Thursday, October 24, 2019

El Mirage Oct 2019

We weren't there. Because we're here, in Gothenburg Sweden. But we we're there, mentally. We can feel how the early morning sun warms up the cold desert. The drivers meeting instructions and the psychological interaction between the cool relaxed surface and the deep, anxious race feeling. A magic motor moment.
No need to be wordy, just absorb the feeling.
October race at El Mirage (1,3 miles) 2019. After 3,12 min Rick race the 132 Scandinavian Street Rod Lakester for the first time with the first (?) Twin Turbo Ardun V8 Engine. [Turbos Borg Warner EFR7670] 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

How Rome was made, Elephants are eaten and race Cars are built.

I admit, there's a difference. If we're talking about building a new capital or race/street car, a dream is a really good trigger. If you're more into eating big animals, a clear time plan with milestones is most likely more applicable.

The combination of the two, dream and time plan is one hell of a combination. But there are a couple of other ingredients needed to create a shockwave of success when you kick up the garage door in the painful white spring sun.

No, it's not beer and coffee. It something that requires other parts of the brain. What is needed is to fight the basic instinct and comfortably enter the bear pit and start the winter rest. And instead go to the workshop/garage. To start early and go the garage/workshop every evening. To do something small or big ever day leads to finished project and happiness.

Last but not least allow yourself to make mistakes, learn from them and move on. Being too cautions is a pace killer.  

But who are we to make these arrogant statements? Well, besides a zillion private car project and our professionell life, we're still on a journey towards +200mhp and we're not there yet, but we learned something along the way and we're happy to share.
Here we are August 2019 at Bonneville Speed Week for the second time. 
In the end of 2014, almost exactly 3 years before the first race at El Mirage in California, the Salt Slush Bonneville project was driven by a dream only. And some mocked up parts.  
Early 2015 we got more into time planning and at least two persons worked everyday with the car, order stuff and to finance the project. 
And yes, we made mistakes. We corrected them and moved on.
Yes, the EFR 9180 turbo was better alternative than this attempt.

In a summary, it might be hard to get going and fight the sofa, but when everything works and bright sun is back it's extremely rewarding! 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Report from the hideout.

Work hard, provide turbo and superchargers to our customers and get stuff going is our daily business. That's what we do and that's what we like to do. Tricky questions regarding turbo and supercharger matching is fun and encouraging, but we need to relax too. Blow our minds and cool down.

When some people are chilling they do nothing. When some other guys and girls want to ease they get active and creative.
To celebrate a successful rebirth feels really good and that was what Carina and I did this Sunday. It was good to confirm that all work we put in to the Olds -38 Coupe (that we bought unseen in US last winter) was successful. The car has transformed from a limping half dismantled vehicle to a runner with grace that has passed inspection.
That ArtDeco nose...
...the nice ass....
...that cozy interior...
...and the nice silhouette. Love it. I can watch it for hours. Knowing that is equipped with piston oil cooling and an open prop shaft makes it feel even better.
Within the Salt Slush Team there are other hobby activities as well. 
Like Anders advanced CNC router project. Which will soon produce...all kinds of stuff.
Or Magnus loudspeaker project, which temporarily makes our workshop smells like a carpentry.

Conclusion: In a proper winter hideout there're all kinds of work going on, work that helps to relax from other types of work and as well to scheme next race season.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Autumn Automotive Activities.

All good things must come to an end. Warm creative winds has already tuned cold, gloomy clouds are now covering blue skies and November rain will soon freeze our faces. Good times are over and it's time to find other paths and get ready to move new destinations. In other words, it's time to seek shelter from the storm.
We've found our space and place. We've moved to our workshop hideout, where dreams becomes reality and the hostile cold autumn and wild winter can't reach us. A comfortable place to be active while waiting for spring, bright light and a new morning.
The beginning of the end. A late night cruise with the -46 Coupe. The Ford -46 Coupe.
An outdoor design study and as well a painful farewell to the Chevy -36
(right) which has moved to its new owner.
When the cold wind howls outside your door, you better walk inside to find comfort. But remember that the path that leads from thunder to a clear sky is being paved with devils that are comfortably sitting in the details. The Ardun V8 is coming together step by step.
Inside our warm workshop, Anders Magnuson Supercharged El Camino is waiting for warm weather and a cool intercooler.
Even during the coldest of winters, Santa is coming.
But he needs a hint and if you're out of ideas, but still feel the urge to find supercharged happiness and an out-of-gym and-yoga-activity-scheme we can help. Thrust me. Because we're prepared.
That's all. For now.