1965-1970 Mustang Seat Tracks Restoration

During restorations, I give equal attention to the things you don’t see. Classic Mustang’s seat tracks are a good example, which may get the occasional WD40 treatment. Rust from interior moisture, embedded carpet fibers, and leftover food particles can make your seat tracks a bit sticky. Sure you could buy some new reproductions, but nothing works better than the original parts.

Mustang seat tracks are not that difficult to restore, but I would suggest taking a few pictures along the way. Each pair of seat tracks are held onto the seat with four raised Phillips head bolts. You will have to slide the tracks back and forth to remove them, but remove the large spring first. Don’t forget the big spring, or it may hurt. Next, remove the small springs, and flatten one of the tabs on either end of each track (see pictures #3, #4). Then slide the track toward the flattened tab. The first pair of white track guides and one of the metal rollers should fall out. Afterwards, slide the track back and forth to allow the other guides and roller to fall out. Now you’re ready to clean them up. I first cleaned the guides with carburertor cleaner, and polished the rollers with a wire wheel. I sand blasted the other parts to get all the rust off. You can sand them by hand, but it may take a long time that way.

Next, I primed the sand blasted parts in Dupli-Color’s Self-Etching Primer (#DAP 1690) before painting them. I used three coats of Dupli-Color’s Semi-Gloss Black Enamel (#DA 1603) to paint all the parts. I allowed five hours for the parts to dry before re-assembling the seat tracks. Now, put them back together in the reverse order, but make sure you apply some grease while doing so. The white guides will only go on one way with the curve part facing out. Once they’re together, bend the fattened tab back up. Then, carefully re-install all the small springs. Next install the rod adjuster to both seat tracks just before re-attaching the tracks back onto the seats. Afterwards, adjust the rod adjuster just enough that both levers pull to release the track sliders. Make sure both tracks are even before re-install the large spring back onto your seat. Before re-installing the seats back into your Mustang, it’s a good idea to run a thread die down the seat mounting studs, and a thread tap on the nuts as well. Cleaning all the bolthole threads during your restoration will save you a few headaches. Now your seat tracks should work as smooth as butter.

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