I pulled the interior and carpet on the 1965 convertible Mustang with the intention of replacing pretty much everything. I wasn’t sure what condition the floor pans would be in, but I’ve patched and replaced pans in other mustangs, so the prospect doesn’t frighten me too much.
(I can only pray that sticky stuff on the steering wheel is oil…)
(One of my neighbors called the color “titty pink” back in the 60′s. Sounds about right.)
(The secret to restoring vinyl: If you overexpose your photos, white seats always look great!)
Next I sanded down any surface rust in the pan and sprayed it expoxy primer. I also sanded down the door interiors and dash, taped them off, sprayed with epoxy primer, and the painted with 1965 Ford interior white paint:
(Stuffing your mustang in a big plastic bag is NOT an appropriate disposal method)
I also removed the center console and re-sprayed that as well. The chrome on the console is less than perfect, but it is still very presentable, and at the cost of replacing the chrome, I opted to instead keep it. I then went ahead and replaced the carpeting with a carpet kit from CJ’s Pony Parts:
(The instructions said “PRE-MOLDED”. Technically true, but hardly “plug-and-play”)
Once the carpet was done, I reassembled the interior and replaced the padded dash which had been warped over the years due to sun and age. Along with the new carpet and paint, I also replaced the steering wheel and horn ring. Here’s what the new interior looks like:
(Strategic angles prevent you from seeing the missing kick panel)
(Now, if only I had fixed the rear window cranks while the interior was out!)
The new interior looks and feels great! I’m thrilled to have it done, and the only thing I’m thinking of doing to the interior now is either refinishing or replacing the gauge cluster, but other than that I have no complaints. Having done the interior on a ’65 coupe in the past, I have to say that the convertible was much easier considering that I could put the top down as I worked on it!