Friday, June 22, 2018

Plannning, Planning, Planning....Bonneville Speed Week is coming up!!!

 We're soon there.
It has taken 4 years 
We spent +2000 hours.
We have formed a great team.
We have created Salt Slush Racing.
 
Here's a midsummer recap:
 We 've had our Land Speed Amazon approved by SCTA (with a few remarks, that it now fixed by Erik Hansson)  

We've done our first Rookie Race at El Mirage


Salt Slush Race Team went over to US to adjust the car after the Rookie race at El Mirage
 
We took the Amazon to the empty desert again. Only the wind was whispering…before our turbocharged tones broke the silence.
 
So what's the Next Step?
 
Answer: 
We're heading for Bonneville Speed Week in August this year.
 
But right now? 
We're in the final planning phase. So far, we've managed to get hold of four Good Year land speed race tires from Cowboy Tires. We've ordered two pair of 5 layer race suits from DJ Safety and Erik Hansson will help us with some final technical details. And yes, we've all booked our flights...
 

 





Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Square Body of many usages! Have no doubt !

As Hakan wrote in an earlier blogg...

A heatwave is pounding on Gothenburg . By Nordic standard it's an intensive heatwave. Swedes are not too familiar with high temperature. They basically go nuts. They raise hell, set sails, get drunk, complains or dream effortless with open windows.

To avoid all that, my Mother ended up as a hell raising, drunk sailor, going nuts who effortlessly dreams about various 
complaints.

We spent last Sunday running errands and doing her shopping. 

What could be a better transportation than a Big Block Squarebody? A perfect vehicle for daily shopping, and light transportation if you crave style.


You might wonder if the fuel consumption is a problem ? The truth is that the fuel consumption is not that bad!

Here's why; the brilliant first owner, who ordered this crown-of-creation pick-up truck, clicked in the the double tank option. 

On top of this I have, during the winter installed a Sniper fuel injection which improved the fuel consumption from a very solid single digit mpg to two digit mpg. It's now a strong eco cruiser now !

A state of the art Magnuson Kit on a Square Body together with my mothers Walker


Since our racing business is developing, we had to squeeze in a delivery of a Magnuson Supercharger kit to a happy (Camaro) Customer. Luckily, my Mother's walker managed to cooperate with The Kit.



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tractor

What do you need and what do you do, when you have friends who're bouncing between heaven and hell or demonstrate an ambivalent and fragmentized idea of what to develop life with?

When Love Peace and Understanding are provided via family and friends, you start to search for more or maybe other … stuff(?)

Let's try to approach this from a scientific perspective, with Maslows Pyramid of Needs.

Let's assume that basic needs are all in place. Then the whole riddle will circle around if it's a psychological need or self-fulfilling need. That specific question was propelling around Marcus this very day when he went out to hunt for completion of the Maslow Pyramid of Needs via a tractor. Not just any Tractor.
Maslow's Pyramid of Needs
Marcus and Säcken discuss pros and cons of various things.

Could maybe a space shuttle, developed at Säckens Retro in Mellerud, Sweden, be a possible alternative ? The answer is no, even if it was  Gold Metallic Flake the need were not meet/served enough.
Marcus was humming fly me to the moon ...but still, no.
Some in between entertainment from Säckens Retro 
More entertainment from Säckens Retro 
Now it starts to get serious. Maybe, Maybe not...
So many choices, so many decisions. Life's hard.
Logical first choice, an old and beaten Tractor, but with a front loader.
Look! It even works … You just need to do it the right way…
Let's think. Let's evaluate… Marcus took some minutes in the search for his inner soul and needs and found that he always wanted a Grålle (Masey Ferguson).
Taaa daaaa !!! Loaded and soon in a Garden close to You !
Nice combo. State of the art from two different areas.
Now it's time to conclude what needs can Grålle take car off.

Epilogue:
Belongingness. It's not the same as the love from your family, but the Grålle Tractor confirms your belongingness to a group of people who...easily would spend a fortune on idiotic and for others, not understandable stuff.

Who has the mental strength to lead and not just follow.

Some need prestige, Yes, without a doubt, a Rolex or a Ferrari provides prestige, but is not even close to deliver on the same level as the Grålle, a Rolex or a Ferrari is not good taste........

Self actualization creativity achieving full potential...YES YES spot on, on a level worthy a spoiled Millennian. 

All in all, the Grålle is a homerun that shortcuts all the tricky achievements you can reach via Yoga, studying, meditating and life long wisdom…

In short, Marcus has arrived, he's at ease. 
What I did, when not supporting Marcus decision process? I played demolition derby from a time before airbags.
Remark: At Säcken you pay what you buy! Yes, there's a reminder.
Finally, The Man, The Myth, The concept.
Säcken- If you're in the search for cool stuff. Call him








Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hang 'em high. Bring them down. Aim for speed. It's summer time at latitude 57!

A heatwave is pounding on the workshop door. By Nordic standard it's an intensive heatwave. Swedes are not too familiar with high temperature. They basically go nuts. They raise hell, set sails, get drunk, complains or dream effortless with open windows.
 
That's the Nordic community, with few exceptions. 
 
While all this is going on and the workshop doors are slammed by summer breeze….
...Anders Supercharged V8 LS Motor is hanging high waiting for a place called home.   
The sun is blazing but Anders is lowering his modified power pack down to a  safe heaven. To a place where the Beast can provide….Power.  
Meanwhile, Annikas' white german asparagus had to consumed. Couldn't wait. Even on a Thursday. In addition, we enjoyed Ragnar, proud as a pilot, presenting a speedometer worthy his supersonic soon-to-be, low sniffing Saab.
Yes. It's a 2-Stroke. A wild one.
Besides. The asparagus was good.The beer was cold.
Summary: All good on the urban roof top.
Anders, over the hills and (not so fuck'n) far away.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Ardun. Milling, Drilling & Dreaming.

Following short text might be confusing and complicated to some people, even more strange to others people and totally incomprehensible to some other people.

If you're a sensible person who cannot cope with illogical reasoning you better stop reading now.  For your own good. For your mental health.

Here we go.
As you know we're really spending our last dime on making our Landspeed dream come true and we're ready for Bonneville Speed Week. We'll be there with our Amazon. We're into the final planning and exited to say the least. A lot of things still needs to be solved. Tires, Tailor made 5 layer race suite etc. etc.

But still, in order to not get too stressed, we all try to calm down with more private projects of rather complicated nature. Carina and I are working on our Ardun V8 (converting an old Ford flathead V8 to an OHV Hemi V8), while Anders is working on a LS engine swap (with Magnuson Supercharger) in his El Camino. Magnus is building a old school dragster and Kalle is trying to get his boat fast again. But make no mistakes, we're always open for a turbo or supercharger discussion.  Makes sense? Nope. Fun & Knowledge building? You bet!
 
Here's what's going on with the Ardun V8 engine to-be. I've milled off the relives, the cylinders are bored and honed to dimension. Looks good. Feels good. 
Ross in Califorina made tailor made pistons which fits the 4 inch stroke flathead with Ardun heads and suitable compression ratio. 
When in US, I drove over to Egges Machinery and bought new bearings. And yes, they had 2nd oversize main and crank bearing for the 255 Flathead on the shelves. I like that. How difficult can it be?

We're almost done now. We just have to buy cylinder heads, camshaft, conrods and fuel system and...and...
Outside the -46 is waiting for a new and stronger machine. 
Summary: Keep a couple of projects going at the same time. It makes you more productive. As a bonus, there's no time to dwell around do nothing and that keeps you alert on the verge to crazy.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

No particular place to go or the Cure for the Summertime Blues


When you have too many commitments
When you need a break
When you need to get in touch with you heart and soul
Then you need an escape. 
 
There're however boundaries for this doctor advice.
 
A sun must be a-shining, engines should be humming low and pounding hard. More importantly; the imbedded dream must be involved, if only between the lines.
Kalle, the initiator and car curator. Always on the move. Here pictured at the first stop on the yearly health bringing "Kalle Tour". This spring more the 65 people showed up at 07.00 am for a 600km tour with entusiast cars only. The car mix was exiting. From pick-up trucks...
...to Flatfishes in poisonous color.
Here's Wild, Mild and in between...a Jag from the roaring -60 ties.
(Mike, we have turbo solution for the MR2, when you're ready!)
Sharp fins from the 50-ties in the blistering sun. Gunnar tooled his way in comfort.
One firm belief in the Salt Slush team is that we needed to start with racing in order to avoid golf and drugs and so far this strategy has work out perfectly. No sign of golf interest, what so ever. We even challenged our self and had lunch at a Golf Restaurant in Falsterbo. But nope. No attraction to checker trousers and no white gloves envy.
The subject around this table was...well...cars and engines.
Mats Moren seemed happy too.
Sun was a shining at the final destination. Kjelle Powers place. A Hot Rod shrine
 
The Jet Pack. Many where tempted to try the ultimate freedom/fear.
But (luckily) no one took off.
 
 
Square Bodies and a Glamour Truck provided empowerment.
We all know that this statement is true. At least in Landspeed Racing...
Talking, talking, talking and Dreams, Dreams, Dreams. Debriefing.
Johan's Nissan 350Z and Gunnars Chrysler 300 Coupe helped up car diversity. 
Stefan's Dodge Viper...
...is a nice superchargered beast which helps us to understand that big displacement works perfect with boosting. No conflict. It just gets better. Trust me.
Yes, we did hear it rev. Yes, it was nice. Really nice.
 
So, we all had a day off. We did what we liked to do and got energized!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Heart Surgery - The Way forward for Anders.

No, we're not talking about Anders health. We're talking about how mild environmental concern and a strong need for speed (and drivabillity) got him into LS engine swap mode. 

And yes, he added a Magnuson Supercharger on top. Just to ensure the El Camino performance. Power is and has always been; Fun. 
Iron LS with LS3 heads an LS9 camshaft amd a Magnuson LS3 Supercharger kit. Engine control system: GM orignal + HP Tuner.  Sounds sweet.
Sun is-a-shining, but there's a El Camino out there that needs a new heart.
 An emergency situation that calls for attention.
Hence a good hot cam Edelbrook equipped Chevy 350 small block....
....leaves place and space for the new strong heart. No by-pass surgery needed.