Dare to Differ
Often the motivation to build a project comes from your peers. That's why Ray Hale went public with his Bug build on the popular forum at Pro-Touring.com. The thread, now titled "Satan's Lady Bug," extends 40 pages with over 11,000 hits. The support and suggestions from his friends on the forum helped guide him in building what just might be the sweetest Bug ever built.
It started 13 years ago when Ray bought the car. It had a Pro Street look with big tires in the back, and a dropped solid front axle in the front. The four-wheel drum brakes and leaf springs were going to interfere with his plans to road race the thing. "My original intent was to upgrade the car with independent front suspension, but I decided I was really tired of my car's Pro Street look, and the associated poor handling characteristics of these cars. I have followed the Pro Touring movement for a while now but never made the mental leap of converting my car to this genre," Ray says. When he realized he could make this car even more fun than keeping it a straight-line runner, he had a lot of parts he couldn't use anymore, but in his words, "It's just money, right?"
Ray has managed to cram an all-aluminum 632ci big-block Chevy in what was the trunk compartment. With 900 hp in a lightweight body and road-race-ready suspension, this car will be hard to beat. Traction may be a problem but that's why he's chosen 13-inch-wide rear wheels and Hoosier R6 rubber to keep it under control.