Identify and Duplicate a Pony Interior
The Deluxe Interior option was a sophisticated upgrade for '65-'66 Mustangs
During a recent staff meeting, we were tossing around story ideas and came up this: What if someone had a '65 or '66 Mustang and wanted to convert the car to a Deluxe Interior? What parts would it take to do it? What bits make an authentic "Pony" Interior, as it is affectionately known?
We're going to answer those questions and more. People have been converting standard '65-'66 Mustang interiors to Pony cabins for years, and for good reason--they're desirable and look spectacular, especially in the bright colors that some cars came with.
On the one-year anniversary of the Mustang's introduction on April 17, 1965, the Pony Interior joined the GT package and bench-seat options as new available selections. Ever since, the Pony interior has been a hit in original guise and for those upgrading cars that didn't originally come with one.
We'll show you what a correct Pony Interior is comprised of and what's needed to upgrade an existing car with components available from vintage Mustang parts houses such as Mustang Country International. We frown upon trying to pass off a car as originally equipped with a Pony Interior, but believe there's nothing wrong with saying you've converted your car to a Pony Interior, creating a clone of sorts.
Finally, all available colors for Pony Interiors, along with other information about them, were presented in our April '03 issue.
Major Pony Interior Components
We asked Mustang Country to make up a list of required parts to convert a car to a Pony Interior. Here's what they came up with. Note the extra components needed to convert a standard '65 interior in a non-GT '65 car.
Parts Required for Pony Interior Conversion Item Price Seat upholstery $225.00 Seat buns (2 @ 59) 118.00 Kick panel 24.95 Kick-panel chrome 29.95 Kick-panel carpet 15.95 Woodgrain gauge-cluster bezel 44.95 Woodgrain glovebox door 89.95 Quarter-trim upholstery (coupe only) 39.00 Chrome corner cap 14.95 Door panels 149.95 Door-panel trim 119.95 Door-panel clips (30 @ .25) 7.50 Handcup mounting brackets 7.90 Door-panel cups 15.00 Door-panel-cup inserts 7.90 T-bird-type door handles (2 @ 20) 40.00 Door-handle escutcheons 9.95 Door-handle shaft and link assemblies (2 @ 15) 30.00 Door courtesy lamps (2 @ 30) 60.00 Wire looms for door lights 23.95 Screw kit 8.95 Deluxe steering wheel 349.00 Steering-wheel center cap 59.95 Stainless steel-trimmed accelerator pedal 10.95 Stainless steel brake-pedal trim (auto or manual) 7.95 Stainless-steel clutch-pedal trim 8.95 Total for all '66s or '65 GT: $1,511.60 to $1,520.55 Additional Parts Needed for '65 Standard Item Price Underdash wiring harness $395.00 Alternator wiring harness 23.95 Headlight wiring harness 114.95 Engine-gauge wiring harness 35.95 Oil sending unit 19.95 Oil sending-unit extension 24.95 Used five-dial gauge cluster 150.00 '66 glovebox latch 29.95 Total Additional $794.70 Total for Converting from '65 Standard Interior: $2,306.30 to $2,315.25