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Un-Cramped Quarters!

Getting More Head And Leg Room In Your Classic Mustang!
by Ron Bramlett


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    If you're under 6' tall, you'll probably read this article and think "What a lot of work for nothing!" But if you're over 6' tall and have ever wished that you had just a little more head and leg room in your classic Mustang, then this article will really give you something to think about. Cindy and I own, and have owned, several early Mustangs. One thing I've learned is that you don't sit exactly the same in any of them. You sit up in some, down in others, and if you have Pony Interior, it's even more noticeable. I'm right at 6' tall and some early Mustangs fit me great while others are a bit cramped. But one thing is for sure. In all our Mustangs, I always have to have the drivers seat as far back as it will go!
    Yes, us taller Mustang owners face certain problems that most of you don't. For us, having trouble getting in and out of the car, tight leg to steering wheel clearance, and sitting with our legs bent at uncomfortable angles are all part of driving Classic Mustangs. But it doesn't have to be that way. Moving the seat platform down closer to the floor will eliminate this problem for good. If you have longer legs, you can also move it backwards, at the same time! That way, you can sit with your legs straight, not bent up at an awkward angle.
    Actually, this seat placement modification came about because my sons, Ron Jr., 20, and Richard, 18, are both 6'4" and there just wasn't enough head or leg room for either of them to be truly comfortable in their early Mustangs. We have since done this seat platform modification to several Mustangs with excellent results. We have also shown many of our friends this trick and they all have thanked us for helping them correct a problem they felt they would always be faced with. Also, this modification is a must when building a track car because with a helmet on you have even less head room. Now, follow along as we do our best to show you how to do this seat platform modification and then let us know what you think!
01.jpg (18004 bytes)1.) First of all, many of our customers ask who we have do the work on our Mustangs. The answer is that we do most of it ourselves! There's nothing I like better than to spend a couple of hours after work in the shop just looking at things on the cars and trying to find ways to improve them. David and I have a very nice 8,000 square foot shop where we do research and development of our products, check the parts we sell for proper fit, and build our race cars. We've always got a project going. When we tell you we're "hands on", we mean it! Besides, it's the perfect place to keep the kids, and our good friend, George Galoosis, off the streets and out of trouble!
02.jpg (18420 bytes)2.) George Galoosis, Mustangs Plus' resident welder and chief fabricator, already had the right side seat platform out of the car before I could find my camera and get film into it! First, George marked the platforms Left and Right with an arrow pointing to the front of the car. This is just so there is no confusion once both platforms are removed. To remove the platforms the spot welds on the tunnel and the inside rocker panel must be either drilled out or cut out. We use a combination of both, but try not to do any more damage than necessary to the floors. Along the bottoms of the platforms, we simply use a cutting torch to cut across the bottom, leaving the strip that is spot welded to the floor. The panel can then be lifted out of the car and the hardest part is over! Believe me, it looks a lot harder to do then it really is!

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