We know our readers drive their cars every chance they get, but the more miles you rack up the more it becomes evident that the stock seats are the biggest throwback to ’60s engineering and design. Ford didn’t even offer a headrest on most applications until the late 1960s (not counting dealer-installed Rotunda options). Today’s cars are a different story with “active this” and “automatic that,” and that includes the headrests on many cars today as well. However, adding headrests to your classic Mustang is now a whole lot easier thanks to the forward thinking engineers at TMI Products.
Why add headrests to your first gen Mustang’s seats? At the very top of that list is safety, of course. The early Mustang’s low-back seating offers absolutely zero head and neck protection in the case of an accident. A rear-end collision and its ensuing whiplash injury can be devastating, debilitating, and often long-term. Having a headrest installed greatly reduces the chance of injury. Just like a seatbelt though, you have to have one installed and use it for it to protect you.
Besides the obvious safety benefit, adding a bolt-on headrest solution like the TMI Products headrest kit offers driver and front seat passenger comfort on extended drives, too
Besides the obvious safety benefit, adding a bolt-on headrest solution like the TMI Products headrest kit offers driver and front seat passenger comfort on extended drives, too. The headrest kit features OE-style mechanisms to secure the headrest in multiple positions to match the passenger’s seating comfort/height and is available in all ’65-’67 Mustang OE interior colors. The headrests also feature a ratchet position adjustment that allows the user to select one of four headrest forward angle positions (similar to the ’13 Mustang OE design). Just pull the headrest forward and it will ratchet to the next position. When you get to the full forward position just pull the headrest forward again and it will ratchet and reset to the first position.
Installation requires light upholstery work (you’ll need some hog rings and hog ring pliers) and can be done in-car if you desire. Removing the seats is at the installer’s discretion for working room/cleanliness. We found it was easy to simply remove the seatbacks from our subject vehicle and transfer them to our workbench for the installation versus getting under the car for full seat removal. The choice is up to you, however, the installation is not time consuming and requires no drilling/welding; just some basic handtools and perhaps an hour of your time. Read on to see how easy the installation is.
Having a headrest installed greatly reduces the chance of injury.