On the outside of a car, swapping wheels can totally change the look of a car. Inside, it’s swapping seats that can take the cockpit to a new level — in terms of both appearance and functionality. Looking to add support along with some period-correct style to his 1985 Mustang LX, Michael Clark, known as Foxbody Mike, turned to TMI Products for custom seats and upholstery for his uniquely named project.
“I built the Trailer Park Queen for the sole purpose of having one car that can do it all and look good doing it while not having to worry about cleaning the car and or scratching a high-dollar paint job,” he said. “Car shows, cruise-ins, drag racing, autocrossing, you name it, she can do it all and do it well!”
Doing it all well means looking good and performing well, so Michael knew he needed more supportive, more stylish seating in his Fox coupe, which is one of just 37 Sage Green examples built in 1985.
I decided to work with TMI on my seats because of their top-notch, high-quality work. — Michael Clark
To do so, he chose one of the company’s racing-style seats (PN 47-9950-6525-99; $724.97 each), which feature holes for harness belts and supportive bolsters to keep Michael in his seat when he is putting his Fox’s complete Maximum Motorsports suspension to good use.
“The new line of TMI Race Seats has eight different styles of race-inspired seats to choose from,” Waylon Krumrie, Sales Manager at TMI Products, said. “From lightweight, fixed-back racing seats to low-back bomber seats — all available in custom color options across the board.”
The new line of TMI Race Seats has eight different styles of race-inspired seats to choose from. — Waylon Krumrie, TMI Products
“Michael’s seats were a custom one-off design as far as materials go,” Waylon said. “They are, however, based off the Sport X design, which has contrast stitch and a variable of grommet finish options.
He chose a color combo that works well with the car’s unique exterior color, while giving it a bit of a modern-primitive vibe. To do so, he turned to NOS Reproductions to get the materials for his seating.
Trailer Park Queen Mods
• Auburn Pro differential with 3:73 gears
• C5/C6 Corvette brakes
• FRPP B303 camshaft
• FRPP GT-40X aluminum heads with roller rockers
• Holley Sniper EFI
• Koni SA coilover shocks and struts
• Maximum Motorsports full suspension
• Moser axles
While TMI doesn’t offer this particular pattern, the company does provide a number of custom options on its race-style seats.
“As we produce all of our upholstery here in the USA, we are able to offer custom options such as custom materials, custom stitching, custom inserts, etc.,” Waylon explained. “And, absolutely, this is something we can offer within a certain range to any one calling in. We do not offer custom patterns, but a material change or stitching change to a pattern we already offer is always an option.”
For more on TMI Products line of seats and upholstery, visit the company’s official sit here.