How to put a Mustang on the Empire State building
Want to drop Ford’s drop-top pony car on the 82nd floor? Here’s how
Posted: 22 Apr 2014
George has lost a bolt. Which, in the grand scheme of life, love, and the universe doesn’t sound like an unmitigated disaster. But it sort of is.
Because George is building a Ford Mustang GT convertible on the 82nd floor of the Empire State Building. Outside. In 60mph winds. At 5:00am. And it has to be finished in two hours. Oh, and if he can’t find this damn bolt, the closest spare is 610 miles away in Detroit.
See, George’s conundrum is Ford’s fault. For the launch of the 2014 Mustang convertible, the company decided to reenact a publicity stunt from 1964, which broadly involved the same thing – get Mustang, chop into bits, put in lifts, reassemble 82 floors up. And as head of Ford’s Design and Fabrication division, George – Mr Samulski to you – is in charge.
And as TG joins the Ford team on top of this iconic finger of bricks, hopelessly in the way, we can’t help but notice things are a bit fraught. So based on what we’ve learned so far, we’ve assembled a handy ten-point guide to Building Mustangs On Top Of Large Buildings in case George, Ford, or you want to repeat the performance.