Car-On-Wires River Ferry Reminds Us Everyone Used To Be Nuts

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Part of me really wishes I was alive in the era before anyone cared if you got your fool self killed. Because that meant incredible stuff like this tire-less Model A driving on a pair of steel cables acting as a river ferry would have been around.

This is such a simultaneous great and terrible idea. Plus, look at that article— this was put together by a couple of Virginia youths? How'd they get those cables? How'd they string them across the river? I want to know more, lots more.

I also love that in the pictures the Depression-era hotties are all lounging on the outside of the car, because driving an old Ford on wires strung across a river by moonshine-fueled kids isn't a big enough fuck you to safety. To really let safety know what you think of it's scrawny, helmet-wearing ass, ride on the freaking hood and jump into that river headfirst, right under the suspended car.

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They did make a small sop to not dying by tethering the car on an overhead trolley line as well, so it's really not that bad if someone inside the car decides to, you know, steer or something.

This is great. I officially encourage all Viginia and other state youths to get an old Geo Metro and give this a try on the river of your choice.

Unless you get yourself killed, in which case I strongly advise you not to do this, retroactively.

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(Thanks, Benjamin Grey and Retronaut!)

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

The modified car seems like a pretty safe idea (custom grooved wheels, presumably steering is locked). I'm a lot more concerned about the mounting points for the cables. This isn't a 100# Wallenda crossing a cable. Those anchor forces are MANY times the weight of the car itself when they're strung out at nearly 180 degrees from the weight. And the overhead "safety" cable would also have to be ready for a shock load.

But fundamentally, this is freaking genius. We have to remember that in many places, there just weren't bridges, and the boat ferries were just slow and cumbersome. Even today you can look at how few bridges cross (for example) the Potomac west of DC, a major metro area. A tyrolean traverse or zipline would be a neat tourist attraction.