Monday, January 21, 2019

Don't ask why!

Let's start with qoute to comfort racers, builders and dreamers out there.
 
"Every man's conscience is vile and depraved
 You cannot depend on it to be your guide
when it’s you who must keep it satisfied"

There are moments in life when you're inspired and full of energy. When there's no obstacles and you're in a creative flow. This doesn't normally happen when you're working with reasonable stuff. Flow is more likely take place when you're working with fun things that makes you happy, excited and put your soul at ease.
Here's some of the projects that trigger some of the Salt Slush team members right now.  They are all sort of -Why the hell are you doing this? projects...
No 1: The Ardun V8 Engine. There are people out there that would state that you could get twice as much power for less than 50% money spent.
Correct, but still irrelevant.
Status: Pistons designed, delivered and assembled. New Ardun cam and new bearings for the 4 inch crank in place. All adjusted, mounted and lubricated in the French flathead engine block.
The aluminum oil sump used by the French army military vehicle to the left and an original Ford Flathead pass car oil sump to the right. I need to use the right one to make it fit in a Ford -46.

Ardun engine block again. All relieves are mills off and exhaust ports blocked with Belzona chemical metal in order to stop oil from going down in the old flathead exhaust channels.
 
No 2. Carina and her old lawn mowers. Beautiful small machines if you ask her. The blue Suffolk Demon, her trailer queen, is now ready to show, while the green two stroke Qualcast Commando needs an overhaul. Yes, lawn mowers had bad ass names in the 50ties and 60ties....
No3. Magnus and a really cool idea. He's building his own supercharging kit for an old square body Suburban...V8 DIESEL. When this is ready, there will be torque without lag and no smoke.
 
Salt Slush advice: Follow your Dream, ignore the why question and work with the project (-s) of your liking. It will make your life better. 
 
 




Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Garage storage Justice. It's complcated.

They might be your best friends. You might share hobby, hope and habits. You can travel around the world, build race cars, run a Speed Shop, race at Bonneville, have a zillion Fika, enjoy nice dinners, drink beer -even Makers Mark- and have parties together. All in harmony with no strict rules.
 
Everything's cool?  Nope. You still must be aware!  I'm talking about situations when strict rules are needed. When laser sharp measurement tools are prefered. When volume and space need to be calculated. 

We're talking about Garage Storage Justice! When every millimeter count.

Here's why. Gearheads tend to be invasive. They have an apatite for space. Because they like to store stuff. Old parts, new parts, nice-to-have parts, speed parts, race parts, cool parts, bikes, cars, boats, radios, guitars, old lawn lowers...you name it!  And I'm not in a position to throw the first stone.  

Today it was about time. Time for a let's-set-up-some-rules moment, because not only nature have a fear of empty space....[horror vacui]. The Salt Slush team with friend has the same fear, so we went to one of our common spaces today to measure, argue and agree.
Here's Petter exited and in full speed. He's got a a new storage space, a laser measurement device and he's happy.  
But don't fooled by his friendly look. He's the invasive type.
Walk, talk and draw lines. How the hell did Magnus get this body to this spot? Willpower!
Females can take space too. Example: Annika parked a rally car in the common space temporarily half a year ago.

Summary: Measurement done. Storage volume split and agreed.





Friday, January 11, 2019

Christmas is over... Next Stop: Spring, Easter and Speed parts!

Santa has left the building. A new year called 2019 is up and running. Outside the Salt Slush Racing headquarter it's gloomy. The temperature is bouncing around freezing point, the cold rain is pouring down while city trucks are throwing salt over the black asphalt in the everlasting darkness.

But hold on...Spring is coming up. Good thing will happen soon. Asphalt tracks, gravel roads and salt flats will be ready for race! And you better be ready too!

Are you a late starter? Someone who work better under pressure? In need inspiration before you start wrenching?

Take our advice and go to Bilsport Performance Performance and Custom Motor Show in Sweden this Easter to get energize. The whole Salt Slush Racing team will be there too. Just before we're going back to the dry lakes in US for a test driving and racing.

We will talk about our own racing until your ears bleeds, but we will as well present good stuff for YOU! Meaning BorgWarner EFR turbos that will exceed 1000hp. Here we're talking about the all new EFR 9280! 
What we all been waiting for. EFR quality, transient performance from hell and heavenly POWER.
Did I mention smoking tires?
Not only EFR stuff...we will finally present the NEW BorgWarner AirWerks S300SX-E, S372 for thoose of you in need of +1100hp.

If you need a howling Supercharger instead of turbos to get wide a wake we will present our own private vehicles equipped with Magnuson Supercharger to you. 
At the show, Salt Slush will present Magnuson Supercharger in Swedish and English in same sensible way as in this Youtube video.
Meanwhile, your are allowed to have foggy dreams about POWER. 

Our task is to make dreams come true!

And have fun..did I mention fun?












Saturday, January 5, 2019

Gym vs. Welding. Pro's and Con's

Let's start with the similarities. You'll be sweating. It'll be exhausting. The day after the day after you'll learn about muscles, previously not known to mankind. It feels good when it's over and throughout the whole process, you'll frequently ask yourself...
-Why? 
And afterwards you'll be inclined to have a shower and at least one beer.

But there are differences too.  

Welding means dirt, weld fumes and a deeper understanding of the classic biblical hell. 

In a gym, you'll have to withstand grown men drinking orange juice after breakfast, Yoga and health nerds exceptionally afraid of dying.

Let's expand on a the later, I'm taking about welding cars, replacing sheet metal, removing rust. If you happen to live in southern Europe, Arizona or southern California you might not know anything about corrosion and rust, but trust me not all experiences are good ones.
As we all know, necessity is the mother of all inventions. Hence Anders invented this performance box that combines bad ass components (we're here primarily taking about A fan, a Dodge RAM air filter and a Borg Warner EFR turbo box) to clear out hellish weld fumes. 
Before all welding begun. Rocker panels gone. Structure too. If it wasn't for the hood louvers, the 5,9 L (360) V8, the 46RE transmission and the full leather interior and the...this vehicle would have gone to the place where old Mopar goes. Eventually.
But we couldn't do that... Not to a ride with such a charm.
Instead our new clean-the-air-box was fired up and a 3 day welding Gym begun.
Rocker panel were changed. Cross beams fabricated both close to the rear wheel arch and... 
..in the front ditto... 
...until it all came together and only details and an another day of work was missing.
But now, when New Year's vacation is over, the Jeep is good to go. Solid as can be.
After 30 hours of welding Carina and I managed to get the Jeep through the annual car inspection. Even if it ruined our Christmas garage plans, we appreciated our common accomplishment and celebrated afterwards!

Our super short epilogue is that sweating while repairing something means creating something and work towards a clear target. That will always beat gym activities since it boost your self confidence in a deeper sense. Because you've learned that you can fabricate what is needed, solve a problem and as well achieve a goal. 
Over and over again.