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Old 06-29-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question Dead Crow

A crow, eating roadkill on the highway, made a too-slow takeoff and smashed a big dent in the roof of our MH just above the windshield, between the driver side and center clearance lights. No big damage, just a dent. None of the local morticians wanted to deal with the crow.

I hope to be able to take down the headliner inside the front cap and push the dent up - and also the other dent up there which has been there for a while. Does anybody know how to take down the headliner and are you willing to give me some detailed instructions - assuming I am a complete idiot and know nothing?

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Old 06-29-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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suck it!

The devil made me say it.

Many dents pop out on their own on a warm day, but many more are fairly easily sucked out with a plunger or the kind of suction cups that are used to carry sheets of glass.

If you don't want to risk a do it yourself job, aircraft mechanics could help, or a paintless dent removal service could do the work for you.

Use the Search feature here - try dent removal + suction

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Old 06-29-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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I just took the headliner out of my 300 classic. Seemed pretty difficult to me. My headliner had been ruined by fire so I didn't have to be careful with it. I'd definitely try the suction cups before I tried to remove the headliner. It is riveted on the back edge under the ceiling covering. I found I could not get a drill in to drill out the rivets. The way the book describes removing it is, drill out all the rivets and slide forward to remove. Good luck!
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The suction cup method WORKS. Find somebody who cah try it for you before you have to mess with your head liner.
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Thanks, all - we will definitely do the suction cup thing before attempting headliner removal. Thanks also for the tip about the glass-carrying suction cups. I think the only hard part will be getting some support to pull from - maybe a scaffold? Anyway, thanks. This kind of help is what makes this forum valuable.
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