Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Remote Control Cailbration! A success!

Calibration, Tuning, Optimization, Mapping. Those words have an even deeper meaning to us now. We've learned as well that even in a general success there's room for annoyances. But we also know that mind-bogging issues can be resolved during a Saturday night dinner.


Here's what. Back in late spring 2017, there was a race date at El Mirage, a shipping date for the Amazon and flight tickets booked for us and as a consequence, a sweating team. So, we made a base calibration on the laptop, a drivability check at Ringön and finally, a full load calibration in a chassi dyno in Gothenburg.

When the race car sailed away it was running ok at low humid Gothenburg temperatures and tap fuel. It was running good, not great.

Fast forward to Bonneville Speed Week 2018. Same desktop calibration, but 35-40degC (95-104 F) ambient temperature, a super dry dessert and a new race fuel. During early mornings it was running ok but not good. We still managed to run 150-175mph (240-280km/h) several times and really feel the great potential...

...but we were getting more and more engaged in try and error calibration after analyzing individual cylinder temperatures. In short terms; We suffered misfire.
So we changed spark plugs, and spark wires and various other parameters. Didn't help.

So we went to the Salt Flats Café to think about it. Didn't help either but it was relieving.

The solution. We called Westech Performance in Mira Loma, (greater Los Angles) and booked a time for a mapping session. To get a good speed-load calibration from low part load to full load with correct race fuel. Finally we got a time slot. Last Saturday. The Salt Slush team were in Sweden, but Erik Hansson went up early morning and towed our 449 Amazon racer to Westech Performance.

The team have faith both in Westech Performance and Erik Hansson, but still...the Salt Slush team were nervous. Was there a hardware issue? Would the engine blow up?

It all turned in to a success! The engine is now running really smooth, the exhaust gas is reported to be below 950degC and the peak power at 750hp.  Yes, we decided to stay at this performance level with a conservative ignition timing, because we want the car to go fast and be durable!

What a warm feeling! We raised our glassed called each other and cheered!

The only drawback. The Salt Fever is getting worse...

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Muscle Cars vitality. Now, then and in The Future.

Let's get one thing straight. There's no logic associated with buying, owning and driving a Muscle car. No sane brain can make a muscle car reasonable. Ever.

But there're other non rational values. Listening to opinionated guys and girls on the Muscle Cars topic, they'll tell you everything you already know about fuel consumption, bad attitude appearance, suspect handling...etc. All these prejudices.

But as they speak you can hear it, feel it and see it in their face. We're here talking about The Hidden Envy. Because there's one small detail to add. Muscle cars are cool. Really cool.  
Plymouth Roadrunner 1971 with pistol grip shifter. If you have self esteem enough, buy one and use it as daily driver. From that moment you don't have to worry about getting attention of some kind.
Yes, there's an eternal bad ass appearance associated with rides like this.
Anders is making big progress with the Supercharged LS equipped El Camino.  Will the Magnuson Supercharger fit under the hood? Nobody knew for sure. Excitement was in the air.
Yes! No hood scoop needed. Just minor adjustment, then all good.
Modern Muscle Car. Dodge Challenger 2018 SRT 6.4. Which means more muscles than ever. Vibrant.

Besides, it seams like the best muscle car area is now!
If you need a daily drive, buy one!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Gran Turismo

Early moring. Alarm bells rings. While you flip up the curtain blinds your mind gets wide awake. It's not any day. It's that day. The driving day, The Freedom day. In other words, the day when your body will go fast while you mind will be at ease and you'll be winding down. Your supercharged V8 will be working hard while you'll be thinking, talking and enjoying life.

Meanwhile you wake up your loved one with a kiss. Outside the supercharged coupe is waiting.The coffee smells good, even great. Not much is said. There's no need to talk right now. Because the dream is shared and it runs through your veins like gasoline.

Open the outside door, walk down the stairs. You feel that it's early summer and you notice that only the spring birds are singing songs. Everything else is quite. Really quite.

You enter your machine, the machine that soon will eat up the road. Now it's time. Time to push the button. The button that will give you goosebumps when pushed. A second of electric spool up then real power.  
After high speed 1200km driving a cold beer is waiting. Carina knows what's coming.
Good to great. Carina is in Supercharger mounting mode.

Summary, Conclusion, Fast forward. 
Our Supercharged Corvette C6 are making our GT dreams come true in the past, currently and in the future. Which really feels good.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cold and rainy now but next season is coming up. Soon!

If you're still in the sun but start to feel somewhat cold during late evening dinners on the terrass, then you're not on our latitude. You're not on latitud 57 in Gothenburg, Sweden where it's getting colder and gloomier and darker day by day.  

If you would be here, totally without palm trees, there's only two ways to survive. Either travel south or go to the workshop or garage of your likings, roll up the sleeves and start to make dreams come true.
The later is possible to combine with daytime work and the associated income, which in best cases support dreams. Besides, there's a new season coming up! It will take some time before it arrives, but eventually it will come with new race events, new car and bike meets and dry open roads! There will be fresh gasoline, diesel and ethanol as well!
However, while Salt Slush Racing team is planning for next landspeed race season in US and trying to make the 449 Amazon reach next speed level, we're in Sweden working hard with various private project and trying our best to provide advices, superchargers and turbochargers to the race and car enthusiastic community whenever needed. We're there to comfort speed craving souls. That's our mission.
We deliver AirWerks S369 turbo urgently (same day as the order arrives) with our Supercharged Corvette C6. 
Other than that…
...we're talking to the US Drifting community and we've learned that there's a growing demand for Superchargers in Drifting. Technically we can understand this and we're looking forward to support this new movement when it reaches Sweden. We're objective because we can offer both superchargers and turbos and know-how about both types.
Car meets are over at latitude 57, but we've been inspired…by other car builders.

Inspired as we are, Carina and I are building an Ardun engine as the autumn leaves are falling on Ringön.

Petter, the Professor, is building up a stock of old Volvo engines. One after the other. Makes him happy. Who are we to criticize?
Anders is Supercharging LS engines. Yes, It's Magnuson Supercharger.
The Chevy 1936 is not ready, but finally reliable after a lot of struggle.
The solution: Fuel tank cleaned with citric acid.
Kalle has taken his Vespa apart and Magnus is working with all his 10 parallell projects, Carina is building up a Show Suffolk lawnmower and so it continues…
Take our advice: Get going now.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Products & Passion & Power

Sales guys. Peddlers. We'll know them, seen them and not the least heard them. Salt Slush sell stuff too. But we sell stuff we like, understand and use ourselves. Big Turbos, Superchargers and T-Shirts. Stuff for people with urge to move on, who seek performance and adventure. For car guys and girls that crave big power and high speed and adventure beyond travel sites. For the brave ones.

We love our products and we're thrilled about getting things right. To help our customers  reach thier performance goals. No matter if it's a race car, a hot rod, a tuned sports car, muscle car...we like to help out with boosting system. Both with advices and products.
How we use our products?
Our materialized team dream. The Race car. Our 449 Amazon, 6 cylinder, 3.0L, 750hp and 1000Nm and equipped with a BorgWarner EFR 9180 turbo. A low lag turbo that helps us to get the nice driving behaviour on the Salt.
We all need a Daily Driver. A car that can take us over the hills and far away. Something reliable and fun to drive. Here's my choice. A Corvette C6 with a Magnuson Supercharger  Handles Swiss mountain roads just fine.
Race Cars ar cool and Daily drivers needed. But many of us need something in between as well. Anders in salt Slush racing is one of them. He needs a summer ride with potential. It's not ready yet, but it's a baby being born. A Magnuson Supercharged El Camino.
Salt Slush Racing, a team that walk the talk.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Big Love and Hassel: Salt Slush & The Old Suburban - A complicated love story

Hauler, Tow Truck, SUV, Carryall, Limousine. We're talking Suburban, Chevy Suburban.  No use to argue about facts. If' you're an active car guy or girl, you need one. Because of capacity and volume. 6 person on tour with a V8 in the trunk and a car on a trailer? No problem. Still luggage space!
Besides, you'll get a comfy ride too. Drive around with the 454 big block inside a car park with window down and just enjoy. The sound. From that 7,4L engine.
So we bought ourselves a rust free 2500 Suburban from 1995 to as a tow truck for our 449 Amazon land speed racer. Felt good. Even great.
Doesn't look too bad on Salt.
Work's well in all kinds of deserts and Cina likes them too. 
Buying an old Burb introduce you to new people. Which is good. Always.

Are there any obstacles??? 
Well, actually we had a few. Nothing major, but still, a few.
Before we even signed the line, the fuel pump had to be changed. At the dealers expense. A new fuel pump is relaxing to have. Really. Because fuel supply is a good thing.  
Later we've learned that a sealed and perky coolant pump with some fresh new hoses also were needed to make our long term marriage a success story. So we changed that.
 As a morning gift our green lady got new tires and a full service as well.
Some cars are hard to please. Obviously a tow ride over the salt flats was needed to keep up the good hauling mode.
And you can't blame a 23 year old to ask for a new starter motor either. She got it on a Sunday in Wendover, NV.
In fact the old Burb was so exited over this place so it burned the alternator outside the garage doors in pure joy.
Ain't she sweet?
But still, when it's eating up endless road in Nevada, cool as can be with refilled refrigerant, perfect oil pressure and steady coolant meter.
Then it still feels really good.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Gloomy as Swedish Litterature.

The village is empty. There's no one to be seen. Outside the rain is pouring down since days. The warm once-every-decade-summer is over. The depressing Nordic climate is back. In full power. We're all living in the grey and gloomy nightmare that we're doing our best to deny.

Was that all?

No. A few of us still have a hideout when the sun don't shine. A place where race cars are built, rear ends are changed and stories are told.

If you don't have a place and space like this…. get one. It's good for you!  
Old squarish Swedes gets new rear end. 
 Stories are told for young and old.