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#76: August 6th, 2012 - Installing Door Panels, Carpet, Exterior trim, Fuel and Brake lines and Tank...
I'll start with the exterior trim. As I mentioned in the last update, the side scoops on the outside of the car have to be installed before the interior quarter trim can go in.
Well, I did not even have them painted yet!
So, I stripped off all the old paint from the scoops, filled some imperfections with spot putty, sanded them and gave them a coat of epoxy primer.
While they were drying, I gave the rear wing a once-over with a 600 grit sanding sponge to get it ready for painting. 4 coats of paint and a day later, they were ready to go on the car. Or so I thought.
I missed some really bad sanding scratches on the top of the wing when I prepped it.
Luckily, there was enough paint on the wing that I was able to wet-sand & compound them out!
It was also at this point I moved the car back further in the garage and put it up on jackstands to continue working under the car.

Next up was the installation of the fuel and brake lines, along with the fuel tank and accessories. The feed line was in bad shape on the outside. I used a angle-grinder with a 3M scuff pad to strip all the rust and old paint. The other lines just needed some hand cleaning and all were coated with clear paint before installing them.
A lot of new parts were used. The tank, pump, grommets, filter, filler neck seal and gas cap were all new. The only re-used item were filler neck, plastic shield and straps.
While under the car, I also ran the NOS Ford parking brake cables and installed a factory Cobra leather handle in the interior.

I purchased some black OE carpet out of a 2004 Mustang from eBay back in March. I pulled it out of the box and laid it on the ground to inspect it and found it was in great shape!
However, when I laid it in the car, it was not even close to fitting right.
I did some research online and found out it was for a 2005 Mustang, rather than the 2004!
I contacted the seller, who ran an upholstery shop outside New Orleans, and he offered to sell me some new ACC carpet for the discounted price of just $300. I told him I would think it over, hung up the phone, and ordered the same ACC carpet from Rock Auto for $120.
While waiting for the new carpet to arrive, I installed the parking brake, which was from my other '94 Cobra, and refurbished and installed the door panels, which are original to the car. I replaced the door handles and door pulls with new aftermarket parts, while the door cups behind the handles are some used ones from eBay that I refinished.
The speaker grill was missing from the drivers-side panel. I took a beige one off the door panel from the race car and coated it with the black SEM paint.
The new carpet install was better than I thought it would be.
ACC has a YouTube video of how to install the carpet, which really helped me out.

I pulled my other drivers seat from the attic to put it in the car untill I get the black leather ones recovered. Yes, you are looking at a original 1994 Cobra Mustang drivers seat that has no rips or tears!

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Last Modified: August 23rd, 2012.