Friday, January 19, 2018

Salt Slush Broadcasting - Before it all began.

Fellini, Bergman...all these film directors from Europe. All this European melancholy, angst and on the contrary, lust for life. It all reminds me of our latest project.
Yeah, you're right, it's an additional project. It's something new.
So...Let us proudly present a first peek, before we launch Salt Slush Broadcasting. 
The short clip below is just...
1. A crash course in Swedish.
2. A nice garage project involving a LQ4 engine a pair of LS3 cylinder heads and a Magnuson Supercharger. And not to be forgotten, Santa Claus and The Bailiff.
3. A first glimpse of what's coming....
Anders and Kalle talking.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Vital importance of a Roadtrip or Going North with no skies.

None of us is doing it frequently. Especially not during winter time. Though there are those who insist that it's fun and enjoyable, we try our best to avoid it. 

I'm talking about going north. To the cold, snowy and dark part of Sweden where the forest is full of moose and other creatures of wild character. 

But...we have to admit, there's something magic about going north. The non-nonsense winter climate at latitude 61 (same as Anchorage) makes it suitable for a road trip adventure. Especially if you pick up a 50 year old car and drive it home through the wonderful wilderness. Keeps you alert, keeps you awake. How we know? We're doing it over and over again.

This time it was Annika's fault, or rather a Christmas Dinner (which Kalle described in an earlier blog post) that ended up in a us going north to pick-up a 1968 Chevy C10 Step side.
We started too early this Saturday. Too early for pictures. So we silently filled the car up with tools, oil, antifreeze and a fully charged battery and took off. At lunch time we were already in the snow and the cold. Excited and prepared for adventures.
We traveled in cosy comfort through a silent winter land. No internet connection.
Once in a while we saw a house. And a moose.
Eventually, we reached our goal. The C10 Step side. The Glamour Truck -68. We came, we saw, we test drove and celebrated the condition with a beer or two.
Early next morning Annika was ready to seal the deal. Annika and E&S Motor shook hands which meant that the real adventure could begin.
Ok. It was me. I admit. Since I have a lot of experience of icy road driving so I started to drive, but apparently that didn't help. After some ice dancing, we ended up in a soft and rather comfortable snow wall and please note, the truck was not damaged.  We' just needed to grab the shovel, dig in and not waste any time. Still 500km to drive.
Harmony, that how I would describe the rest of the trip. Annika was driving and the small block V8 was humming it's gentle tone as we were tooling our way through the badlands. Poetic.
As always when picking up new car somewhere far away, the confidence is growing step by step and at some point in time, especially if there are no failures, euphoria happens. 
Short stop and inspection. Conclusion: no oil consumption, coolant ok. 

Cardboard in front of the cooler kept C10 passengers warm.
Sunday night. Home at bay. The 1500km adventure was over with no mayor issues.
The truck: Reliable as a door stop
Annika (and here crew): Happy as can be

Remark: Some of us has gone north before to pick up a Chevy pick-up (in Swedish only)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In the Salt Slush Zodiac...2018 is the The Year of the Engine!

When early man looked at the stars he saw signs. Basically, he saw animals and various types of early man tools. Not very surprising if you ask me. Early man perception did not allow him to see the real star signs in the sky, because those were beyond his imagination.

Salt Slush have on the other hand seen other signs and felt the influence of these Omens and those are not for our eyes only, they can be seen by all who smells oil and have a crave for speed.

Here are our signs with associated years:
1. The Year of the Engine. A Powerful, Warm and Vibrant Year. Full of Energy.
2. The Year of the Rust. A lost year, full lost hope. A dusty year.
3. The Year of the Brakes. A time to stop and reflect.

4. The Year of the Roller Bearings. A year of friction.
5. The Year of the Turbo. A year full of positive pressure, energy and flow.

6. The Year of the Supercharger. A year full of pressure and good feedback.
7. The Year of the Transmission. This year could go in any direction.
8. The Year of the Tires. A mystic year. Full of smoke.
10. The Year of the Chassis. A year full of Pro's and Con's.
11. The year of Paint. A surface only, but sparkling Year.
12.The Year of Bodywork. The sensual year, full of shapes.

Through pain and sorrow, through luck and glory, we've experienced them all. But this year feels good, because 2018 is:
The Year of the Engine
Type of Engine Year: V8

We celebrate the Engine Year with various project. Anders is building an LS V8 engine with  Magnuson charger since this engine goes well with Supercharger (besides, The Engine Year is closely related to the Supercharger and Turbo Year)
Carina and I bring good moods to old gods when building a Ardun V8 engine based on an old Ford Flathead.
Magnus, normally inclined to tune engines with less cylinders, took the Year of the V8 seriously and woke up the Buick Nailhead.

Epilogue: The Year of the Engine has just began. That feels so good. So, let the crank turn up the torque, the turbo's spin fast and the supercharges howl furiously through the night.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Christmas is over. Let 2018 begin!

Cleaning is an essential part of life. Because it turns you in to a better person. But don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about swapping floors or doing the dishes. We're on another level on which we're getting rid of stress and bullshit by using the oldest of the oldest of tools. Let me explain. 
Lesson no.1: Get rid of Christmas and New Year. The discount marzipan pig here pictured represent 2017 and hence it had to go to the place were marzipan pigs go. On the marzipan funeral Makers Mark was served. Which did go well with the pig victim. 
Lesson no.2 : If you're having a party to free you mind with the purpose to make the rest to follow, bourgeoisie garage style, you've got to prepare stuff and make no mistakes. No motor oil is allowed on the serving table and always serve slow cooked prime ribs together with red wine. Or was it the opposite around? Can't remember. Never mind. Let's move on.
Lesson no. 3: Light up the piece de resistance well before the guest arrives. In technocolor. Take off the cover sheet just before the horde enter, to avoid dirt in supercharger or engine. Use a Magnuson Supercharer if possible. 
Lesson no.4: Clear your dirty mind with beer, cigarrs, friends and late night garage stories. It smoothens your soul and opens up your creative mind.

Summary: Clear mind, clean the workshop and get ready for 2018 adventures!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Salt Slush 2017 Chronicle or We're at end of the beginning!

Some years can really be more stressful, painful, demanding than others....but at the same time endlessly rewarding. It's said that those are the years that you remember. If you have time to remember... 

For Salt Slush Racing, 2017 was definitely one of these years. The first real breakthrough and after any breakthrough, a new world opens up. A world full of hinders and obstacles, but luckily we're naive enough to think that we, step by step, can tear down those walls. Yeah, I stole that last sentence.

So how about 2017? What happened? Here's a story about hard work, determination and, yes, a certain amount of success.
It's February. We have a lot of work in front of us. The vehicle runs, but the body needs hundreds of hours still before paint. And the Bilsport Performance Show is coming up. ( A Nordic SEMA type of show with 100k paying visitors). We're in a kind of controlled despair.
But we do celebrate each step and argue until we're happy or at least found a solution.
At the end of February we were still in fabrication mode. Even one step earlier actually, in mock-up mode. Anders here practise the well known Cardboard Aided Design, in a too late design phase. 
March and we're finally breaking us through the hood. Magnus wounded and careful hands are shaping the air duct.
At some point in time we realized that we needed windows as well. So we made windows, al lot of windows. Kalle in fabrication mode. Yes, he still got 10 fingers.
It's the end of March and we're all working hard every evening with the body. The Amazon body.
8 windows takes time and effort to fabricate. Next time we'll consider to start with a coupe instead.
Late night at Frank's. As always, picking up a painted car at a good paint shop like Universal Teknik always feels good. This time was definitely no exception.
Middle of April. We were all so proud. We could just stand looking at the Beast that we've created forever. We loved it! It was running good and it looks sharp. But there was still tones of work before we were even close to shipping it anywhere.
But suddenly the spring was in the air and we're gaining confidence, Carina who helps our boosting business to bloom served Ringö street waffles. It's all fine now. 
We've made it!! It's Eastern 2017 and we've made it to Bilsport Performance Show!
But we still got a lot of work before we could ship the car to US and the beginning of our second Chapter of The Saga.
It's end of August and we've nervously idled for a couple of months while the Amazon were at sea. But here we go. A determined man opens the container. If we were anxious? Yes, we were beyond interested. 
Under Californian palm trees in a super cool supercharged GMC pick-up with our green baby on the trailer.  Yiihaa!
Still on solid ground outside Magnuson premises. Pre inspection passed. Sun-is-a-shining and we're ready for the next step. At least that's what we're thinking at this point.
Long shadows, early morning and lot to learn. An almost religious moment.  
 It's hot but the Amazon is ready and Anders is ready. It's Rookie Run time. We're about to get experience in a brand new area. It's amazing.  
We've now got another look in our eyes. Because now we know what it takes... 
...and it takes a lot... 
...but we're ready to fight. Because we've just began our journey on the Dust and the Salt and one of these days, beyond Rookie Runs and initial tuning adjustment. We'll be fast. Really fast. The 449 Amazon is here waiting for the trailer and a good home in California.
We're dirty, we're exhausted, but we're happy and to some extent relived. We're home at the best place to be. At Erik's and Ruth's place sipping cold white wine. 

In October the team were back home in Sweden again. Back at Ringön thinking about the next steps and right now we're soothing our restless souls with various personal projects while developing the Salt Slush Racing Speed Shop and much more...and we've already booked hotels for the next real challenge;
The Bonneville Speed Week 2018!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The balance of nature. A workshop example.

Balance. The normal situation. In nature as well as in a workshop. A place where equilibrium is reached. Where only small changes happens and grey dust on cars and tools is normal.
But it's bound to happen. The sudden change. A change, a force, a strike from an uncertain and often strange direction.  And remember, if there's a prey there's a predator.
Here's the predator. A Lars-Davidsson good-looking-vehicle with a crave for reasonable good valves and seats. Valve seats.
Where there was once a prey. I mean; a set of valves for a flathead. V8 flathead.
The mother of all valves. A demilitariserad French Ford block totally relived. A block that has moved on and is now looking for a new set of heads. A pair of Ardun cylinder heads. With valves included.
No more Légion étrangère. Instead a base for new power and speed. And, yeah, I forgot, Peace.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Chistmas Day Milling. A soul saving event.

I guess you've already heard it all. The big talk about good work out sessions, good advices provided by a foggy yoga instructor and the numerous diets that you'll have to follow unless you don't feel the urge to die soon. Very soon.

It goes with out saying that we've survived without any of the above. How? There are one or two reasons that makes us able to survive without external help. We don't know for sure, but determination and entusiasm are two positive characteristics that makes you do deeds on your own expense and stay happy. Restlessness and resistance to loose are negative and stressful properties that pushes you from the coach to the center of creativity. Today, it all boiled down to advanced milling. A recipe for short term fulfillment.
A factor beyond dreaming is precision. Without accuracy, there's no success. So...we measured...and adjusted....again and again until finally, we were good to go and ready to...

...mill the old combustion chamber off. 
I was really keen on getting this right. Rome was not built in one day and neither was the destruction of the reliving in the French block. But the confidence was building up in 0,3mm incremental steps... a point when it all got boring. That's when you know that you're heading in the right direction.
After 2,085mm of Christmas Milling I've reached our goal. Felt good. Felt great.
A V8 cylinder block ready for a Ardun cylinder head kit from Ferguson Forging in L.A.
But yes, you've guessed it. We're not ready yet. There's a second cylinder bank that needs treatment, which means that we can still mess it all up. But that's for tomorrow. Today is today. Each victory needs to be celebrated separately.