The year 2014 is a special one for Ford Mustang enthusiasts because it marks the 50th Anniversary of the car’s introduction. For the past 5 decades, the Mustang has been America’s pony car. But can you really improve upon a classic design? Yes, you can.
Mike and Jim Ring are brothers and co-owners of the aptly-named shop Ringbrothers. They are one of my favorite build shops right now, and I have featured a few of their cars on this site before. You may recall their Ford Fairlane 500 “Afterburner” and the Mustang Mach 1 “Dragon” I spotted at Barrett-Jackson.
This particular car is a 1965 Mustang which I saw at the Global Finishing Solutions booth in the North Hall of SEMA. It’s called “Blizzard” and it is full of the custom touches and attention to detail I have come to expect from Ringbrothers. Though each car is unique, I have noticed some themes among their builds. A Ringbrothers car always seems to have nice wheels, a clean engine bay, subtle interior, and plenty of custom-fabricated parts.
Let’s start with the engine. Under the hood is a 427cid V8 engine from Wegner Motorsports that throws down an enormous 710 horsepower! It is coupled to a Bowler 5-speed stick for total driver control. Custom headers and a Flowmaster exhaust allow the beast to breathe freely while a Be Cool radiator keeps the temperatures down. If you are not careful, a car with this kind of power can easily get you into trouble!
Although you cannot tell by looking at it, the car has some serious weight reduction going on. The hood, roof, trunk lid, bumpers, and side scoops are all made of carbon fiber, which is much lighter than the original steel panels. The whole body was given a coat of BASF “Blizzard White” paint, which I think looked excellent against the darker color of the HRE forged alloy wheels.
This is an impressive car and I hope to see more great work from Ringbrothers in the future!
Engine and Driveline
Wegner Motorsports 427cid NASCAR V8 engine – 710 hp
Bowler 5-speed manual transmission
John’s Industry differential
Custom Ringbrothers headers
Be Cool radiator
Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Detroit Speed and Engineering front coilovers
Detroit Speed and Engineering Quadralink rear
Detroit Speed and Engineering sway bars
Baer 6-piston disc brakes
HRE 560R forged alloy 18×9.5 (front) and 19×12 (rear) wheels
Nitto Invo tires
Body and Exterior
BASF Glasurit-90 “Blizzard White” paint
Carbon fiber hood, roof, trunk lid, and bumpers
Carbon fiber side scoops
Custom Ringbrothers roll cage
IDIDIT Steering Column
Custom Recaro seats by Upholstery Unlimited
Alpine stereo system