Modified Mustangs & Fords
'66 Mustang Interior Upgrades Colt Of Personality - Part 2 - A Safer Ride Bar None
Keep yourself planted with a street rollbar and harnesses for early Mustangs
In the February '12 issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords, you may have caught our previous interior upgrade installment on our resident '66 fastback project car, a Colt of Personality. This month, we continue on our upgrade path with the addition of a Mustangs Plus street rollbar and removable crossbrace, along with Corbeau's A4 bucket seats and five-point harnesses.
While our Colt was equipped with factory restraints, they simply aren't going to be enough given the upcoming changes we'll be making to the suspension, drivetrain, and wheel/tire package. We're also looking to spend a bit of time on various road and autocross courses, and the last thing you want to worry about is being securely fastened in the car.
The great thing about the modifications we will be making is that they will be reversible with a bit of work if you're worried about the value of your vintage Mustang. Before you make any purchases, though, be sure to check with sanctioning body of your local track or organization, as safety requirements can differ between them.
Since we wanted to retain the use of the back seat, we called up Mustangs Plus in Stockton, California, and ordered one of its street rollbars. This piece fits '65-'70 Mustangs, with different versions for coupes, fastbacks, and convertibles. The four-point Street bar doesn't include a crossbrace, however Mustangs Plus does offer both permanent weld-in and removable braces, the latter of which we chose for this project. The Street bar for fastbacks (PN 04274) retails for $389.95, while the removable crossbrace (PN 02502) for the same model sells for $94.95. The crossbrace has tabs that will need to be welded in, but after that, there are just two bolts that allow you to resume access to your back seat.
We covered the Corbeau A4 bucket seats in the previous installment in all their leather-clad glory, as well as Corbeau's five-point harness belts. The 3-inch, five-point harness belts we chose were equipped with the optional camlock, but a traditional latch and link quick release is available--both are SFI 16.1 approved. Check out the photos and captions to see how the installation procedure unfolds. We'll be upgrading the lighting on our pro-touring Pony next, before embarking on our TCI IFS suspension installation. Stay tuned.