we were asked by the Admin to put together a write-up documenting the process of upgrading the boots and armrest on the Mustang.
First of all - why do it? Here's why, a sample pic from another car:
And, more specifically, on our cars:
So, now that the "why bother" is out of the way, let's get to the "how-to".
1. The shift boot is secured with sturdy plastic latching clips built into the bottom of the boot frame ring. Press either of the long sides with your finger tips and the boot will unlatch and lift up. The top of the boot sits snugly in a groove at the bottom of the shift ****. With firm pressure these will separate.
Carefully remove old boot from the plastic boot frame. Noting how old boot was attached .Remove any remaining glue from the frame with fine sandpaper.
2. Position the new boot lining up holes in the leather boot with trim ring holes. Use tape to hold the boot temporarily.
3. (Do not glue at this time.) Place new leather boot over frame. Line up all slots in the leather boot with the plastic clips on bottom of boot frame. Boot should be well fitted around the frame - adjust as needed.
4. Gluing. Now that you know the position that you will mount the boot to boot frame. Remove the boot and set it a side-ready to put back on in the same installation position. Put small amount of glue around the top of the plastic boot frame. and attach boot. Alternatively you can start your installation on one side and work your way around the frame gluing as you go.
I would sugest a slow drying glue. One that is not too tacky will give you plenty of working time. Automotive GOOP is a brand we have used successfully and it's easily available.
5. The stock shift **** has a lip around the bottom that top of the boot sits in. A rubber ring can be removed from your old boot this purpose and used to wedge the top of the boot above the lip with the rubber ring. Alternatively, you can use a zip-tie to secure the top - which will keep your stock boot intact.
Either way turn the boot inside-out, slide it thin-end first on the shift ****, use the zip-tie to secure the top of the boot to the shift lever. Reinstall bottom of boot and the shift ****.
4. To install the ebrake boot, you must have the shift boot and shift **** removed. You will also remove the center console completely: Recline seat backs - put arm-rest in the up position. The top of the console is secured by 2 screws in the rear (remove these) -and 4 spring clips.
5. Carefully raise the rear of the console top (pulling up frees the spring clips) and swivel it out over the e-brake ever. It's a snug fit so remember the motions you used to remove it. Place console top upside down on a bath towel to avoid scratching.
6. Use pliers to squeeze all of the plastic fasteners that secure the metal and rubber e-brake runner. You should be able to squeeze these without breaking them. When you have done this use a screwdriver to separate runner from the console. It is important not to twist the metal runner when dislodging it from the console, because you want it to retain its' shape.
7. Make sure all of the plastic fastener points are straight. Take extra notice of the round ones ( 2 on each side 3 in the middle.)
8. Begin leather boot installation by lining up all slots. The idea is to put the boot in place (where the runner was) and then the metal runner will go back in place on top of the leather. With the leather boot in place, reposition the metal and rubber e-brake runner lining up the slots as close as possible. Following secure each of the 7 numbered positions with a 1/2" screw and a washer if needed. If every thing is positioned correctly this should be easy. Just make it snug - don't over-ighten (a wood or sheet metal screw works fine).
9. Replace the console by placing the leather boot over the e-brake lever then reverse the console removal steps. Adjust e-brake boot as desired and close velcro at top of the boot.
10. Installing the armrest cover is a no-brainer. It's easier if you remove the armrest (4 screws visible on the underside after opening the lid), but it can be done without taking the lid off. Just put the cover on and around it so that the elastic in the bottom holds it in place.