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MG MGA - Coupe Headliner Attachment Hardware

Greetings all,

Beautiful morning here in Highland! Does anyone know exactly what type/style/size attachment hardward that was used to secure the headliner bows to the hardtop. Each bow has two holes at either end. I'm thinking a sheet metal screw was used but have nothing to base my opinion on. I've spoken to Todd Clarke and to my surprise, stumped him with my inquiry. Cheers!
Robert Maupin

Robert,
You are correct. There are small probably #4 or #6 fillister head sheet metal screws that attach the bows to the roof sides. There are 4 per bow, two on each end spaced 1/2" apart. Hope this helps and have a good day!

John
John Progess

Greetings John,

I'm sorry I'm not familiar with the term "fillister head". I know slotted and phillips. Do you know the style of head, i.e. pan, domed? Thanks!
Robert Maupin

FILLISTER HEAD: The-standard oval fillister head has a smaller diameter than the round head. but is higher with a correspondingly deeper slot. The smaller diameter head increases the pressure applied on the smaller area and can be assembled close to flanges and raised surfaces. Headed in counter bored dies to Insure concentricity, they may be used successfully in counter bored holes.
dominic clancy

Also known as (or very similar to) a cheese head

dominic clancy

Great! Thanks for the drawing. Where does one buy these? Cheers!
Robert Maupin

Robert,
The first drawing I had showed a fillister head screw incorrectly. An actual fillister head is as shown above. The screws used were phillips button head screws. They are not as deep as a pan head and have a wider diameter head, sort of look like a shallow umbrella. Sorry for the bad info. Have a good day!

John
John Progess

It doesn't really matter what you use. A phillips panhead screw is what I will use on mine. The part won't show after installed. Originally was a #4 but to assure a tight fit I will use a #6.

R J Brown

Thanks R.J.! Cheers! I wonder if I should include a "star washer" to ensure they don't work themselves out?
Robert Maupin

can't hurt. probably help.
I just installed a headliner in my daughters Toyota pickup truck.
I got a package of spring clips from Office Depot. After securing the bows. I totally installed the headliner using only the clips. After trimming and fitting and getting it to look smooth and even with just the clips I glued it down one side at a time. I used glue that I got from an upholstery shop. Some kind of contact cement, I will try to get a name. Using a plumbers flux brush I painted it on the fabric and the metal that were to go together then let it dry. Then reinstalled each side using the clips while the glue cured completely. I am about to do my coupe. Maybe I should photograph the install to post.
R J Brown

Please do, R.J.!!!
M. D.

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