Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
July 23, 2007
Photos By: The Mustang Monthly Archives

Upholstered Package Trays
TMI Products has added upholstered package trays for '65-'68 Mustang hardtops to its extensive line of Mustang interior parts. "Our new coupe package trays bring a custom, finished look to an interior by replacing the painted fiberboard factory package trays with a more refined version, upholstered to perfectly match the rest of the interior," says TMI's Dean Satterfield. "Everyone knows that it's the fine details that can really make or break a project, and this is one of the easiest ways to bring a truly 'finished' look to an interior." Available with or without cutouts for stereo speakers, the new package trays are made of tough Masonite and covered with TMI's automotive grade vinyls. The kits are easy to install and come in original Mustang colors and patterns, as well as TMI's new carbon-fiber-look and brushed-aluminum-look vinyls.

Stealthy AM/FM
Part of the fun with restomodding is adding stealthy modifications. It doesn't get much better than the new USA-66 AM/FM radio from Custom Auto Sound. The radio looks identical to the factory's optional '65-'66 AM/FM, right down to the sliding AM/FM bar, push buttons, and analog dial. But behind the USA-66's original appearance lies 200 watts of stereo power along with a dedicated input for CA's 10-disc CD changer, an auxiliary input for iPods and other MP3 players, and line-out connections for an amplifier. Best of all, the radio mounts perfectly into the '65-'66 Mustang's original instrument panel opening.

Racy Gauges
Owners have been replacing the fluctuating factory gauges with more accurate aftermarket ones ever since the first Mustangs rolled off the Dearborn assembly line. Today, JME Enterprises makes it easy to upgrade with billet-aluminum bezels filled with Auto Meter instruments, including the speedometer, tach, fuel level, oil pressure, water temperature, voltage, and so on, depending on the model year. Various finishes are available for '65-'66, '67-'68, and '69-'70 Mustangs, including black camera case, woodgrain, brushed aluminum, and carbon fiber. The JME clusters come assembled and prewired for simple installation. Check the Web site at to view the different combinations and finishes.

Shelby Style
Upgrading from a stock steering wheel to a wood Shelby version is as popular today as it was in the '60s. Mustangs Plus now offers a Shelby-style steering wheel that features classic styling in combination with today's quality components. The 15-inch lightweight steering wheel is aluminum framed and finished with a beautiful wood rim, complete with finger notches. It fits all '65-'73 Mustangs.

Shelby Pod
In 1965, Carroll Shelby realized that the Mustang needed more instrumentation for sporty driving, so he created a special pod to house two gauges-a tachometer and a smaller oil pressure-on the center of the instrument panel. The Shelby-style gauge pods are still available today from companies such as Tony D. Branda Mustang and Shelby Parts. For keeping modern tabs on things, you can install an Auto Meter 311/42-inch Sport Comp tach and a 2-inch Auto Meter oil pressure gauge.