There are a lot of hot rod shops all around the country that build show cars for SEMA, but none of them grab attention quite like the Ringbrothers. Based in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Ringbrothers was founded by brothers Mike and Jim Ring.
They’ve made a name for themselves as world-class car builders, and I had the priviledge of checking out one of their creations at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This is their take on a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500, which they have nicknamed “Afterburner.”
This car was from a time when Americans were immensely excited about rockets, satellites, and space exploration. This fascination permeated nearly every aspect of American culture, and even influenced the cars of the day. Capitalizing on the space craze, Ford designers gave the Fairlane 500 a distinctive set of round taillamps that look a lot like the afterburners of a jet engine.
The Ringbrothers have extensively modified this car, which was on display at the Barrett-Jackson booth. Like their other builds, this car seamlessly blends classic Mustang styling with modern technology.
Think of the typical image of a hot rodder working in his garage in a grease-stained shirt, smoking a cigarette and welding parts from anything and everything on to his car, with no concern for safety or practicality or anything other than raw speed. These guys are changing that image. Parts are custom-fabricated using CNC machining to ensure a precise fit. The fit and finish of everything looks better than OE. This car is a world-class build, and it really looks spectacular up close.
This car sold for $247,500 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2014.
ROUSH 427cid fuel injected 351W based small block Ford engine
Bowler custom built Ford AODE transmission
Master Shift paddle system integrated into the steering wheel
Be Cool radiator
Fuel Safe 16 gallon fuel cell
Ringbrothers custom built headers and pipes with Flowmaster mufflers
Strange 9″ posi-traction with 3:70 gears
Royal Purple oil
ARP and Ringbrothers custom anodized billet fasteners
Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Ringbrothers custom uni-body frame
Fatman Fabrications coilover shock front suspension
Fat Man ladder bar type rear suspension
Anodized billet under hood “Monte Carlo” stabilizer bar
Baer 6S disc brakes
Forgeline custom anodized 18″ wheels
Body and Exterior
Ringbrothers custom carbon fiber hood, trunk lid rear spoilers, front and rear bumpers and side air intakes
Anodized billet front shock/spring covers, hood hinges, body side air intakes, tail lamps and exhaust surrounds and outlets
1″ chopped roof
Flush mounted front and rear glass
Afterburner Red BASF RM Glasurit paint with custom graphics
Interior designed by Ringbrothers/Upholstery Unlimited
custom stock bench seats
Ringbrothers custom design dashboard
IDIDIT tilt column
1966 Oldsmobile steering wheel
Push-button electric door latches
Alpine/MTX with Sirius, GPS and Bluetooth functions sound system
Lazer radar detector with built in front and rear detectors
Vintage Air HVAC and EATON fittings