1978 Malibu 4-door sedan - Headliner Search

Martin S.

Martin S.

Greasemonkey
Aug 17, 2017
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#1
Good afternoon community,

hope you´re all fine and had a nice season with many miles of cruising.:giggle:

Due to the fact, that it´s foreseeable, that the weather will change for the worse, I´m thinking about what to do to improve the car and to pass the time.

Since last winter, I´ve been in contact with so many Internet retailer (GBodyparts, collectorsautosupply, stockinteriors, etc.............) to MAYBE catch a new headliner for the car.................
Nothing; it seems that you can only buy headliner for 2-door coupes. But this doesn´t fit, 6´´ shorter. Really boring................(n):(:mad:

My question is now to you all: does anyone of you has an idea, where i can buy a new headliner, hard formed component preferred ? And maybe with the necessary material for the
installation ?

I would be very happy about ideas and answers.

Many thx in advance and BR to you all
Martin
 
Longroof79

Longroof79

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Oct 14, 2008
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#2
Martin,
The only other headliner that I think will work is probably from another 4-dr model. 4-drs are like the red-headed step children of the G-bodies. No offense to you 4-dr guys.
 
Longroof79

Longroof79

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Oct 14, 2008
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Do you still have your current headliner board? How bad is it? The reason I ask is because if it just has a few cracks in the board, you can use fiberglass resin and matting...or fiberglass cloth to repair it.
I know that they become very brittle and prone to cracking easily. Ask me how I know.
 
CaliWagon83

CaliWagon83

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Nov 12, 2017
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#4
Martin,
The only other headliner that I think will work is probably from another 4-dr model. 4-drs are like the red-headed step children of the G-bodies. No offense to you 4-dr guys.
It’s true. The G-Body aftermarket only cares about the coupes for the most part. :confused:
 
Martin S.

Martin S.

Greasemonkey
Aug 17, 2017
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43
Hamburg, Germany
#5
Do you still have your current headliner board? How bad is it? The reason I ask is because if it just has a few cracks in the board, you can use fiberglass resin and matting...or fiberglass cloth to repair it.
I know that they become very brittle and prone to cracking easily. Ask me how I know.
No, sorry........... As I bought the car, there was nothing, except the dome light under the roof
 
fleming442

fleming442

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Dec 26, 2013
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Sounds like you may have to get jiggy wit it. Assess the situation, obtain some generic ABS material, cut to fit best fitting section, mold with heat gun, and glue in the section to 'stretch' the length. You know the width is good; you just have to figure out where to put the extra 6".... :eek: Wait, what?
 
Clarmo

Clarmo

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Jan 29, 2016
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Ottawa, Canada
#7
I had a local automotive Upholsterer redo mine. He had it out in 25 min. He took it home. Two days later he reinstalled it in 45min. Best 375.00 I've spent on the car. If you still want to do the Re&Re, just get someone to recover it for you.
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Martin, 4-drs are like the red-headed step children of the G-bodies. No offense to you 4-dr guys.
Easy Buddy!!! ;)
 
Clarmo

Clarmo

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Jan 29, 2016
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#8
Sorry about my useless post ^^^^
I read the whole thread and realized I wasn't any help. :blam:
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

Master Mechanic
Jun 6, 2014
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#9
I'm in the same boat here, with my Century 2 dr. ( longer than a Regal headliner ). So I will be buying a Regal headliner... cutting it, and adding a piece from another headliner. I'll upholster it myself, and all will be good. I hope.... Good luck with yours, and post up your results. I will, but it won't be for awhile.
 
Longroof79

Longroof79

Geezer
Oct 14, 2008
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Gainesville, Fl
#10
I had a local automotive Upholsterer redo mine. He had it out in 25 min. He took it home. Two days later he reinstalled it in 45min. Best 375.00 I've spent on the car. If you still want to do the Re&Re, just get someone to recover it for you.
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Easy Buddy!!! ;)
I didn't mean for my statement to sound derogatory. It's just that 4-dr cars do not get any aftermarket support as 2-dr's and El Caminos get.
I always thought your car was tastefully done...and a great looking Malibu.
 

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