In the early seventies while an Engineering Student at University of Michigan I read about an interesting Bug sleeper made by Paul Newman (actor) in Hot Rod Magazine. The car was a convertible body on an Indy Car tube chassis with 351 cid Ford Mustang engine and ZF trans axle in the back seat. I really like the idea of a great handling sports car with lots of go (HP), all in a sweet VW convertible body to make it a real sleeper!
At the time I had little money to make the car myself but did spend a semester at school designing the prototype of what I have today. After my graduation from U of M I worked for General Motors at their test track in Milford Mich. And Ford Motor Co. at their Engine Engineering center in Dearborn, Mi. Now that I have the money and time to make the car I decided to build the Vette powered bug you see here. I started the project in September 2000 and finished it December 2000. Well not really finished, I am still working on it now. The car was built by me in my garage with a hammer, hack saw and heli arc welder! It is a stock 1971 VW body with one piece glass front end, custom chassis with a 2000 GM ZZ-430 5.7 L crate engine. The V8 powerplant puts out 450 FT-LBS of torque and redlines at 7000 RPM.
2000 GM ZZ-430 CRATE ENGINE, 450 HP AND 430 FT-LBS TORQUE, 7000 RPM RED LINE, 5.7 L, 750 CFM 4150 HOLLEY #4779 CARBURETOR, S&S 1.750 IN. DIAMETER FULL LENGTH HEADERS, FLOWMASTER 50 SERIES DELTA FLOW MUFFLERS, 3 IN. DIAMETER, HEI IGNITION WITH MSD MODUAL, HYDRAULIC ROLLER CAM WITH .520 IN. LIFT AND 228 DEGREES DURATION @ .050 IN. LIFT, "FAST BURN" CYLINDER HEADS W/ 2.0 IN. INTAKE AND 1.55 IN. DIAMETER EXHAUST VALVES AND 62 C.C. COMBUSTION CHAMBER VOLUME, 1.6:1 SELF ALIGNING GM ROLLER AL. ROCKER ARMS, CSI 35 GPH REMOTE ELECTRIC WATER PUMP, TOP SPEED: 165 MPH AT 6,500 RPM, 0-60 MPH 3.8 SEC., USED G-Tech Pro Accelerometer for e.t. and mph analysis.
GENERAL MOTORS 700R-4 FOUR SPEED OVERDRIVE AUTOMATIC MODIFIED BY TPI PERFORMANCE IN INDIANA, WITH HEAVY DUTY CLUTCHES, SERVO, VANE OIL PUMP, VALVE BODY AND BANDS, 2000 RPM STALL SPEED LOCKING TORQUE CONVERTOR, WITH 3.06:1 FIRST GEAR AND 0.7:1 FOURTH GEAR RATIOS, B&M MEGA SHIFTER.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY 9 IN. REAR AXLE WITH 4.56:1 GEARS AND TRACK LOCK DIFFERENTIAL BUILT AND MODIFIED BY CURRIE ENTERPRISES IN ANAHEIM, CA.
VEHICLE WEIGHT IS 2,280 LBS (1,000 KG), 49/51% WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION, WITH LOW C.G. AND POLAR MOMENT OF INERTIA, FRAME (BY DILL ENGINEERING & ASSOCIATES) IS 2X4 IN. (.120 IN. WALL THICKNESS) RECTANGULAR STEEL TUBING WITH FORD MUSTANG II FRONT SPINDLES AND ALDEN COIL OVER SHOCKS BY CHUBBY CHASSIS WITH TUBULAR UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARMS, FLAMING RIVER MUSTANG II RACK AND PINION STEERING, 2001 CORVETTE Z-06 BRAKE CALIPERS WITH 1997 FORD MUSTANG COBRA 13 IN. DIAMETER BRAKE ROTORS ON THE FRONT AND 11 IN., DIA. ROTORS ON THE REAR, CHRIS ALSTON LADDER (TRACTION) BARS, JAZ PRODUCTS 10 GALLON FUEL CELL GAS TANK WITH OPEN CELL FOAM LINER AND HOLLEY ELECTRIC 72 GAL/HR. 7 PSI. FUEL PUMP, CORBEAU FORZA STEEL FRAME BUCKET SEATS, DEIST FOUR POINT SEAT BELTS, AUTO METER GAUGES FOR WATER AND TRANS TEMPERATURE, TACHOMETER, OIL PRESSURE (ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION LINE PRESSURE) AND VOLTAGE GAUGE, HAGAN HALOGEN HEAD LIGHTS, ALDAN AMERICA COIL (160 LB/IN.) OVER ADJUSTABLE REAR SHOCKS, GRIFFEN 28 X 19 IN. ALUMINUM 2 ROW 1 IN. WIDE TUBE RADIATOR AND 16 IN. SPAL ELECTRIC FAN AND AMERICAN AUTOWIRE SYSTEMS WIRE HARNESS.
VW SUPER BEETLE MODIFIED ONE PIECE GLASS FRONT END TO ACCOMMODATE
CORVETTE ENGINE, 2001 VW BUG REAR WING/SPOILER, 4.5 IN. WIDER THAN
STOCK FIBERGLASS REAR FENDERS AND TINTED CALIFORNIA WINDOWS.