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Interior Conversion
#1
I'm converting my '72 vert from deluxe to standard interior. Lots of reasons but most of all I like the simple look and how the color scheme will work. It seemed simple enough but I just noticed I need to change out the door handle, which seems easy. Are there any other "hidden" tricks that anyone is aware of?

Thanks,

John
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#2
John,

The only tip I have is considering door panels - use adhesive-backed velcro instead of the clips that tend to pull through the fiberboard on the backside of the panels.

If your deluxe pieces are decent, you might post them on here to try and help another member who needs them.
You never know - someone might be willing to do some trading.

Good luck,

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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Boss1Ray;155346 Wrote:John,

The only tip I have is considering door panels - use adhesive-backed velcro instead of the clips that tend to pull through the fiberboard on the backside of the panels.

If your deluxe pieces are decent, you might post them on here to try and help another member who needs them.
You never know - someone might be willing to do some trading.

Good luck,

Ray

Thanks Ray... good tip. My upholstery guy is doing the panels in the same leather as my seats. They are being custom made so I will have to pay special attention to that detail.

Another piece I am missing is the long console door latch bracket. This is the one that screws into the bottom of the lid.

Cheers and Thanks,

John
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#4
a true conversion requires filling in the deluxe panel holes in the dash board sheet metal and removing the glove box panel camera case and chrome inserts. there is also a filler piece that goes under the dash pad on the standard interior on the passenger side that makes up for the loss of the camera case plastic pieces that get removed.

the doors: the unlock handles are different and i believe the spring loaded mount for the handles are different on the standard i remember when i broke my drivers side i had to hunt for the correct replacement and discovered the standard mechanism was different from the deluxe. i remember the deluxe had a drop down that lowered the finish chrome piece that your hand uses to open the door.

otherwise the panels should swap in from what i can remember the watersheds are the same.... i think the only other issue is with the window whiskers not 100% sure.
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72HCODE;155348 Wrote:a true conversion requires filling in the deluxe panel holes in the dash board sheet metal and removing the glove box panel camera case and chrome inserts. there is also a filler piece that goes under the dash pad on the standard interior on the passenger side that makes up for the loss of the camera case plastic pieces that get removed.

the doors: the unlock handles are different and i believe the spring loaded mount for the handles are different on the standard i remember when i broke my drivers side i had to hunt for the correct replacement and discovered the standard mechanism was different from the deluxe. i remember the deluxe had a drop down that lowered the finish chrome piece that your hand uses to open the door.

otherwise the panels should swap in from what i can remember the watersheds are the same.... i think the only other issue is with the window whiskers not 100% sure.

Wow, now I'm a little nervous. I having trouble seeing the deluxe panel holes you are referring to in the dashboard sheet metal and don't understand the glove box panel camera case and chrome inserts. Guess I need to start doing more research. I'm also a little bit nervous about spring loaded mount. I'm too deep into it to turn back so I need to start locating the parts and figuring it out. It seemed too simple to be true. Thanks for all your input.

John
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72HCODE;155348 Wrote:a true conversion requires filling in the deluxe panel holes in the dash board sheet metal and removing the glove box panel camera case and chrome inserts. there is also a filler piece that goes under the dash pad on the standard interior on the passenger side that makes up for the loss of the camera case plastic pieces that get removed.

I thought the plastic dashboard trim pieces were part of both interior trim packages, with the difference between standard and deluxe trim panels being chrome trim/woodgrain vinyl for deluxe trim package, and no chrome or woodgrain vinyl for the standard package. Or was the woodgrain vinyl (specifically on the 3-gauge center pod) only for Mach 1s?

If there was an absence of plastic trim pieces altogether, it's news to me (keep in mind I still have a lot to learn about our cars, so I'm not questioning anything).

Eric

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#7
from what i remember and i could be wrong it has been a long time,,,

the plastic parts have fingers that go through the dash and get held from behind with blind nuts. on the standard cars they didn't get the plastic covers on the passenger side so they did not punch the holes for the camera finish panels. i know that the glove box door did not get holes punched for a standard interior on the glove box ford used philips head screws i think 6 or 8 of them. on the standard interior the glove box door is just metal painted with the black metallic flake paint.

now the drivers side was punched the same on both interiors because the instrament cluster got a plastic camera case cover either plain or with the chrome finish for deluxe but the base of the plastic panel is the same.

the mounts were also the same for the center panel because there were a few different versions of the center dash camera case, you had deluxe with or without gauges and then standard with or without gauges and slight differences if you had a factory AC car or a heater car. but the holes for the center dash are the same on both standard and deluxe. the issue is with the passenger side, glove box and glove box surround.

look no big deal lets say it is true the deluxe panels do punch holes in the dash board just spray paint the panels black and get rid of the chrome finish on the edges, nobody will notice.

again i'm going off memory here and i can be wrong but i remember that the glove box surround and door on the standard cars is the metal surround painted metallic black flake and on the deluxe dash cars they punched holes through the metal face to allow the plastic panels to mount.

again i could be wrong.

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this is a standard glove door
http://www.ebay.com/itm/71-73-FORD-MUSTA...a9&vxp=mtr

this is a deluxe door
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-1972-1973-M...f6&vxp=mtr

it is the holes i'm talking about Sad

from my memory i remember the glove surround on the passenger side on the deluxe cars had 4 holes punched 3 accross the middle of the panel and one next to the glove box door on the left side by the center panel.
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Mister 4x4;155354 Wrote:
72HCODE;155348 Wrote:a true conversion requires filling in the deluxe panel holes in the dash board sheet metal and removing the glove box panel camera case and chrome inserts. there is also a filler piece that goes under the dash pad on the standard interior on the passenger side that makes up for the loss of the camera case plastic pieces that get removed.

I thought the plastic dashboard trim pieces were part of both interior trim packages, with the difference between standard and deluxe trim panels being chrome trim/woodgrain vinyl for deluxe trim package, and no chrome or woodgrain vinyl for the standard package. Or was the woodgrain vinyl (specifically on the 3-gauge center pod) only for Mach 1s?

If there was an absence of plastic trim pieces altogether, it's news to me (keep in mind I still have a lot to learn about our cars, so I'm not questioning anything).

I've replaced all my trim pieces but went with the chrome trim. To me it just looks a lot better. I know it's not exactly original but I'm into making the car look really sweet.
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jhawk635;155353 Wrote:
72HCODE;155348 Wrote:a true conversion requires filling in the deluxe panel holes in the dash board sheet metal and removing the glove box panel camera case and chrome inserts. there is also a filler piece that goes under the dash pad on the standard interior on the passenger side that makes up for the loss of the camera case plastic pieces that get removed.

the doors: the unlock handles are different and i believe the spring loaded mount for the handles are different on the standard i remember when i broke my drivers side i had to hunt for the correct replacement and discovered the standard mechanism was different from the deluxe. i remember the deluxe had a drop down that lowered the finish chrome piece that your hand uses to open the door.

otherwise the panels should swap in from what i can remember the watersheds are the same.... i think the only other issue is with the window whiskers not 100% sure.

Wow, now I'm a little nervous. I having trouble seeing the deluxe panel holes you are referring to in the dashboard sheet metal and don't understand the glove box panel camera case and chrome inserts. Guess I need to start doing more research. I'm also a little bit nervous about spring loaded mount. I'm too deep into it to turn back so I need to start locating the parts and figuring it out. It seemed too simple to be true. Thanks for all your input.

John

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this is a standard glove door
http://www.ebay.com/itm/71-73-FORD-MUSTA...a9&vxp=mtr

this is a deluxe door
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-1972-1973-M...f6&vxp=mtr

it is the holes i'm talking about Sad

from my memory i remember the glove surround on the passenger side on the deluxe cars had 4 holes punched 3 accross the middle of the panel and one next to the glove box door on the left side by the center panel.
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Maybe it's me but I'm not sure I can tell why it matters when converting from deluxe to standard? Is it just me?
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