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2kSnakEater
06-14-2007, 09:10 PM
The vault in which Tulsa buried a Plymouth Belvedere 50 years ago was built to withstand a nuclear attack.

Water, apparently, not so much.

Workers lifted the vault's lid Wednesday morning to find about two feet of standing water and indications the vault may have been filled to the rim sometime during the past half-century.

The car itself remained encased in several layers of purportedly water-tight material, its precise condition a mystery. The outline of the Belvedere's trademark tailfins was clearly visible under the coverings, but hopes for recovering the car in something like pristine condition faded.

Rain at mid-morning brought work at the site to a halt. The vault was covered with a canopy and opaque plastic attached to the chain link fence surrounding to keep spectators from looking in. Workers hoped to assess the condition of the steel skid supporting the Belvedere.

The condition of the time capsule, which in appearance resembles a small propane tank, was not clear.

The discovery of water in the vault was particularly difficult for the scores of volunteers who have worked for more than 18 months on the car's excavation. Their chairwoman, Sharon King Davis, wiped away a tear as she surveyed the vault.

She brightened a few minutes later, though, and said, "The party goes on!"

In addition to Friday's unearthing and unveiling activities, two Tulsarama car shows featuring 500 classic automobiles and a Saturday night sock hop are scheduled for the weekend


http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=070613_1__Theva21346&breadcrumb=Breaking%20News

amx
06-15-2007, 04:42 AM
Well, their test lift of it was successful, so they're going to be pulling it out tomorrow. It's supposed to be unveiled at 7 apparently.

Man, I'd be sick if I'd been waiting 50 years to open that time capsule, only to find it full of water.

Can't wait to see wait kind of shape the car is in.

Murgatroy
06-15-2007, 09:41 AM
I think it is gonna be cool to see the shape it is in. That is kinda nifty. You would think they would have made an extended effort to make sure the thing was water tight though.

PhillyDRFT
06-15-2007, 09:46 AM
It'll be pretty rusted. I wouldn't doubt much different than sitting in a barn for 50 years. minus any heat related wear. I'm imagining the interior must smell awful.

Murgatroy
06-15-2007, 09:53 AM
Yeah, the interior is gonna be toasted.

If the 'vacuum sealed' wrap wasn't water tight, it is gonna be pretty sad to be honest. If the capsule wasn't water tight, it wasn't airtight. It will have rusted if the bag had a hole. That kinda sucks, it would have been kinda groovy for the car to be in perfect condition.

85gtsblackman
06-16-2007, 12:38 AM
oh it wasnt in a water tight enclosure......its fucked

Blackcloud
06-16-2007, 01:08 AM
wtf is it?

Ricksta
06-16-2007, 01:15 AM
those cars arent worth squat wtf is such the big hype?

hobbie2k
06-16-2007, 03:33 AM
So an object's worth is only equivalent to it's monetary value? Wow, I didn't know Celicas were so pointless...

amx
06-16-2007, 05:19 AM
those cars arent worth squat wtf is such the big hype?

It was a time capsule. The whole idea is to seal it away so that on the scheduled opening date, the objects inside are taken out in the same condition in which they were buried. They buried it with oil and 10 gallons of gas because they didn't even know if there'd be internal combustion engines in 2007, and they wanted to be sure we could run it. No one wanted to see it get pulled up as a rusted-out hulk.

By the way, there's a pretty cool photo gallery of when it was buried:
http://buriedcar.myphotoalbum.com/view_album.php?set_albumName=album03

burnyd
06-16-2007, 05:56 AM
rust bucket.

Rix86
06-16-2007, 07:26 AM
Pretty sad.

90CelicaST
06-16-2007, 03:35 PM
Yup, it is rusted, won't even crank.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/15/AR2007061500908.html

celicaGT90_05
06-16-2007, 03:50 PM
feel kinda sorry for that car haha well now they have quite a restoration project on their hands! Car would probably be in the same if not worse condition if it had been driven for the rest of its life anyway

Ricksta
06-16-2007, 04:50 PM
feel kinda sorry for that car haha well now they have quite a restoration project on their hands! Car would probably be in the same if not worse condition if it had been driven for the rest of its life anyway

the car mint isnt even worth zilch its not worth restoring unless it had sentimentle value and you had deep pockets.

Mr Celica
06-16-2007, 05:27 PM
the car mint isnt even worth zilch its not worth restoring unless it had sentimentle value and you had deep pockets.


its a 57 belvedere... it has to be worth something.

JEDI
06-16-2007, 05:48 PM
the car mint isnt even worth zilch its not worth restoring unless it had sentimentle value and you had deep pockets.

some people are just very thick headed. just my 2 cents

celicaGT90_05
06-16-2007, 08:14 PM
the car mint isnt even worth zilch its not worth restoring unless it had sentimentle value and you had deep pockets.

It was a joke though

Mr Celica
06-16-2007, 09:20 PM
its beyond restoration.. i think its kinda creepy looking. they should bury a celica.

barker
06-16-2007, 09:48 PM
They should bury a Civic! actually they should bury all the civics... in a big container with lots of salt water... :D

celicaGT90_05
06-16-2007, 10:02 PM
civics are good cars, its not their fault that their owners are long haired or buzz cut ricers

Cavanagh
06-16-2007, 10:05 PM
They should bury a Civic! actually they should bury all the civics... in a big container with lots of salt water... :D
:laugh:

Mr Celica
06-16-2007, 10:49 PM
civics are good cars, its not their fault that their owners are long haired or buzz cut ricers

what does hair have to do with it. hahaha

celicaGT90_05
06-16-2007, 11:23 PM
lol thats what I usually see, though it's not limited to that...but it just gets to me that civics get bashed cuz of what other people do to them, but in reality they are pretty reliable cars

Rix86
06-17-2007, 05:52 AM
If the vault has stayed sealed, the car would be worth a shitload of money actually.

JEDI
06-17-2007, 07:51 AM
Besides, doesnt anyone remember christine? they used the same kinda car in the movie :).

Murgatroy
06-17-2007, 08:00 AM
Besides, doesnt anyone remember christine? they used the same kinda car in the movie :).
Wrong.

Christine was a `58 Plymouth Fury.

Not a Belvedere.

JEDI
06-17-2007, 08:06 AM
Wrong.

Christine was a `58 Plymouth Fury.

Not a Belvedere.

Doh, Your right on that one, looks close to the same though.

Murgatroy
06-17-2007, 08:25 AM
They are similar.