Salem Speed Shop
Since 1950
Glen lays out the louvers carefully before punching them in. A lot of his machinery is WWII surplus. He's got a great place, and it looks like he stays pretty busy on a myriad of projects.
This is a behemoth Magnaflux machine from 1940 that came from Navy surplus. It started out life on a warship.
A very old, but still functional Suntune diagnostic machine. Mid 50's.
Glen got this lathe for next to nothing back in the 50's from a shop up in Portland. He says it was outdated then, but he needed one and the price was right. It is right around 100 years old. As you can see from the motor mounted above, it used to be driven by a belt that came down from the ceiling. He has since acquired a much more modern lathe, but he keeps this one around.
He was into racing at Bonneville, and ran this Ardun conversion flathead Ford for a couple of years. These are pretty rare thesedays! Only one I've ever seen in person.
He thought that a 12 cylinder Allison aircraft engine would make a streamliner scoot right along on the salt. Amazingly, this engine was only run on the dyno new in 1940. It was crated up and sent overseas as a spare for a P-51 Mustang or a P-38 Lightning, but was never used. It was returned to the surplus yard, and Glen bought it in '47. He never got around to that project, and the motor still sets on the original wooden stand it was bolted to 60 years ago. Made mostly of magnesium and aluminum, Glen says the thing is amazingly light. I told him that it would bring him a nice chunk of change, and he said he would only consider selling it for a warbird tractor pullers!
Salem Speed Shop is a Vertex magneto service center. Here is a 1940's magneto machine. Notice the number of gaps along the back...NINE. A lot of the big radial aircraft engines back then had 9 cylinders.
This machine is from 1938. It weighs many hundreds of pounds and consists mostly of copper windings. When magneto magnets are positioned just so, this unit is turned on and recharges the magnets back to full strength.
Glen built a dyno from pieces he found and others he purchased from war surplus. Most of this one is home built. The big dial is from an aircraft dyno. That's 1000 ft/lbs of torque! He says it worked just fine, but he made so much noise running the thing, that he became unpopular in a hurry with the Salem Police. He wants to set up a better muffler system for it.