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UPDATE: Decayed Jeep Wagoneer Buried Under Sand for 40 Years Removed

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Well, Musnuff did say he expected it to look like something out of an Indiana Jones excavationPhoto: Cape Cod Times

Well, Musnuff did say he expected it to look like something out of an Indiana Jones excavation
Photo: Cape Cod Times

Last week, The News Wheel published a story about a Jeep Wagoneer that had been buried under a large quantity of sand. The city of Truro, Massachusetts had set plans to remove the Jeep last Friday.

The good news is that the Jeep Wagoneer has been successfully removed from the sand-covered garage. The bad news is that the Jeep barely resembles a Jeep anymore.

Indeed, once the entire removal process was complete, the Wagoneer was not only rusting, but falling apart as well.

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The once-white Jeep Wagoneer was originally owned by John Moore, who would drive the Jeep across the Massachusetts shoreline. However, after the vehicle began to experience complications with its fuel line and the local area banned Jeep vehicles from being driven on the beach, Moore placed the Wagoneer inside his garage, where it would remain for 40 years.

Barbara Musnuff, Moore’s companion, eventually inherited Moore’s Truro property, as well as the garage and the vehicle housed inside of it, after Moore passed away. Over time, sand from the local dunes began to accumulate on top of the garage, caving in the roof and covering up the Jeep vehicle.

Note: What a Jeep Wagoneer should look like

Note: What a Jeep Wagoneer should look like

Up until a week ago, the town of Truro had prevented the Musnuff family from removing the sand. However, fearing that the decayed vehicle could cause environmental issues if it were swept up into the ocean, the town finally requested that the Jeep vehicle be removed.

Last Friday, after several starts and stops, an excavator was eventually able to remove the Jeep vehicle from its sandy tomb. Unfortunately, the Jeep Wagoneer didn’t exactly come out in one piece.

Might need to buff out those scratches a bitPhoto: Cape Cod Times

Might need to buff out those scratches a bit
Photo: Cape Cod Times

John Musnuff, Barbara Musnuff’s son, took to the vehicle with a crowbar, searching for any memorabilia that might have been left in the vehicle. Although he could not open the glove box, Musnuff was able to retrieve the vehicle’s hubcaps, as well as two drawers of fishing lures in the garage.

Everything else that could be retrieved from the deteriorated Jeep was memories of the vehicle and its driver.

“What I remember is that he loved this place and he’d always have a cocktail in hand (for us) after a long drive from New Jersey,” said Kay Musnuff, John Musnuff’s wife.

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News Source: The Cape Cod Times