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cleaning/deodorizing seats - mouse squirrel infested 66 coupe

I inherited a 66 coupe that has been sitting under an oak tree covered up since '92 if I believe the news papers inside.

The interior is packed with mouse nests and thousands of acorns. Reminds me of some old cartoon where acorns fall out of something ..... My 11 yr old asked if we can restore it. I said sure!

Now, I got the front and rear seats out. got the nests out from under the seats. Now they reek of mouse.


I can clean the vinyal top side of the seats with simple green.

What works underneath to clean and deodorize?
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If it were me, I would strip all the soft stuff off the seat frames and throw it away. Seat covers, seat foam, burlap, etc. I doubt you're going to get 27 years of urine, poop, saliva, and whatever other juices squirrels and mice decided to deposit, in, on, and around the interior. Mix in some moisture from humidity and rain, and then bake it all with the sun...oh yeah, it's gotta be good. 😵😫💩
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Indeed. Sorry, dude. Trying to effectively clean and deodorize those seats is an exercise in futility. Lucky for you, all the required carpet, foam and vinyl coverings are reproduced. Yes, it will cost some money. Welcome to the world of automobile restoration. If you really want to play, you really gotta pay. :-)

There are many ways to save money on a Mustang restoration, like doing most of the work yourself. Trying to save a bio-hazard interior is not one of them.

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Go to the store a and pick up a few cans of "Scrubbing Bubbles". You know the Green can with those cute little cartoon smiling Scrubber brushes with big eyes on the front of the can. The stuff is magic in a can. Will clean up the seats and disinfect at the same time.....Spray on liberally, Wait 10-15 min...no more...then wipe down. Repeat process 2-3 time or until seats are clean. Once the seats are clean, You can go down on the seats with whatever is your favorite disinfectant as a backup...Lysol, Simple Green, or whatever..

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Go to the store a and pick up a few cans of "Scrubbing Bubbles". You know the Green can with those cute little cartoon smiling Scrubber brushes with big eyes on the front of the can. The stuff is magic in a can. Will clean up the seats and disinfect at the same time.....Spray on liberally, Wait 10-15 min...no more...then wipe down. Repeat process 2-3 time or until seats are clean. Once the seats are clean, You can go down on the seats with whatever is your favorite disinfectant as a backup...Lysol, Simple Green, or whatever..

Time for you to do some Wal-Mart Shopping...

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Likely, that will get the seats clean. But they will still be quite odoriferous.
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I bet the carpet is in the same condition as the seats. It will need to go to the trash pile as well.
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Hey, They are 50+ Year old seats attacked by squirrels... What do you expect... You can get it to an "acceptable" level... I know.....because I've done it.... A can of Febreze spray on the bottom cushions of the seats goes lightyears as well.

Any carpeting is usually total trash....but that is a given!

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I'll' look up what it takes to replace the cushions and burlap. I'm dreading pulling back the headliner.

I did a 67 fastback, this 66 coupe just ended up in my hands. I'm not a 66 fan, but my son wants to do it.


and the carpets... I found them after removing the acorns. they're already torn out and dumped. And now I see the driveway where the floors were supposed to be. I understand that floor replacement can be expensive. the car cover was removed and disintegrated. rain came through the drivers floor was a swimming pool. Not sure if it's a window leak or a cowl issue. I'm betting cowl...because why not?

thanks for the tips.
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The Emberglo I just bought had been invaded while in storage. It is likely under the dash, in the cowl, the heater box, in the firewall insulation, in the seat foam and upholstery, carpet, underlayment, and YES it even gets to the metal. This car has a GREAT body and good paint, but had the 53-year-old original interior and the soft stuff has to go. MY CHILD is going to ride in this, hopefully all his life, so I'm going to get rid of the disease-carrying bacteria that is releasing what you (and I ) are smelling, and do it right the first time. I wouldn't let him sleep in a bed with this stuff that had just been "cleaned" or made to "smell better" or "acceptable". His health and personal pride matter, and if he picks up his future wife for a first date, leaves their wedding, or drives his children in it he shouldn't have to answer, "What's that smell?..."
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"I'll' look up what it takes to replace the cushions and burlap."

1. Call to NPD.

2. Order New Cushions and Burlap..lol... NPD carries the best Seat Cushions anywhere...


Although, Burlap can also be purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics chains nationwide. I know, I've bought plenty there.

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Although, Burlap can also be purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics chains nationwide. I know, I've bought plenty there.

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Too funny, that's exactly where I bought mine

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mice.....destructive, disgusting, ingenious little f__kers.....we have had some entertaining threads on here and most of us have our own mouse stories......get that car gutted and scrubbed down with, oh, say,...bleach... asap...they smell where other mice have been and come to check it out, so if you move that hulk anywhere near your garage or house, well......wait till you pull the headliner down, ask me how I know!! Wear good filter masks when your gutting and cleaning the car, if you are using an air hose to blow out all the nooks and crannies you are really kicking up some nasty stuff. The rockers, frame rails, and w/s posts can be packed with old nests and carcasses, not just the seats.. throw anything thats not steel away would be my thought...enjoy your new father/son project!! Get him involved and in charge as much as possible, maybe let him start a build thread on the mouse house car!
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.enjoy your new father/son project!! Get him involved and in charge as much as possible, maybe let him start a build thread on the mouse house car!

I like that idea.. His own build thread!
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I like that idea.. His own build thread!
https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/b...topics/1152326
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I recently drug home a parts car with a similar condition....with pics for proof! lol
https://forums.vintage-mustang.com/1...parts-car.html

My advice is much like LeeFred said... strip 'em clean and start over!

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