Sunday, February 28, 2021

We are starting up the second roaring 20's with Magnuson Superchargers!

Bentley Blowers. Mercedes SSKL, Cadillac V16. Speed, Party and Racing. Content of the first roaring 20s. From 1920-1929. An explosion of fun, action and economic boom after the deadly first world war and the satanic Spanish flu Pandemic.

Will it happen again?  Or will we continue to be alone and isolated, drive nondescript cars with cable and die slowly of boredom? Gloomified.

I don't think so. I guess many of us want to get together, go fast, talk load, drink beer, get hugs and enjoy life as the social animals we are. Feel passion, power and get back to those sweet dreams.

At least if you're a perky, forward looking guy or girl with crave for power. So, here's some really good news for those with a hot rod soul that want huge power in common cars out there. Stuff that will make reasonably cheap cars go fast.

What is so special with this beauty?

Here's what; This Magnuson Supercharger has Eaton 2650 TVS rotor inside and it's aimed for the LS3 engine Camaro gen5. We all know that the Eaton TVS 2650 unit has been available for a while, but only for LT1 direct injection Corvette and Camaro produced after 2015 and Hellcat upgrade kits. This summer the big 2650 supercharger will fit the LS3/LQ4 engines as well.

  

TVS 2300 or TVS 2650? What does that mean? If this is only numbers to you, here's what; The 2650 will transport a volume of 2,650 liters per revolution, while the TVS 2300 will only transport 2,3liters per revolution. Which means 15% more flow to the engine and flow means power since these to can produce the same boost and efficiency. There's just more potential. If you want it. Now or later. It all depends which pulley you choose and let's not forget, how the rest of the engine is configured. 

Before you get too exited, here are some words of warning and a statement regarding supply.

1. The second Roaring Twenties is not here yet. The grim Corona Pandemic is still out there and we have to endure for another quarter (let's hope).

2. Pictures are only showing prototypes. The Magnuson Supercharger LS3 TVS 2650 unit won't be able until this summer.

 

Summary; Stay healthy. Save your money. Keep the Champagne cool and dream sweet dreams about Supercharged LS3 V8's

 

If you have any question related to the above, we're there for you.

     

 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Not Ready...yet.

Still working? Trying to get it done in time? Are you close to a deadline? Wanna race or cruise this summer and feel that the clock is ticking way too fast? Be happy, because you're luckier than you might think. 

Here's why;

When in the middle of a project you're thinking about it constantly, you're dreaming weird dreams about it frequently and it absorbs your mind totally. The blood that runs through your veins is full of it and it live a life of its own in your soul. 

Is that a bad thing? Nope. 

Because it pushes out boredom, stress and obligations of unnecessary kind. It's called flow. It's not reasonable and not profitable. Still many would agree that we all benefit from when Einstein, Picasso and Dylan and their likes spent some time in this mental state...at some point in time.

As long as you're glued to a project of your liking you're a happy person and you're under development. 

When we're not helping out with Turbocharging & Supercharging, we're busy with our private projects. A wide spread of activities that many would referee to as The Hobby.

But for us private project has gone beyond a hobby. It has become more the way of living and thinking. A way to merge creativity with history and style.

Let's start with Magnus-The Reasonable-Börjesson at Salt Slush Racing;
By now you know that Magnus is a man with magic mind. Who effortlessly move around in many fields at the same time. Here he is in front end geometry design mode. Baja Truck front end design mode. What he's looking at is his mock up of a Baja Truck front end geometry.  
In addition to the above, Magnus is building a model A / model T drag racer in -60 style with Buick V8 (nailhead) engine. 
Oh I forgot, the 1928 Ariel is coming together too.
Worn and torn sheet metal pieces from long time ago are getting reshaped...
...one weld point at the time.
Besides the above, other projects too such as the Plymouth Scamp engine swap 
(from a 198 cu.in 6 cyl to a Jeep 5,2 V8 with some home made PFI) is within scoop as well.
Yes, all the pictures above were taken within 24 hours while he was in a parallel project process.

Let's move over to Cina, or Carina which is her given name. She's the Salt Slush CFO. So, better beware.  
Carina The Carpenter, working with Christmas goat repair. 
It's not an execution, it's design improvement.
    
Simultaneously, the -49 Olds 88 instrument needed to be tested again...
...and after some tweaking, the fuel meter and ammeter was alive again. Even the temperature sensor and the temp meter was declared healthy.
Our common project, the Olds 49, is soon ready for dashboard and door jamb paint job. While waiting for the last (!) sheet metal part the old steering wheel was finally removed.
Just before that blue feeling.
 
I can watch it for hours...that Harley Earl elegance. It all started with an incorrect eBay advert, that was followed by an intensive shipping and refurbish activity.  A project in itself. Thanks to Ulf, Thanks to Conny and Thanks to Koch Steering Wheel.
But what is this? Wasn't the Matra finished? Why are there turbo part lying around under the car? An inquiring mind wants to know.
We don't care if your project is completed or in a dream phase and it's none of our business what you do to thrive and survive. Instead we're always ready to contribute with our know-how and the precious stuff from Salt Slush shelves.
 
That's all. For now.

Friday, February 12, 2021

To be Ready. Complete. Done. -A Magic Matra Moment.

From junk to gold. From rags to riches. All good. But as hopelessness moves to happiness an emerging emptiness appears, because at the end of the rainbow there are less dreams. But the object is now charged with elbow grease, long gone salaries and memories. In short, it's ready for the road or the race. 

It's time to start to get to know the vehicle as A Ride. 

You've hold the crankshaft in trembling arms, you've seen meter after meter of weld wire reach sheet metal wounds and you've eyeballed the engine waiting for the first ignition.

But now there's asphalt to be eaten. At first, you let it idle outside the workshop. Then you drive around the block with white knuckles. After that, the shake down can begin. All of a sudden the born-again-pain is gone, it runs like a Rolls and you can cadillac it down the road and start the first adventure together.

This doesn't happen too often though. Especially not with cars that has been 100% in pieces, close to molecule level. Because this type of restoration normally takes more time than normal people can plan for. All circumstances changes and road block pops up like trees in the forest. Over ambitious restoration dreams has killed many projects and left nothing but sadness lost money behind.
 
But not this time, because after 14 years Anders Matra Bagheera restoration is complete! 

Yes, there were a 6 years pause in between when project such as the land speed racing project (The Salt Slush Amazon) and Anders private Magnuson LS equipped El Camino pushed the Matra out. But it came back, got it's electronic fuel injection and new upholstery and now it's ready. For real.

It happens only twice. In the showroom and after a decade long restauration 
That new car feeling.
A new lease on life.
The old French 3 seater has transformed from a pile of porous plastic to a mid engine equipped, wedge shaped, weasel.
That sweet taste of victory. A Matra Moment.
(No, the hood is not that long, it's an illusion)
The last piece in place. 
Yes, Anders made the upholstery himself. Of course. 
How it all began.
The bare bone Matra in less a crowded workshop one and a half decade ago.

Next topic: Not ready yet...

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The unsolvable problem with personal development - A Gearhead Trinity Dilemma.

A Hot Rod Go-fast-soul (Go fast. Die young style)

Blind boldness.  (Old testament God style)

A sense of elegance. (My inspiration here is the Holy Spirit)

Those are the 3 things you need to be a goto gearhead and mechanical mastermind.

There is just one big problem; Age.

Here's what; when you're a wild teenager with appetite for cars and bikes, to produce blind boldness is normally not a problem. It's a given factor. 

If you're a natural born motorhead a hot rod go-fast-soul normally arrives effortlessly in your early 20-ties.

But style and elegance requires more experience, time and an artistic mind to develop. This comes slowly from nowhere and evolves as we're getting more mature. I don't want too precise about age here...

Another parameter is mechanical precision. When you're really young, wild and full of speed, needs and the urge to do deeds, service intervals and correct wrench torque is not on the agenda. Because you're busy having fun and making errors. Normally you don't win races based on self-made stuff at this age. You're imortal as can be and powerful, but you ain't got no money. Which is good.

As a gearhead grows older mechanical engineering skill evolves and his or her stuff starts to work properly.  At this point you might get champagne and climb the winner stand. You're on the way to be a mechanical mastermind and an amazing driver, but deep in your heart you know that you're getting sane and there's nothing you can do about it.
At some point in time we felt the urge to build a Landspeed Racer, a Volvo Amazon Landspeed Racer. 
(yes it's still in US, ready to race)

If you've got the strength and the passion you can at this stage carry on and enter next level and reach for elegance. But as you coming closer to elegance and sophisticated speed you feel poor and you suffer because you've lost the wildness. You suffer, but on a high and comfortable level.

This is how I repair a quarter panel on our Olds -49 these days. I would have used a somewhat simplified method when I was a teenager...think bondo. 
Some of us are trying hard to bridge 35 year of personal development as a hobby mechanic by working on small engines once in a while. But it doesn't seems to help...the result becomes too good over and over again.

Almost none of us can be all the above at same time. Is it even the same person who tuned those mopeds at 15 that build race cars and restore vehicles later in life? Is the guy or the girl in the old picture really you? A philosophical question that can drive you crazy.

A few of us are surprisingly fit to cope with the gearhead Trinity dilemma.
(this is a rather old picture though...) 

But at some point it's time to stop thinking and just feel comfortable no matter age and personal development...since we have turbos and superchargers for all that wants to go fast and make fun last.