Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tug of war while weekend wrenching

Sunday. If it's summer, go sit in the sun, go to the beach or just take stroll. That's what most people do and it's a reasonable activity. Because the Thank-God-It's-Friday type of feeling is long gone. The Saturday restlessness with all obligations has faded away too. 

But there's alternative way to spend the Sunday. When your at ease, you can use the flow that comes with a relaxed mind to just do fun stuff. Be active, creative and forward looking.
Here's what I'm talking about;

Do like Kalle, find a beast and build muscles. Example: Tug of war with Ruben. 
It's Kalle to the left.
Or like Anders, Do something you've never done before i.e a complete overhaul & upgrade of an automatic transmission. We're talking about a 4LE60 transmission.
Think, do, act with some Youtube advice.
We don't need to read star signs. We can still predict that a Camaro -68 is coming our way. Because the heart just arrived. Kalle brought his LT1 Engine to the workshop since it needs some attention before it's ready to beat again. 
 Meanwhile in another part of the workshop, Carina and I are working with our mysterious 1938 Oldsmobile Coupe. We getting function after function back. Since it's spring it felt appropriate to get the blood stream (oil system) going and the spark of life (ignition) back in function first.
After sleeping for years, the alarm clock will soon ring. Because head gasket is now sealed, ignition OK, fuel system in place and starter is cranking healthy. 
The sun might be shining outside, but if there are hearts that does not beat, you've got to do what you've got to do.
And there's no better day than a Sunday…for life saving activities.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

One of our nonsence customers. We love them.

The phone rang. I picked it up and there was this hard core race guy on the other side of the line. A no bullshit, no time to waste type of guy who were in need of a solotion. Someone who faced failures and needed 700hp from his Volvo 4 cylinder engine now. The kind of customer that can have a turbo matching discussion while feeding his daughter.
Johan Lundmark's Volvo 244 while waiting in line and hoping for the best (10,5s) but prepared for the worst.
How much better can it get? A really nice installation.
Johan sent us the power & torque curve one week after Salt Slush delivered the turbo. We love this attitude. Meaning, sleeping is nice...but think, do and act is much better! 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Be careful out there!

Since we've been busy providing turbo's and superchargers to all of you out there with taste for turbos and surge for superchargers, we've been lacking time for communications and writing blog posts.
But we've been thinking. Because supplying all these turbos means that we need to think about our responsibility too.
Therefore, we provide this informative video regarding wildlife and fast cars. In our opinion, louder exhaust and a somewhat bigger boosting device could improv this situation even further

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A Turbo Confession about Passion

It was back in to 1994. I was in a group of students at a tech university in Sweden called Chalmers. Some kind of student counsellor were asking us questions.  I only remember two of these;
- Why did you choose Chalmers?
- Why do you want to become an  engineer?

When the other students started to answers, my somewhat naive understanding of people and the society changed. Forever. 

The young students had ambition but very limited curiosity and basically no passion for the education that they have picked;
-I want to be doctor engineer...or a lawyer…but well, here I am!

For me this was absurd. I was tool maker that had qualified. I wanted to know about things. Get educated, design engines, understand turbos and superchargers technology and eventually be in charge of an engine program. By now, all of the above has happened.

In my view, passion is what matters. Because passion keep you alert, awake and interested. Passion keeps you from going insane too. Pending on your starting point…
Passion. Building engines require strong focus and a attention to details. Especially if the engine should deliver 250hp/l for a longer period of time. 
Passion. The EFR 9180/9280 Turbo is an amazing device. Love it. 980degC on one side of the shaft and 150-200degC on the other while the ceramic ball bearing and the TiAl turbine wheel rotate at +100kRPM and provide boost pressure and flow for 1000hp. 
A piece of art that makes you happy. 
Passion and hard work. The Salt Slush Team Dream winter 2016.
The Power of Passion.
Passion, curiosity and hard work is the foundation if you want to make things happen!
 If you have it. Don't hesitate. Do it !

Andy yes, if your passion is related to engines, turbos and superchargers...we can support.
Speed up. Feel the pressure and enjoy! 

Friday, April 26, 2019

It was nice to meet the Bilsport Performance and Custom Show 2019!

Early mornings. Late nights. A lot of people. Day after day. Tired of talking. Exhausted, but still energized. That's how we felt after presenting Magnuson superchargers and BorgWarner EFR and AirWerks turbos for four days straight in front of +80 000 motor maniacs this Easter at Bilsport Performance and Custom Show 2019.
 We were energized by all stories and all dreams. We were happy to meet all you curious and creative people with a crave for speed out there.
I was nice to meet you and to give turbo and supercharger lessons to young boys and girls, on request their mothers (!). To adviced track racers, tractor pullers and street drifters on boosting.

Our motto: Serve all with a crave for boost pressure.
 Before the show began, we took a stroll and took some installations pics
Ford Barra Engine, bulletproof stuff from down under. 
The Swedish contribution to the hot rod world. Volvo Amazon...
..with a German heart and AirWerk turbo
We love turbos and superchargers but natural aspriated V8 engines can be nice too! 
Anders LS equipped El Camino with Magna charger seems to be a good inspiration.
Looking forward to see you all again soon!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

We're at Bilsport Performance and Custom Show at Elmia!! Come over!

We don't have a perfect booth. We're not professional sales guys with shark white teeth. But we're into boost pressure, power and speed, and love to talk to people of our kind. That's it. That's why we're at the Elmia show.
We're dedicated to deliver good stuff and eager to present what we've done and what we can offer.
We will show new cool turbo stuff from Borg Warner like the EFR 9280 (1000hp EFR turbo!) and the AirWerks S372 (+1100hp) and a lot more,
We will tell you what's going on at Magnuson Superchargers and talk about our private Magnuson supercharger experience!  
The team. Waiting restlessly to talk to YOU.
PRD Manifold and BorgWarner EFR7163 tailor made for Mitsubishi EVO.
Yes, you can stay cool and keep the AC compressor in its original position in your EVO.
From an other angle in the same light.
What the this? Cina will tell you all about it.
Looking forward to see you all this Easter at Bilsport Performance Show, Elmia, Jönköping Sweden!
Disclaimer: We might talk too much about our race project. Can't help it...


Friday, April 12, 2019

Engines, Engines, Engines...Our Engines! Part 4.

The Chrysler 354 Hemi 1956

When I started to build my Hot Rod, a 1932 Ford Roadster a Chevy SB was planned.
But the build ideas started to come, one by one. It would be cool to have something else.

For a while a Chevy Big Block was an alternative with the intention to fill up the engine bay better....create some more presence.

The process continued and the idea to have some more classic Hot Rod Engine turned the focus to an Early Hemi.

Even at that time a Hemi was tricky to find so internet and contacts were explored with no success, 

Then I came to think about an article in Power Magazine where Kjelle Power built the Green Doane Spencer pastiche. He was in contact with the late Baron in Bettna. Via phone contact was made and Yes! He had some Hemis mostly 331, no 392 maybe a 354......discussion continued. Could he consider to sell the the 354 ? No not really..... But ....hmmmmm... maybe....OK

All ended up with me taking a drive to Bettna. A 400 km tour one way and visited his storage...It was an old Diary out on the country side transformed to a Mopar heaven, Baron had bought the whole stock of MOPAR spare parts when Saab Ana closed down their import of Mopars.   

There was mainly parts from the 70ties and 80ties cars and mostly brake and chassi parts as I understood it, no big piles of Hemis 340 440 etc., but still, mind blowing. 

To meet Baron in Bettna was an experience, the nickname Baron was possible to understand. The Diary was his kingdom, he ruled it and behaved more like a renascence man in his although worn and used white shirt, tie, pullover. In short, in his white collar clothes.

For practical work he had some normal car guys engaged.

I had made arrangement with Baron that he should change the valve guides in the cylinder heads. The engine should, besides that, be in good condition in need of almost nothing.
Just put it together and start it up.

We'll...,the engine was bought, since I was hooked on having a Hemi in the car I swallowed the bait, payed the money and basically bought a kit which turned out to be in need of everything an engine can ask for. 

I took the engine to Motor Janne in Anneberg to figure out what was needed. And yes, it was more than everything,  Someone had changed the main bearing dimensions in the block so I had to modify the engine block further to take Chrysler 340 bearings. One cylinder had to be sleeved, so I had to fully machine the block, crank etc. On top of this one cylinder head had been cracked when the valves guides where installed. The cracked cylinder head turned out not be possible to repair. New heads had to be found which took some time... 

For a while I tried to get suport from Baron without any success, his health had started to weaken and He died eventually in 2009.

Cleaning and dismantling of old parts. A lot of old old oil in the engine.
In addition, the engine was modified to take a manual Muncie transmission
In principle I bought all needed parts on HEMI HOT HEADS.

The machined block and crank.
Compared to a Chevy SB the castings is of much higher quality and due to that, the engine gives a slim impression and yes, the crank is forged.

 When your are looking at the engineering solutions used by different OEM and brands it's possible to understand their priorities and culture.

Chrysler at least back in those days a mechanical focused, well engineered brand.
Chevy was good stuff, pragmatic and value for Money. Less risk involved, high business focus.
Ford was more strange and brutally cost focused. 

(Yes I know you will tell me I am wrong, but I have my impressions and yes, there are exemptions) 

New pistons assembled on the original rods.

Now, it starts to come together

It is fun !
After all the hurdles and issues to have solved it! Everything was under control.

I focused to do everything carefully with no shortcuts.

Here you see the the assembled engine, block painted, together what was to be the interior leather color. 

Engine and transmission in chassi

The engine in the painted car soon to be started.
Yes! It fills up the engine room much better that a Chevy SB.

Was it worth it ?
Yes of course! Although the engine was a borderline, almost not possible to save, it was worth all effort. 
Is it really fun to drive, it is a very nice combination.  

The engine sound on idle is very nice and the 354 Hemi represent a level of strong elegance.