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I moved from the F body and Corvette to my first car love...the 1st gen Mustang. It is a different driving experience for sure. I recently purchased a nicely restored 1967. My only complaint, I have no headroom. The top of my head touches the headliner and drives me crazy. I know there are options. The headliner is brand new and period correct so I hate to rip it out and install the suede headliner. Besides, I would still be looking out the top of the windshield. I have seen the lowered seat pan approach, but this is beyond my experience level. The seats are newly upholstered factory originals. Perhaps I could have the foam cut down. I have heard that aftermarket foam is much thicker than factory. I am only 5'10'' so I know I am sitting too high in the seats. Anyone have any suggestions? Also, does anyone recommend a reputable shop for classic mustang work in the Kansas City area?
 

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At 6' 1" I don't have issues with the stock seat height in either my 66 Mustang or 67 Cougar. Have you checked the seat tracks to see if they have been shimmed up? I'll take a measure on my 66 from the seat cushion to the headliner to you can have something to use for a standard. Maybe the PO replaced the seat pads during the restore. I'll edit this shortly. The distance from the seat cushion to the headliner is 34 1/2" and distance from floor to top of seat cushion is 6". These are measured from the rough center of the cushion. At the rear of the cushion the overhead would increase by 3/4" and the cushion height decrease by 1/2". My 66 hasn't needed any floor repair work.
 

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I am 6 foot and have never had any height problems in my previous 65 fastback, 68 hardtop, or 67 vert. Something is going on with your seat setup.
 

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I'm 6' tall and after I re-upholstered my front seats, with modern foam inserts, my head rubs the headliner. I've installed the seat track extenders and while that lowered me a bit, it also moved me too far away from the shifter and steering wheel. My next step is to install '69-70 Mustang Fastback seat pans, and '69-70 carpet, which lower the seat mounting point straight down; I'm also considering different seats.
 

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With my standard seats in my 1966 coupe, my head just barely brushed the head liner. I put these seats in which were more padded.

with these brackets.

now I have at least one more inch of space between my head and the headliner. I’m 6’1”.

maybe this style of bracket would work for your car.

Allen
 

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With my standard seats in my 1966 coupe, my head just barely brushed the head liner. I put these seats in which were more padded.

with these brackets.

now I have at least one more inch of space between my head and the headliner. I’m 6’1”.

maybe this style of bracket would work for your car.

Allen
After I put new seat cushions in I had the same problem. I cut down the seatback stops. That left the seat back recline a little more. That helped a lot and was a more comfortable position. After about 5,000 miles the cushions settled and now I have ample room. I'm 6'1''
 

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Or look at the 1 piece headliner from Mustangs to Fear. It's on my want list.
 
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I have a 66’ coupe and a longer torso (I’m 6’ but it’s more like I’m 6’3”). I tried all types of combinations but the thing that worked best were either stock seats with worn out foam and springs, or cutting down the risers by 1.5” and buying Recaro Specialists with Wedge brackets. You have to play around a bit and see what works best for you.
 

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at 5 10 you should not be having problems. Check your seat backs, on early cars you spin a nut, sounds like someone above filed the stop down but lean the seat back further.

I would definitely take some photos of the mounts and post them perhaps a PO "fixed" it for his wife or his own stature.
 

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I’m having the same issues. Reupholstered original seats that had a good height and back support. Now, they look fantastic, but uncomfortable. The seat back is angled too far forward. They don’t look wrong, but they are. I removed the bumpers and installed shorter bumpers which helped a lot. The big question is why does this have to be done?
I have to say, aftermarket parts stink! Always a compromise !
 

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You can cut the seat risers down and make them shorter. I do not recommend moving them back. They are actually a structural member that holds the rear of the front frame rail basically keeping it from bending the floor.
What do these seat risers look like ? Are they the seat pan ? Do you anything about the carpeting when lowering the seat pans? Thanks!
 

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What do these seat risers look like ? Are they the seat pan ? Do you anything about the carpeting when lowering the seat pans? Thanks!

It's the platform the seat bolts to that is welded to the floor. You can take a section out of them and drop them straight down. It will take some bending of the flanges for it to line back up and some narrowing. Or you can buy the already shorter ones for the Cougar. The main parts places are now carrying them some in two manufacturer versions.

The guys I have all talked to that have lowered theirs used the carpet from a 69.
 

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...Check your seat backs, on early cars you spin a nut, sounds like someone above filed the stop down but lean the seat back further.
Dobro - where do you find this nut that allows the seats to recline?
I have been hearing about this at some other threads on this forum, but don't know where to look for this.
I have a 1966 vert.
Pix?
Thanks.
 

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So you might be a proportional freak if you are really looking through the top of the windshield...
Fix the problem- One guess sez the headliner isn't in correctly. They pulled the material too tight and pulled down on the hoop stays or they might even be bent or they could have over done it with insulation up top.. Try and push it up and touch the roof, i bet its as tight as a drum and fairly flat.
Or they built up the floor with extra insulation/padding or even the wrong seat track.
 

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At 6' 1" I don't have issues with the stock seat height in either my 66 Mustang or 67 Cougar. Have you checked the seat tracks to see if they have been shimmed up? I'll take a measure on my 66 from the seat cushion to the headliner to you can have something to use for a standard. Maybe the PO replaced the seat pads during the restore. I'll edit this shortly. The distance from the seat cushion to the headliner is 34 1/2" and distance from floor to top of seat cushion is 6". These are measured from the rough center of the cushion. At the rear of the cushion the overhead would increase by 3/4" and the cushion height decrease by 1/2". My 66 hasn't needed any floor repair work.
So I measured mine and there is a significant difference. The seat pans are approximately 4 inches in the front so we are good there. I am 40 1/2'' from the floor to headliner measured just behind driver seat. The middle of the cushion to headliner is 31 1/2''. The measurement from seat track to top of cushion is 7''. If I were a betting man I would guess the padding is WAY too thick. Thanks for the measurements.
At 6' 1" I don't have issues with the stock seat height in either my 66 Mustang or 67 Cougar. Have you checked the seat tracks to see if they have been shimmed up? I'll take a measure on my 66 from the seat cushion to the headliner to you can have something to use for a standard. Maybe the PO replaced the seat pads during the restore. I'll edit this shortly. The distance from the seat cushion to the headliner is 34 1/2" and distance from floor to top of seat cushion is 6". These are measured from the rough center of the cushion. At the rear of the cushion the overhead would increase by 3/4" and the cushion height decrease by 1/2". My 66 hasn't needed any floor repair work.
 
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