side channels to help support the headliner


Are these the OG bows or did you make them?

(trying to figure out best way to make them myself - they're two pieces, right?)
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