Have you ever wanted to spice up the interior of your Mustang, but didn’t want to paint interior pieces or spend hundreds of dollars on expensive moldings and replacement parts? Within this article I’m going to show just how easy it is for you to recover the MACH 460 speaker covers. This mod is fairly simple, does not take more than a few hours, and best of all is inexpensive. As for the results, well take a look:
WARNING: I am not responsible for mistakes made while attempting this mod due to ignorance, lack of patience, or simply following my directions as though they were written by GOD.
Before we begin I must mention that while my wife is into knitting and crochet I had absolutely no experience in cloth or upholstery work before attempting this mod, it was the product of eyeball engineering. So I guess what I’m trying to say is if I can do it, you can do it. Now lets talk a bit about the cloth we need. Ford, or their distributor, uses a thin semitransparent and porous fabric to cover the speakers. What I found to be the closest match without buying expensive speaker mesh is athletic mesh used to make athletic shorts. So during a trip to the fabric store with my wife I decided to look around and see if they had a close match. Sure enough in the athletic fabric section (didn’t even know they had a section named that!) I found a match.
Word to the wise, I have a Performance Red Vert, and it was hard to find a cloth that matched the paint, so I suggest either asking the cashier if you can take the sample outside to compare or you have better have a good eye. Also worthy to mention is the sun’s pesky tendency to bleach or dye colored fabric. UV radiation will discolor most cloth like that HS graduation tassel that’s been attached to your rear view mirror for who knows how long.
Other tools and items needed to complete this mod are:
- Flat Head Screwdriver
Note: The adhesive is to tack down the new cloth and while you can use Elmer’s Glue it takes a long time to dry, so I used 3M’s 77 Spray Adhesive. This stuff is great, but a pain to remove from your fingers.
Throughout this mod I referenced this page on the MACH 460 system for component removal and location: MACH 460 Information Page
First Step is to remove the tweeter cover from the tweeter enclosure. To do this simply pull on the cover (not the tweeter box), it may require a little force but it will come off. If you’re stuck and the cover won’t come loose it is probably due to the original glue having adhered itself to the tweeter enclosure, so carefully pry it off using a flathead screwdriver.
Next, go inside or where ever you have set up shop and carefully remove the original mesh from the inside of the cover.
After you have separated the original mesh from the hardened glue remove the MACH 460 Emblem by prying the three prongs (like how you open one of those large manila envelopes). Make sure to keep the Emblem in a safe place.
Now remove the original mesh from the cover. It is held on by a tacky adhesive, make sure not to touch the adhesive because we want to reuse it to apply our new cloth later.
What I did to make things easier was to lay the fabric I bought over the exposed cover and smooth out the front lines before I cut the fabric.
After you have cut the fabric to fit around the cover go back and make sure there are no creases or bubbles. Apply the adhesive to the back of the cover along the edges that was used to glue the original mesh and simply fold over your excess fabric. Make sure as you fold the fabric that you don’t get adhesive on the front of the new mesh and that you continuously pull and tug at the edges to get all of the creases out (the fabric should stretch enough to allow you to mold it around the corners). If you are using the 3M Adhesive I mentioned earlier it will dry quickly, but you will have enough time to reposition the mesh if you make a mistake. Let the cover dry for about 5-10 minutes then reattach the MACH 460 Emblem using a knife to cut out the mesh covering the original holes for mounting the emblem.
Last thing to do is reinstall your covers and show them off to all of your fellow stangers!
If you own a Convertible Like I do you can also do the same thing to the rear speaker covers. Click Here scroll down to the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions for removing the rear seat and side moldings. Pop out the top and bottom covers and repeat the instructions for each. I found the rear cover far easier to do than the front ones.
So that’s it! Pretty simple mod and in all the total cost was under $5.
If you are attempting to do this mod and have come across a problem or have completed this mod I’d love to hear from you, oh and send pics 🙂
aka “TxFrog1999”Categories: Mustang Tech