Supplies that were used during this phase of the restoration consist of various spay paints including primer, semi flat black, satin clear, dull aluminum and interior paint. I also needed some scotch bright pads, 600 grit sand paper, steel wool shop rags and tools.
Heater core assembly, air vent and controls
Restoring a Classic Mustang heater box assembly is not that complicated and can be done in an afternoon if you have all of your parts and supplies in order.
Heater core restoration
The heater assembly needs to be taken apart so the housing can be cleaned, painted and have new gaskets installed.
Opening up the heater box is really easy, all you have to do is remove the heater box clamps that hold the assembly housing together; place the tip of a standard screw driver in the slot on the clip and apply a little leverage to remove it.
After the heater box assembly is apart I remove the air flow directional control and then scrape all of the old gaskets off.
If your fortunate enough to have a blast cabinet as I am, you can bead blast the heater assembly to remove old paint and rust and also give the housing a refreshed and consistent look.
Once the heater assembly housings have been cleaned I spray a light coat of clear satin to all surfaces for protection and beautification, after that the housing pieces are taped off in preparation for painting the semi flat black surfaces like the heater door and blower housing.
Now that this Mustang heater assembly looks like a new factory original I need to install new gaskets included with the heater seal kit I ordered. The seal kit comes with illustrations and basic instruction.
Heater blower motor
Don’t make this mistake! I wanted to remove the squirrel cage from my heater blower motor.. we’ll I blew this one up, as you can see from the photo the armature shaft is sticking out of the back of the motor housing; the result of using a hammer instead of my head.
Air vent assembly and defroster ducts restoration
Restoring the air vent assembly and defroster ducts is one of the easier tasks to complete, just some cleaning, bead blasting and painting. The air vent cable should be removed from the assembly and restored separately from the vent itself; I needed to preserve the chrome parts of the cable and treat the knob to a fresh coat of polyurethane clear, the air vent and defrost ducts get a light sprits of satin clear to complete the restoration.
Heater controls restoration
The heater controls will receive new knobs and cables, the rest of the original assembly has to be cleaned up to restore some luster to the control arms; if the control arms are in decent shape you can shine them up using super fine steel wool.
Heater Related Parts List
|1967 MUSTANG HEATER CONTROL KNOB SET
|65-68 MUSTANG HEATER CORE END CAPS NON AC
|67-68 MUSTANG AIR VENT ASSEMBLY
|67-68 MUSTANG HEATER SEAL KIT W/OUT AC
|64-68 MUSTANG LH AIR VENT GASKET
|MUSTANG ORIG HEATER HOSE (WT STRIPE)
|64-70 MUSTANG DEFROSTER DUCT CLIPS
|64-70 MUSTANG DEFROSTER HOSE
|67-68 MUSTANG W/O AC HEATER CABLE SET
|64-70 MUSTANG HEATER INLET GASKET
|64-70 MUSTANG HEATER CHAMBER PLENUM
|67-68 MUSTANG 289 HOSE CLAMP SET 4-66
|MUSTANG HEATER CORE
Mustang dash and related
This task based group is set up to cover all of the dash panel related items including the switches and knobs, radio, glove box, ash tray, instrument cluster and dash panels. A large chunk of the dash related items will be new so I won’t be restoring any of those items, they include the dash pad, instrument and radio bezels and knobs.
The dash panels will be replaced with a new three piece set, however there is one items that does not come with this set that you may have overlooked as I did; the dash panel emblem. This piece can be cleaned up and restored if its nice enough or you can purchase a new one. The new one is adhesive backed for easy installation. The old one, if I can restore it; has to have the tabs bent over on it.
Instrument panel restoration
I begin the restoration by removing the instrument bezel from the instrument gauge cluster so I can remove the light tubes and instrument lens retaining rings. The cardboard tubes you find inside your old instrument cluster need to be reused along with any rubber ant rattles that you find. The lens retaining rings an be cleaned or repainted so they are as good as new.
After restoring the lens retaining rings I can install the new instrument lens set into the new instrument bezel. You will want to be careful when handling the lenses, they scratch easily and you want to avoid having to clean them.
Don’t throw away your old instrument lens set, you may need the clock delete button that goes on the center lens
The instrument gauges themselves may need some cleaning and freshening up. To clean the gauge faces you can use a quality glass cleaner or wax and grease remover along with a soft cloth like a 100% cotton diaper.
The gauge needles almost always need a fresh coat of bright orange paint, find a good match and then take extra care to make sure you don’t get paint where you don’t want it
My Mustang instrument cluster is now as good as new and ready to be installed.
Glove box restoration
Restoring the glove box door is the main component of this task. I bead blasted the entire glove box and the glove box hinge, as well as lightly blasting the hardware even though I will probably end up with the complete interior fastener kit. I applied a few coats of black primer, sanded the glove box and then painted it with the correct black metallic charcoal paint; I also used this paint on the new ash tray.
Dash Related Parts List
|67-68 MUSTANG GLOVE BOX DOOR BEZEL
|67-68 MUSTANG GLOVE BOX PLASTIC
|67-70 MUSTANG GLOVE BOX DOOR BUMPER
|64-68 MUSTANG GLOVE SWITCH WITH LIGHT
|1967-68 MUSTANG GLOVE BOX LATCH
|67 MUSTANG INSTRUMENT BEZEL BLACK
|67-68 MUSTANG INSTRUMENT LENS SETS
|INSTR.PANEL FILTER BLUE SET/8
|67-68 MUSTANG DASH PANEL 3 PIECE SET
|67-70 MUSTANG CIGARETTE LIGHTER
|64-70 MUSTANG LIGHTER SOCKET & RET.
|67 MUSTANG DASH ASH TRAY – WONT FIT 68
|67-68 MUSTANG RADIO BEZEL W/O CONSOLE
|64-66 MUSTANG UNDERDASH LAMP BRACKET
|67-68 MUSTANG IGNITION BEZEL
|67-8 MUSTANG HEADLIGHT SWITCH RETAINER
|67-68 MUSTANG LIGHT SWITCH BEZEL
|67-8 MUSTANG LIGHT SWITCH KNOB
|67-8 MUSTANG IGNITION SWITCH RETAINER
|67-68 MUSTANG BLACK DASH PAD-USA
|67-68 MUSTANG LOWER INST.PANEL PAD-BLK
|67-73 MUSTANG LACQ MET.BLACK CHARCOAL
Steering Wheel and Related
This restoration project tackles the steering column and turn signal switch; the steering wheel and steering wheel hub emblem and trim where both backordered at the time and will have to be covered later.
Steering column restoration
I completely disassembled the steering column, cleaned and sanded it and then put a fresh coat of primer and painted it with the same black charcoal metallic interior paint I used for the glove box. The steering shaft itself was cleaned up using a wire wheel.
After letting the paint cure for several hours I set up to reassemble the restored steering column and outfit it with a new turn signal switch.
To install the new turn signal switch I used a trick that many people overlook and its quite simple. Before you try to run the new turn signal switch wires through the column you should run a string or some wire through and then secure the new wires to it to assist in feeding the turn signal wiring into the column.
I needed to refer to the exploded view illustration manual when it came time to reassemble the column.
The new turn signal switch required the use of the old connector, see the Mustang How To article How To Install a Mustang Turn Signal Switch for details on this procedure.
Steering Wheel Parts List
|67-73 MUSTANG DIRECTIONAL LIGHT LEVER
|1967 MUSTANG TURN SIG.SWITCH W/O TILT
|67 MUSTANG EMERGENCY FLASHER KNOB
|67 MUSTANG BLACK STEERING WHEEL
|67 MUSTANG STANDARD WHEEL HORN RING
|67 MUSTANG STEERING WHEEL EMBLEM AND TRIM
|64-67 MUSTANG STEERING COLUMN/BOX INSULATOR
|65-67 MUSTANG STEERING COLUMN/FLOOR GROMMET
|67-68 MUSTANG STEER COLUMN/FIREWALL SL
|67-73 MUSTANG LACQ MET.BLACK CHARCOAL
Floors – Seat Belts and Shifter
The shifter assembly is one of the parts that I need to restore the other is the seat belts.
Shift assembly restoration
The shifter housing and lower selector arm received the bead blast treatment and then got a light dusting of paint to preserve the new finish; then the assembly was completed with all new parts including bushings, selector lever, shift cover, shift handle, indicator lamp and plug.
Before I buttoned everything up I made sure that my shifter was adjusted so it works correctly the first time its installed.
Running the adjuster nut up the threads a few times should be done before you install the shift lever into the housing for final adjustment.
Seat belt restoration
Mustang seat belts are fairly easy to restore if they are functional and in good condition. Old seat belts typically need a thorough cleaning with a strong cleaner, and the chrome freshened up with a little super fine steel wool.
To restore this set of belts I used a few methods of cleaning including lacquer thinner, degreaser and steel wool. After the belts are dried out they will get some treatments with black vinyl die and a light dusting of clear satin on the seat retractor covers.
Floor Parts List
|64-73 MUSTANG CHROME SEAT BELT BOLT KT
|67-68 MUSTANG FIREWALL INSULATOR KIT
|65-66 MUSTANG PONY FLOOR MATS BLACK
|67-68 MUSTANG WATERSHIELD (COUPE)
|65-68 MUSTANG COUPE CARPET (BLACK)
|64-68 MUSTANG COUPE UNDERLAY KIT 8 PC
|64-73 MUSTANG AUTO SHIFT BUSHING
|64-66 MUSTANG AUTO SHIFT LEVER
|65-66 MUSTANG TRANS SHFT HOUSNG SEAL
|67-68 MUSTANG CONCOURSE SHIFT COVER ASY
|64-68 MUSTANG AUTO SHIFT COVR SCREW KT
|64-73 SMUSTANG HIFT INDECATOR RADIO BULB
|67-73 MUSTANG DLX SHIFT HANDLE BLACK
|67-68 MUSTANG SHIFTER LAMP W/O CONSOLE
|65-73 MUSTANG SHIFT POD BOLT PLUG
There is not a whole lot that I can do to the seats other than restore the seat tracks and get all of the new hardware together. I could install the new seat cushions and seat upholstery but I have decided to sub it out to a professional.
Seat Track Restoration
I was contemplating bead blasting the seat track assemblies, but decided it was best to prepare them with a wire wheel. The seat adjuster knob should be taped up and protected from the wire wheel unless you want to purchase new pieces.
After a run on the wire wheel and a degreaser cleaning I painted the seat tracks with semi flat black paint. The adjuster knobs were re-taped prior to painting; after the paint cured the adjuster knobs get a coat of clear urethane.
Mustang seats parts list
|1967 MUSTANG SEAT SIDE SHIELD MNT KIT
|65-73 MUSTANG SEAT HINGE WASHER
|64-70 MUSTANG SEAT RETAINER CLIP SET
|64-67 MUSTANG SEAT HINGE COVERS BLK PR
|67 MUSTANG STD. UPHOLSTERY (BLACK)
|65-67 MUSTANG SEAT BACK ADJ. KIT
|67 MUSTANG STD. SEAT CUSHION’S
I really only have two items to restore; the interior quarter panels and the dash pad trim panels. Both of these items should be stripped of existing paint, if you only sand the quarter panels and do not strip the paint you may begin to loose the grain pattern with every additional coat of new paint.
Interior trim parts list
|1967 MUSTANG COUPE STD INT FASTNER KIT
|64-66 MUSTANG CV & 67 CP COAT HOOKS
|64-68 MUSTANG PACKAGE TRAY
|65-68 MUSTANG CONCOURSE REPRO DR SILL
|67-73 MUSTANG DOOR SILL SCUFF TAG
|64-68 MUSTANG HDLINER INSULATION PAD CP
|65-70 MUSTANG COUPE HEADLINER BLACK
|65-68 MUSTANG HEADLINER PILLAR TRIM SET
|67-68 MUSTANG CP/FB SUNVISOR (BLACK)
|67-70 MUSTANG SUN VISOR BRACKET & ROD
|64-73 MUSTANG SUN VISOR TIPS
|64-68 MUSTANG WINDLACE BLACK
|64-68 MUSTANG REAR SEAT DIVIDER
|67 MUSTANG INSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR ARM
|67 MUSTANG DAY/NIGHT R/V MIRROR
|67-68 MUSTANG CP&FB KICK PANELS-BLACK
|67-68 MUSTANG W/S PILLER PAD R.H. BLK.
|67-68 MUSTANG W/S PILLER PAD L.H. BLK.
|67-73 MUSTANG LACQ MET.BLACK CHARCOAL