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After 10 Years of De-Rusting, Miss Belvedere Finds New Home in a Museum

Posted July 03, 2017 11:51 AM by dstrohl

The Smithsonian Museum wouldn’t take it: “It’d be like bringing the bubonic plague in there.” Other museums agreed to display it, but only temporarily. Even the city of Tulsa refused re-entry to Miss Belvedere, the infamous time-capsule 1957 Plymouth unearthed a decade ago. But after perhaps the world’s most thorough de-rusting effort, Miss Belvedere has nevertheless found a new home and will go on permanent display next summer.

Of course, there’s not much car left to Miss Belvedere these days. Wrapped in a protective plastic liner and buried as a brand-new car in a concrete vault, it was supposed to embody the optimism of the jet age and emerge 50 years later fresh and gleaming, a testament to American industrial and economic might as well as a prize to whoever could accurately guess the 2007 population of Tulsa. Instead, the vault leaked and the protective liner failed, resulting in a self-contained environmental disaster and the world’s rustiest new car.

So how does this misplaced time capsule look after a decade of restoration work?

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07/03/2017 3:00 PM

Why would anybody want to parade this failed attempt of preservation, push this thing to the crusher and give it an honorable end....Let this be a lesson, we only bury the dead, if you want to preserve something you keep it in a climate controlled environment, and service it regularly....

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07/03/2017 11:53 PM

The only thing I can think of for the re-appearance , would maybe finding out what ever methods they used for getting rid of the rust, sealing future rust, and applying surface coats of finish to prevent further corrosion.

Have done a lot of this,and some of the acid/polymer systems have potential. Look at the coatings on buildings, ships, bridges, etc. Always something to earn, so why not try and learn? Not your money..

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07/04/2017 12:15 AM

..."In November 2007, Humbertson's relatives shipped the car to the New Jersey facilities of Ultra One, a restoration firm whose specialty product is a de-rusting solution which is designed to remove only rust while leaving the underlying metal, paint and decals intact.[19] It was estimated that the stabilization project would take roughly six months or perhaps longer given the difficulty of removing the mix of cosmoline and mud which caked on the car. While there were no plans to disassemble or restore the vehicle there were discussions regarding the return of the driveline and electrical system to operating condition.[19]

In May 2009, when Dwight Foster of Ultra One participated in a podcast and provided details and new pictures, it was shown that Miss Belvedere's restoration was still underway with the car's exterior having been virtually freed of its rust and mud concretions.[27] Foster noted that he had purchased a 1957 Plymouth Savoy as a donor car to replace needed parts to keep Miss Belvedere from further deterioration and the initial offer was a promotional stunt for his business.[19] It was hoped that the frame and trunk under body would be used from the Savoy to replace the weakened parts in the Belvedere.[28] However, following an investment of more than $15,000 and the realization of the weakened condition of the frame and body work ceased on the Miss Belvedere.[19] The Miss Belvedere then sat in Ultra One's warehouse for a number of years while a permanent home was sought out.[12]"...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Belvedere

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07/04/2017 1:29 PM

That looks a lot better.. Stored in Arizona in a sealed garage?

As to storage, I suppose the use of large amounts of VCI (vapor phase corrosion inhibitor), sacrificial anodes bonded to the chassis, and the body, etc. would be out of the question now, but there again, who makes cars out of all steel bodies now?

The VCI might have affected foam rubber in the seats, plastic of all kinds, etc. Who can tell, other than a controlled humidity, oxygen-free, certainly ozone free environment?

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Now that's built to last...!

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07/04/2017 3:06 PM

But can it take a re-entry to the atmosphere? Appears so, almost.

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07/04/2017 7:36 PM

Thank you for the follow up, and link!

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07/05/2017 11:50 AM

This might be the patent....

https://www.google.com/patents/US3510432

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07/05/2017 8:57 AM

For the most part, I'd agree..

where I don't agree is, if the few remaining lost 'Tucker' was discovered... I think restoration and preservation is in order.

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Yes, preservation/restoration of rare old models is a worthy task.

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07/05/2017 10:07 AM

Of course,.. not for me....

About 25 + some odd years ago, I bought a 1953 Chevrolet Belair 2 door coup. Loved the front chrome, later models Belair's dropped the chrome, and then it was just an ugly car, as opposed to an ugly car with chrome.

Had 46,000 original miles on it had a small dent in the left rear quarter panel, it was only partially fixed with Bondo and painted over . But ran great and in great running condition.

I initially bought it for a hobby, maybe attempt redoing the quarter panel and correct it. Good base material to work with, but I never liked body work. body work...

loved driving it, big huge steering wheel, made me feel like a was a 5 year old or that I was driving a boat...

but kept losing the damn full moon hub caps.

ended up selling it about 8-10 years ago. I never took pictures of it, that I'm disappointed about.

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07/05/2017 6:17 PM

Yep top picture, Forest green, but the paint was not as luscious. The other problem I had, was trying to locate new white wall tires... back then internets wasn't so good compared to now.

The guy I sold it to did a really great body work and paint job. But he was not very mechanical. Hw was doing some engine work on it. Mostly new paint, and when he assembled it, it developed quite a bit of oil leaks.

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07/06/2017 9:53 AM

Esmeralda! OMG that looks just like the one my parents had when I was born! Almost brought a tear to my eye. Glass polish to the other eye, matey!

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