Installing the A Pillar Interior Trim Cover (Cant Rail) in an Aston Martin DB9 or DBS

In my previous article I explained how to carefully remove the A Pillar Interior Trim Cover (a.k.a. the Cant Rail) from a DB9.  I was doing this as part of the process to repair the sagging headliner.  With my headliner repaired and reinstalled, it’s now time to put the A Pillar Covers back in place. Continue reading “Installing the A Pillar Interior Trim Cover (Cant Rail) in an Aston Martin DB9 or DBS”

Repairing the Failed Headliner in an Aston Martin DB9 or DBS

Sagging Headliner – Unhappy Owner

After 12 years of California sun and heat the headliner in my DB9 started to sag.   Specifically the glue between the beautiful Alcantara fabric and the molded headliner form failed, and this caused the fabric to release and sag down on the passengers heads.  I have an entire series of articles and videos dedicated to the steps to repair this issue (check it out here).  In this article I am going to focus on the actual repair of the headliner material, getting it glued back on to the form already removed from the car.
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Removing the Headliner from an Aston Martin DB9 or DBS

My DB9 developed a sagging headliner one hot summer California day.   The glue holding the beautiful Alcantara fabric to the Headliner form below let go, and the whole thing hangs sitting on your head.  Determined to fix it myself, I have put together a series of articles showing all the steps, and you can read that here.   This article is going to cover the satisfying step of finally removing the actual Headliner from the car. Continue reading “Removing the Headliner from an Aston Martin DB9 or DBS”

Removing the A Pillar Interior Trim Cover (Cant Rail) from an Aston Martin DB9 or DBS

What the heck is an “A Pillar Interior Trim Cover”?   Aston Martin actually calls it the “Cant Rail”.  It’s that long sweeping Alcantara covered trim piece that stretches up from the dash panel along the side of the windshield (the A pillar) and runs along above the door opening all the way to the rear window.  It covers all the fixings that hold the headliner in place.   This article covers how to remove this trim piece.  I am trying to remove it so I can get to some clips hidden underneath in order to remove my sagging headliner panel.  You can read all about my Sagging Headliner is the main article here. Continue reading “Removing the A Pillar Interior Trim Cover (Cant Rail) from an Aston Martin DB9 or DBS”

How to Remove and Reinstall the Rear View Mirror in an Aston martin DB9, DBS, or Vantage

Whatsa behind me is Not Important!

Watch the clip here on YouTube

A great line proclaimed by ‘Franco’ (played by Raul Julia) from one of my favorite campy car movies or all time ‘Gumball Rally’.   Totally worth watching if you are a car guy/gal since the cars are real and some of the footage is just great.  427 AC Cobra, Jag E Type, Ferrari’s, Porsche’s and more.  You can watch it online from many streaming services like Amazon and YouTube (for just $2.99 USD), etc.

Anyways, back to today’s post on removing the rear view mirror.  Ripping it off like Franco probably isn’t the advisable way to tackle this in an Aston Martin DB9 and I wanted to share how I did it.  There could be any number of reasons to remove it, but for me it was that I wanted to loosen the Alcantra covered ‘Front Heading’ trim piece that spans the width of the front edge of the headliner so that I could remove the entire headliner to be re-upholstered after it started to sag.  You can check out that whole process in my other article here.

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Parts needed to Reinstall the Headliner in an Aston Martin DB9

The headliner started to sag in my Aston Martin DB9 when the glue failed that bonded it to the shell underneath.  I’ve covered the details of this in another article you can read here.   Determined to fix it, I went about figuring out what parts I would need to accomplish the task.

As with most automotive interiors, many of the DB9 panels are held on with hidden plastic clips.  These clips are often fragile, and are usually ‘One Time Use’ meaning that even if they don’t break when you remove them, their function may be degraded when you try to reinstall them since they are stretched or mangled in some way.  As you remove your headliner you will actually encounter about 18 of these types of clips, which Aston Martin calls “Fir Trees” since they resemble a Fir tree in the woods. Continue reading “Parts needed to Reinstall the Headliner in an Aston Martin DB9”

Tools Required to Remove the Headliner in an Aston Martin DB9

The 11 year old glue failed between the Alcantara fabric and the headliner shell in my Aston Martin DB9 causing the headliner to sag (you can read about the details here).   If this has happened to you and you are about to embark on repairing or replacing it, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have the right tools on hand before you start. Continue reading “Tools Required to Remove the Headliner in an Aston Martin DB9”

Sagging Headliner in an Aston Martin DB9

Difficult to ignore

It all started on hot sunny California summer day when I got into my DB9 after work.  Open the beautiful swan wing door, slide butt into supple sculpted leather seat, and then WTF?!  Why is there fabric on my head?   As you can see in my happy owner photo here my headliner sagged and was draping across my head.  Crap – something else to fix and I am not an upholsterer.

You can’t ignore this problem and it needs immediate attention else it will drive you completely insane as it flaps in the wind with the windows open, or just lays on you and your passengers head when you sit in the car. Continue reading “Sagging Headliner in an Aston Martin DB9”

Sagging Headliner in my Aston Martin DB9

Furstrated with the Sagging Headliner on my Aston Martin DB9
Sagging Headliner – Unhappy Owner

Arrrgggh!   You may be wondering – “Hey, where are those articles on changing the Coil packs?”   Well, I’ve been distracted by a new issue – the headliner in my DB9 let go and is sagging on my head.   Not something you can really ignore, each time you get in to drive it sits like a cap on your head.   Only got 10 days of driving bliss (after the Coil Packs change).   Frustrating.  In its defense, it was 103°F outside the day it went, and heat certainly speeds the deterioration of the glue.

Rigging the Interior Apart to remove the Sagging Headliner on my Aston Martin DB9
Pulling apart the interior trim

I don’t have a main dealer in the city where I live, so I’ve made a few calls (to the local Maserati and Rolls dealers) and they both suggested the same interiors shop.  Spent this weekend learning how to remove the headliner from my car, along with how to remove all the Instrument panels (which the books and blogs talk about removing to get the A-pillar trim off).   Basically, ripped my interior apart.  I must be crazy.

Sagging Headliner Out of my Aston Martin DB9
Headliner Removed

Anyways, headliner is removed and will be off to the interior shop in the morning, and hopefully will have it back together in a few weeks (I have some travel for work coming up).  Sorry for the delay on the Coil Packs articles, but now I have material for articles to post for the rest of the year.  [Updated Oct 2017 – You can now read and see the entire headliner series here]

Oh yeah, and I think my Battery is getting weak, and I bet that goes soon too.  Rrrrrrr.  I love my car – I love my car – I love my car…..