As much as we love to drive our vintage Mustangs, it is a well-known fact that a drive of any distance starts to get the backside burning. A vintage Mustang can certainly be made more comfortable; just give the Internet a quick search and you’ll see plenty of owners upgrading to late-model Mustang seats or even aftermarket performance seating. Sometimes you can find a deal on used Mustang seats, but generally aftermarket seats are going to run several hundreds of dollars, not including the required mounting brackets.
TMI Products has offered concours quality interior parts, including upholstery kits, headliners, door panels, and more, for over 20 years. Their Sport upholstery line, introduced several years ago, was TMI’s first salvo in upgrading the vintage Mustang’s interior with an eye towards extended driving comfort while retaining a stock appearance. The Sport seat upholstery and matching foam (with enhanced bolsters) offered firmer seating that supported the back and thighs while the bolsters enhanced spirited driving for track days (or that favorite highway on-ramp). The Sport line sold well and expanded to door panels, package trays, and add-on consoles for the Mustang.
Recently, TMI has added to the Sport series with their new Sport X and Sport XR upholstery, which debuted at the 2013 SEMA show and will be available by the time you read this from any TMI dealer. The Sport X upholstery and foam series includes more aggressive bolstering in stock-appearing sew patterns, and is available in all stock Mustang interior vinyl colors with French seam contrast stitching instead of the stock Sport upholstery’s OE piping. Matching door panels are available in the Sport R line as well. The Sport XR takes the Sport X up a notch to something a bit sportier in appearance, yet still uses the stock Mustang seat frames (like all Sport-based TMI kits). The Sport XR updates include unisuede inserts, stainless styling rings down the middle of the sew pattern (in bright or black stainless) with contrast color behind the rings, and optional custom vinyl colors and patterns like perforated, carbon fiber look, and more. Even leather is available for those wanting the best.
Taking your stock interior up a notch for comfort and style is simply a matter of contacting TMI and discussing the various trim options and colors and then waiting for the big brown truck to show up at your door with your new interior. The foam and upholstery install with hog rings like a stock seat upholstery kit, so installation is certainly a DIY-affair.
The ’65 Mustang seen here has an aging stock black interior that severely detracts from the lightly restomodded exterior’s looks. Owner Brian Stilwell first considered replacing the interior with the stock upholstery, or even upgrading to the Mustang’s Interior Décor group with Pony seats and door panels, but like the exterior, Brian wanted to customize it without losing the instantly recognizable classic looks. Upon seeing photos of TMI’s new Sport X and Sport XR interior products, Brian knew exactly how to take his interior to the next level with new upholstery, door panels, and even one of TMI’s new Sport consoles. Brian ordered TMI’s Sport XR upholstery in black vinyl/unisuede with a center contrast stripe to match his Mustang’s Poppy Red exterior color and we tagged along, camera in hand, to see how easy it can be to go from worn and torn to fresh and firm. The results speak for themselves!