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    How to install into headliner

    I've got my entire dash bezel planned out, my problem now is that there isn't enough room for the heating and AC controls. My thought was to make a small fiberglass box and mount it to the headliner between the sunvisors (there is nothing there now) and have the controls for the AC there. I've already removed the trim on the pillar where I can run the wiring, but my question is how do I attach my box to the headliner?

    I haven't made the box yet or even run the wires so I'm open to any suggestions. I was thinking I cut a hole for the wires, then just drill some kind of mount into the headliner and permanently attach it. Then take whatever the second part of the mount is and put it on my box, and just snap it in place or however that would work.

    Help me out here guys, what do you recommend?

    If it helps the faceplate for this is just a little bit bigger than a typical single-din cd-player, but only about 1.5 inches deep, so I have a lot of options for a box.

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    I would scour ebay search "overhead console" & see what you can come up with... starting with a console that's close to what you have in mind can be a big help, & there plentiful & cheap on ebay... don't matter what it's from...

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    I'm not worried about making the console its self, that's going to be very easy since I'm just making a simple square bezel, holding it in place, and stretching fabric over it.

    My question is just how do I attach the piece to the headliner?

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    You don't. You attach it to the roof supports or a big piece of wood on the other side of the headliner.

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    I wouldn't attach it to the headliner at all, attach it to the metal header in the roof, make a bracket to hold it, & it'll stick out of a hole...

    either that, or make your console to hold the actual piece, & then attach the whole console to the headliner, depends how heavy the final result is, it's always better to have a solid mount than just suspended by the headlinr unless it's real light wieght..

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    beat by shadow

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    So I put a piece of wood between the roof and the headliner, and then just screw right through the box and and headliner into the wood?

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    what kind of car/truck are we talking here?

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    most (all) cars will have a double metal construction at the header above the windshield, & there is a bit of space between that & the oter roof to be able to screw directly to it... if you need to extend away & back from that, then a piece of wood or an extention bracket may be needed...

    the roof usually(always) has several ribs running left to right along the center roof, wood is commonly used to screw to these for drop down screens & such, but front overhead between the visors should be able to go directly to the header... make sure your screws aren't too long though

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    I usually stick a half inch piece of MDF up there that's about twice the width and length of whatever I'm mounting (usually overhead video stuff) and screw the wood to the headliner (so it doesn't move) and then screw the other piece to the wood.

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