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This Section is Dedicated to Work On Clean Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

We are starting a research project dedicated to improving the safety, range and combustion efficiency of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

The project will begin by modifying a 1968 Mustang Fastback with equipment to bring the car up to current highway safety and environmental requirements and then push the envelope of performance of the three focus areas of research.

Work so far:
1. A 1968 Mustang has been modified to 1990s standards:
      i. Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) and electronic ignition 5.0 liter engine with standard Ford computer computer control for that year.
     ii. Complete polution control system including new catalytic converters and air pump.
    iii. Four Wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS) and Rack and Pinion Steering
   iiii. Driver's side air bag (will get to a passenger side air bag as the design progresses). 
2. A state-of-the-art CNG system will be installed by a certified installer.  The initial CNG tank will be a conventional carbon-fiber 3600 psi CNG tank that will be housed in the area of the trunk and what was formerly the back seat area.   A safety barrier has been designed to separate the fuel compartment from the driver/front seat passenger compartment. 
3. During the research phase, the EFI gasoline system will be kept in the vehicle, thus it will have dual fuel capability. 
 
Why a 1968 Mustang? This is a starting point that allows work to improve safety and reduce emissions on vehicle without violating federal laws on modifying factory polution control systems in newer vehicles.  The polution control system on the 1968 cars involved a positive crankcase ventilation system (PCV valve). Emissions control testing will be done as the injection points and combustion chamber are modified.