LMC Truck: Chevy/GMC Truck Headliner Installation with Kevin Tetz

LMC Truck: Chevy/GMC Truck Headliner Installation with Kevin Tetz

I’m Kevin Tetz working with LMC Truck to bring you
some how to videos that we hope are going to make your truck restoration project even
better. In this video we’re gonna show you how to replace a headliner in an 81
through 87 GM pickup. Now a headliner project, well let’s face it, is not that complicated.
On a scale of one to five its about a one. There’s thirty screws and your in and out, but we’re
gonna show you some tips along the way that it are going to make it even easier. Now the headliner fabric can be replaced but
look at the fiber board this is the original stuff. Even thpough this pad is in
great shape the fiber board its deteriorating so you can do better, you
can do it better with LMC Truck. This is a vacuum molded ABS headliner board
with the preattached foam headliner cloth to make the project even easier and it
just looks great. It’s a better way to go. Now you can replace every bit of trim in
your cab through the catalog or we can show you how to color match your
existing pieces. You can upgrade things like your rear view mirror, dome light
with LED light, and a new lens for better illumination or enhance your
stereo system with these aftermarket a pillar pods with a tweeter that’s
built-in. Sunvisors, sunvisor hardware, it’s all in the
catalog and you may not need every single piece that we’re talking about
but isn’t it nice to know that LMC Truck has got you covered regardless of
the trim package that your truck has. Now, like I said tear down is super simple
but it was a good idea to label everything as you take it off just in
case you have to think about this and six or eight months and always bag and
label your fasteners. Now the dome light is much easier to work on outside of the
cab. Don’t cut your wires, here’s a body shop trick that I learned a long time
ago that will help you get this and the wires out easily. This is our dome light harness. I’m going to release this clip. I’ve got some
mechanics wire that I’m going to wrap around this is gonna allow me to
pull this whole wiring harness through. I can work on it on a bench top. LMC Truck offers a new
dome lamp wiring harness but for this truck ours is in good enough shape for
us to reuse it. Leave your wire there and install it same we took it out. Now this is simple
you just pop your bulb out, [laughter] and you compress the ears on the wiring and the bulb retainer and
you just gotta push it through. Show a little patience here so you don’t break anything
this will happen fairly easily. There’s that one…[clicking noises] that’s it. Put our LED bulb in … we’re done. With your wire attached you just feed it
back through just like you took it out. And that can sit there until the headliner comes in. You go through the headliner and we are done. Upgrade… we’re going to use peel and stick sound
deadener we got from the catalog to deaden the roof skin. The roller ensures proper
adhesion and easy installation with the two-inch wide rubber roller… [knock, knock, knock]
there it is…that’s dead. [knock, knock, knock] Perfect. [music] pick yourself up some single edge razor
blades. They really come in handy. [music] If working by yourself you and you only have two
hands use a couple of bungee cords to support the front of the headliner that way you can get this done single-handed. This will help support the backside. Good enough for now… Installing the support pins for the sunvisors is a bit of a challenge. They’ll need to be tight so
they don’t fall into your line of sight. tapping on them with an acrylic hammer
works great, but you might try a little glass cleaner as a lubricant to get the
job done easier. Finding the screw holes for the Sun visors can get frustrating use an awl
or a tiny screwdriver to locate the holes and start each screw before
tightening them all. Your sunvisors will then hold the front of the headliner up. [music] There we go. Here’s a quick tip: we’re reusing our trim
screws for the inside cab panels and look there full of schmutz and their dirty
that’s not rust, because they’re stainless steel here’s an instant way to
revitalize them. Look at that. This is a scuffing pad. Rub the head of the
screw, it just cleans the dirt off and makes them look like they’re brand new. I extended by speaker wire that I can run down behind that way I don’t have to take
this off again when we install a new audio system. This is a bit fiddly but
you just gotta take your time and not stress the plastic and it drops right in. We want to
keep our cargo light switch in the cab it’s just kinda cool. LMC Truck makes it
easy. All we gotta do is drill out a couple of little holes and they’re premarked in here taking the guesswork out. [drilling] Test fit…I think we’re good to go. Yep…we’re done. I’m going to use my seat belt anchor to hold everything in place. [music] [wrenching and music] Alright… [music] Now we can put this in. [music] We opted for using the original shiney screws, but LMC Truck has black screws available in the catalog for a more stealthy and modern look. Rear upper cab molding…bam. I want to remind you again to start every single screw first then once you know
that you found all the holes and got your screws seated go back and tighten them all up. You’ve got 5 sheet metal screws
across the front molding… and that’s it. Whenever you’re doing any kind of a
refinish project with its color matching interior or painting the exterior of a
vehicle you want to make sure that everything that you’re working with this
clean. The interior pieces while they’re always bathed in some sort of a silicone
product tire dressing leather conditioner just to make him look a
little bit better you want to make sure that is off of there because it will interfere with the paint adhesion and the way it looks. Now that we know our surface is clean I’m using a scrubbing pad, put a little bit of abrasion on the part. Ours isn’t rusty, so we don’t need to worry about that aspect of it. But you gotta make the paint stick and we
are ready … to paint…[clank] [shaking paint can] ColorBond dries in seconds and won’t fill up the original
grain pattern. lot of light coats is important you don’t wanna overpaint. The
ColorBond becomes part of the surface and won’t crack or peel off. Give it one more coat after it
dries and we can put it on. Give that a few minutes to dry and we’ll install it. That’s it…we’ve got one last piece of the puzzle … our dome light lens.
So now we can test the new led dome light and clear lens. Cool that’s
bright. Now we could test the cargo light good still works Oh yeah…one more last thing. Gotta put a new mirror on. Celebrate the BowTie. [music] This project is amazing
the addition of the new trim pieces Sun visors and led dome light give this
interior some great new detail and the bowtie rearview mirror well it’s just plain cool. All in all
this project refurbishes another aspect of our interior that we can be
completely proud of. Man I’m very happy with the results that it was in a simple
project we hope we passed on some tips and tricks to make your head liner
installation even easier just remember that if you’re working on a project where you
have to find and hunt for existing screw holes and awl a pick or even an old test
light could be your best friend. Make sure you check out the LMC Truck catalog
or go to LMC Truck dot com for ideas on how to make your truck project even
better. I’m Kevin Tetz. Thanks for watching.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. i have a 1984 chevy c10 scottsdale that never came with factory headliner or any of those trim peices with the tweeters or the cargo light switch but i want some so can i still install them or will i just have to suffer with out any of that?

  2. Single edge razor blade? What's that? Are they some new fangled invention? I was wondering how you could cut fabric opening without using my hammer. We learn so much new techniques from LMC youtube.

  3. I see you paint your pull straps .and pre existing parts if chosen.. can you paint the dash the same way since lmc.only offeres black dashes?

  4. That cargo light looks just like the one on my 1990 does anyone know if it is the same I have a k1500’i ordered one for a 1990 but it was longer than mine

  5. I cannot find the actual socket for this in the LMC catalog. They seem to have every one but this. I bought the housing thinking it had the socket but it does not. It was just gone when I got the truck. 2 wires hanging. Am I just missing it in the catalog or is it not available?

  6. Really wish Kevin would come by my high school and meet our collision repair class. We’ve watched a lot of his old videos and I’m just now getting into his square body videos! Thanks

  7. So if the truck didn't have a headliner.. I just need to get the 4 pillar trim panels screws and the headliner?

  8. Spent 4 hrs installing my LMC headliner in my 84 C-10 yesterday! What a pain, none of the pre cut holes in the ABS plastic shell aligned with my cab also dome light cutout was to big for my factory housing. Very poor fitment for the price LMC charges! However LMC is sending me another, hopefully this one fits better. LMC was very helpful and apologetic.

  9. This is so awesome!
    I wish they had a video like this for installing trim and headliner for 88-98 Chevy C1500 Silverado

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