81 Malibu Wagon headliner needs retaining clips

slingshot

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My 81 Malibu wagon has a complete headliner in good shape, but the perimeter molding and headliner retaining clips were missing clips. I can't find anyplace in the aftermarket that has what I need, so I thought to ask if anyone here has a solution. Before I start making a system of my own to hold the headliner in place, I thought to ask what you might have done. My metal perimeter molding also has clips missing and not in the car. I bought the car as an unfinished project and now just getting to the interior headliner. Thanks for any suggestions. BTW...I am open to modifying anything that will keep the headliner and molding in place.
 

Longroof79

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My 81 Malibu wagon has a complete headliner in good shape, but the perimeter molding and headliner retaining clips were missing clips. I can't find anyplace in the aftermarket that has what I need, so I thought to ask if anyone here has a solution. Before I start making a system of my own to hold the headliner in place, I thought to ask what you might have done. My metal perimeter molding also has clips missing and not in the car. I bought the car as an unfinished project and now just getting to the interior headliner. Thanks for any suggestions. BTW...I am open to modifying anything that will keep the headliner and molding in place.
If you're not in an immediate hurry. My friend, and fellow wagon owner is working with a guy that will be making replacement wagon headliner clips via 3D printing. I'm in the middle of redoing my headliner and of course broke a few of the hardest to find clips, the ones over the 1/4 windows. The clips that hold the windshield garnish molding are readily available and hardly break. I sent my friend one of the rear clips that hold the molding over the glass hatch to be duplicated..
Another last ditch alternative is to drill and recess some interior finish screws to hold the moldings on. If done right, it doesn't look bad, but most of us like to use the original fastening system.
 
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slingshot

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If you're not in an immediate hurry. My friend, and fellow wagon owner is working with a guy that will be making replacement wagon headliner clips via 3D printing. I'm in the middle of redoing my headliner and of course broke a few of the hardest to find clips, the ones over the 1/4 windows. The clips that hold the windshield garnish molding are readily available and hardly break. I sent my friend one of the rear clips that hold the molding over the glass hatch to be duplicated..
Another last ditch alternative is to drill and recess some interior finish screws to hold the moldings on. If done right, it doesn't look bad, but most of us like to use the original fastening system.
Thanks for the reply! The plastic clips over the hatch glass are needed and would be in line for what your buddy can 3D print. how about the clips that hold the sides of the headliner? I only know what came with the car and not what the factory used. My wagon came with small metal clips holding up the sides and can't find them anywhere. As for the metal molding, what you suggest is what I had in mind, if original clips were not available. Please, keep me posted on the availability of those plastic rear 3D printed clips.
 

Longroof79

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Thanks for the reply! The plastic clips over the hatch glass are needed and would be in line for what your buddy can 3D print. how about the clips that hold the sides of the headliner? I only know what came with the car and not what the factory used. My wagon came with small metal clips holding up the sides and can't find them anywhere. As for the metal molding, what you suggest is what I had in mind, if original clips were not available. Please, keep me posted on the availability of those plastic rear 3D printed clips.
These are the side clips over the quarter windows. They're being worked on currently. There's also these which I believe are available. They help hold in the forward side moldings, and are screwed on.
Btw, I know which metal clips you're talking about. I actually broke one of those. It's a T-shaped spring clip that helps support the headliner shell while you're installing the garnish moldings.
 

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Bonnewagon

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Jack, how far did you get with your headliner? Did you find the color you wanted?
 

Longroof79

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Jack, how far did you get with your headliner? Did you find the color you wanted?
Mark,
I ended up buying the same color I had before, Bordeaux. I have the fabric and cleaned off both boards. Just waiting for a decent day and some spare time.
My friend will probably be getting some of the new 3D clips soon. I hope to have everything I need to complete the job.
 
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Bonnewagon

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Sounds good Jack. If those clips turn out OK it will be a huge benefit to wagon owners!
 
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Longroof79

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Sounds good Jack. If those clips turn out OK it will be a huge benefit to wagon owners!
Indeed it will, Mark,. They won't be mass produced per se, but will most likely be a limited run. I'm sure it will benefit fellow wagon owners that are faced with having to redo their headliners. These clips are nowhere to be found. Trust me.
I like your new cartoon, btw.

*Slingshot, let me know if you're interested.
 
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