Replacing The Headliner And Rubber Seals On A 1972 Ford Mustang Fastback – San Diego, California

     The 1971 thru 1973 Mustangs were the last of the great body styles that ended in the pursuit of smaller, more gas efficient engines. It wouldn’t be until almost ten years later until the Mustang started to pick up momentum again. Unfortunately, far less of the early 70 Mustangs survived the junk yards, and many of the parts are harder to find.  The 1971 thru 1973 Mustangs are picking up popularity, and I’ve seen some real nice restored ones at the car shows. This 1972 Fastback looks nice on the outside, but the interior was tired and worn.

     The customer wanted the old headliner replaced.  Reproduction parts are slowly catching up, and most of the interior soft trim are available, but most of the plastic trim are not. Such as the front pillar trim. They ‘re usually the first ones to desintegrate due to the direct sun exposure. This 1972 had one left, but did not survive being removed. The front pillar trim is a part of the headliner trim. Back then, manufactures started using less metal trim and chrome.  Plastic and urethane were becoming cheaper and more mainstream to use, but did not survive the elements too well.  Fortunately, this one still had the metal front windshield header trim.  It helps to anchor the headliner towards the front. The rubber seals were all original and dried out, so those were replaced too. Before the customer replaces the carpet, he wanted to make sure that the interior stayed dry.

     The weather stripping was hard, and no longer sealed out the elements.  Before installing the headliner, the back glass was pulled, and a new seal was installed afterward by AG Auto Glass of San Diego. The headliner is anchored under the rear window seal. If it is not anchored properly, it will come loose over a short period of time. Since I was replacing the roof rail seals, I removed the roof rail channels to get a better grip on the headliner on the sides. While installing the headliner, the customer cleaned the channels before re-installing. Once the seals were installed, the rear quarter window and door glass needed to be re-adjusted. While the customer was removing the old vertical quarter seals, he noticed that the steel channels holding them were coming loose, so I reset them before putting them back in. Luckily, that was done before the new quarter seals. The new ones went on so tight, that it took both of us to re-install them. The trunk had a little rust, so the customer installed the trunk seal himself, and he also treated any visible rust with POR15. It’s always a great idea to take care of anything you may see when the interior is all out.

If your 1971 thru 1973 Mustang needs some TLC, then give Classic Resto Garage a call at a 619-929-8506, or fill the contact form.

Happy Cruising!

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