Ringbrothers unveil restomod K5 Blazer at SEMA

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The Ringbrothers pulled back the sheet on a restomod 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer, the first 4×4 project the famous brothers have completed.

“We’ve built a lot of vehicles and, honestly, this is the one I want in my garage,” co-builder Jim Ring told the crowd at the annual SEMA Show inside the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday. “It runs like a top. It truly does.”

The Rings built the car for Paul and Susan Hereditch, who asked for the custom Chevy after they failed to buy one at auction last year.

“It’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m speechless. It’s beautiful,” Susan said.

The truck, named Seaker, was given a subtle restomod treatment using as much OEM product as possible, the brothers said. The stock seat frames were used for the custom leather interior made by Upholstery Unlimited, and a waterproof fiberglass floor was added.  The Blazer boasts a Kicker audio system with an Alpine head.

On the outside, the Rings reshaped the wheel wells, smoothed the sides, added a custom firewall and trick running boards. A bikini soft top was installed. They finished the Blazer in Brazilian Smoke, a color primarily used by Mercedes-Benz.

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Under the hood sits a Holley Dominator-fed LS3 engine capable of making 430 horsepower. That’s paired with a Bowler transmission. The stock chassis was used, with RideTech shocks and struts added.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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