Jim Smart
April 8, 2011
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4 Fuel System Safety & Capacity

Give your classic Mustang range and added safety with a couple of important upgrades you can perform in your driveway. Mustangs from '65 to '68 came with 16-gallon fuel tanks, which don't offer much range. In 1970, Ford switched to a 22-gallon fuel tank. Installing the '70 Mustang 22-gallon tank in a '65-68 Mustang is easy, involving only a tank swap and modification to the fuel filler neck. If you use the 16-gallon tank's fuel sending unit, expect your gas gauge to remain on full for a longer period of time. Use the '70 sending unit for more linear operation.

TankArmor from The Antioch Mustang Stable protects your Mustang's fuel tank from damage when objects are thrown in the trunk carelessly. It also contributes to fuel tank safety in a rear end collision. Install a rear seat barrier while you're at it for added protection.

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5 Use High-Pressure Fuel Injection Hose

When you're outfitting your Mustang's fuel system, stay away from conventional fuel line hose with 1960s technology. Instead, go with high-pressure fuel injection hose, which is more resistant to the harsh additives used in automotive fuels today and has a much higher burst pressure limit. Although fuel injection hose is thicker, it is also safer. Use adjustable worm gear or screw clamps for best results.

6 Braided Brake Hose

Driving your Mustang regularly calls for the most durable components you can install. Although stainless steel braided brake hoses are not stock in appearance, they are a nice hidden modification that is safer and offers a firmer pedal. StopFlex braided brake hoses from Classic Tube are designed and manufactured specifically for your classic Mustang. Think of StopFlex hoses as the last brake hoses you will ever have to buy for your Mustang because they're corrosion resistant and yield no volumetric expansion, which means a firmer pedal and more immediate brake response. These hoses are money well spent and easy to install in an afternoon, yielding a safer braking system. Don't forget to flush your brake system and install fresh fluid while you're at it. Brake systems should be flushed every two years no matter how often you drive your Mustang.

7 Step Up To Front Disc Brakes

One of the most affordable and certainly the most important modifications you can make to improve driving safety is the installation of front disc brakes and a dual braking system ('65-'66). You don't have to install expensive high-end disc brakes with jumbo sized brake rotors. Stock single-piston front disc brakes will vastly improve braking performance. A dual braking system makes things safer because you will have some braking effectiveness should one system fail. Stainless Steel Brakes offers a wide variety of disc brake system options, including box stock, at affordable prices.

8 Buckets For Your Bucket

This is one of the best restomod concepts to come along in a long time for classic Mustang interiors. TMI Products introduced the classic Mustang Sport Seat a few years back and it has been a phenomenal success thanks to its good looks and extraordinary comfort. At last, a classic Mustang bucket seat made for your bucket with big bolsters, deep, thick foam padding, and that classic look you want and need for your Mustang. This seat does its best work where you sit, yet it looks stone stock when you eyeball the car with the doors closed. And when you do open the doors, people will look at your interior wondering what makes it so different, yet the same. The Sport Seat isn't something you buy as an assembly, but rather you reupholster your existing bucket seats with the Sport Seat kit that includes both foam and upholstery. Ask Mustangs Plus about custom stitching and head rests for your TMI Sport Seats.

9 Dressed For Success

Here's a quick way to simplify your Mustang's engine accessory drive system. Vintage Air calls this accessory front dress system the FrontRunner for small-block Ford V-8s. The reason we suggest the FrontRunner is simplicity and durability for driver Mustangs. There's one serpentine belt that drives the power steering, air conditioning, alternator, and water pump. This belt is designed to last 75,000 miles. Because you're running late-model components, count on more than 100,000 miles of service life, which makes this modification a no-brainer. The FrontRunner tucks all accessories in close and tight, which leaves room for maintenance issues like spark plug changes and valve adjustment. It also cleans up your Mustang's engine compartment with a good-looking front dress system that will last a lifetime.