Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stop it! No more bouncing around

Are you destined to carry a heavy load? Are you in an eternal loop looking for various stuff? Or do you just want to be prepared? 

If your answer is yes to any of the questions above, you need an old pick up truck as a complement to your vehicle portfolio.

A C20 Chevy square body 1979 long bed is a good alternative since it's robust like hell and and has a roomy bed. But there are drawbacks. I'm talking about the bumpy ride that comes with the C20 when occasionally driving around with an empty truck bed. While we're on the subject of disadvantages, the standard brakes are able to provide some kind of retardation. Which is good. But critical people with crave for stopping power might be disappointed. 

But there's a solution and it's all about reducing weight. Here's what I'm talking about:
The truck. A standard C20 with ZZ4 crate engine, 14 bolt rear end and Wilwood calipers at the front wheels.
The standard rear end brakes are nothing for the weak and faint hearted. 
Weight: 32kg (70 lbs) each.
Luckily loosing weight has never been easier. The super solution comes from Lugnut 4x4 who has developed a disc break kit for the heavy duty 8 lug, 14 bolt GM rear end that comes with the Chevy C20.
 Working with GM 14 bolt rear ends brings other advantages too. All parts serves as workout weights. Which means you can avoid the gym, go the workshop instead, eat protein and drink beer and still feel good about it.
Stopping power improved and 16kg (35lbs) less weight per side. Which means a massive reduction of 32kg (70lbs) unsprung mass! Without reducing any torque or load capacity.
A substantial difference in driving experience as a result. Smooth modern brakes and no more pothole bouncing around. Success!
The brake calipers are equipped with emergency brakes (parking brakes) too, but wire system changes for these took more time than all the other modifications together. 
But eventually all fabrication was done (pictured parking brake wire extention)...
...and where to go first if not to the gas station? 
Yes, they are shining like diamond in a goat's ass.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Circle Sector Dilemma

Eternal Life. To not have that is a problem. A real problem. Because there's so much to do and so little time.  No, I'm not talking about the every day puzzle or a too short weekend. Nope. I'm talking about inquiring minds and their constant crave to create and the limited time to learn.

Example; I know a lot about engine boosting and that's all good. I've learned that over decades of daily business. I'm a pretty good machinist too. But how about my sheet metal skills? Mediocre. What would it take for me to be a really good sheet metal shaper. Another 10000 hours? How about painting? Wouldn't that be good to know too? 
How to manage?

At birth there's a lot of hours available. Let's assume that you're the sleepy type and need 8 hours of sleep and as well the ambitious and work/study 8 hours per day while spending 3 hours per day, 7 Days a week on eating, drinking, sex, etc. etc.

You will still have +90000 hour over an active life span of 50 years. Which means that you can fool around the first 20 years and die comfortably at early age of 70 and still be amazing in 9 different areas. Not too bad.

If you find this way of thinking stressful, then lower the ambition and accept the you'll never be a judge, a jeweler and jockey in one life.

Now to the advice, instead of painful personal development programs...Peek. Be curious. Take small bite of many cakes. And not the least, have fun!

Here's some Salt Slush examples
Team work is fun. So we spent some years on building a race car and take it to Bonneville Speed Week.
When you need a stack for your bass and your band, do it the Magnus way. Build one.
If you feel the urge go mechatronic, after a long Supercharged El Camino project, follow Anders example and make you own CNC machine. When it's ready you can mill with it too.
Perhaps you just want to make an complicated Engine. Then use our example and build and Ardun V8 based on a French Flathead Ford.
It keeps you away from other investments too.

Ohh. I forgott! We have Speed Shop too. 
Full of Turbos
And Superchargers.