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In 1957 several local dealers, in cooperation with the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, buried a brand new Plymouth Belvedere in a sealed concrete vault under the courthouse lawn. On Friday June 15th, 2007 - the car will be unearthed.

Boyd Coddington and his crew will be on hand to assess the car and hopefully get it running. In 1957, people were asked to guess what the population of Tulsa would be in 2007. The person with the closest guess (or their heirs) will win the car.

Fun stuff!

Here's a pic of the car being lowered into the vault...



and here's a link to the website: http://buriedcar.com/
 

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It's Christine's older sister.

Thanks for posting that! I've been trying to follow it, but I have shit for memory.
 

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Nope, she was a '58 Plymouth. In the book and movie, it's said that she's a Fury, but you couldn't get the Fury in that blood red color...only cream and black. But you could get a two door Belvedere hardtop in that blood red color.
 

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Nope, she was a '58 Plymouth. In the book and movie, it's said that she's a Fury, but you couldn't get the Fury in that blood red color...only cream and black. But you could get a two door Belvedere hardtop in that blood red color.
Thanks.:thumbsup: I got my years messed up. BTW, congrads on your Moderator status.
 

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In the book is says LeBay custom ordered it in red. Also in the book she's a 4-door fury... which was never made.
 

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Yeah, I remember reading that part. King must not have done his research.
 

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If you ask some people about what type of car was in that movie, don't be surprised if thay tell you it was a 57 chevy.
 

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In the book is says LeBay custom ordered it in red. Also in the book she's a 4-door fury... which was never made.
Books of fiction as with movies and television shows are not limited by that little thing we call .... reality .... :rolleyes:
 
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That is amazing!. Cant wait to see it run. It'll be on Ebay a week later.:eek:
 

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I read abot this somewhere else. I'll betcha that thing is so rusted it won't even cast a shadow. :stirpot:
 

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I read abot this somewhere else. I'll betcha that thing is so rusted it won't even cast a shadow. :stirpot:
I'm worried that you're right. It could be really nasty down there. Embarrassing. I wonder if Jay Leno is on this case.

They say they coated it with cosmoline, but we don't know how secure that vault was. It would've had to have been perfectly air and water-tight for it to work. I don't understand why they put it underground like that. Way too much can go wrong. And what happens to cosmoline over 50 years? Wouldn't it break down by now? How does coating a large flat horizontal surface work? Lubricating the working parts of a gun is one thing, but a car?

My guess is that the motor and tranny are probably fine (as long as they didn't put any gas or motor oil in it) but that body is probably shot. I'm sure moisture got through the walls of that vault, they probably used cheap driveway-grade concrete.
 
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I'm worried that you're right. It could be really nasty down there. Embarrassing. I wonder if Jay Leno is on this case.

They say they coated it with cosmoline, but we don't know how secure that vault was. It would've had to have been perfectly air and water-tight for it to work. I don't understand why they put it underground like that. Way too much can go wrong. And what happens to cosmoline over 50 years? Wouldn't it break down by now? How does coating a large flat horizontal surface work? Lubricating the working parts of a gun is one thing, but a car?

My guess is that the motor and tranny are probably fine (as long as they didn't put any gas or motor oil in it) but that body is probably shot. I'm sure moisture got through the walls of that vault, they probably used cheap driveway-grade concrete.
I cant wait to see what it looks like. I hope they did their homework and the car comes out looking as it did the day it was put there.:thumbsup:
 

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I think the car will be fine,my guess is the cloth and rubber will be rotted.I don't see how the car could be all rusted out.The cosmoline will be fine also,that car's gonna run.Either way this is cool!
 

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I hope they don't turn it over to Boyd Coddington and his butchers; but rather put it back to be the way it was. Can't wait to see how it turns out, though. Anyone ever hear of the freightcar that was found when some rail company computerized, all full of cars that were about 25 years old? I wonder what kind they were and what happened to them...
 

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I'm sure moisture got through the walls of that vault, they probably used cheap driveway-grade concrete.
There's a brief video at the website that shows some of the preparation. Apparently they tried to think of everything. The engine is wrapped in plastic, the seats are all covered, and the entire body is wrapped in some kind of material that looks like absorbant paper.

One thing that's really strange - they put cans of gasoline and oil in the vault in case those items didn't exist in 2007. Hopefully those didn't leak, or there could be a heck of a mess.
 
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