Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
March 13, 2015

If you go to enough car shows, you’ve probably seen a few classic Mustangs that have a nicely detailed and trimmed-out trunk that matches the custom interior. Usually this is a pricey modification, often requiring the services of an upholstery and interior professional. Not only are you paying top dollar for materials, but you’re also paying for their creativity, craftsmanship, and time. There is, however, a less expensive, DIY alternative to achieving that same finished and detailed look in your trunk and it comes from Mustangs To Fear.

The Mustangs To Fear trunk kit retails for just $495 and consists of several plywood panels and several ABS panels, along with a section of carpet. All of the hardware to put it together is included, and Mustangs To Fear preassembles each kit before it goes out the door, so all of the holes are already drilled in the correct locations. Currently available for 1967-1968 Mustang coupe, fastback, and convertibles, the staff is working towards covering the ’65-’66 models next, followed by the ’69-’70 models.

“As soon as we come out with one, everyone else comes knocking,” noted Mustangs To Fear owner Rich Smith. Smith told us that he plans to have the ’65-’66 kits available by the second quarter of 2015, and possibly the later model Mustangs by the end of that year. The current trunk kit for ’67-’78 Mustangs can accept stock taillights or flat LED taillights, just let them know what you have when ordering. The standard trunk kit color is black, though Mustangs To Fear can work with you should you need a something different.

“We’re very flexible and can help out customers with some custom applications,” noted Smith. The kit was also designed to allow for the installation of high-end audio systems that utilize subwoofers and amplifiers. All you need to do is carefully cut the material as needed and bolt your components in. Post installation, we noticed quite a bit of room between the rear seat brace and the forward trunk panel, which should provide ample space for subwoofers. There’s also a decent amount of room behind the side panels as well.

“A lot of these guys aren’t taking the time to do something with the trunk,” Smith told us. “We didn’t want something that required a lot of fab work, just something extremely simple for the average user to install.” Mustangs To Fear also has a friendly tech line that can answer any questions you may have.

We installed the trunk kit on a 1968 Mustang coupe restomod, mainly because we needed to hide a less than appealing-looking ECM for the EFI engine up front. We also want the inside to look as good as the outside, and the Mustangs To Fear trunk kit takes care of both issues. Check out the captions to see how easy the installation really is.

1. Mustangs To Fear includes all of the components and hardware to install its trunk kit in any ’67-’68 Mustang. The parts are constructed from plywood and quality ABS plastic, and the entire kit retails for just $495.

2. Sure this trunk looks pretty good, what with the bedliner and epoxy primer making everything look nice and neat. But no one wants to set things on top of the gas tank, and there’s no way to keep things from sliding around or getting lost down the sides of the quarter panels. By adding an extra layer to the area behind the rear seats, we will also be reducing the noise coming from the rear tires and the exhaust.

3. While you can pretty much get away with using just a plain old Phillips-head screwdriver for the whole installation, we opted for a battery-powered impact driver. We planned to mock up the trunk kit first and then reinstall the kit once we knew everything fit to our liking. The impact driver saves time at that point.

4. The large floor panels go in first, followed by the front support beam. The floor panels are seemed down the middle with a lap joint, and the front support beam helps the floor panels stay rigid across the trunk floor.

5. Next up is the front vertical support. This piece screws to the front support beam at the bottom and then it is secured to the bottom of the package tray at the top using supplied angle brackets. We later found that these brackets worked best when mounted on the inside of the front vertical panel.

6. With the floor and front vertical panel secured, you can then mock up the ABS panels. It may take test-fitting the pieces a few times to work out what fits best for your application. We found the ABS panels fit nicely together and there were no gaps to be seen anywhere.

7. Here you can see how the floor panels are seemed down the middle, and you can also see how the ABS panels shape out the trunk area. There is still plenty of trunk space left at this point.

8. Installing the carpet is next. We removed the ABS panels and cut the carpet to fit the floor space, keeping in mind where the panels rest once installed. Measure twice, cut once and you won’t have any unsightly gaps in coverage. If you do, just whip out some black spray paint, or order another piece from MTF. They provide a quality loop-style carpet to maintain that vintage look.

9. With regard to the front vertical panel, you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of clearance between the panel and the hinges. Like everywhere else on a classic Mustang, tolerances vary from car to car. We found that the driver’s side hinge contacted the panel during its travel, so we simply trimmed the ABS panel to allow the needed freedom of movement.

10. With the taillight and trunk latch panels in place, this trunk area is looking dapper indeed. The trunk latch panel can be cut to length at the bottom, as Mustangs To Fear has found that the latch heights vary from car to car.

11. With simulated leather texture on the panels and the quality loop-style carpeting, this trunk now looks like someone spent thousands of dollars at the local upholstery shop. Nope, we did it ourselves with a screwdriver—well, an impact driver, but you get the point.