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post #11 of (permalink) Old 04-06-2016
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Gas tank access.

Originally Posted by 5LHO View Post
One panel accesses the pump and one the level sender.
It seems to be a bit hazardous to have two big access ports to the gas tank inside the car.

Falcons and early Mustangs (1965 - 1970) used the top of the gas tank as the floor of the trunk. The only thing that separated the trunk from the car's interior was the back seat. If the tank ruptured in a rear end collision, gasoline was inside the car. See: Mustang: A Classic Danger? - CBS News

After the problem of Pintos catching fire, Ford started suspending the gas tank underneath the bottom of the car with straps. That put the gas tank outside the car and placed a continuous steel floor between the gas tank and the car's interior.

Now Ford has put gas tank access panels inside the car under the back seat. It seems like a step backwards.

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Where Mustangs Began: 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Hardtop with a 164 hp Challenger 260 V-8 and a Ford-O-Matic two-speed automatic transmission. "The Wonder Falcon".
2016 Ford Mustang GT Fastback with a 435 hp Coyote 5.0 L V-8 and a 6R80E six-speed automatic transmission. "Race Red".

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