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mandonita
    
1965 Ford Mustang - Appropriate for small children?
I am wondering, for those of you who know a lot more about cars than I do, about the safety issues that an antique car poses. As a daily driver (with significant highway driving), what are the safety pros and cons of a 1965 Ford Mustang when transporting children who still use a carseat/booster?
posted: August 23, 2010
 
    
 
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trdkings
    
Children as well as adult fair much better in a modern car vs a classic. Newer cars have crumple zones that absorb impact. I did not however not let my children ride in my classics. I was just extremely careful when they were on board.

Cheers
posted:  August 23, 2010
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23dodges10
    
A car seat helps with the legal aspect in certain states. I kinda think that an older car would be more respected in traffic as they are seldom seen these days. My advice is drive defensively, buckle them up and give the kids some cool car memories. The ultimate complement is picking up your kid in school with the old hot rod.
posted:  August 23, 2010
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fanofrustycars10
    
I seccond what has been said. Old classics are not the best for crash safety today, but the adverage driver will pay more attention to the classic car, just because it's something rarely seen (and thus being a "WOW!" moment to compliment driving). As always, with any car of any age, Defensive driving is your best safety feture.

I'd also say, in my opinion, go ahead and take your children for a ride. The memories will last a life time. Especially when they are in high school, and you come and pick 'em up in the Mustang on the last day of school.
posted:  August 25, 2010
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dodge383
    
I'VE HAD ALOT OF 1960'S DAILY DRIVERS AND I FOUND IT WAS MUCH LOT DRIVING A SHERMAN TANK AMONG ALUMINUM CANS...

-NO WORRIES!
posted:  August 27, 2010
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capri755
    
I agree with the last answer, I'm 23 now and I've driven my 1951 4dr deluxe as a daily driver since i was 16. Recently I was hit by a driver who ran a red light in a ford f350 landscaping truck with trailer at 45mph. Granted I only have shoulder and lap belts in it, but my girlfriend was sitting on the passenger side when we got hit and pushed up into a tree, the police officer said if we had been in anything else she probaly wouldve been killed and i wouldve been crushed and in the hospital. I got out of it with a concussion (from hitting the window with my face) and she was fine. I bought another one that I'm hotrodding now. we got extremely lucky but i still atribute it to the fact that we were in that car. so agreeing with the guy above me, it's definetly like driving a tank aomng aluminum cans, maybe look into some safety upgrades, new seat belts, disc brakes, things like that.
posted:  August 30, 2010
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