Installing A New Dash Pad, Instrument Bezel And Dash Panels On A 1967-1968 Ford Mustang – San Diego, California

     Classic car dashes come in all shape, size and colors. They are the part of the interior that we see the most, and are the most decorative part of the interior. Some are very simple, but are still nice to look at just the same. The more complicated looking dashes are, the more time consuming they are to restore. As for Mustangs, the 1967-1968 Mustang dashes take the most time to restore. The dash panels are made of plastic, so great care needs to be taken when fitting them up against the dash pad. If your replacing the dash pad, you have to do several test fits through the assembly process. Do not expect the new dash panels and new dash pad to just go right in. You’ll find they don’t go together easily, and will look misaligned the first time. I always get them to fit great, but I will do some trimming and shimming in the process.
     I first pre-fit the dash pads two or three times, and trim them to get the best fit. If you’re replacing the plastic panels too, they have to be prepped before fitting them. They are attached by special self-tapping nuts. Before fitting the dash panels, I carefully heat the dash with a heat gun. This ensures that the panels do not snap in two, or the studs don’t break off on the backings. Once the main panel is installed above the glove box, I then start to pre-fit and align the smaller panels. That is where most of the aligning needs to done. The last parts of the dash to go together are the instrument bezel cluster and heater/ac control panel. I think the 1967-1968 Mustang dashes are the most beautiful of all Classic Mustang dashes. Don’t you?

If you want to make your dash looking better than new, then give Classic Resto Garage a call at a 619-929-8506, or fill the contact form.

Happy Cruising!

 

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Repairing 1965-1966 Mustang Pony Door Panels, And Installing 1967 Mustang Deluxe Door Panels – San Diego, California

The Pony and Deluxe interior decor groups are the most popular interior options for Classic Mustangs.  Before I get into the article, here is a quick education on these interior options.  For 1965-1966 Mustangs, the interiors were called Pony, and they have galloping ponies in the upper seat panels. For 1967 Mustangs, the interiors were called Deluxe, and Ford started using chrome rectangular buttons on the upper seat panels.  All the Classic Mustang interiors after 1967 were called Deluxe.

Pony and Deluxe door panels are harder to install, and take more care when removing and re-installing than standard door panels. The two enemies are moisture, and improper removal. Ford used paper water shields to try to protect the door panels from moisture. If you’re going 100% concourse, then you should replace them with the stock water shields. If you want better protection, then use a heave clear plastic like they use in newer cars. Improper door panel removal causes the most damage. You have to get directly behind the clips with a non-scratching clip removal tool. Even then, you have to be careful not to tear the cardboard backings. If they get damaged, I can usually repair them. The one thing you want to avoid is drilling holes through the outer stainless moldings to aid in re-attach them to the door. Please Don’t Drill! New molding are expensive!

If your replacing worn door panels or converting to Pony or Deluxe interior, they take careful preparation. First you have to make sure the new panels are flat or slightly bowed towards the door.  If they are bowed outward, they will be very difficult to install, and paint damage may result. Then, the moldings have to be removed off of the old panels without bending them, and installed onto the new panels with care as well. Some trimming of the edges of the new door panels may need to be done before installing the moldings. Lastly, carefully install the door panel clips in the exact location as the old ones. Pre-fitting the door panels a few times will be necessary, and using the correct clips are very important. The clips are different for the standard panels and Pony/Deluxe panels.  If the clips are not correct, you will bend them or tear the new cardboard backings. Good preparation and patience are key to a good restoration.  If you need assistance or help, you can call Classic Resto Garage at 619-929-8506 or email david@classicrestogarage.com

Happy Cruising!

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