A Warning to All Searching for Buried Aircraft

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http://blogs.motortrend.com/rusty-recovery-tulsa-unearths-its-buried-belvedere-treasure-754.html A car is built like a tank compared to an aircraft. This vehicle was protective wrapped, boxed, then buried.
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Also, notice the water pump and lines in one of the main photos.

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She cleaned up well with a little work. There was no plan to restore it to roadworthy condition or totally rebuild it, like has been done for many vintage aircraft. I think expecting buried aircraft in pristine condition is overly optimistic. http://www.tulsarama.de/bilder/bild56a.jpg
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But to be honest, Chrysler products of that vintage were infamous for rusting. Still it's in better shape than one that spent a few years in the Northeast U.S. Almost as bad as 60s Fiats with Russian steel. :D
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Plus, the recovery team had a pretty good idea where it was.
Not only did they have a pretty good idea where it was, they knew it was there. Some may say "Just like Burma". Others may disagree.;)

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So, the moral is, if you're going to bury a British aircraft, don't put an American car in with it.
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aluminium + steel = bimetallic corrosion anyway
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Did they have a good look? That Belvedere probably has three Spitfires in the boot/trunk and another one in the glove box!

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I seem to remember the chamber leaked and it filled with water, hence it deteriorated.

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It was featured in an episode of Boyd Coddington's American Hot Rod series (repeats running again on Quest, Channel 38, 6.00 pm weekdays). The idea was the Boyd Coddington team would have it running within 24 hours. Some recovery photos in here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr6aoM8eG0c

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American Cars. Why bother to bury them...? Much easier to build the scrapyard right next to the factory and wheel them straight in....:diablo:

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But the car was buried within a concrete chamber - concrete in proximity to steel = rust in copious amounts. Hardly comparable to aluminium buried within wood ;) I smell Troll.
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They should build buried aircraft like this Chrysler model ......Resurrected so many times .... .....I bet it would even stand a long term burial .......
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They should build buried aircraft like this Chrysler model ......Resurrected so many times .... .....I bet it would even stand a long term burial .......
Wasn't that one a Plymouth? Adrian
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Chrysler , Plymouth , Dodge , de Soto , Imperial , Eagle ....same thing ...with other long forgotten names ,,,,,
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People are kidding themselves if they think the spitfires can be dug out the ground in mint condition like an artefact from a Pharaoh's tomb. I just did a little research, it would appear Burma receives on average 3.5x as much rain each year than Oklahoma :D Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if another car time-capsule was buried to be opened in 2057 (on the 150 year anniversary) with a modern day Chrysler equivalent? They could turn it into a semicentennial tradition.
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Wasn't that one a Plymouth? Adrian
A Fury, as I recall from the book. Although, according to something I read about the making of the film, they weren't all Furies as they were tres expensive to buy, so another model was substitued.
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Some Belvederes & Savoys were turned into look alikes for the crushing , crashing & burning scenes ....." Bad to the Bone "
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Yeah, that was it. I couldn't recall the actual names.