Tech Q&A - Tips from Members

Dome Lamp Installation
by Marco Tahtaras, Pleasanton CA
De Luxe Coupe, De Luxe Tudor, Standard Fordor Sedan

Preparing the headliner for the dome lamp is simple, providing the wood block is positioned and cut properly. Hopefully the lamp was prefitted and covered the entire hole except at the socket.

Cut headliner from the center toward the edge of the hole, stopping just short of the wood (1/8" to 1/4") as shown in the attached diagram. The flap created at the light socket just folds loosely inside. The remaining flaps require one small tack each inside the lamp pocket. If after cutting the slits, the headliner seams pull slightly away from the lamp area, draw the fabric slightly and PIN TACK flaps in place. Be sure to draw fabric just enough to return liner to it's natural position, or the result will be puckers around the lamp.

After you are comfortable with the appearance, set the tacks the rest of the way in and install the domelamp. The lamp helps secure the fabric. Adhesive is unnecessary (and if it drips anywhere you will have to live with it!).

December 1999

Last Updated: 10/04/2018