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Exploding Gas Tanks and Canadian Mustang

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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?

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



66 Coupe:
302, AFR heads, Tremec 5 speed, Performer RPM, MSD Ignition, 9" w/ 3.70 gears, 4 wheel disc, subframe connectors, etc
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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.

Kevin Marti
Marti Auto Works
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