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Post by Dead Man on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:02 pm

WTB headliner bows for the 73 chevelle 2dr, just let me know thanks
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:11 pm

I'm emailing back and forth with Acme headliners and upholstery. Their headliners come with all the bows attached. All ready to install. And rockauto.com has the best price at $79 plus shipping for a headliner for our cars.
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Post by Dead Man on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:21 pm

ugghh my luck lol, See mine was 98% gone when I got the car, so I ordered this just yesterday and the ad says have to re use stock bows and clips.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-73-CHEVELLE-MALIBU-SS-BLACK-PERFORATED-HARDTOP-HEADLINER-USA-MADE-QUALITY/121757609654?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:23 pm

My 73 headliner bows are plastic with T shaped hangers on top. Each bow is stitched to the headliner.
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Post by Dead Man on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:25 pm

thats the way mine is too, maybe im confusing bows with rods ? I need the rods correct.
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:27 pm

There are no rods in our headliners. Just 5 plastic bows with a T shape on top that hang on the ceiling.
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Post by Dead Man on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:29 pm

ok,well if im reading it correct it should come with those already sewn on the back.thanks for the help, mods I guess you can lock this one lol.
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Post by Hawk03 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:47 pm

My factory one was the same, plastic band with T's. I bought the white one from Rockauto and dyed it the same white as the rest of the interior. I had to shorten the rods it came with so it would fit. The plastic T's that came with the headliner were not sewn into it but fit over the rods and material. I didn't think it was a hard process, it just took some time to get it right. I have some wrinkles in mine but since its not a show car, it doesn't bother me.

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Post by g3chevy on Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:54 pm

I installed a headliner on my 76 SS El Camino a few years back. I purchased it from OPGI and it had the bows and plastic clips that mimic the plastic bows with the "T" heads on them. All the sellers on ebay don't have the hardware or clips for proper installation. ACME does have the right hardware and I suspect that's what OPGI sells.  Below are pics of the original for reference.



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Post by Dead Man on Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:48 am

thanks for the pics guys,it should be here today, if it does not have the Ts built on the back I will send it back and re order else where.
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Post by Hawk03 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:46 am

I think g3chevy has the better of the two. I think the sewn in plastic T's would be a better install and fit.
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Post by g3chevy on Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:21 am

Yes, they would fit better but you'd have to use your old ones since no one reproduces these. So you could take your new headliner to an upholstery shop and have the old ones sewn in. Not sure how these old plastic bows would hold up to being sewn after 40+ years. The OPGI headliner I installed worked fine. Its just a different set up. My frustration is no one selling on ebay has the correct hardware to make the their headliner work for our cars. They say they are "specialists" in headliner manufacturing. But when you send them a picture of the originals for reference they have no clue how to respond.
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Post by Dead Man on Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:28 am

if im lucky i may have 1 row of my stocks Ts left. lol
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Post by Dead Man on Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:40 pm

well just got here, and nothing on the back but a sewn on sleeve for a road, how many rows of Ts are supposed to be there, I just looked and I have 4 rows left on my old headliner.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:23 pm

There are five rows. If it's just got sewn sleeves, how would they expect a person to install original style rods, anyway?
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Post by Dead Man on Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:52 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:There are five rows.  If it's just got sewn sleeves, how would they expect a person to install original style rods, anyway?  
thats what im saying its deff going back already got the return label shipped, hate to spend the 200 at opg but its got to be done.
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Post by Joe73 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:22 pm

Where did you order the one that's getting returned? Thanks
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Post by Dead Man on Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:55 am

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Post by Joe73 on Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:57 am

Thanks
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Post by impalamonte on Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:32 pm

I purchased my headliner :

 https://www.stockinteriors.com/


 No issues.
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Post by Dead Man on Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:23 am

why we are talking about headliners, whats that little cubby hole area up by the windshield at the top behind the headliner,
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Post by Joe73 on Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:28 am

If you mean the area above the rear view mirror, it's for a courtesy light.
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Post by Dead Man on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:41 am

yeah, thats it. mine dont have any factory wires there so I guess it didnt come with it just the stock dome light in the center. but makes me think if I should add it before I install the new liner.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:46 am

I've got a few of those courtesy lights w/wiring if interested. Simple install as you run the wiring behind the headliner trim, down behind the "A" pillar trim and directly to the fuse box Accessory slot.
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Post by Joe73 on Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:00 am

Yes, easy install.  It can be done with the headliner in.
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