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Austin Vert's Trunk Makeover Project.

Hi To All,

Since owning my '73 Vert from mid 2011, i've looked at dozens and dozens of '71-'73 Mustang's trunks on the net. I've found it interesting that only a few owners go to much trouble or expense in doing up the trunk area.

I've also been disappointed at what aftermarket floor/wall coverings are available for our years. On that basis, i set about to design and make myself what i would call a decent quality fitout for the trunk.Sadly, Ford skimpted on the factory trunk area, and offered very little to finish off this area decently.

I did a peacemeal with my trimmer to save money. I did all the carpentry and spraypainting, and the rest was completed by the trimmer. The trimmer's total came to $600.00 Australian, and i would have saved around $1,500.00 in labor by doing all the rest myself. This can be a DIY job, but be warned, i put a lot of hours into setting it all up to the finished product.

The original steel floor and walls were sanded and refinished in dark grey acrylic lacquer, and spotted with light grey for effect.(Tip. Don't use two pak for this as the paint drift will badly contaminate and ruin your whole interior)

OK. Firstly, i wanted a flat floor and walls.The good news is that the existing metal floor design has highs and lows that are equidistant to itself. I designed a floating floor made of pine cleats and metal right angle brackets. The brackets are Sikaflexed to the floor and the pine is screwed to the brackets.

Using a spirit level, adjust the pine cleats up and down to get a true level floor each way. Basically, i made a pine cleat skeleton for the walls with both upright sides coming up from the pine floor framing and attaching to the underside of the top quarter panels.(right angle bracket and Sika) The whole idea of my design is all knockdown of parts. The frame easily knock's down, and all the panelling as well, for getting to and servicing any section of the trunk area.Simply unscrew and remove any part or section for easy access. No glue is used in the construction for that reason.

The wall panelling is 12mm thick plywood all round, and the floor is a real solid 18mm thick ply.This baby ain't goin' nowhere and will take a ton of weight. I divided the floor panelling into three sections for easy removal, and sprayed them in the dark and light spot grey lacquer for a nice finished look.I had a vertical ply wall and floor constructed along the back floor section to house my sub woofer and amplifier behind that wall. The wall was carpeted too.

The trimmer did the rest. He trimmed a removable floor carpet one piece with glued underlay backing and vinyl edging around the perimeter,and made a wheel cover for the full sized tire to finish off the look. I bought a Mustang emblem, and attached it to the wheel cover.I sprayed the internal trunk hinges and rod matt black, and used SEM brand Landau black to spray the grey coloured backing of the roof well liner that is on show.The jack tools get stored in the pro bag.I chose to keep and use the full sized spare wheel for safety reasons.

Lastly, i still have the original paint under the trunk lid and channel.I want to replace the trunk rubber, and respray the trunk channel and under the trunk lid in the future. So that cosmetically does not really finish my project off for now in the true sense.

Anyway, i'm happy with the finished result, and it's come up not too bad.
You do loose a certain degree of room with my design, but you still can put certain items in the trunk and make good use of the space you end up with. With the spare removed, there is more of a good space left to make use of. See my pics.

Thank you folks,


I like it! I've been thinking of doing something like that to mine. Gives it that "finished" touch! Great job!

- Travis

I'm an analog man in a digital world.
very nice

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Brad Smith
I like it Greg.....very nice ! Smile

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460 , Edelbrock Performer carb. + intake , 204 / 214 cam , Pertronix Flamethrower 2 billet dizzy + coil , Crites long tubes , C6 .

Wow! That turned out great!

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.
Looks great Greg!
Very nice!

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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Thanks very much guys.

Glad you like what iv'e done.


really very nice Big Grin
Very nice. I like that a lot!

Rusty, a 1973 Mach 1, needs a lot of work.
Billy, a 1976 Ford Bronco, also needs a lot of work.
El Guapo, a 1986 F150, frame-off Resto-Mod.
Bubba, my 1994 F150, daily driver
Formerly, a 1973 Ford Mustang Coupe - a work in progress, then a car-b-qued banana.
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