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07 Mustang seats into a 65 Mustang!!

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Old 02-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default 07 Mustang seats into a 65 Mustang!!

Well i was able to score some 2007 mustang seats for my 65 Mustang and started to get them ready to put in i only took a couple to pics but i will take more when i do the drivers seat it got dark before i could get it out.

I started by taking the bolts off the passenger seat you have to access them from under the car there may or may not be some rubber plugs on you're car. once i got the passenger seat out i pulled the tracks off there is a large spring attached to the track and seat frame that you will have to remove, there is also a rod that connects the seat track adjustment levers together but that wont come out until the tracks do.

Once you get the tracks off the old seat its time to work on the new seat there are electronics galore under here depending on what type of seats you get i got both manual so i didn't have a lot of stuff but there was still the airbag weight sensor and the seat belt sensor.

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the track assembly is held on by 4 nuts they are inside the seat frame and hard to see and get at. i had to take a 15mm box ratchet wrench to get at them and take them off after i taken them off i was left with a trackless seat.

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The holes marked with a red arrow are 14 1/8 inches apart and that just how far apart the old seat track need to be! i took a 5/16 drill bit and drilled out those holes i put 3/4 spacers under the tracks and bolted them down i then measured the tracks outside to outside and got 15 3/8 i made sure that the top was the same then marked the top holes as there are not any pre drilled.

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This is the top holes marked

i drilled a pilot hole first then finished with the 5/16 bit with the tracks bolted down I reinstalled the springs and the adjustment lever tension bar.

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with the tracks fitted i put it in the car to see how it would look!

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You will have to bend the Adjustment Lever on the primary seat track so it will not hit the front of the seat but it bends easy and dont need to heat it. also you will need to trim the plastic on the side of the new seats so they wont drag on the carpet i trimmed mine about 1/2 or so

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This is the spacer i used its 5/16 ID and its nice and thick for strength i also used grade 8 Bolts washers and nylon locking nuts. when bolting the tracks down if you use hex head bolts make sure the sides of the bolt are parallel to the tracks that way the tracks will slide over them with out hitting i has this problem they dont hit much but this will solve it!

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Here are the installed pic!

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I have about 3 1/2" of head room with this seat and 7" of steering wheel to seat clearance with the seat like you see in the pic and its like a whole new car driving around with those because your not trying to slide around like you do with the old seats

and yes i am going to get some blue seat covers until i can get enough money to get the seat redone in blue!
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:34 AM   #2
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how much heavier are the new seats than the originals? is it a pretty big difference in weight?
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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Looks like you'll sit higher, true?
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:05 PM   #4
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there dont seem to be much difference in weigh at least not that i can see just picking up the seats. and yes you will sit probably about 1" taller
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #5
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It appears more than 1" taller unless that seat cushion is a lot softer and compresses. Sit in the new seat and measure from the top of your head to the headliner, then sit in the drivers and do the same then post the measurements for us tall guys.
Also measure thigh to steering wheel clearance, new seat looks like it might be a tight squeeze between the wheel/seat.
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Believe it or not there is not much difference between the new seat and old the center seating area is about the same height as the old seat. i am 6' tall and was worried about the wheel clearance too and it feels the same as the old seat. i will try and get the measurements tomorrow just to make sure but i have no problem fitting in it and boy it sure is waaaayyy more comfortable. also in that shot of the passenger side the seat was not bolted down and may have been leaning back a bit.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:46 PM   #7
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What was the need for adding the spacers? did the seat make contact with the carpet or just the seat risers?
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there was a metal bar the runs under the seat frame by about 1/2 to 3/4 of a inch its used to secure the seat skin it would dig into the carpet and not let the seat move if i just bolted it to the bottom of the frame if you can devise another way to secure the skin im sure you could use smaller spacers or none at all.
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I am very interested in this modification and have already located a pair of 07 Leather buckets in great shape! I also have someone interested in my existing seats. Can you please send more pictures and anymore more information you have on this. I have till Thursday to make my decision on these seats. Thanks in advance

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:40 PM   #10
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They are about 3/4" taller when you use the 07' brackets. I used the 07' brackets cuz I have the electric seats. They sure are nice!!! I'm 5'10" and I still have ALMOST 2" left but any taller and forget it without removing the seat housing.

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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I just went and looked at them. I plan on running the Mustang to Fear headliner which gives you 2 1/2" extra head room and I am only 5'8"

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ya you should not have any problem i used the old tracks so i had to add 3/4 spacers to clear the seats and had to trim the seat plastic so it would not drag the carpet. i think its easier to drill a couple of holes then make plates to adapt new tracks to fit.

and if your 6' or taller dont bother trying to use the 07 seat tracks unless you lower your seat pan.
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Question Xargon -

Great updated picture! You could also maybe run a smaller 13" steering wheel? Any other tips or pictures you may have? Can you see any problems with a power driver seat with 65 brackets and not using the 07 ones? Great Mod!

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im not using any part of the old tracks they sat to tall for me. i just used the seat frames and put the old tracks on it using some 3/4 spacers the seats i had where not power to begin with so i didnt not have to mess with those. you might check with the guy that used the power seats in his to see how he did it if you're not over 6' you can probably do it.

ya i could use a smaller steering wheel but as i am still using manual steering a bigger wheel makes it a bit easier to steer
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:59 PM   #15
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So I got my seats today and was able to get the pass. seat bottom off. Not sure about the driver side yet as it is power. Can I configure the 66 seat bracket to work with modern power? Also Xargon what were the length of your bolt you used? I was also lucky and the place gave me the back seat as well. 07' front and back seats all Leather for $300...... nice score! My next question can an 07' rear seat be modified for a 66'? I'd post pics if I knew how!!

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if you want to use the seat in your car without modding the seat pan youll have to make a bracket to fit the power seat to the pan. if you are wanting to use the power tracks you wont be using the 66 tracks. the bolts i used to mount the old tracks to the new seat frames was 1 1/2". if you going to use the power driver seat youll probably want to use the new track for the pass seat too so they will be the same height.

to make the 07 rear seat work youll probably have to mod the car to fit it. i think it would be awsome to have a fold down rear seat in my 65
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i guess you have a coupe/\ the fastbacks had folddown and they are super heavy i removed mine iirc it weighed almost 90#
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ya i have a coupe i think the 07 mustang fold down seats are a lot lighter.
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Well today I got the Driver side power seat track off. It is 4" off bottom of seat (See Picture) I don't see how the modern power could work with the 66' seat tracks without mod to the seat riser. The reason I wanted to do this, I feel that with the 07' seat tracks Is to0 close to the headliner. So my plan now is to order 66' seat tracks and modify the manual lever and also go to the FORD dealer and see If I can get 07' plastic side for driver manual in black. Hate buttons that have no function (O.C.D.).

Really hoping I can have a fold down rear seat in a coupe. Ill cross that bridge when I get back there I guess.

I have four questions to Xargon321:

1.Can I run a 1" spacer instead of 3/4" to eliminate cutting the plastic?

2. How hard was it to remove the plastic piece?

3. In the second picture of your post you seem to have the same module and maybe air bag sensor? Did you remove these or just leave them? If so, any tips?

4. Did you still use the carpet/seat spacers for factory 66' seat tracks?
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1. you can try 1" if you want i had to trim the plastic 1/2 or so to fit so it would not drag on the carpet it dont look bad at all.

2. the plastic is held in by one screw at the back of the seat a "Christmas tree" style plastic plug and two metal clips that you have to squeeze the tines to get off its not hard if you can get a pair of pliers or you're fingers in them also if you going to get the plastic for the drivers side get the Raise/lower handle cap as well it will fit right into the hole that the lever leaves when taken out ( the pic with the round hole filled in).

3. i removed the all the electronics except the weight sensor it looked like it was fluid filled and i didn't want to mess with it i zip tied it out of the way.

4. my car did not have any spacers between the tracks and the carpet so i didnt use any it slides just fine. just make sure you at a minimum lube up you're old tracks while you have them out makes a world of differnce.
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