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Old 11-06-2013, 04:10 PM
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problems with 1979 malibu headliner

This is a new aftermarket it is to long (maybe).
Because i can only get rear clips and trim piece in but not the front it wont stay clipped in at that much of a angle .

Any one else have this problem ?
The head liner measures 56 inch front to back down the center .The car front center slot to rear center slot measures 55.5

any ideas the mfg says they cnc cut them and have sold 50 last month with no problems

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1978-88 Monte Carlo, Regal, Cutlass,
Grand Prix and 78-82 Malibu
Tools required are Philips screwdriver, thin blade screwdriver, pliers and safety knife.
Replacement headliner is vacuum formed in ABS plastic & can be
“painted to match” but is usually covered with headlining
fabric as was original.
Sunvisors – remove using Philips screwdriver (if new sunvis
ors have been purchased with headliner save the mounting
brackets from the old sunvisors, as they do not come with the
new sunvisors). NOTE: Your new part has three pre-drilled
holes for the sunvisor bracket screws however, these holes m
ay not match your hole location and re-drilling may be
Moldings over doors - remove the screws
at the bottom of these mold
ings, then with pliers ge
ntly rock the moldings to
release the Christmas tree shaped c
lips that hold them in place.
These clips should be re-usable.
Trim panel above rear window – re
move six Philips screws and lift out.
Seatbelt anchor covers – gently pry out plastic anchor cover with
flat screwdriver to remove. Additional attention to the seat
belts and anchors is not needed.
Dome light – caution bulb may be hot – carefully squeeze lens
to remove and expose housing.
Then remove bulb. The two
washer like clips are removed with pliers
to release the dome light assembly. The
n disconnect the wires. Note: Some
models have offset dome lights a
nd may require the opening to be enlarged toward
the rear to reach the
screw in the roof of
the car. A round file is suggested. See note
below regarding installing the new headliner.
Three plastic clips near the windshield now secure headliner.
Shift headliner toward passenger side to release these clips.
Note: New headliner being rigid does not require these front support clips.
Note: At this point the headliner should appear symmetrical. If
not a small amount of shifting could be needed for final fit.
Some Malibu roof lengths are 1 inch shorte
r than others. Using your old headliner as a template, lay it on top of the new
headliner making front edges flush and mark
back end where it needs to be cut. Tin
snips are recommended to make the cut.
Note: Dome Lights vary in the Malibu, Monte Carlo, Regal, etc.
Our part has a cut out for the most popular model however,
please note the Malibu dome light location is
1” further back towards the rear of the
headliner board. The dome light opening
an odd shaped rectangle with round nipple
like shapes on the front and rear of the rect
angle. The rear nipple is the only area
” round file needs to be used. The nut
sert in the roof of the car is approximatel
y 1” further back than the cut out already i
n the
headliner. It is further recommended not to cut the fabric unti
l the opening has been located an
d modified to fit your car. A
small cut in the center of the fabric is necessary to allow the f
ile to go through but, if you ov
er-cut the headliner board you
have problems covering the dome light opening with the dome light
bezel. This will require you to take a ” diameter round f
and file back far enough so you can attach th
e screw into the roof of the vehicle. The
dome light bezel is 4” in diameter. If
dome light is trimmed correctly as instructed you will have approx
imately 3/16” to ” of plastic headliner board all around the
dome light for the dome light housing to adequately cover the opening. The high end Regal’s and Monte Carlo’s may have a
dome light with the map light option. If this is the case a co
mpletely new dome light opening will have to be cut approximatel
26” back from the center of the front edge
of the new headliner board. Use a drill bit to start the hole and a small saw blade
cut the hole. Use your old headliner as a template
to locate and mark the hole size before cutting.
Fit headliner into car and line up seatbelt cutouts with seat belts.
H. Line up sunvisor mount cutouts and replace sunvis
or mounting brackets. Do not completely tighten screws.
I. Replace panel above rear window and tighten sunvisor brackets.
J. Replace remaining trim.
K. Thread wires for overhead electrical through cut outs &
re-attach plastic assemblies. Reconnect wires and install bulb.
Re-install dome light housing
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ok i read these instructions and this does help a little but i still have the half inch over hang past the clip hole .mfd says if i have to trim the board that already has the cover glued on it that it will void the warranty .so what im looking for is a measurement that the board should be .thanks
1979 malibu classic 2 door
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1979 malibu headliner

OK,I know its been some time since my post but i thought this could be helpful to future builders .
This is what I found on a instruction manual of headliners is that ON SOME AND VERY FEW malibu's the roofs are 1 inch shorter don't know why but they are .I had to peal back being very careful the fabric than cut the abs board with tin snips to 55 inch (cuts very easy) spray 3-m Hi-strength 90 spray adhesive (follow instructions on can) than refold.
Also the dome light was off from the factory cut so i had to install a piece of sheet metal between roof supports and relocate the light .

Good luck and dont be afraid this ended up being very easy just take your time.
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