Along the banks of the Wisconsin River in the sleepy town of Spring Green, WI, there is a hot rod shop owned by two brothers. It is here that Mike and Jim Ring, also known as The Ringbrothers, create their unique brand of automotive art. These guys are one of my favorite hot rod builders, and I have featured their amazing work several times before:
Their latest creation is this heavily customized 1965 Ford Mustang, which they nicknamed “Splitr.” I saw it on display at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
This pony car is everything you would want in a pro-touring g-machine, plus a few of the unique touches the Ringbrothers are known for. There is a ton of custom bodywork here, from the carbon fiber hood to the smoothed engine bay and extended rocker panels. One clever trick isn’t visible at all, but the car has a completely smooth underbelly and floor pan, just like a NASCAR. The body is painted with BASF Glasurit 90 paint in “Ford Racing Red.”
The “Splitr” Mustang packs a substantial boost in power compared to the original engine. Under the hood is a 427 cid Ford Racing engine from Wegner Motorsports, coupled to a Tremec T56 from Bowler Transmissions. It has MSD Atomic EFI and a custom air box with a Lexan window, which was designed by the Ringbrothers. I am always amazed when people are able to hide all of the wires and hoses so cleanly!
The interior combines comfort and performance with Recaro racing seats, a Kenwood stereo system with JBL speakers, and a VintageAir SureFit climate control system. There are also custom red-face gauges from Classic Instruments, as well as Ringbrothers billet pedals and shift arm kit. It’s not a bad place to be!
The cool thing about Ringbrothers is that all of the parts they design for their show cars become production parts which you can order for your own vehicle through their website. From tip to tail, I think the Splitr Mustang is one great build! Full specs are listed below.
Engine and Driveline
427cid Ford Racing Motor by Wegner Motorsports
Tremec T56 six-speed transmission by Bowler Performance
Dynotech Engineering Driveshaft
Flowmaster Super 44 exhaust
Painless Wiring Harness
Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Detroit Speed Suspension with Afco Shocks
Baer 6S Extreme Calipers, 14″ rotors
Front: HRE Wheels C103 18″x9″, Nitto Invo Tires 265/35/18 ZR
Rear: HRE Wheels C103 19″x11″, Nitto Invo Tires 305/30/19 ZR
Body and Exterior
Ringbrothers’ Carbon Fiber doors, roof, hood, trunk lid, front and rear bumpers, billet accessories
BASF Glasurit Paint “Ford Race Red”
Interior by Upholstery Unlimited
Classic Instruments Gauges
Vintage Air SureFit system
Dynamat Noise Dampening
Owner: Mike Schmalz Jr.