Monday, November 30, 2015

Doctors advice: Breathe in, breathe out...

Gas exchange  is a vital part for man and machine motion. So we called in a set of different experts that could provide the breathing control. Out came a cure that could solve this issue of fatigue.
Here they are, the two nice camshafts from Schrick. They will help us to make the engine breath deeper.
But are we doing? What is this? This the result of accurately measuring of fixed tappets.

What's this? Let's go through this in detail. Upper row from the left: the Volvo 960 fixed cam sprocket, which has a smaller diameter compared with the upper right cam sprocket which is the sprocket from Volvo S80 with Variable Valve Timing.
Well, here's a problem, we like the camshaft to run with exactly half the engine speed since this makes the engine last significantly longer then we had to buy two new sprockets made for the S80 engine without VVT.
Ok. With all parts finally available. We called in an expert. Christer helped us to set the cam timing. Efficient since Christer has all the tools and the expertise to set the cam timing correctly on a modified engine.
And yes, the cam timing is now set. No valve-piston contact. Everything looks perfect. We're relieved ! Thanks' Christer.
Meanwhile in another part of the workshop, Magnus is busy with something. Ragnar inspect the activity suspiciously. But what is Magnus doing?
A precision part with treads..
...and Magnus, is proud over his work in a balanced way.
The fabricated masterpiece. What it is ? It's a small device that enable us to use the Volvo 960 oil sump (N3) on the S80 engine (RN3T), and assemble an oil filter without making treads in the RN3T engine block...Goethe early pointed it out many years ago;  The devil's in the details
Luckily we have a serum against technical evilness. Magnus precision.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The chicken and the hen. How it all began...

There was this dark Sunday evening, in the cold and windy Swedish autumn, when I felt that it was about time to take the creaking stair up to the attic for a reason that I've  already forgotten.

I looked in one of the cardboard boxes and found stuff from more than 30 years ago, which made me think...about when dreams really are formed.

When form, shape and colors are mixed with thundering exhaust fumes and speed to spark fantasizes for the very first time. Apparently it's a serious poison, because when I study my old plastic models, which I built in the end of the 70-ties, I almost got a little bit frightened...

Then: A Studebaker which looks like it's made for Landspeed racing... 
Now: The Salt Slush Amazon project, which is made for landspeed  racing!
Then: I built two Plymouth Coupé. One 100% stock and one custom.
Now: I recently bought a Ford 1946 coupe. It's still in stock condition.

Side by side. To the right;  a Revell/Monogram model of a -41 Plymouth. Left: My view on custom coupes as a young Swedish teenager. Yes, I built and modified both myself.
A Chevy -57. Am I strong enough to resist the temptation and not buy one in 1:1? You tell me, I don't know. I'm still fighting with myself.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday and weekend

Bara så att ni vet !!

Black friday is here !

Vi har Black Friday Prisgaranti i helgen på samtliga våra Turbo.
Tveka inte vi matchar alla relevanta erbjudanden !
Hör av dig mail eller telefon via vår hemsida !

Monday, November 23, 2015

El Mirage others and more impressions

Here's some more photos and impressions from El Mirage nov 2015. First of all I'm not the best photographer and I've been using the iPhone instead of a proper camera.
The same starting picture, but now with Ich S, who made this happen. THX you! You're invited when Salt Slush Racing turn up with the Amazon.

El Mirage is a national "forest" area and as they say in US, the land of many uses, which it is for sure.
Ok, we are allowed to drive snowmobiles outside our roads in Sweden, but that's about it.
All in all, there seems to be a deeper understanding for what is really important in US.     I guess, thanks to SCTA work and their way of running the event's.

For a long time car nut living in Sweden, raised by Hot Rod magazine and a tons of other car magazines, who has followed the US car scene on distance, this was a Pilgrim Journey

One thing regarding land speed racing is that you have to have a lot of patience, there's waiting, waiting and waiting. I think there was almost 200 race cars and the lines to everything were long.
Inspection, Compound, Line up for race and yes, it is hot and dusty, but people are nice and you just have to play it cool and enjoy.
There are some things you have to understand. You just don't mess up things around you. Therefore everyone had old wash machine drums as fireplaces, takes care of their garbage and the race pit was covered with "Pit Carpet". Everyone is used toilet which  there were plenty of everywhere and they were all and very clean. 

Besides of above, the only thing you can buy is SCTA T-shirts and mugs. No food, water or ice cream. This is not Disneyland. What you need you have to bring yourself.
You travel in style when you visit, like in this nice C10. If you put it like this, there were not that many Ferraris and Porsches around. Prestige comes with what you made and  built and not what you've bought.
You stumble on cars and feel familiar to them since you recognize them from magazines and films.
A famous land speed motorcycle. 
Ich had long time a go been involved with aerodynamic work on this one 

Famous from a lot of places, such as Rodders Journal. Inline GMC six

Chevy 57 on it's way 

Returning from a speed trial

As said before, you travel in style, not meaning Ferrari, at El Mirage another code is what count's

A lot of power is good, and what a good way to use an LS engine. Who is to judge when enough is enough ? Yes, You Yourself and nobody else (besides your Wife maybe)
Very practical four seats vehicle. Perfect when you have to visit friends all around the pit.
Datsun has made it's place in the car scene

Nice delivery !

You make and do something of what you got and all in all, all vehicles sends the signal of being authentic, with many years and generations of technical creativity.
Others do it with style and still very very authentic. 

Air guides over the roof and fixation of front window.

A spoiler make sense on a Chevy 57. Seems to be the original purpose with the fins. Maybe yesterdays twist of inbuilt riddles by the engineers. Nowadays you find examples in SW if  you write XY Z etc and then something cool happens. Yesterday, the GM engineers must have foreseen the usage of a spoiler on the trunk.

Another example of how to travel in style

This is how you race in style

In the pit, you experience a mix of drag racing and the wild west ending up in a contemporary T-shirt, jeans and straw hat kind of style.
Not only a lot of famous cars. There were a lot of famous people and celebrities at El Mirage. Since we don't talk about Gucci boy's or the Kardashians as celebrities, there's another more authentic twist here, represented by Gene Winfield passing by in the Galpinger Ford Mustang...

Sunday, November 22, 2015

El Mirage Nov 2015 1 + 1 = 3

Sometimes things work's out just right…without having El Mirage in mind I was planned on a business trip by Volvo Cars to LA. I had a day off and what to do? I discussed with my friend Ich and then he says;
-Why not go to El Mirage? It took only part of a second and it was set.

Weather was fantastic, little cold in the morning, but after a while hot, hoter than a Swedish summer.

Best of all was that weather seemed to work out well, which is not the case when Håkan and Carina tries to visit El Mirage or Bonnevile, they have managed to close it down more than two times with flooding etc.

Here we are on our way in !

Found our friend Erik Hansson with his 132 wing tank and his 123 29 roadster

He was busy working on his wingtank we had a quick hi and hallo and 
as always at a race, the focus is on the race and not on soft talk.

When we where in Eriks stand we heard  Dave Davidsson do a 277 mph run which is fastest ever on El Mirage
Two cars make a lot of work and of course a lot of fun !

Kind of cool

We had a long walk along the track and saw a lot of cars !

Besides of race cars there where some famous cars like this twin T engine rail 
famous from magazines and old Crow I think.

Cool roadster

Old Crow race car

This is  B ford engine with a homemade twin cam cylinder head 
feed from two sides and exhaust on one side

Looks cool, there were a lot of technical creativity not only this car, all combined with authentic patina from many years and generations. 

Tech details

rear axle tank etc

Graig Anton in 482 Dennis Piranio model A from Rod Riders 

 Tom Evan 5252 XF BFS Super Fours warming up

Nice sound and rooster tail

The visit is well summed up with above, dangerous …...