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Old 06-19-2013, 11:19 PM   #15
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If you're wondering, lay on your back and LOOK to see where the gas tank is on your tug... you may or may not be surprised.

I'm a former Pinto owner (GREAT CAR). It wasn't where the gas tank was mounted, it was HOW it was mounted. Bolts on the tank straps were aimed at the tank. Hit from the rear end and those bolts punch holes in the tanks. EXACTLY, like the TWO 1967 Ford Mustangs that I still own....
True...The Pinto(4CYL) is a Great Car, as is the 1967 Mustang(V8) but...

The Pinto tank is strap mounted below the floor of the trunk in a conventional manner.The Pinto has a regular trunk floor and the tank is removed from from underneath like most cars.
On your 1967 Mustangs, the floor of the trunk IS the top of the tank with a flange to bolt it into the opening... no straps. A stock 1967 Mustang tank is removed from inside the trunk leaving a huge opening in the trunk floor.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:58 PM   #16
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...Nissan Frontier has the tank well in front of the rear axle ( about 18" ) and INSIDE the ladder frame ...
That's normal now, just as placement behind the axle (but still within the frame) was normal for decades... and still used in some medium-duty trucks and who knows what else. GM got a lot of flak for putting the tank(s) of pickups outside the frame rails under the box and cab for a decade or more, but that's where most medium-duty and heavier trucks have always put them - makes for interesting side-impact collisions.

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On your 1967 Mustangs, the floor of the trunk IS the top of the tank with a flange to bolt it into the opening... no straps. A stock 1967 Mustang tank is removed from inside the trunk leaving a huge opening in the trunk floor.
Excellent design trivia!
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:37 AM   #17
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Chrysler has now changed directions on the issue of vehicle fires in earlier models of the Grand Cherokee and Patriot SUV's following rear end collisons.

The proposed "fix" is to install a trailer hitch to act as a buffer to add additional protection for the gas tank in rear end collisions. If this works the engineer at Chrysler that thought of it deserves a big bonus for avoiding a much larger retrofit/recall expense.

A safer idea might have been to add not only the hitch, but to give every one a new 13' FGRV to tow so as to provide an even bigger buffer zone to rear end collisions. (LOL)
My Ford Escape was struck from the rear few weeks ago, hard enough to bounce my head against the headrest. The Class III hitch prevented any significant damage. This sounds to me like a viable solution to the problem.
I'm just sooo happy that the Scamp wasn't attached at the time.
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The mustang was far worse than the pinto. In the mustang the filler neck went into the trunk and then into the tank connected by a rubber hose. in impact the filler neck seperates from the tank and compressing the tank shoots the fuel into the trunk into the rear seat and through the rear deck cardboard cover, there is no firewall. In the pinto at least the gas is under the car and not inside it. On our Liberty the tank is out of the passengers compartment protected by a skid plate and the trailer hitch since ours is a 4wd model. I do not feel that the Liberty is inhearantly dangerious and this is all mamby pamby BS. Want to go after something dangerious I would be attacking the smart car not too smart in my opinion where the human body is in the crumple zone. Their attacking a car thats already out of production.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:27 AM   #19
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......... I do not feel that the Liberty is inherently dangerous and this is all mamby pamby BS. .......
+1 - Basically ambulance chasing. Look at the speed of impact in the problematic cases - we are not talking about a tap.
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