BEE'WARE OF THE STUTT'S STING!!!
Below is a very interesting article found in the Complete Volkswagen Book #2. Enjoy!!!
e often use an old expression "built for show, not to go". This innocent lil' ol' derogaty slur has been used to describe many of the pristine, jewel-like denizens that inhabit the car shows... many of which appear more like hot-house hybrids than motor cars.
Picture of the Bee outside Audley showroom... From what Lonnie recalls, the shop was always immaculate as the gassers used to be... Photographer unknown.
ut Audley Campbell's Stutt Bee put the inevitable exception to the slogan. For his mid-11-second bug is so clan you could eat off it and yet so quick than it has earned an enviable reputation as being a real competition gobbler.
Picture by Lonnie REED sometimes in 1971 at the NHRA Winternational held at Pomona. Seems Audley was removing the gasser cover.
ENGINE & DRIVELINE :T
he Stutt's suds started life as a pair of '68 crankcases, but often Audley got through, even its mother wouldn't recongnize it. Starting with the "no substitute for cubes" theme, a 92mm bore was combined with an 82mm S.P.G. roller crank/rod combo to give the once anemic 72 cubic-inch bug motor a healthier 133 inches.
Another OMG picture by Lonnie REED on their way to Washington state NHRA meeting!
ntake valves were increased to 44mm, exhausts to 35mm. Working from the cam on out (a Norris experimental grind featuring .536 inch lift, 246 duration on the intake, and .511 inch lift, 340 duration on the exhaust) we find a set of lightened and heat treated tappets, Norris chrome-moly pushrods and EMPI 1.4:1 rockers. Heads were the work of master Dean LOWRY and encompass what is really needed to pass the gas plus giving a power-packing 12.0:1 Compression Ratio. The now familiar 48mm Webers on Deano's intake manifolds take care of the air/fuel miwture, as does a Lowry-designed exhaust system to exit the burned gases. Fire in each hole is by Vertex using a lead of 35� and ignited from a set of Champion L60R plugs.
Picture by Ron JOHNSON sometimes in spring 1970. Love those gold hairs... Looks like the Stutt metalflake paint...
ending the Audley estimated 220hp @ 6500 rpm to the '64 Porsche transaxle is left up to a '66 1300 flywheel chopped to 11 lbs. and a 180mm Porsche Carrera pressure plate/diaphragm disc setup. Like the Schley's and Clarkson's, Audley's transaxle has had the full treatment, from close-ratio gears to a highly strengthened gear case.
etailing of the engine was superb even on a race car....
CHASSIS & BODY :C
ampbell's is the old timer of the bunch. A '56 type beele front layout (but with a Deano tube axle setup, steering dampeners, VW spindles, no front brakes) makes up the forward suspension package. Although the steering wheel remains circa '56, the location of the box has been changed to accomodate the front axle. Rear suspension is stock, brakes are from a '63 Porsche, while the wheels (Deano's 13-inch front, 15-inch rear) and tires (Firestone 5.20x13's front, M&H 6.60x15's rear) are specially items.
icture at OCIR by Glenn MILLER
he 15 year old body (!!!) still remains its stock appearance, but in deference to a better power/weight ratio, Adley has installed a 'glass hood, decklid and rear fenders. The balance of the bug's body is steel. All the windows have been removed and lightweight plexiglass has taken their place. Front and rear lights are '56 and '67 respectively. Instrumentation is kept simple, with an Auto Meter tach the only gauge to look at. VW's were never what you'd call plush, but when people like Audley start to lighten, what is left is usually pretty grim. Yet the Foyega-built bucket seats and stock appearing headliner, door paneling and rugs make the Stutt anything but an eyesore. The Bee's color scheme is a 32-coat, Charlie Wilson-applied gold metalflake with black fogging to accentuate the car's shape. Audley Campbell's pet project started some 3 years and beaucoup dollars ago. Yet, like Audley said, "When the racing bug bites you, you never know what's going to happen".
nknown photographer... Note the now removed headlights.
Top Chopped Stutt Bee soon...