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Boss of the Barn, Part 4: Refurbishing the Upholstery

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1969-ford-mustang-boss-429-upholstery-refurbishment-9.jpg Boss of the Barn, Part 4: Refurbishing the Upholstery

Sunbaked all summer and frozen stiff in the winter, most vinyl seats didn't hold up well over time, so even more rare than a barn find is one with an intact, salvageable interior. But the interior of this 1969 Boss 429 seems to have survived better than most because it was driven for less than 28,000 miles and stored indoors since the mid-1970s. While in good condition, it definitely needed to be refurbished, so the upholstery specialist at Muscle Car Restorations took the seats apart for a thorough inspection and cleaning.

Fifty-year-old vinyl is certainly not as pliable as brand-new replacement pieces, so it would probably have been easier to order some new foam and seat covers and start from scratch. There is also a certain level of risk involved in removing, cleaning, and re-stretching the original vinyl over the foam cushions again, but these are the original seats, and one of the goals of this restoration is to save as much of the car as possible.

As with any aspect of a restoration, don't try to rely on your memory to retain the details of how everything was assembled. MCR takes thousands of photos to refer back to, not only to simply document the original condition of the car but also to retain proof of how the car was originally assembled. MCR can then put every hog ring, listing rod, and fold in the material back to just the way it was factory delivered.

You won't see many 47-year-old original interiors this well preserved with no cracks, tears, or any other visible damage. The seats are dirty and will need to be disassembled for a thorough cleaning.

You won't see many 47-year-old original interiors this well preserved with no cracks, tears, or any other visible damage. The seats are dirty and will need to be disassembled for a thorough cleaning.
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Here are the finished seats ready to reinstall in the car. Doing the job this way gives you the satisfaction of refurbishing your car's original parts, plus they'll look so good that people will think they're new, reproduction pieces.

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