Ringbrothers Rocked The SEMA Show With A Stunning Custom Stallion

Building a restored Mustang isn’t something new. Neither is building one to a high level, but when Ringbrothers focuses on transforming a classic car, it usually results in a new level of crafted quality. At this year’s annual automotive aftermarket gathering, also known as The SEMA Show, the noted car customizer unveiled an array of incredible vehicles, including a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 named PATRIARC.

“This year has been an amazing one forRingbrothers with four vehicle debuts at the 2022 SEMA Show,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring. “PATRIARC is one of them and showcases our capabilities,levels of craftsmanship, and engineering when reimagining what this iconic car could become. It is modern performance, capability, and comfort wrapped in a classic American exterior.”

While the company built a diverse array of machines,the one that hit close to home carried one of the most iconic Blue Oval performers to a new level. Ringbrothers modernized the muscular Mustang’s styling and performance. 

“The Mustang Mach 1 has always been an aggressive-looking car, and we wanted to add to those classic good looks with subtle but critical changes,” added Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. “Over 5,000 hours went into building PATRIAC and perfecting the aesthetics. And, like all our builds, it has the performance to match its new-found aggression. Teaming with our trusted partners BASF, Motul, Miller Welding, Painless Wiring, GFS, and others helps make it all possible.” 

Powering PATRIARC is a Ford Performance Aluminator 5.2 XS engine that delivers 580 horsepower and 445 lb-ftof torque. A TREMEC Magnum six-speed manual transmission harnesses that Coyotepower and transfers it to a Strange Engineering 9-inch rearend. 

The basis of the project is the Roadster Shop FAST TRACK Stage III chassis that Ringbrothers fused with the Mustang Mach 1 body. That body was stretched by two inches and the rear quarters were dropped. The shop also crafted a new floorpan and transmission tunnel. Beneath that solid foundation is a Roadster Shop FAST TRACK front and rear suspension damped by Penske Racing Shocks RS Edition coilovers that plant wide Michelin Pilot Sport 4S wrapped around HRE Wheels G-Code Edition wheels. 

Those HREs spin courtesy of a Strange Engineering 9-inch rearend on the business end of a Bowler TREMEC Magnum six-speed manual mated to the engine with a Centerforce clutch. That engine isn't any pushrod powerplant, however. Instead, Ringbrothers swapped in a Ford Performance Aluminator 5.2 XS engine pumping out 580 horsepower and 445 lb-ftof torque. 

The completely custom interior modernizes the driving experience of this muscle car with striking looks and all the conveniences.

PATRIARC is more than just a potent performer, however. Framed by the aforementioned roll cage is a completely custom interior with upholstery and trim work by Avant-Garde Interiors. Augmented by a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum climate control system, the interior features gauges by Dakota Digital and a custom carbon-fiber steering wheel.

Ringbrothers widened the classic ’69 Mach 1 body linesand mounted the body on a Roadster Shop FAST TRACK Stage III chassis rounded out by a Roadster Shop FAST TRACK front and rear suspension. 

The carbon-fiber theme carries on to the exterior of PATRIARC as its widened body is adorned with carbon fiber rear side scoops that direct air over the taillights. The rear diffuser is also carbon fiber, while the armrests, door panels, emblems, rear bumper, seat backs, and more are among the custom billet and 3D-printed parts on the car.  

In total the thousands of hours of work coupled with the modern drivetrain and custom parts resulted in a Mustang restomod that stands out —even in a glitzy show like SEMA.

Underneath PATRIARC does its part to save the manuals by employing a TREMEC Magnum six-speed manual transmission.  


PATRIARC 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1Modifications


Engine: Ford Performance Aluminator 5.2 XS 5.2-liter V8 crate engine

Engine Specs: 580 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 445 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm

Engine Extras: Custom-fabricated engine cover

Transmission: Bowler TREMEC Magnum six-speed manual transmission with Centerforce clutch

Driveshaft: Custom by The Driveshaft Shop

Rearend: Strange Engineering Ford 9-inch with 31-spline axles


Header Details: Custom-fabricatedby Ringbrothers

Exhaust: Flowmaster using Super 44 Seriesmufflers

Chassis & Suspension

Chassis: RoadsterShop 1964-70 Mustang FAST TRACK Stage III chassis

Suspension: Roadster Shop FAST TRACK front suspension and independentrear suspension

Shocks: PenskeRacing Shocks RS Edition performance coilovers front and rear

Sway Bars: 1.25-inchsplined front sway bar with C6 Corvette end links

Steering Rack:Woodward

Wheels & Tires

Wheel Manufacturer: HREWheels Ringbrothers G-Code Edition

Front Wheel Size:19x10-inch

Rear Wheel Size:20x13-inch

Tire Manufacturer:Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

Front/Rear Tire Size: 275/35R19front, 345/30R20 rear


Brake Manufacturer:Baer Brakes

Front & Rear: BaerBrakes Pro+ 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers

Parking Brake: E-Stoppemergency e-brake


Fuel Tank/Cell: Rick’sHot Rods

Fuel Management: FordPerformance


Wiring Harness:Painless Wiring


Trim Treatment:AIH Chrome

Paint Manufacturer:BASF Glasurit

Paint Color:Roscoe Blue (MB 760.30)

Paint Booth:Global Finishing Solutions

Professional Detail: Perfect Shine Detailing with Oberk Car Care products


Installation: Avant-GardeInteriors
Steering Wheel:
Ringbrothers “The Elder” carbon-fiber hoop

Gauges: Dakota Digital

Climate-ControlSystem: Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum Evaporator Kit

Sound System: Kenwoodreceiver, JL Audio sound system 

One-Off Ringbrothers Parts

              •           Carbon-fiberrear fender side scoops that redirect airflow through the taillights

           •           Acrylic3D-printed taillights and carbon-fiber taillight panel

           •           Customcarbon-fiber hood

           •           Carbon-fiberrear diffuser

           •           Custom-machinedbillet aluminum rear bumper

           •           Custom-machinedbillet aluminum seat backs and seatbelt fixtures

           •           Custom-designedand machined billet shifter and knob

           •           Machinedand 3D-printed door panel armrests and door handles

           •           Custom-designedand machined gauge bezel and panel

           •           Custom-machinedand 3D-printed badging

Major Modifications

      •       Bodywidened two inches on each side and front to back

      •        Loweredrear quarters

      •        Removedlouvers from the cowl

      •        Addedroll cage

      •        Builtcustom floor pans, transmission tunnel and double floor

      •        Mini-tubbedrear quarters

      •        Rearseat delete

      •        Redesignedfront grille lower valance with built-in carbon fiber

      •        Fullybespoke interior

      •        Convertednew Roadster Shop chassis back to unibody

Ringbrothers Parts

      •       1967-70 Mustang/Cougar Hood Hinge Kit – Air Frame

      •        1965-70Mustang Door Handle Kit Polished

      •        Rectangle Billet Mirror Set

      •        Ringbrothers Steering Wheel “The Elder” with Carbon-Fiber Hoop

      •        Universal Clutch Reservoir

      •        Universa lRound Shifter Bezel with Leather Boot

      •        Truck Fender Washer Kit

      •        1/4-20x 3/4 Bolt with 3/4-inch Washer – Stainless Steel

      •        UniversalBillet Hood Adjusters

      •        UniversalBody Mount Battery Charging Port

      •        Universal Hi-Amp Surface Mount Circuit Breaker

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