I think that your chances are better to be struck by lightning while being attacked by a Great White while in your back yard pool . . . . well almost!Some of you might have read my post a few days ago about a close call with a cell phone driver who almost rear-ended me. This prompted me to start looking into a fuel cell to replace me stock tank. Then it occurred to me that while I've always heard that the stock setup is dangerous, I've also not heard of one blowing up in a collision. While it would make some sense that since the tank is bolted to the trunk floor it might be more prone to rupturing in a collision than a tank that is strapped under the trunk floor. And having the inlet tube in the back may also make the tank more vulnerable. But, most cars had/have their tanks in the back, and all inlet tubes are vulnerable wherever they are if they get hit. So is this design really that dangerous, or has it gotten blown out of proportion? Hit me with some facts, because I'd rather put the money into something more fun, like horsepower!
Not surprising in the least that it was the fastbacks that had the issue...there is no separation between the fuel tank and passenger compartment like there is on the coupe and convertibles.Jim,
The phrase "blowing up" is a bit overstated. The information comes from the insurance industry dated back to the late 60's. Many cars including the Mustang were subjected to impact testing from various angles. Today they are refered to as crash testing. The main difference between the two is that back then they actually used two cars to crash into each other.
The Ford folks in an effort to satisfy the insurance industry issued a "potential safety notice" which outlined the possibility of fuel "entering the rear of the passenger compartment".
There was never any explosions from any tests conducted. Interestingly, it was the FB model that suffered the worst in these test. This is what was brought to the surface again a few years ago in a Primetime television report about exploding gas tanks. (in pickups)
The '60's info was dug up to bolster the claim that automakers (not just Ford) knew about these "safety issues" many years ago.
Essentially, any car has the potential for this to occur, not just ours. If it's a concern, spend a few bucks and rest easier.
Right? Using the search on this forum using the correct wording never brings up the most recent LOL. I go and Google what I am looking for with "vintage Mustang" in the search and get better results.Maybe 15 years later one or two more have exploded?
How do these old threads get found, lol.