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A Honda in the frozen lake

26/11/2013 10:06 |  Comments: 

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Sipi is a fairy who hangs above us like a huge, ever-smiling, men’s fragrance-smelling umbrella. He can be called anytime, anywhere to lend a helping hand, and he’ll be there in an hour with one of his Transits for sure. A dangerously maniac car collector (the street in front of his house is full of his vehicles), a radio-control and model car freak, Sipos is a Swiss knife made of human flesh. Totalcar is just one job amongst his zillion occupations, but he endears it the most. Lives with a girlfriend and two dogs.

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  • Mitsubishi Sigma 3.0 24V (1992)
  • Mazda 323 TXL 4WD (1990)
  • 4 long-nose Transits (a 4x4 fire engine, a fire department staff car, an ex-Irish ambulance and an extremely oversized panel van, 1980-1984)
  • Dacia 1300 (1975, being restored)
  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
  • Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 (1972)
  • Ford Sierra Tournier 2.9i drift-car (1992)
  • Mazda 121 4dr (1993)
  • Suzuki VS1400 Intruder (1989)
  • Suzuki GSX 750 New Katana (1984)
  • Kawasaki Z1000 Police (1993)
  • Aprilia Habana (2000)
  • Volga M24 wagon (1984)
  • Ural M62 (1968, in pieces)
All you need is five logs and five men to remove your SUV from a frozen lake. Yay, old-school engineering!

We all know that in cold areas of the world people go fishing on frozen lakes. Instead of walking they sometimes drive their cars on the thick ice to the fishing-hole. And sometimes the ice brakes and the family sedans or big trucks land in the freezing water with a big splash.

It takes serious machinery to remove a car from a lake. One would preferably use a crane, but a crane is heavy, so there’s no way it would make it to the hole on the ice. Should you wait with recovery, in a few days the lake will freeze again and then you’ll have to let your car soak in the cold water of Lake Baikal till the temperatures rise. But if you have five men, a few logs and lots of rope, and know what simple machines are and how force and levers can help you to save your car, the problem will be solved within hours.

Bravo!

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