Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
October 9, 2012

A stock interior is just that--stock, and that just won't do for us when we have the word "modified" in the title of our magazine. Stock interiors are fine if you have a concours show Mustang, but those of us who like to hit the track or road course, or even just enjoy a nice off-ramp on the way home from work know that those basic Mustang seats and single lap belts don't do much in the way of support. If you're holding onto the steering wheel for dear life, you're not controlling your Mustang; it's controlling you.

Our '70 Mustang coupe is not only stock between the doorsills, but is in some need of some serious TLC. While the seats may be in good shape--without any damage/tears, or frame breakage--they offer little to no support for spirited driving. Although the '70 does come with three-point belts from the factory, the belt webbing is literally turning to fibrous dust and the two-part belt setup (where the lap and shoulder are buckled separately) causes confusion for passengers. Lastly, the dash gauges are largely unreadable due to 40 years of sun fading, scratches, and yellowing, not to mention the cracked steering wheel, lack of any audio system, and carpet that is threadbare.

Our plan of attack is simple, yank it all out to the bare floor/dash and add fresh carpet along with recovering the seats in something a little "grippier" for our back sides, adding modern style three-point belts, and some basic audio that will let the owner enjoy the drive to and from the dragstrip a bit more. But we're not just going back in with the stock blue interior either. Future plans call for a repaint with some sort of black-out hood or possibly black stripes. To play into the black and blue exterior theme, we're going to two-tone the interior. We'll do this by keeping the steel door shells, dash pad, quarter trim, and headliner the original blue, while adding black carpet, black seats, and black seatbelts. Our friends at TMI Products promised us a touch of blue accenting in the seats, so we're anxious to see what they look like, but that'll have to wait until next month. Due to deadlines and the turnaround time on custom upholstery, we're only going to have time to recondition the main cabin and we'll tackle the seat covers and reinstalling the seats and door panels in the next issue.

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