Kristian Grimsland
Associate Editor, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
September 13, 2013
Photos By: John Jackson

The best way to build any car is to have it shipped to Ring Brothers."

This may sound like a bold statement by Jim Ring, co-owner of renowned builders Ring Brothers, but take a look at this late-model and you might have to agree with him.

Brothers Jim and Mike Ring are the founders and owners of Ring Brothers, a shop based in Spring Green, Wisconsin, that has produced some of the sickest classic-restomods to date, and won over 30 different awards for its builds. The brothers have a keen sense of styling, and it all started when they were just barely old enough to drive.

"Mike and I are the youngest of seven kids," Jim told us. "We use to spend everyday driving a car back and forth to school, and spending almost every weekend repainting it. We'd go back to school the following week with a completely different looking ride."

Their choice of a paint booth? Mom's basement. "Mom used to work the late shift, sometimes not getting home until midnight," Jim explained. "We used to paint cars in the basement, and would open every window in the house just to try and get the fumes out. As much as we tried, we always got caught."

No matter how much trouble they may have gotten in with their mother, Jim and Mike had an undoubted love for creating unique cars. This brings us to their latest venture, a '13 Mustang GT, aka Switchback, which is Ring Brothers' ticket into the late-model aftermarket. Having previously specialized in early hot-rods, the brothers' knew it was time to jump into a new market.

We looked at it as an opportunity to innovate new parts for the modern Mustang market and wanted to show people what we could really do.

"We had a opportunity with the Ford SEMA program and decided to go for it," Jim said. "We looked at it as an opportunity to innovate new parts for the modern Mustang market and wanted to show people what we could really do."

With only five months to complete the build for the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas, they put over 1,500 hours into the new Stang, and the results speak for themselves. Adding to the already hot look of the GT are a new front and rear fascia, upper and lower grille inserts, two-piece hood, rocker panels, trunk lid, lower splitter, carbon fiber ground effects with fender scoops, and custom HRE wheels.

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To achieve the unique look, each piece was hand-molded. The molding process starts with a front face, followed by a rear face, and then is laid over with fiberglass. Once the fiberglass had dried, it was hand finished for a slick finish.

Thinking outside the box, the Ring Brothers designed each piece from scratch, including a patented two-piece carbon-fiber hood with an interchangeable insert. Custom HRE Ring Brothers edition wheels are wrapped in Nitto tires, and billet quarter-window inserts with a gas filler add to the sleek look. The treatment around the side window and quarter-glass gives it a older hardtop look.

Inside RB's creation, the interior has been reupholstered using the factory door panels and seats, with charcoal leather and new yellow inserts. A custom rear-seat delete and spare tire mount rest in the rear of the car. The exterior has been re-sprayed with three coats of Battleship Grey BASF paint and six coats of dark charcoal matte clear to give the Stang a fresh look.

However, stellar looks are not all this custom piece was built for. Underneath the hood lies a intercooled Procharger P-1SC-1 supercharger. Tuned by West Bend Dyno Tuning, on just six-pounds of boost, the 5.0L cranked out an impressive 533 rwhp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The suspension is comprised of BMR components, and Afco front and rear springs and dampeners.

The factory 8.8 rear was ditched for a beefy 9-inch Moser unit, fitted with Moser 31-spline axles and 4.10 gears. Exhaust flows through Flowmaster long-tube headers and mufflers, while Baer Brakes make the stops.

"We took the opportunity to create new parts and make them available to the public. I don't think anyone has ever gone after what we've done with the car," Jim explained. "A lot of people go for the simple, smaller bolt-on parts that appeal to the masses, but we wanted to do something entirely different for customers who want a unique look."

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