Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 1, 2009

The Fox-body Mustang that many of us know and love is now 30 years old. It's hard to absorb that since most of the late-model, fuel-injected versions that we own and modify are a bit newer, but the chassis design is old. The rest of the car, at best, is 16 years old.

Most cars this age have well over 100,000 miles and have seen numerous owners over the years. It's not hard to find a decent Fox-body ('79-'93), but finding one where the interior colors are not three different shades of the same color and the ashtray door isn't broke is a horse of another color. In this issue, and the next two, we're going to perform a comprehensive interior restoration on our resident '90 coupe, and show you every little detail that's involved in bringing your Pony back from the edge of being another cash-for-clunkers victim.

This is what the car looked like when we bought it. Over time, we replaced the rug with a somewhat clean 140,000-mile carpet, and added some newer front seats, but for the most part, it was still trashed.

Our project Recession Special Mustang has been a hit with readers for its low-buck theme, and despite keeping the costs low on its recent paint job, the car looks great and up to date. The interior, however is another story. When we purchased the car a few years ago, the interior was literally in pieces that were piled in the car in no apparent order. We couldn't find 6 square inches of clean carpet, and it really showed that it's previous 12 owners just didn't care for it very well.

We made some minor improvements to the interior so it wasn't completely hideous and disgusting when we started driving it, and this is about as low buck as you can go with renovating your interior. You can scour the local ads or swap meets for better looking parts, but you'll never get that fresh, clean and new feeling back in your Mustang unless you buy new components. It's not an inexpensive endeavor, but the good news is that you can buy pieces here and there, and some time down the road, you'll have that nice, new interior that your Mustang deserves.

With that, we turned to Latemodel Restoration Supply in Hewitt, Texas, to help us restore our project's interior, and bring it up to a contemporary level of comfort and sophistication. Latemodel Restoration is the premier source for late-model Mustang restoration components, and the company has just about everything you might need. If you don't see what you are looking for in LRS's huge catalog or on its vast website, the company is most likely in the process of obtaining reproduction parts so be sure to call and talk to the staff.

Our car had a hodgepodge of seating, so we called upon one of Latemodel's suppliers, Corbeau, to provide us with proper seating for our coupe. The suede leather GTSII bucket seats that Corbeau sent are spectacularly comfortable, and the company now offers matching rear seat upholstery to recover your back seats as well.

Part of our interior restoration includes the use of modern sound-deadening materials like the Suppressor and Super Sonic Mat from Thermo-Tec. When we dismantled the interior, most of the factory sound-deadening material basically turned to dust. Latemodel offers replacements for most of these, but we ordered up the Thermo-Tec products because we liked the sound-deadening and heat-reflection properties of the material.

In this installment, we've gutted the inside of the car, and installed the sound deadening material. Over the next two issues, we'll be showing you the right way to change the color of your interior, and reinstall the new components from Latemodel Restoration Supply and Corbeau. Stay tuned for this monstrous upholstery upheaval.

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