Saturday, August 12, 2017

After thousands and thousands of hours, we're just at the beginning...


When are you ready? When is the goal reached? Is it even possible to get there? To reach a level where nothing more can be done? Probably not.
 
But there are milestones. Times when dreams converted to hard work has paid off and it's time to calm down for a short period of time. As you all know we're at such a milestone now when our Volvo Amazon Landspeed Racer is on the ocean.
 
As I was searching for a specific picture for a friend I started to rewind, go back in time and found some pictures from our 3 year journey. A journey that now continuous to the next goal. Which is racing the beast. 
 
It's late Spring 2017 and we're at a really good test track. Sun is shining, everything works fine and we're so happy. We've reached somewhere, but we were not ready yet.
 
But there was an earlier phase. When more violence was appropriate... 
Back in those days we were happy too. But we were not ready yet...
We were welding....
...and welding...
...and welding....
But we were dreaming as well. 
And dreams do come true! (if you work really hard)
Once again, we were proud.  But we were not ready yet. 
Kalle was fighting with The Coolant Tank. But even if he's happy, he was NOT ready yet..
We started to work with the engine. Here some top decking going on.
We were really proud to have the Swedish Hot Rod celebrity, Göran Ambell, in our workshop. 
We went to US to interview the super experienced man, Erik Hansson, about Land Speed racing. And we learned a lot. But we were definitely not ready yet.  
We celebrated Christmas and took a day off. 
Frustration. The engine doesn't run properly. Evening after evening with misfire only. Wanna know the reason? The crank signal went bananas above 700rpm. Sensor was changed and happiness in its purest form came to us all. But we were not ready yet... 
We're at Bilsport Performance & Custom motor show representing EFR, AirWerks and Magnuson Superchargers for the second time (2016) and we're cocky because car was running. But we were not ready yet. 
In the Sunshine 2016
 
Engine running doesn't mean that you've reached the power target or established a proper calibration. It took 3 times (all good things are 3?) in two different chassi dyno to get everything right. Sorry for the oil leakage, Hannes. Here Magnus is taking a spin in the rain. And believe me, we were NOT ready yet.
 But we made some progress.  Again, hard work pays off. Eventually...
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Another milestone. After a furious work load the car got painted. Thanks Frank (at Universalteknik) for the excellent support!
 
And we made it! We managed to get the car painted, calibrated and assembled to the Bilsport Performance & Custom motor show 2017. What a victory!  Pictured: Early moring preparation before the show began.
But we were not ready yet. We had to fabricate a flat floor,a spoiler, a diffusor, a couple of inner fenders.... 
Let's put the home made aluminum bulb here! (It's the cover for the rear end, shown upside down
So, we're heading for the flat salt and dust surfaces.  
Conclusion: We've built a Amazon Landspeed racer on time, shipped it to US and we're soo happy.
 
But we're not ready yet.
 
The Salt Slush story will continue...
 
 
 
 


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