Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
February 1, 2012

It became readily apparent as we flung our latest project car around the corners on Gainesville Raceway's road course that if we were to continue with our present course, it wouldn't be long before the driver of said Mustang would slide right out of the car or lose control of it while shifting back and forth in the seat. The stock buckets had to go, as they offered no lateral grip, and the large, factory steering wheel posed issues as well, as it was often difficult, if not impossible, to heel-toe downshift, and in extreme turning situations, your hand could easily get lodged between the wheel and your legs. It was time for a change.

Thankfully, there is no lack of aftermarket options when it comes to our favorite Pony car, and our first call was to Corbeau for a resolution to our seating issue. Knowing we planned to increase our Colt of Personality's lateral grip both with suspension upgrades and modern rubber, we picked out a pair of front seats that would keep us firmly planted in the cockpit no matter what direction the car was moving. This would not only increase our level of comfort from an every-day standpoint, but it would allow us to concentrate on driving the car, rather than worrying about stabilizing ourselves during maneuvers.

To that end, we ordered a pair of Corbeau A4 bucket seats in black leather. The A4 is an adjustable racing seat that was designed for tight spaces and minimal headroom applications such as our Mustang. The A4 will fit up to a 34- to 36-inch waist, while an optional A4 Wide will fit up to a 38- to 40-inch waist. With the cloth models, high wear patches are strategically placed to protect your seat from abuse. Prices for the A4 racing seat start at $320 each for cloth, with leatherette high wear patches, while our leather-clad seats go for $539.

As good as the A4 seats are, they're incredibly more helpful with a proper set of harnesses to hold you in. Corbeau offers a number of harness belts, and we opted for the five-point camlock harnesses, which retail for $149--a latch and link harness is offered for $99. The five-point harness belts feature lightweight pull-down-length adjusters, and are SFI 16.1-approved.

To mount the harnesses, we called up Mustangs Plus and ordered one of its Street Bars for the fastback. While the Street Bar by itself doesn't have a center bar to mount the harnesses to, we also ordered the Mustangs Plus removable harness bar so we could keep the back seat functional as well.

Though it was in decent shape, we didn't feel right about setting the new leather seats down on the present carpet, so we called National Parts Depot, which sent us a fresh black two-piece rug, as well as a box of Hushmat sound deadener to quiet down the cabin.

While installing the new seats, we realized that they simply sat too high in the car, so we had to modify the factory seat risers to adjust the height. You can read all about how we accomplished that in the captions here, and be sure to check back next month as we work to complete the installation of the rollbar, rear seat, and more.

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