Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 29, 2011

Original-style vinyl headliners can be a pain to replace or install. Proper replacement requires the removal of the windshield and rear glass so the vinyl can be tucked underneath the rubber molding. For most vintage Mustang owners, replacing a headliner means a trip to an upholstery shop.

That’s about to change. With Mustangs to Fear’s new one-piece headliner, ’67-’68 fastback owners can replace their original vinyl headliner with a modern ABS version without pulling the windshield. Better yet, the headliner is available with an upper console with map lights, which was a factory option for ’67-’68 Mustang fastbacks and hardtops. Made from textured ABS for an upholstered look, the one-piece headliner also gains 2 inches of head room, an especially attractive feature for taller drivers.

Ideally, the Mustangs to Fear one-piece headliner can be installed during a car’s restoration or buildup, prior to the installation of the interior trim and window glass. That way, the headliner can be in place when the windshield molding is installed. However, as we learned at Classic Creations of Central Florida, the ABS headliner is easily installed in a car with the molding in place as long as the rubber is relatively new and supple. As Classic Creation’s Merv Rego pointed out during the installation into customer Alan Colding’s ’68 fastback, it would be difficult to slip the headliner underneath an aged, brittle molding without potentially damaging the rubber. On the ’67-’68 fastback, the rear of the headliner is retained by a panel, either the original two-piece metal panel or Mustangs to Fear’s one-piece ABS version, available separately.

The standard headliner is priced at $349.95; the console version is $699.95. Currently, the Mustangs to Fear one-piece headliner is available for ’67-’68 fastbacks, with a hardtop version in the works. Watch for a one-piece headliner, with a console option, for ’65-’66 Mustangs in the near future.

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