1968 Mustang…No I didn’t break it ..

So my Dad buys a dark green Mustang 1968 pretty much like the picture but with a vinyl roof. Sweet cruising, a fast 289 engine. It was light and fast. Automatic transmission but the shift was between the front bucket seats The torque on that engine…carbonated was enough to excite a teenage boy red blooded and full of adventure…


So I meet this really cool girl and I have to take her home so off we go. And I just love the car…the handling, the color, the bucket seats. … and the girl did I mention… well anyway we drive along, windows down. We get to the tollway and I put my quarter in and the gate goes up….yeah so I’m imagining I just got the green light and I step on that gas as hard as I can all the way to the floor.. impress a girl, feel the power in that engine…. Oh yeah! … and the bucket seat breaks…the back just snapped off and I was leaning against the seat which was now in the backseat. If you can picture this I am almost laying back in an easy chair only problem I couldn’t see the road ….so I’m trying to hang on to the steering wheel to pull myself up and trying very hard not to break the steering wheel, the girl next to me all 120 pounds of her is trying to hold up my seat as I pull to the shoulder of the road…talk about an incredibly embarrassing moment. I pulled the spare tire and put it behind my seat for the rest of the drive.

Well I drove home to face my Dad..it was his car after all and I was gonna have to explain that I had…well … over accelerated… So I tell him everything, the truth… figured grounding maybe coming… and instead he smiled and said ok, I’ll see if the gas station( on the corner where everything got fixed or scrapped).

So my Dad walked to the train and had told me to take it to the garage. I did… and after my explanation came raucous laughter…oh sure you did! Ha, ha, ha said Pat the mechanic. I’ll try to weld it… more laughter … I walked home. Seriously I really was a Boy Scout but never did forget that.

I couldn’t find the actual recall but found this .. some vindication 😅

Hello all,
I wa drivign in my 68 to work today, shifted in my seat, and dang near ended up flipping into the back seat. Apparently, my seat is busted. After driving all day by holding myself up ( a tremendous ab workout by the way!) I was able to dig into it a bit. Not sure if what I found is stock, or if it was added by the PO, but the post that the bracket on the seat back uses to connect to the base was broken clean off. (pictures attached).

1. Was this stock?
2. How might I go about fixing this? Im hoping to not have to buy new seat frames yet.

1968 coupe, 351W, beat up but mineReply





Joined Dec 15, 2007 · 9,062 Posts #2 ·  (Edited)


Not unless you have a mig welder…and even then….It will never be the same..

I’d say that you need a new of a good used ’68 bottom seat frame…. That part was actually part of a 1970’s Ford Recall. NPD sells the fix..

All the Seat Bottoms are reproduced except the ’68 Seat bottom…of course…

You’ll probably have to use this NPD part linked below or get a used ’68 Seat frame bottom and just transfer your Bottom seat cover to the donor bottom…No brain surgery involved…just work..

1. Yes, It was stock. That weld is normal on the seat pivot.
2. You can get a used seat bottom from somewhere or use the NPD fix below…’68 Repro Seat bottoms are not available.

See here:



Tony K.

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Well, that makes sense. Seems about right that the seat bottom that I’d need isn’t reproduced.  oh well. I’ll take a look at that fix from NPD. I need to redo the seats anyway, so I’m wondering if now is the time to lift them out, get off the old upholstery, put in new foam, service the tracks, etc… just get this seat stuff all out of the way.

Thanks for the link!

The Mystery of Federal Pacific electrical panels

The story behind Federal Pacific electrical panels.

Federal Pacific panels, also known as FPE panels were a popular residential electrical panel choice in the mid to late 20th century. The panel was well known in the building community as a cheaper alternative to some of the more recognizable panel companies such as General Electric/I-T-E and Square D.

Because of the cost and ease of installation, the FPE panel was widely adopted in suburban developments. Millions of homes throughout the United States and Canada had this particular panel installed.

The main panel Federal Pacific sold was the “Stab-Lok” named after its breaker functionality. The breakers would “stab” into slots in the bus bar and “lock” into place.

Stab Lok electrical panel
Stab Lok electrical panel

However, although the panel had benefits, issues began to emerge as some officials suspected that the panel was causing house fires. This triggered an investigation by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) which was ultimately closed without a full verdict of panel problems.

From these investigations, independent companies began testing the panels to determine their safety. From this testing, it was found that the breakers themselves had a dangerous and potentially life-threatening flaw.

The breakers themselves had a high rate of failure. When a breaker is overloaded, the unit should trip on its own to prevent electrical hazards. However, FPE breakers simply failed to trip when these electrical issues occurred. Some reports even found that over half of the breakers tested did not trip when overloaded, including brand new units.

An overloaded circuit that does not have its power cut off will lead to overheated wiring. If the wiring heats past a certain point, it can melt the sheathing off the wire or overheat the surrounding areas, all of which can lead to house fires.

Although FPE and its parent company still deny that their panels have a higher rate of failure if used under normal conditions, in 2005 a New Jersey court ruled that the company was guilty of fraud in a class action lawsuit settlement.

The court found that the FPE company “…knowingly and purposefully distributed circuit breakers which were not tested to meet UL standards”. This document summarizes the FPE class action lawsuit settlement procedure for affected homeowners. –Inspectapedia

While there is no federal mandate that these panels should be removed from homes, there has been quite a bit of evidence that the original breakers can be a hazard. Because of this, when we see the Stab Lok logo, we call for immediate panel replacement during our home inspections.

Federal Pacific Stab Lok electrical panel
Federal pacific Stab Lok electrical panel

So if you have one… better check to be sure watch out and for sure don’t overload. Knife related only in the words’Stab-Lock “

And the new box a Mueller and thankfully everything works