It’s not easy to put a car on top of the Empire State Building, but Ford has accepted the challenge for the second time in order to repeat a historic stunt performed in 1966 with the original Ford Mustang convertible. Now Ford is giving us a peek behind the scenes of the process required to disassemble a new 2015 Ford Mustang convertible and transport it to the 86th floor observation deck.
Six weeks ago, Ford started preparations for this stunt in partnership with DST Industries, a Michigan-based supplier that also assisted with the 1966 stunt. Most of the difficulty with this stunt centers around breaking the Ford Mustang down into narrow pieces that can fit into the elevators at the Empire State Building. The first steps were determining where to make the cuts and figuring out how to load the various pieces onto carts that would fit in the elevators. Then, the Ford and the DST team created a custom-built tubular steel subframe to hold the cut sections together when the car was reassembled at the top of the building. The car wouldn’t really be able to run and drive even once assembled, because it has been chopped so extensively.
Knowing that they will have only six hours to build the 2015 Ford Mustang before the observation deck opens to the public on April 16, the team practiced the assembly process multiple times beforehand to be sure that they could complete the task in the short amount of time. The 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will be on display on the Empire State Building’s observation deck from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 16 and 17. When the deck closes at 2 a.m., the crew then must disassemble the car once again for transport before the deck opens again at 8 a.m. the next morning.
Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Ford and DST’s intricate process, and stay tuned for more photos and coverage of this impressive stunt starting tomorrow.