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Head Liner
« on: October 22, 2018, 08:17:23 PM »
How hard could it be to replace the Head Liner on a 1980 wagon? The Upholstery shop wanted 600.00 and I supply the head liner


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Re: Head Liner
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 12:24:01 PM »
How hard could it be to replace the Head Liner on a 1980 wagon? The Upholstery shop wanted 600.00 and I supply the head line

I cvan't see where it is $600 hard.  I just looked at my wagon. Here are the potential problems I see:

1. Most windshield rubber can be hard, working the new headliner under that might be an issue. Bu,t they probably heat the rubber and get it a bit more pliable.

2. The Pino wagon actually has a plactic side trim that is about 3/4" thick and runs most of the length of the edges. If that is missing or damaged they might have to source something "similar." On the other hand that would seem to make setting the headliner easier, not harder.

3. Do you have the plastic piece that goes over the springs? That is likely a rare piece.

So, does the $600 included them sourcing the potentially difficult to find parts?  My guess is no if they want you to source the headliner itself. And even if it did that still seems way high.  I'm estimating half an hour to remove the old headliner and about an hour to install the new one.  These guys aren't doctors or lawyers and I'd think $25 an hour would be a decent wage for a semi skilled job. It isn't like they are stitching up fabric to fit and empty seat frame. They have a pre-made headliner in their hands. But I'll double my estimate and still think $75 would be a generous amount to pay for the headliner replacement. $100 tops.

BTW, I think most were hesitant to answer your other jacking point question in another post. The reason - LIABILITY.

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Re: Head Liner
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2018, 12:50:31 PM »
I cvan't see where it is $600 hard.  I just looked at my wagon. Here are the potential problems I see:

1. Most windshield rubber can be hard, working the new headliner under that might be an issue. Bu,t they probably heat the rubber and get it a bit more pliable.

2. The Pino wagon actually has a plactic side trim that is about 3/4" thick and runs most of the length of the edges. If that is missing or damaged they might have to source something "similar." On the other hand that would seem to make setting the headliner easier, not harder.

3. Do you have the plastic piece that goes over the springs? That is likely a rare piece.

So, does the $600 included them sourcing the potentially difficult to find parts?  My guess is no if they want you to source the headliner itself. And even if it did that still seems way high.  I'm estimating half an hour to remove the old headliner and about an hour to install the new one.  These guys aren't doctors or lawyers and I'd think $25 an hour would be a decent wage for a semi skilled job. It isn't like they are stitching up fabric to fit and empty seat frame. They have a pre-made headliner in their hands. But I'll double my estimate and still think $75 would be a generous amount to pay for the headliner replacement. $100 tops.

BTW, I think most were hesitant to answer your other jacking point question in another post. The reason - LIABILITY.
Thanks. They want 75.00 per hour. Not sure about the springs Iíll look.  Iíll check out a different shop. 


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Re: Head Liner
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2018, 12:52:25 AM »
The per hour cost may vary by you location.  In Oklahoma for example, wages are lower than here in Denver. $75 hr is about average here.
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