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.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Smoke in your eyes. Engine thunder. It's Salt Slush afterwork!

There's no way in hell to predict the outcome of a party. But invite good people, men and women with the right heart, soul and attitude and you're getting closer. A nice environment helps too.

When everything's perfect, you'll notice. It's like being in a dream. That was our Friday. Our Salt Slush afterwork with gearhead friends. It was beyond words, poetic. 
Smoke in the air, colored lights and a Rolls Royes Meteor Engine.
A good platform for a relaxed party. 
Controling The Beast is a powerful feeling. Thunder and fire from a smooth touch of your fingertip. With total attention on every combustion. A-fucking-mazing. Addicatable. 
 In the spotlight. Happy as can be.
Smelling fumes like a chefs. Gearhead happiness pictured!

Peter and Lutz under pressure. 
The silence is loud 
Tension, tension, tension.
Relief and success. Offenhauser Indy Engine starts!
Once bitten, twice shy. Better keep cool. Hands off Renato.
Before it all begun.   


Air cleaner with filter. A Lucky Strike

There's always a Before and After. Champagne on hood represent After...
Before it all begun. Tore, Kalle and a Forklift. What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, I forgot…
Thank you all for making this evening unforgettable!!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Being Busy, Busy, Busy but Bothered by Backlash

Shit happens. Things go south. Plans change. We've been bouncing between hope and despair. Meantime life goes on all around us…
It's getting late, so I'll keep thing short and stay with essential only. 
We've been busy. Building, planing and preparing and of course, selling turbos and superchargers to people with dreams and speedy ambition.
Meanwhile, some private projects has made progress, while simultaneously some other rides has suffered. Let me explain.
White smoke. Nope. It's not about a new pope. Instead it's the consequence following a severe cooling hose explosion. At this point Carina is a sad, sad woman.
A new gasket kit bought. Hope is coming back and the sun was a-shining.
Right hand cylinder head dismantled. Analysis ongoing.
Conclusion, Summary. Analysis complete. Cylinder head in the milling machine. We'll you all get the picture…life ain't always easy. Cloud sometimes gather.
When things fall apart, when luck has left the building big displacement is there to comfort. 
Meanwhile, Magnus in motion. Busy building zoomies.
From the right angle in the bright light. 
Anders in multitasking mode. Building CNC machines and completing his Magnuson Supercharger equipped LS engine El Camino. Better hurry up, since we'll show the El Camino at the Bilsport Performande and Custom Show this Easter.
That's all for now.  The hour is getting late. At least in Sweden.



Friday, March 22, 2019

Climb the ladder!

Some people are looking for recognition. Others look for fame. Some others look for money only.

Basically, they all have one thing in common. A lack of real priority. When it comes to having fun, being fast and get positively furious most people go astray.

Within the Salt Slush team, we suffer from the above too! But we're trying, and we're trying hard to be true to our souls. We're trying hard to break free from the surface and instead nourish our gearhead minds and climb the ladder of our inner dreams.

So what's the next step on the eternal journey? 

Here's what; Besides of a zillion private projects per person, all in need of non existing completion dates, we're still looking for a silent, still stressful, moment. A moment to get peace of mind in on the dusty, salty but still clear deserts surface.  
We've found what we've been looking for.
A great wide open, someone that's pointing in the right direction and real speed!
With all of the above in place, we'll be climbing the inner ladder of our souls...soon. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Garagewarming and Gearhead Personalities

I've never really understood the point of showing the privat residence to friends and guests. Don't get me wrong, it nice to have friends coming by, to have a party or a dinner at home, but house walk-arounds where thing like;  -This is our bedroom…and here's our bathroom….never really struck a cord with me.

But when it's time for Garage warming then it's different. It doesn't have to be a party, not even filled with cool stuff either. Here's why;

If it's full of cars, engines and bikes and not the least parts, you can walk around and just take in all details. You can stay for hours and hear stories about a car project, or get an epic tale which end up with the purchase of a gas tank, a special crankshaft etc. It's like a flea market and a story telling session combined.

If it's empty, there will be plans told, the discussion will be forward looking and there will be dreams. Very often too ambitious and unrealistic, but still creative dreams. Some times you feel a positive envy too

On top of the above, you get to know personalities when visiting a workshop, a kind of gearhead analysis. Garage archetypes. The collector, the builder, the fabricator, the machinist, the polisher, the wild grinder, the pedant, the dreamer, the project guy, the artist...and sometimes all in one place harmony…well, at least not in war.

Some clean every spot, buy a new work bench and paint the walls white before they take an engine apart. Other just push a way what's in the way and tear the engine to pieces without even cleaning it first. Some just buy tools, others use theirs every minute. But it really doesn't matter, it's the gasoline (or diesel) sprit that counts.
Garage visit are always nice, but when friends becomes garage neighbors it's even better. Annika and Ragnar just moved in close to Salt Slush workshop.
Their profile? This couple is a mixture of pedant, fabricator, artist, wild grinder and project man/woman. A good and complex combo.
Salt Slush welcomes Annika and Ragnar and wait for the party!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chasing The Dream SSR 449 Part 2

A picture is worth a thousands words and there are a lot of pictures in our new movie.
It's about our adventure at Bonneville Speed Week 2018 at the Salt Flats. 
Check it out ! on You tube !


Just so You know, we aim to go there again 2019.........