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I'm putting in new mass backed carpet in the '67 coupe while my seats are off being redone. I have a couple of questions.

1) Are the front seat bolts supposed to pass through the overlapping sections of carpet where the front piece meets the rear piece?

2) Do I trim the carpet near the top of the door sill or somewhere up the height of the sill?

3) Biggest question: Should I trim the carpet around the manual shifter so that the opening is hidden by the metal bezel or does the carpet extend inside the bezel and get tucked into one of the accordion folds of the shifter boot? (I like the latter idea because the metal bezel isn't very wide so not much room for error.

I tried this shifter boot with a wide metal bezel but the opening isn't large enough for the throw on my Hurst shifter.

Mustang Manual Shift Boot Kit 1965-1968

Thanks in advance. Rodney
 

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1. Yes.


2. I trimmed mine at the top of the sill, especially since the screw holes for the sill plates on the side really don't go that far down.


3. Not exactly sure, but check out this video from CJ's and maybe that'll help you out a bit:


Some advice, like they say in the video, don't cut until you know exactly what and where you need to cut. I unfortunately cut a little too much but was able to salvage it so it's not bad, but be careful. Others recommend letting it lay out in the sun to loosed up and be more pliable, but also remove some of the wrinkles from shipping. It's not hard to do, just requires patience.
 

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Give yourself at least 5 days, You will move front to back with your heat gun, 3M#77 adhesive and weights. If you try and rush it
there will be wrinkles and bulges. This is even worse with the mass backed. I was warned off of mass backed, and the non MB carpeting looks and fits perfect. Other than paint, carpeting is the most visible appearance item in your car. Also, it is a very tiring task, dont
work too long at a stretch, or you will find yourself getting sloppy. Good luck!
 

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Give yourself at least 5 days, You will move front to back with your heat gun, 3M#77 adhesive and weights. If you try and rush it
there will be wrinkles and bulges. This is even worse with the mass backed. I was warned off of mass backed, and the non MB carpeting looks and fits perfect. Other than paint, carpeting is the most visible appearance item in your car. Also, it is a very tiring task, dont
work too long at a stretch, or you will find yourself getting sloppy. Good luck!

WOW - 5 days to replace the carpet? I replaced the old, worn out carpet in my '66 Fastback last fall. With the help of a couple friends, we knocked this out in about 5 hours or so on a Sunday afternoon while enjoying a few cold refreshments.

Also, I put in the mass-backed and it fit and installed just fine.

Maybe a coupe is much more difficult to do than a FB?:shrug:
 

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Lay the carpet flat on the driveway on a 110 degree day will help accelerate the process. I too nit pick and used weights etc to get it all just right. I do like the idea of taking your time and rechecking over a couple of days. Results may vary depending on vendor, how it was wadded up in the box, missing pieces, heat, attitude and sun spots.
 

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And a little tip on installing screws through carpet....... Once you know exactly where the screws go, use a junk philups screwdriver and heat the tip to melt the holes in the carpet to keep the screws from catching and unraveling the carpet threads. it also makes it easier to remove and reinstall just by lining up the holes
 

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I had the same experience as John - I wrangled my mass-backed carpet into my '66 fastback in a couple of hours. I didn't put it out in the sun first (wasn't hot enough anyways as it was December) or anything like that. Just opened the box, yanked out the carpet, cut some slits where I knew I'd need them, and then shoved it in there. No wrinkles, no funny business, fit perfectly :)

Might be the '67 carpet is different though?
 

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Question #1, probably yes.


Question #3, I cut a small hole just large enough for the shifter to slide through, then gradually enlarged it as I fit the carpet. I finally cut it the size of the lowest rib on the boot, screwed the boot down, and put on the trim ring.


Best, Dave
 

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Take the shifter off, only two bolts, and cut it out last. Its one less thing to work around.
 

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Thanks everyone. Found a different shifter bezel that is more rectangular and has a wide plate so that should help as well.
 

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Lay the carpet flat on the driveway on a 110 degree day will help accelerate the process.
I was watching one of those car resto shows on the Velocity channel the other day, and they were installing a carpet kit using one of those commercial-style garment steamers. Seemed like a great way to make the carpet more pliable, get the wrinkles out, and get it to really lay nice and flat. I haven't tried it myself yet so I can't say first-hand if it works, but I may give it a try when I replace my carpet over the winter. There won't be many (any) 110 degree days in January when I get around to it.

 

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Give yourself at least 5 days, You will move front to back with your heat gun, 3M#77 adhesive and weights. If you try and rush it
there will be wrinkles and bulges. This is even worse with the mass backed. I was warned off of mass backed, and the non MB carpeting looks and fits perfect. Other than paint, carpeting is the most visible appearance item in your car. Also, it is a very tiring task, dont
work too long at a stretch, or you will find yourself getting sloppy. Good luck!
Having installed both, mass back fits FAR better than standard. I did my carpet in an easy day. It was fun.
 

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Thanks everyone. Found a different shifter bezel that is more rectangular and has a wide plate so that should help as well.
By far the easiest way to do 65-68 Mustang is by using the early 65 shifter bezel, which bolts directly through the holes in the boot to the floor. The late 65-68 rides on the first pleat of the boot, and restricts movement. OK with the Ford shifter, but a real problem with the Hurst.

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To create the screw holes without pulling material, I used a soldering iron with a pencil tip.. It acts to "cauterized" the wound too. LOL
 

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Just wondering what you folks @Lizer or @subpar63 did with this carpet end as far as cutting it and keeping it from unravelling.?

Brian,

If memory serves, I cut it off so it was a little longer than the rest of the cut and then when I installed the sill plates it was held in place by them. Figured once the plates have it covered that there wouldn't be any chance for it to get snagged and unravel. I guess you could burn/melt the end for further peace of mind?

Hope this helps.

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