Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
1990 Ford Mustang Coupe Interior Restoration Part 3
MM&FF Concludes its Fox-Body Interior Restoration Series.
Over the last two issues, we've gutted our resident '90 Fox-body Mustang coupe, insulated the interior cabin with sound-deadening material from Thermo-Tec, and begun reassembling the interior space with new and reconditioned components. It's been an arduous journey, but in the end, we were rewarded with a luscious, semi-custom black interior that's clean, comfortable, and quite inviting-one that really makes us want to drive our coupe.
For this installment, we went to Latemodel Restoration Supply (LRS) for the majority of components. It specializes in Mustang restoration and knows the platforms extremely well-we don't know of anyone else that offers such a comprehensive line of restoration parts for the Fox-body Mustang. LRS's multi-piece bolt and screw kit is a must for anyone considering a full-tilt restoration like we just did. It'll save you time, not to mention that the screw and bolt heads all have a new appearance to them. Believe us, rusty old ones will show up, especially in a black interior.
As extensive as LRS's product line is, though, there are some items that it just doesn't have yet. When it comes to that point, you have to use what you have in the car already, or maybe a slightly better used version from another car. We found on several occasions that we had broken or completely missing parts that we needed. To that end, we relied on AMP Performance in Phoenix, Arizona, to provide us with fine used examples from the company's salvage yard.re.
While AMP has a huge inventory of new performance parts for your pony, it also keeps a salvage yard full of late-model Mustangs for times like this. According to AMP's Tom Thompson, approximately 50 percent of those in need of salvage parts are Fox owners, and the '94-'98 and '99-'04 owners make up the rest of inquiries. AMP sent us a number of parts that we would have otherwise been in bad shape without.
This month, we reassemble the coupe's interior, adding new carpet, a package tray, and a headliner, as well as new door panels and power switch gear. We also bolted in the new Corbeau GTSII front seats and the recovered rear seat.
The black suede leather really turns up the luxury factor in our otherwise inexpensive Fox coupe. Corbeau worked tirelessly with LRS to get a product line of rear seat covers for most late-model Mustangs, whether you have the factory upholstery or aftermarket threads like the Corbeau seating that we have. While we opted for the black microsuede, Corbeau and LRS also offer polished leather, and even two-tone leather in a couple combinations.
Other key components that have turned this Mustang into a proper ride include the LRS leather-wrapped factory steering wheel, the crystal clear gauge lens, and a new car scent. The end result turned out way better than we expected. It has a factory look, but it's more modern and more luxurious.
If you're not lucky enough to have purchased a clean, low-mileage late-model Mustang, you can get the same feeling or better by restoring the interior yourself-with help from Latemodel Restoration Supply, Corbeau, and AMP Performance, of course. If you're unsure of how to do it yourself, just follow along as we cover the entire restoration in depth.
Now that we've had the interior apart, it occurred to us that the sound system is lacking quite a bit. Sounds like its time for an upgrade.