Em­pire games

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When Ford was de­cid­ing how to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial 50th an­niver­sary of the Mus­tang – and there are many, many events be­ing run around the world in 2014 – it knew it had to go back to the top.

That meant recre­at­ing his­tory by tak­ing a Mus­tang Con­vert­ible up to the ob­ser­va­tion deck, on the 86th floor of the Em­pire State Build­ing in New York.

It also meant, once again, a chop job to fit the car into el­e­va­tors in­stalled in 1931 with no thought about trans­port­ing cars.

Ford cut a 1965 pro­to­type into three pieces for its orig­i­nal dis­play stunt but, this time around, it took even more trou­ble to strip the car and then rebuild the jig­saw puzzle in time for a show­ing dur­ing New York mo­tor show week.

“Like all good crafts­men, our team is mea­sur­ing twice and cut­ting once to make sure we can get this Mus­tang up in the el­e­va­tors,” says Dave Per­i­cak, the Mus­tang chief en­gi­neer and also the one who over­saw the oper­a­tion.

“Like the team that did this in 1965, the cur­rent crew vis­ited the Em­pire State Build­ing be­fore start­ing and took care­ful mea­sure­ments of its new el­e­va­tors and doors be­fore cut­ting up the car.”

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