Meet The Ultimate Chevy K5 Blazer Restomod By Ringbrothers

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Raskal is a reminder of the Blazer's glory days.

Meet Raskal, a 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer restomod that took almost 3,000 hours of customization to complete by Ringbrothers. Today, the Blazer name signifies a much softer crossover, plus there is a fully electric Blazer EV, and both are far removed from the first K5 Blazer. Not only does this Ringbrothers creation look fantastic, but it's a better SUV than the original could ever hope to be.

"Raskal is all about having fun, getting into trouble, and causing some mischief," said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. "With this project, we wanted to explore the nuance of sport utility and evolve the K5 Blazer's original lines and proportions into something that celebrated the K5's go everywhere, do everything attitude."

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Although it still looks a lot like the original, Raskal sits high on a custom RS4 chassis. The Nitto Ridge Grappler tires are wrapped around 18-inch wheels that have been designed to echo the style of the original Blazer's wheels. A breezy paint known as Bashful Blue adorns the boxy body, and there is lots of chrome, adding to the throwback vibe of this off-roader. A two-piece removable aluminum canopy replaces the factory hardtop and side/rear glass. Ringbrothers raised the quarter panels and tailgate to match the door height.

Under the carbon-fiber hood is a Wegner Motorsports 6.2-liter LS3 V8 making 430 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque - enough, but not as much as the 1,200-hp K5 shown by the Ringbrothers at SEMA last year. It's paired with a Bowler Tru-Street GM 4L80E automatic transmission. It's not a high-powered, one-trick pony, either. Raskal has Currie Enterprises Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles linked to the chassis by a triangulated four-link suspension and FOX Racing Coilovers. Baer six-piston calipers with 13-inch rotors ensure it stops as well as it goes.

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Inside, Raskal is super luxurious. Steve Pearson at Upholstery Unlimited was responsible for the bespoke cabin with its meticulous craftsmanship. Dakota Digital instrumentation and USB ports bring it up to date, but the design of everything is mostly faithful to the period when the original K5 arrived. Ringbrothers bezels are located on the dashboard and there is a custom steering wheel.

"This build is less about the numbers and more about character," said co-founder Mike Ring. "Every piece of the build was designed to embrace the fun sport-utility aspects of the original K5 but enhanced to be better and more capable in every way. All of this wouldn't be possible without our trusted partners BASF, Motul, GFS, Dakota Digital, Heat Shield Products, Dynamat and others for once again helping us fulfill our vision and bring the character of this build to life."

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