Herrljunga, Sweden – The technically interested Pelle Söderström got inspired to the massive engine construction already in the late 60’s by a TV-show called “Herkules Jonssons storverk”, a story about a boy who carries out great achievements in different fields. Pelle´s dream was to build an own-designed car inspired by the 30´s with a straight 16-cylinder engine, a project no one in the world had ever done before. However, it wasn´t until the summer of 2012 that his ideas could start to convert into reality. Pelle named the extraordinary project “Herkules 1934”. Since then, Pelle has put thousands of hours and a lot of money into planning, constructing and documenting the project.
Valve springs with a crucial function
A central part of the special designed engine is customized valve springs with enough force. Pelle Söderström contacted Lesjöfors Industrifjädrar in Herrljunga and was very pleased by the fast and professional service:
“After giving Lesjöfors the requested standards of the spring, my contact quickly responded with a spring specification that met my demands. The bespoke springs were thereafter delivered as planned and furthermore nicely packed with material certificates and test protocols enclosed.”
End-phase of the engine construction
Pelle Söderström is now in the last phase of the engine construction. The last piece that remains is to find a solution for the ignition cables. Nevertheless, taking a well-deserved break after that is not on his to-do list. Next step will be to build customized fellies, construct the chassi and then the auto body. Pelle doesn´t have a time schedule for when he expects the car to be ready.
“It´s ready when it´s ready. My focus is to build my car just the way I dreamt of. My motivation is to create something unique, something that has never been done before. We´ll see, I might be able to take the car to the Mediterranean one day when I´m retired”, says Pelle Söderström.
If you would like to follow Pelle Söderström´s project, you find information, a blog and photos on Sweet 16/HERKULES 1934.