Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
January 5, 2012

Not too many people think about their Mustang's trunk compartment. Often the first thought is to purchase the "correct" plaid or speckled mat, plop it down on top of the gas tank, and maybe add a matching tire cover and "jack bag." That's all well and good for the concours crowd (though technically the tire never had a cover from the factory), but for those of you waving the restomod flag and wanting to set your car apart from the others, it's quite easy to clean up your trunk compartment and add a little flash for the judges or cruise night patrons.

Depending upon budget and skill sets, we've seen everything from trunk compartments given the beaded aluminum panel look to something simple like body color sprayed in bed liner material. The choices are almost endless if you have a little imagination.

Detailing your trunk should play into your restomod Mustang's overall theme. If the car has some carbon fiber or brushed aluminum accents in the interior, carry that into the trunk compartment. If your Mustang has an abundance of chrome under the hood and on the body, add a splash of chrome to your trunk compartment. Most importantly, keep it functional. If you drive your Mustang to events and put regular mileage on it, be sure to have a functioning spare tire, jack, lug wrench, and basic tools in the trunk. You can easily keep the trunk functional while looking show ready for the judges.

Our '68 Mustang coupe seen here is certainly having a "bad trunk day," complete with bare metal floor, no spare tire to speak of, and just an overall look that says "keep the trunk lid closed, I'm okay with losing the points." With the help of Mustangs Unlimited, we're going to turn this sparsely appointed trunk compartment into a thing of show winning beauty over a Sunday afternoon using Mustangs Unlimited's pre-cut trunk carpet kit, a few emergency goodies, and we had the owner pony up (sorry, bad pun!) for a fifth Cragar S/S wheel and matching tire, just in case a flat tire tries to prevent him from making the next MCA National (again). Take a look at the results and then start making your own trunk detailing list for your Mustang.

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