Ford Reveals How it Got a 2015 Mustang Convertible Up the Empire State Building
The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible will be on display atop the 86th floor of the Empire State Building this week. But just how will it get there? No helicopters, cranes, or other fancy equipment are involved. Instead, the Mustang will manage to get there as any visitor would—in the elevator. But it's a little more complicated than that. Ford worked for six weeks to prepare for the Mustang's trek to the top of the building. First, Ford partnered with DST Industries to create a prototype an eventually a final version of the special Mustang. Meanwhile, workers measured the elevators and doors of the Empire State Building, even creating mockup structures. Ford then chopped up the Mustang into pieces that would be able to fit through these passageways. In the end, it took a freight elevator, two passenger elevators, and custom-made rolling carts and crates to transport the Mustang up the building. Once it reached the top, the crew had six hours to reassemble the pieces. Ford pulled the same stunt 50 years ago when the first Mustang debuted. And it pretty much happened through the same process. But the original Mustang's design hindered it from getting up the building. “The only real problem we had in 1965 was the steering wheel,” said retired DST technician Claude Cochran. “When we tried to roll the middle section of the car with the windshield removed into the elevator, the top of the wheel stuck out a bit too far through the door, so we had to tip the cart a bit to get it in.” The vehicle will be on display at the Empire State Building observation deck April 16-17 from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. The debut coincides with the New York Auto Show, which runs April 18-27. Source: Ford
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