SEMA 2010: Ring Brothers 1970 Ford Mustang “Dragon”
The Ring Brothers have become legends in the custom car community for their unique designs and ability to use integrate modern materials with classic designs. The company has built several Mustangs in the past, but their latest project nicknamed “Dragon” is their very first 1970 Mustang.
Initially, the Ring Brothers had bought the car without any plans of what to do with it “The car came out of California,” Jim Ring told us. “I actually bought it because I thought it was a good deal.” For a while the car just sat in the shop untouched, but the Ring Brothers soon found a customer for it. An owner had asked the shop to fix his 1965 Mustang, but it was in such bad shape that they turned him down. However, Jim offered the idea of building the 1970 Mustang instead. “I told him ‘I’ve got a ’70 here we could build you,’ and that’s really how it started.”
As with all of the Ring Brothers’ creations, the best part about the car are the little details. “You really have to study the car to see what we did,” Jim told us. “There’s a lot of stuff on this car that nobody ever catches. The angles and corners of the doors were re-cut. On a stock ’70 the body line of the door on the rear comes almost straight down, and on this car we actually pulled the door back and added an inch and a half to the door gap at the bottom. If you look at the car it almost looks like it’s tipped forward – it’s something I don’t think anybody catches.” Both the entire front and rear end of the car are built from carbon fiber, and a full belly pan runs the length of the bottom of the car.
Of course, this Mustang isn’t just about show. A Roush 427 IR crate motor provides plenty of power, and a JME suspension system and Baer brakes at all four corners ensure that this Mustang can handle as well. It’s also got some creature comforts for daily driving like air conditioning and a navigation system. The one downside? Minimal trunk space. “You may only get a 12 pack of beer in the trunk,” Jim joked. “It’s pretty tight back there.”
As with their past projects, the Ring Brothers sell what they build. Because they still have the molds for all the one-off parts, they will make more for anyone who wants them. “Every single part you see on this car we sell to the public,” Jim told us. “Somebody could build this exact same car just by buying the parts.”
You can see all of our pictures of the Ring Brothers 1970 Ford Mustang Dragon live from the 2010 SEMA Show in the gallery below.
Photos © 2010 MustangsDaily.com
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