*See the photo gallery by clicking below; Mike Ring pictured about chipping in with some block sanding.
Jim and Mike Ring are known for making dream machines from muscle car components that might never have been brought back to life otherwise. While Ford pony cars aren’t the only type they work on, their Mustang-based Reactor, Dragon and Kona Resto-Mods have put them on the national map as top builders.
Ringbrothers hometown of Spring Green, Wisconsin-”famous for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin home-”has a rich history in design that the company hopes to keep keep alive with its car fabrications.
The company’s headquarters is a steel building that looks pretty much like a hundred other body shops. With a total 8,600 square feet of work space, the Ringbrothers building is larger than the typical dent-and-ding shops seen locally.
The front part of the facility-”formally the family’s body shop-”is filled with parts and accessories that RingBrothers ships all over the world. The CNC parts manufacturing, warehousing and marketing is also located in the front.
Resto-Mods are built in the rear shop area where a recent SEMA car was under construction. What makes Ringbrothers’ builds special is the custom machine work and the special billet hardware that showcase the abilities of Prime Components, the in-house CNC shop that Todd Milanowski has put together.
The Ringbrothers’ famous Reactor Mustang is a good example of the company’s machining excellence, with more than 70 custom parts, including side vents, a complete air-induction system, export bracing, hinges, gas cap, taillight bezels and diffuser-type exhaust tips. It was featured in magazines, TV, and in Build Book #5 (www.buildbookusa.com)
Each Ringbrothers project starts with design sketches that help them put a solid concept on paper. Designers, builders and owners share ideas and the team starts working.
When a build gets into gear, nothing is done halfway, according to Ringbrothers. Cars are completely disassembled, blasted clean of dirt, paint and corrosion, and reconstructed from the ground up with countless modifications. The machinists in the CNC shop can turn the parts the designers dream up into cold reality. In many cases, a new part will later be mass-produced by Prime Components.
Clete Ring, the Patriarch of the Ring family, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and had several jobs before buying the Skelly gas station in Plain, Wis., in 1954. Mike Ring also traveled the world in the Navy, before starting a body shop with Jim, who says he learned body and paint by refinishing a 1971 Cadillac deVille sedan with a gallon of Sky Blue lacquer from a hardware store.