Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
August 1, 2007
MM&FF Fan George Xenos assisted with this upholstery renovation. The rear-seat bottom was one of the easier portions of the project, as you only have hog-ring fasteners to contend with. You'll want to install the new cover and secure it at the front of the seat before you move to the back edge. This way, the seam between the cloth and vinyl will be in the right place. After they're both secured, cut the holes for the seatbelt buckles.

It's True. Our beloved Fox-body Mustang is getting old. An '87 vintage Pony is coming up on 21 years of age, and in many cases, those years really show. While the 5.0L powerplant is fairly bulletproof to 150,000 miles, the interior never seems to keep up. The plastic door cups are the first to go, followed by the ashtray door, armrest lid, and door pockets. The plastic parts get dry and brittle, and the door pockets, if you have them, droop and get caught in the door. This ruins not only the pockets, but also the doorjamb seal. The last thing to go is the factory seat upholstery as years of use and abuse take their toll.

Unfortunately, 5.0 Mustangs get passed around quite a bit, and since the drivetrain lasts so long, the interior shows the majority of the vehicle's age. Daily use, track trips, cigarette burns, coffee stains, and 5-year-old fast-food deposits all conspire to create a less than ideal interior surrounding. There's hope, though, as we're here to show you how to renew your Pony's upholstery with help from Latemodel Restoration Supply (LRS).

For just $399.95, you can refurbish your Mustang's seats and give them that new-car look once again. The interior kit comes with two front seatback and seat bottom covers, a back-seat bottom cover, and two rear seatback covers. An installation kit is also included and provides the necessary plastic and hog-ring fasteners to secure the covers to the seats.

While we had the seats out, we also ditched the factory rug for an Auto Custom Carpet piece, along with some Pony-embroidered floor mats. You can get the ACC carpet and mats directly from LRS when you order your seat threads.

We didn't stop there, though, as our car's sunvisors had tossed in the towel long ago. The fold-down vanity-mirror flaps became three separate pieces as the material covering the cardboard flaps flaked off. This can cause the battery to run down if it's not taken care of. Another quick fix was the new chrome-plated metal door cups for the release levers. We picked these up from Pro-5.0 Shifters, and they come with new door lock pins. There won't be any more cracking where the screw holds it in, either.

Reupholstering your seats with the LRS covers isn't the most technical task, but if you take your time, you can do it in a weekend and everything will look good once it's done. The first front seat we did took about four hours, while the second took about three. We think we've got it down to about two now, but you'll want to be prepared for minor inconveniences.

The bracket that holds the power lumber switch on the driver-side seat wouldn't hold the switch securely, as its tabs broke off during removal. We Super Glued it together, but if you don't have any on hand, it can be a reasonable obstacle to a timely completion. We also ran into the problem with the driver-side forward release switch. This was an ongoing issue that we knew about, but it took an extra half-hour to figure out the actuation in the forward release and seat tilt levers.

All in all, you should be able to re-cover all four seats in about a day to a day and a half. The carpet installation probably adds another hour or two to the project, but the results are well worth the effort. After all, the interior is where you spend the majority of your time, so why not make it look and feel great? We've brought you really good instructions to help get you through the process, and if you can operate some simple handtools, you can accomplish this task. Take your time and make it look good.