POSTED ON JUNE 13, 2007:
1957 Plymouth comes up waterlogged
unearthing of the time capsule revealed, guess what? 50 years of water leakage.
Tulsans and car enthusiasts from around the world might be in for the letdown of the century. As it turns out, the Plymouth Belvedere that was buried 50 years ago has spent much of the past half century submerged in water.
An anonymous source (let's just call him "Earl") explained that when he and other digger-uppers opened the vault for an initial inspection in preparation for this weekend's festivities, it was full of water.
"Based on the water lines inside the vault, the water level has risen and fallen many times over the years," Earl said.
They did a great job sealing the concrete lids covering the top of the vault, he said, but not such a great job with the vault itself. By the looks of it, Earl explained, water has been entering and leaving the vault from the bottom.
He said they don't know, yet, if the water penetrated the enormous plastic bag in which the car is enveloped. They also don't know if it's enveloped in one bag, two or three.
"There's really no documentation of what they did," said Earl.
The bag(s?) is, in theory, airtight.
However, the water-filled vault was equally believed to be water tight, until Earl and his team opened it, that is.
So, it remains to be seen if the much awaited and long anticipated unearthing will reveal a pristine, hot-off-the-factory-floor 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, or a well worn and rust encrusted Plymouth Submarine.
Equally uncertain is in what shape the time capsule is, which was entombed outside the questionable protection of the plastic bag(s) this past half century.
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