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post #15 of (permalink) Old 04-06-2016
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Originally Posted by ew1usnr View Post
It seems to be a bit hazardous to have two big access ports to the gas tank inside the car.

Falcons and probably early Mustangs 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.

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.
Holy ****, Rip Van Winkle, where ya been for the last 40+ years?

You want to talk safety in this car? I walked out, yes, walked out of this rollover with two cracked ribs.

The tank in this car is ABS plastic and placed in the strongest part of the floor pan, with the axle on one side and trans and engine on the other and steel panels around it. It's as well fortified as any part on the car. Those access ports are just that, access to the sealed and lock ringed parts beneath them, If gas was to try to get inside that way, the entire passenger tub would have to be crushed like a beer can.

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