OK, this might sound petty, but the Mustang cupholders that finally were given to us in 1994 were woefully undersized. A can of soda or a small coffee from Dunkin Doughnuts was about all that would fit. Needless to say, the marketers at GM caught on quickly and made a new TV spot for the Camaro that touted the GM F-Bodys cupholder, which could hold a large 7-Eleven Slurpee. Remember that one? Now I love a good Slurpee as much as the next American on a hot summer day, but not wedged between the seat and console or, worse yet, in my lap.
Starting with the 98 models, Ford did away with the ashtray recessed into the console of the Mustang and instead put two (yes, two!) cupholders in its place. One was a standard size and the other could hold a larger beverage or travel mug. If you opted for the smoking package, you would get a lighter (otherwise, you had a power port by the parking brake) and a drop-in ashtray that would fit the forward cupholder.
As usual, after driving numerous Ford press-fleet Mustangs and our share of 98-99 rental Mustangs, our minds and hands started to wander around the interior, and we thought the cupholder cavity would drop right into the 94-97 console. After ripping apart a rental or two, we figured there were two ways of going about this: replacing the console section with a 98-and-newer version, or trimming your existing console to mount only the cupholder.
Placing a call to Mustang Parts Specialties (who else would have a bevy of consoles for us to cut up and tweak), we found that modifying your existing console might be the only option for some owners. The gray interior in 94-97 Mustangs changed from year to year and the 98-99 gray wont match, thus you would have to modify your console. MPS sent us a few consoles and cupholder cavities for us to figure out this entire thing. Read on as we show you both ways of getting your Big Gulp or Super Slurpee nestled into place.