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Question:

In The October 1999 issue of Mustang & Fords there is an article about installing a metal backseat panel in lieu of the standard card board piece.

The piece is made by Canadian Mustang, and allthough for liability reasosns they can't claim anything, it seems to me like the thick metal piece makes sense. In particular, I wanted it to replace my rotting stock divider and cover it with sound proofing material. I'm not really worried about my gas tank exploding and dousing me with flames, but I do like metal better than cardboard any day of the week.

I didn't want to install it myself, and to my extreme surprise my favorite shop refused to install the product, again for liability reasons.

Anyone else had any wierd experiences like this?

Also, if you have time check out my website at

http://members.home.net/tomtalford

I just started working on it today and need input. (and spell checking!!!)

Thanks,

Tom


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I think we have all become entirely too pre-occupied with liability issues.
And remember this post is not to be used as a flotation device.
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Everybody scared to touch anything anymore. I noticed you have the AFR heads on your new motor, how
do like them? I just a installed a AFR headed 302 myself, i'm very impressed with the power. How is the powerband with the B303, when does the power come on, when does it flatten out?

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I seem to recall MM refusing to do stories about installing shoulder harnesses in older Mustangs due to liability reasons, yet they print brake articles and steering build ups no problems. It is weird.

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A flotation device??????
what does that mean jimdo?????

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Unfortunately, the reason everyone has to be so worried about liability, is because everyone is so SUE HAPPY. I got sued a couple of years ago for $675 for cutting down a bush on my neighbors side of the line. She only got $75.00 in court, but she did win. And let's not forget the silly old bitty that didn't know that McD's coffee is hot.

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Tom, a lot of shops won't touch that stuff anymore. The dealership I work at will not allow us to upgrade seat belts, Install the divider or install air bag cut off switches.

If there is ever a problem, people don't come back to the installing shop to talk about it. Instead they just go to court and sue you for some outrageous amount of money!!

It's a sad state of affairs, but we have to look out for number 1.....No one else will...
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Please post how the install goes. Everybody is sue happy these days, but vulture attorneys are only half the problem. The other half is brain-numb jurors that buy into their stupid arguments.



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I'm fabricating my own seat divider. Well, my sheetmetal shop cut it and I'm painting and installing it.

There's a 1" pxocket in the sheetmetal behind the seat. It's a rectanuglar opening, so the divider can be pretty simple. I also had two 8x8x11.3" 16gauge triangles to cover the smaller openings. So far I've got it cut, but that's as far as I've gotten.

Photos in a few months...

Can someone with a 65/66 and a 69/70 coupe measure this opening? I'd like the dimensions.

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...or the woman that put her dog in the micro wave oven to dry... These cases are so absurd that they even reach this side of the big pond...
I'm glad we don't have juries, it's the judge's decision and his/hers alone.
 
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I saw somewhere recently that had installed a plate of steel over top of the gas tank. It gives you a much more solid trunk floor, much easier to install, and looks pretty good (I don't know about you, but I have locked my keys in the trunk a few times and got them through the back seat!)

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I noticed you have a 66 coupe. Personally, I would be worried about the non-collapsing steering column and single chamber master cylinder before I worried about the gas tank joining me in the passenger compartment. For what its worth, inadequate braking and being skewered by the steering column are a much higher probability. Further, your seats will break loose at much lower speeds, likely causing severe neck and back injuries. Am I trying to be gloomy? No, life just becomes a series of calculated risks and on the priority list, and if your concern is for safety, handle them in order of likely occurence and severity of damage.

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Hey:

I have 4 wheel disc brakes right now, that's as good as it gets.
Nothing I can do about the steering column.
A roll bar and DOT legal 5 point harnesses are on the way

Tom
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