are five basic steps to reupholstering your pony's seats: removing,
stripping, preparing, recovering and installing. Here is a list of tools
and supplies you will need.
2. Straight screwdriver (long or heavy-duty)
3. 3/8" drive socket set
4. 1/2" deep well socket
5. Pair of diagonal side cutters
6. Pair of hog-ring pliers
7. Pair of shears
8. 500 hog rings (more than enough)
you begin on your Mustang please remember to disconnect your battery,
so you will not run your battery down with the interior lights on. Also,
always use jack stands while working under the car.
Step 1: Removing
All coupe, convertible and fastback models are identical for front seat
removal. Jack up the car on one side and install jack stands. Directly
under the front bucket seat are four rubber plugs: remove these using
your straight screwdriver. Next, use a 1/2" deep well socket with
a 4" or 5" extension to remove the four nuts holding the buckets
seat in place. **Repeat this procedure for the opposite side.
Lift out both front seats. Take out the slotted plates that sit on top
of the carpet to keep the track from catching the carpet while the seats
move forward and backwards. These should be cleaned and painted.
Lower the car and remove the back seat;
Coupe and Convertible Rear Cushion:
Push back on the front of the rear cushion, lifting at the same time
until you clear the safety catch holding the rear seat in place. Next,
pull the rear seat out towards the front of the car.
Coupe and Convertible Rear Backrest:
Use a 3/8" socket with a medium-to-long extension to remove the
two bolts at the bottom of the rear backrest. Gently lift the backrest
about 2" until it clears and catches at the top. Then pull the
backrest forward. **Be careful so that you do not damage your headlining
while raising the backrest.**
Fastback Rear Backrest:
Reach under the metal frame holding the backrest in place and locate
the two Phillips screws in the bottom edge of the frame. Remove the
two screws and pull the bottom of the backrest out until the two metal
tabs are clear. Lift the backrest until the two clamps on the frame
are free of the spring unit. Remove the backrest from the car.
Step 2: Stripping Buckets
Place the two front bucket seats on a table or work bench. Use a Phillips
screwdriver to remove the three screws holding the chrome moldings to
the side of the side of the front rest. Next, remove the one screw holding
the plastic trim piece on the opposite side. Remove the two retaining
clips holding the backrest to the cushion. Using a large or heavy duty
screwdriver, pry the outside arm off the pin and slide the inside arm
off the opposite pin. While doing this note the difference between the
driver's cushion and the backrest and the passengers cushion and the
Lay both cushions face down and remove the spring that pulls the seat
forward on the track. Slide both tracks forward and remove the rear
Phillips screw holding the seat to the bottom of the seat base. Slide
the tracks to the rear and remove the two front Phillips screws. Next,
remove the seat adjusting mechanism and the tracks from the bottom of
the seat. **Tracks are interchangeable on driver's to passenger side
except on the 1964 1/2 passenger seat which does not move forward or
Now is a good time to clean, repaint and re-grease the tracks; also
paint the adjustment mechanism and spring semi-gloss black.
Front Bucket Cushions:
Turn the two front seat cushions face up and remove the two Phillips
screws holding a plastic stop at the two rear outside corners of each
cushion. After you remove each plastic stop, replace both screws so
you can locate them after the new cover is installed. Turn the cushion
face down and use your diagonal side cutters to cut the hog-rings loose
that holds the seat cover to the frame. Pull out the wire and be sure
to save it. Roll the rear corner up over the frame, then roll the sides
and front over the foam and frame.
Turn the seat cushion over. If your car is a 1965, 1966, 1968 or 1969
w/ standard upholstery, it will have the horseshoe insert on the cushion.
If your car has a pony interior or is a 1967 model it will have two
vertical listings and one horizontal listing. The 1969 deluxe and the
1970 standard models have two vertical listings. All the 1968 and 1969
standard seats are identical. All the inserts are held down with hog-rings.
Repeat for the opposite seat.
Front Bucket Backrests:
Lay the two front backrests face down on a work table. Using a straight
screwdriver, locate the clips holding the backboard in place and remove
the backboards from the backrests. Alongside the longer arm you will
see a chrome-plated, 1/2" bolt with a chrome-plated washer and
nut. This bolt adjusts the height of the front backrest and sits on
the plastic stop that was held to the front cushion with the Phillips
screw. Loosen the nut and remove the bolt. Cut the hog-rings loose around
the back edge of the front backrest. Roll the cover back over the foam
and you'll see the insert held in place with the listing and the hog-rings.
Cut the hog-rings loose and remove the cover from the front backrests.
If your car is a 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 or 1969 with standard interior,
it will have the horseshoe insert on the front backrests. The 1969 standard
and deluxe front backrests had removable headrests; the MACH 1 was the
first model to offer highback seats. All the 1970 models came with the
Front Bench Seats:
If you are re-covering a bench seat you will notice an extra interior
listing on the side section under the center armrest. This must also
be cut loose.
Other than the inside listing under the center armrest, the front bench
cushion is identical to all other front cushions. And the only difference
between the front rests is that the bucket front rest has two metal
arms to attach it to the seat and the bench front rest has one metal
arm on the outside and one metal pin on the inside that fits into the
Lay the rear backrest face down, cut all the hog-rings loose, remove
the wire and pull the material over the two top corners. Turn the backrest
over and remove the cover from the pad. Again save the wires.
This procedure is the same on all 1964 1/2 through 1970 models.
Step 3: Preparing
Prep the Seats:
This would be a prime time to remove the old seat foam and replace it,
you should also clean and paint the seat frames.
Step 4: Re-covering
Recovering your seats will be easiest if the weather is warm and the
cushions are at minimum room temperature.
Insert the wires and place the cover on top of the padding. One at a
time, roll the upper corners over the seat frame. Next, roll the two
lower corners over the frame and turn the brackets face down. Check
to see if the French seams are lined up with the upper corners of the
Starting at the center at the top, hog-ring the upholstery in place.
Next, go to the bottom, start in the center and work your way out, in
each direction. Hog-ring the bottom. Finish off both sides and this
cover is complete.
Insert wires, don't forget the two wires on either side of the hump.
Lay the cover on the top of the padding and position the two front corners
in place. Next, raise one side and hog-ring the listing on that side
of the hump. Lay this side back in place and raise the other side and
hog-ring it. Hog-ring the front edge of the cushion first, then the
rear section of the cushion in place and finish both sides. Turn the
rear cushion over and it is complete.
First, insert all wires and lay the cover on top of the padding and
seat frame. Holding the horseshoe insert in place, raise the front edge
of the cover and hog-ring the center of the listing to the listing hold-down.
Work from side to side of the center and go around the horseshoe until
the insert is fastened in place. On the 1967 or a pony interior, hog-ring
the horizontal listing in place first, then hog-ring the vertical listing
on each side. On models with vertical pleats only, hog-ring the center
listings first and work toward the outside.
Roll the two front corners over the padding. Next, roll the rear two
corners over the padding and turn the cushion face down. Pull the material
over the frame and hog-ring the front in place. Hog-ring the rear portion
of the cushion, then hog-ring the two sides last. Cut around the pins
that hold the backrest in place.
Locate the four holes that hold the track in place and cut a hole just
big enough so the material doesn't get caught in the threads. Place
the track in position and be sure to put the release mechanism into
place. Move both tracks forward and install the rear screw in place;
slide the track back and install the front screws. Be sure all four
screws are tightened. Check the seat adjusting mechanism so that both
tracks move back and front, and still lock in place. Install the springs
that slide the tracks back.
Place the old wire/wires into the new listing on the front backrest
cover. Position the cover on the padding. Now attach using your hog-rings.
Roll the top corners into position and pull the cover completely over
the frame; then pull the cover over and roll the lower corners over.
Turn the front backrest over so it is face down. Hog-ring the flap only,
at the bottom center, go to the top of the cover and start at the center
top. As you work your way around pull the corners down to eliminate
any wrinkles in the side facing.
After the corners are completely hog-ringed, locate the hole next to
the outside arm that holds the 1/2" chrome washer and lock nut.
Cut the material away from the hole, screw the nut halfway onto the
bolt, place the chrome washer onto the bolt and install the bolt. Don't
tighten completely adjustments will need to be made once the seat is
Remove the clips from the old panel and transfer the clips over to the
new panel, in the same position. Locate the holes on the back of the
seat frame, cut the material away from the holes and snap the cover
Step 5 Installing:
Place the protective washer on the pin, then slide the shorter arm over
the pin. Do the same for the opposite pin. Pry the outside arm over
the pin. Insert the two hairpin clips into the pins so that neither
arm can come off.
Place the plastic cover over the inside arm and screw in place. Then
put the chrome outside arm cover in place and make sure to use the plastic
spacers so as not to bend the chrome trim, screw into place. Double
check to make sure, you have used the blunt end Phillips screw at the
lower end of the arm.
To install the seats into the car just reverse the way you took them
out. Start with the rear backrests and move on.