Elsewhere in this issue, you'll find Jim Smart's article about replacing upholstery in vintage Mustangs. Here, we're doing the same, only in Joe Galloway's '98 Mustang convertible. The procedure is basically the same, except there are a few differences. For example, the newer seats don't use listing wire and hog rings. Instead, you'll find some of the upholstery secured by glue, which adds its own degree of difficulty when removing the old covers.
For his convertible, Joe replaced the weathered and wrinkled original leather upholstery with new two-tone leather upholstery from the Specialty Division of Distinctive Industries, as obtained from Latemodel Restoration Supply. It's a fairly easy R&R that almost anyone can perform in their home garage with basic hand tools, along with some upholstery glue for wrinkle-free security and elbow-grease for tugging the new covers into place. However, for expertise and advice, we handed the chore over to Anthony's Custom Restyling located just across the parking lot from the Mustang Monthly offices in Tampa.
A Touch Of CarbonJoe Galloway's interior makeover for his '98 convertible included new carpet and the new Distinctive Industries' leather upholstery from Latemodel Restoration Supply. He also added a touch of class with a carbon-fiber dash kit from eDashkit. The Full Kit includes 16 carbon-fiber trim pieces for the air vents, dash cluster, console, cup holder, door panels, shifter surround, and glove box latch and handle. A 12-piece Basic Kit is also offered.
The eDashkit carbon-fiber is easy to install. Simply clean the surfaces with the included alcohol wipes and apply the supplied adhesive promoter. Then press the trim into place.