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History of the Buried Car

On June 15, 1957, a new gold and white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe was buried in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa, OK. The time capsule was part of Tulsa's celebration of Oklahoma's semi-centennial. The car was buried in front of the Tulsa County Courthouse.

As part of the "Tulsarama!" festivities, citizens of Tulsa were asked to guess what the population of Tulsa would be in the year 2007. The guesses were then recorded on microfilm and sealed in a steel container buried with the car. When the car and artifacts are excavated, the person whose guess is closest to Tulsa's 2007 population is to be awarded the Belvedere. (www.buriedcar.com, 2007)

How and When Taylor got the Job

TCR began solicitation for the craning and moving of Miss Belvedere immediately following the first of the Tulsa World news articles and offered to donate their services.  After attending a few of the unearthing meetings it became apparent that the original company and people that preformed the craning and rigging were no longer in business.  Sharon King Davis (event chair) and her committee awarded TCR the lifting work in May of 2006.

Preparation and Planning

Old pictures of craning the car in 1957 illustrated lifting gear that would be considered unsafe by today’s standards. Without any drawings and the possibility of structural decay it became apparent Taylor needed to custom design, engineer and fabricate special lifting gear for a safe and professional lift.

Engineering

TCR solicited Payne-Huber Engineering to provide the structural engineering of the lifting and rigging gear.  PHE donated their services to analyze lifting gear and supply sealed engineered drawings.

Fabrication

Once drawings were approved, Taylor’s craftsmen fabricated the custom designed spreader/lifting beam(s) at its own shop.

Test Lift

One week prior to the unearthing, ’57 Heaven, of BransonMO, brought over an identical belvedere to perform a test lift.  The ‘twin belvedere’ was ideal for assessing the center of gravity of the famous car.  The test gained attention from car buffs and interested people from all over.  Approximately 50 people attended from Coffeyville, Tulsa and surrounding cities.

Unearthing

On June 15, 2007 TCR will be providing a crane along with operator and rigging personnel to lift a famous 50 year old time capsule from a vault in downtown Tulsa.  The time capsule gained national attention as Oklahoma celebrated its Semi-Centennial in 1957.  The main draw - a brand new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere!