The new roof liner arrived from LaSalle trim in Inverness Scotland on Friday. They are made to order so I’ve had to wait a few weeks for it to arrive but will finish off the interior nicely.
The kit of parts contains 3 sections and trim pieces for the 4 roof vents and the 2 alpine windows. As the roof vents and alpine windows aren’t cut in the roof by Land Rover to any particular pattern the new trim panels need to be cut accordingly to the position the apertures in the vehicle.
First job is to extend the cable that supplies power to the interior light .
Onto the main event…
Once all the 6.5mm dia holes are drilled in the right place it’s time to cut out the two air vents. The instructions say to use the centre of the cross rib (see above picture) as a setting out point for the X axis. I also struck a centre line down the length of the roof to measure the Y axis measurements.
Time to get the jigsaw out…
With everything aligned and where it should be the plastic rivets can be inserted and “closed” with a tap form a light hammer.
The 2nd piece of the kit to be fitted is the rear section. This fits above the rear door. The neoprene gasket fixes to the underside of the roof giving the rear of the mid section some support.
The next step will be to fit the middle section. This is a bit more involved as the alpine roof lights need to be cut out as well. I ran out of time on Saturday. It was very hot and I was covered in fibreglass dust. It was time for a shower and a beer.
It’s not the done thing to use noisy power tools on a Sunday so I’ll get on with the middle section one evening this week….