Typically known for restomod muscle cars, the Wisconsin-based brothers reveals its 'Seaker' project for SEMA 2018.
For the first time ever, the Ringbrothers has built a custom SUV for SEMA 2018. It’s called “Seaker”, a restomod based on the 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer. Starting off with an old K5 platform, the brothers used their years of expertise building muscle cars and sports cars to create a modern and high-quality SUV featuring the classic looks of the original but with modern guts underneath.
Power comes from a GM LS3 V8 crate engine with a Holley Fuel System and producing a total of 430 hp, paired to an automatic gearbox. The brothers, as usual, rely on a number of different suppliers for various components.
For example, there’s a Flowmaster exhaust, an AFCO Radiator with Prestone anti-freeze, and RideTech suspension parts. But the Ringbrothers are also talented fabricators themselves, having built from scratch the SUV’s running boards, firewall, air box, engine covers, fan shroud, floors and side panels.
The Blazer’s interior is full of modern touches, such as full leather upholstery and air conditioning. Each of the SUV’s body panels were coated in several layers of a custom color called “Brazilian Smoke.” The “Seaker” also comes with several other Ringbrothers in-house made components, including hood hinges, universal truck tie downs, pro-touring door handles and pro-touring window cranks. Riding on a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich all-terrain rubber, “Seaker” is a one-off 4x4 that very likely already has an owner. So where does the name “Seaker” originate?
The Ringbrothers claim this thing is “destined for a life by the sea, exploring sandy back roads along the Florida coast.” According to Jim Ring, “This build was unlike anything we had tackled before. It was a new platform for us, but after unveiling a truck last year, we were excited to take on the Blazer. We learned a lot on the K5 platform and we hope to bring that knowledge to future projects and parts development.” Its price tag wasn’t announced, but as is typical with the Ringbrothers, the low six-figures sounds about right.