The panels that comprise the interior of most first-generation Mustangs can almost always be repaired or refurbished to at least an acceptable level. While there may be issues, such as pitted chrome, that can’t be completely eliminated in all cases, enough can often be done to make the result pleasing to all but perhaps the show-car owner. (The restoration details are covered in the following procedure as well as in Chapter 2.) Even then, the desire to retain the authentic OEM part may overrule the desire to have a completely flawless appearance.
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The hard panels can generally be repaired, using body filler for mild scratches or fiberglass for more severe damage. Minor scratches generally disappear under a few coats of sandable primer. Replacement parts, either new reproductions or used/NOS OEM parts are also an option, but this is generally more costly. Oxidized or pitted chrome usually responds quite well to rubbing with fine (0000-grade) steel wool. There may also be a need to repair gaskets, wiring, or other unique features on some panels/parts. Normally, little more than general cleaning, sanding, priming, and/or painting is required.
Written by Frank Bohanan and Republished with Permission of CarTech Inc