Saturday, September 26, 2020

A Social Distance Get-together.

To show off, to get inspired and meet friends. Deep in our hearts that's what we want to do when the sun is shining and the grass is green. We want to get acknowledged while celebrating others and having fun simultaneously.That's all. Races, shows and meets normally offer a way out of the workshop and a sun tan moment for garage rats. But during the pandemic occasions are few and a need is building up.

In addition, the car and bike community are as divided as the rest of the society. Rich and Poor. Original and Modified. Old and young. Street Racers and Law abiding citizens. Tail fins and tailor made. Normally these communities does not meet. But Corona changed things. Enemies becomes friends. Sub groups that never would meet are getting closer and a deeper understanding is reached.

And nope. This is not a useless statement from UN. This is the positive consequence of social starvation. This is what happens when nothing is arranged. When all kinds of car and bike guys and gals in Gothenburg decide to go to the same place every Wednesday evening without Flyers and Facebook.

Volvo 242 with N3T engine (6 Cyl Volvo all aluminum engine) and a lot of Power.
Bentley Racer
Bagged. Spoke Wheels. Eldorado. Cadillac Eldorado.
American Graffiti. Chicken coop in flames.
Aston Martin DB4
C5, C6 and C7. Corvette's. All in need of Magnuson Superchargers.

Yeah, Carina and I took our Rocket for a ride too. It felt like a good idea to shake down the old Olds before daylight disappears and we move on to next step.
Keep on keeping on!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Let's get back on track and talk about turbos

We tend to talk about our private projects and there's a lot of them. We do it because we're enthusiastic about these and hopefully we can inspire others to get going and have fun in garages and workshops out there. 

But we do have a business to take care about as well and on top of that we want to inform you that our shelves are full of BorgWarner EFR and AirWerks. It has been our ambition to build up a stock of as many variants as possible to be able to deliver what our customers want when they want it. 

As the rain is pouring down, it's anyhow time to go back to the garages and doo deeds.

So, comes some turbo inspiration and information.

 

AirWerks S300SX-E is a reliable series of turbochargers from BorgWarner that stretches from S361 to S372. (the 61 and 71 stands for inducer diameter in mm) This series is suitable from 500hp to 1100hp depending on application. We have seen a lot of really nice performance over the years and a lot of positive customer response from these turbos. Toyota Supras, Volvo's, Chevy LS and more. 

And yes, we have all S361,S362, S364, S366, S369 and S372 variants and all turbine housings too in stock.

Let's continue with AirWerks S200SX-E. A bullit proof, high efficient turbo from BorgWarner. There are bacically two variants S252 and S257. The smaller (S252) can delivery up to 500hp and the bigger (S257) up to 650hp. Very popular turbos. Our top seller. Normally used as single turbos for 4, 5 and 6 cylinder inline engines and as bi-turbo (parallel) for V6's and V8's up to 1200hp. 

And yes, we have them on stock including all 6 turbine housing alternatives.

Talking about turbine housings, here's something you should know about AirWerks. 
All AirWerks turbine housings (from BorgWarner) are equipped with a so called Marmon turbine outlet flange which is a good technical solution but somewhat complicated to work with...
...if you don't happen to have an adapter like the one pictured. Luckily we have these adapters on stock too including or not including or not including V-clamp. Nowadays we can deliver turbine inlet flanges as well (T25, T3 and T4 and even tailor made once if you provide a drawing)

Then we have the the EFR series from BorgWarner. The masterpiece of turbos with ceramic ball bearings, Ti-Al turbine wheels, water cooled, with or without integrated wastegate. Response, Spool-up and high power combined. There are a lot of combinations available from EFR 6258 to EFR 9280. Stretching from 350hp to 1100hp. We use an EFR 9180 ourselves in our Amazon landspeed racer. We can proudly announce that we have almost all combinations on our shelves (except the 7064) ready for fast delivery.

Perhaps two EFR 7163 with v-clamp turbine inlet flanges for a high level V8? Or a EFR 7163 with TwinScroll for a super sophisticated BMW inline 6? 
 Why not a EFR 9280 for the +1000hp Supra drift car? 
There are many alternatives...think, dream and act!
And again, we're ready when you're ready!
 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

There comes a time...

At some point in time we all have to face the moment of truth. It could be a short but painful period necessary to move on. Imagine root filling of an old tooth or a hellish surgery with uncertain outcome. It could eventually be the awkward feeling in the waiting room prior to the pearly gate. 
 
Nevertheless, I'm talking about when there's a before and after. When there's anxiety, occasion and aftermath.

The more that is at stake, the sweeter the victory. Which means that high risk projects and significant sacrifices tends reward the soul after completion. 

 Need an example? Here's one.

Carina and Olds Bertha evening before registration and final inspection. Several square meters of new sheet metal and +500 hours of welding, wiring and whining invested.

She was not alone. Friend were there to comfort and tease.
First fueling needed to reach the inspection station. At this point the engine was running lean. Too lean.
Pearly gate pictured.
Success is Sweet even to thoose who succeed.
 When approval is confirmed the air is easier to breath and celebration comes to mind. 
 
Summary, hard work that pays off brings a special kind of reward that I wish everyone could enjoy!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Mad Professor, Gold Digging, Rocket Launch and Fine Dining. That's all for now.

The summer is coming to an end. At least at latitude 57. It's getting darker day by day and the temperature is going down. The summer that's fading away is not the kind anybody would like to repeat. No real race events, no travels, no car shows and no (few) parties. 

Instead we've all been isolated or at least semi isolated from all of the above. We've been working like galley slaves with ourselves as drummer and slave. The consequence has been project completion and achievements but how about our psyche? 

Think about it.
Petter, our personal professor has changed camshaft in his Volvo Duett from a wilder to a milder.
Magnus, the old school hot rod maniac is creating a cool Colorado Baya Truck with golden wheel
Supercool, but is it an augury?
Carina, has stopped thinking about antique lawnmowers, because she has transformed to Oldsmobile Girl. Since...
...Olds Bertha, the Olds Rocket 88 that we found when racing at Bonneville will stand before the Swedish old car gate of heaven on Friday next week. 
Champagne to celebrate och Martini to mourn?
When working hard, hunger comes sneaking slowly making brain and body slow. Therefore our garage style Osso Bucco was cooking slowly while lonesome angle grinders were grinding and hammers were pounding sheets of metal.

Overall, a really good week at Salt Slush Garage. 
Friends, Fun and forward looking projects.

But still, I dream about 2019 like it was a decade ago. 
Racing, Travels, Parties and Hugs. 
I miss that. 
A lot.

But let's endure and build something while waiting. 
It soothes the soul.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Wir uber uns. About us. Reflection

No. We did not attend Bonneville Speed Week this year. In spite of sun, the hard white salt and the speed that follows. Instead we stayed in cold rain in Sweden. Because we were stuck. Couldn't enter the US of A as Swedish citizens due to the well know global virus. 
Bonneville Speed Week 2018. Little did we know how magic this event turned out to be. But we'll get back as soon as we're allow to be back.

But how do we keep sane and dreams alive during current Covid crises? 
Our way forward has been and still is; To be engaged. To work, Dream and Think together with friends.
Carina and I worked 5-6 hours a day during our summer vacation to get those basic systems back in service in our dear Olds Bertha. Our Rocket Ride to be. 
At some point it was running just great. Ready for the Swedish Car Inspection. 
When you're working hard it's good get some disturbance. To have hot Big Block Camaro coming by...
...with  it's cheerful owner. 
It's good to be a team too. My no.1 team member. Carina. Jack of all trades, master of some. My wife, Tech Expert Engineer, Salt Slush CFO...
...and the provider of food for hard workers in need of energy.
Anders is busy as always with a new project. Currently his to be fuel injected Matra Bagheera. Proof of concept coming up...
...when his home made throttle body-inlet manifold...
and catch tank (drenched fuel pump) is in service.
Across the street you'll find Ragnar. How do we know that he's working? Here's how;  His pounding hammer and his rythmic machines can be heard in the harbour. As a mid day ghost over the Ringö Marina. 
Magnus is a man of many projects. Keeps his mind at ease while the rest of us are getting nervous just trying to remember them all. This is my favorite. Eaton TVS 1900 + Diesel V8 = Experiance!
Ulf and his customs. Makes us all perky. 
Ringön. Where we get our sun tan when the high speed desert is closed.
Ringön-Where Cougars and Javelin can meet friendly. Roaring.
What about Kalle? What is he doing? Well, he's on the car guy couch with Flowers in his hair (left minded flower power) talking about Vespa from the fifties, while he in parallell has bought a kind of Swedish Willys Jeep. 
Will he be able to contain these two sides? The Hippie and Military Man. We'll see. 
Remark: Swedes are obviously not hawks. Pictured contraption was named Valp by the Swedish Army, which translates to Puppy. 
Even in case of war we try to avoid conflicts and be soft. 
Other than that? Well, our shelves are full of turbos and superchargers.
Ready for your ride. 
When you are ready

Sunday, August 23, 2020

We think we're postmodern. How about you?

We might sometimes struggle in our search to do the right thing. To do what is sane, smart and profitable. In short; To do what is reasonable. Instead we mix old and new with no particular purpose. Can we be cured? Is there a vaccine coming up soon?  I guess we know the answer already. There's no magic pill. We have to live with the thrill.

Let us take you through this philosofical car guy insight.
Magnus, a true old school hot rodder...with several postmodern projects ongoing...
...like supercharging a Diesel V8 Square body Chevy Suburban using a modified Audi V6 Eaton Supercharger. 
Before we move on to next topic, here's some postmodern music from Postmodern Juxebox. 
Topic: Burn
Anders decied to replace his carburators with a PFI system. 
So he built a PFI system
Reasonable? Well, everything is relative...
Has it been done before? For sure. But that doesn't matter, because it's well know true... 
...that when you have an engine equipped with port fuel injection (PFI) turbo makes sense.
Besides, in a light weight mid engine car with 3 front seats, equipped with a small sloppy Simca engine, turbocharging is needed. At least in the kind of skewed world that only car guys understand.
Let's round up with 1940's version of Gorillaz's, Clint Eastwood.

We're living in unreasonalbe times. Our advice; Go with the flow.

Mix, make and Manufacture!





 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Raw, The Shiny and the Odd ball. Dig this powerful triad.

I've been thinking about Maslow and his theory of needs, but I still haven't been able to figure out on which step on a brutal home built ride is parked. If you don't know what we're talking about have a look at the Youtube lecture below.

What we've learned is that some of us have crave for a ride that makes the adrenaline flow, something that kicks ass. In other word a beast that makes us scared and euphoric at the same time.  

Within the group of adrenaline junkies there are subgroups. Which subgroup of power & speed addicts do you belong to? Think about this existential question while absorbing the examples below.

 The Raw: LS engine & Truck Turbo.... 

 

...in a Ford Capri

Our advice; If the car next to you at the ampel has a roll cage and a drifting break consider to cool down and relax...
...but that statement only valid if not your ride is not a shining beast with a supercharged LS7 (like this 55 Chevy)....
...or a Wankel Mazda with +600hp equipped with a
......S300SX turbo.
The crave for speed and power is the base, but the equippment differ. Choose the typ you prefere and enjoy exitement!
                                                                                                                                                                                         
Maslow and needs explained.