Going back to your roots can be either good or bad—you never know just what will happen. With the 1971 K5 Chevy Blazer SUV, Ringbrothers proved that looking back at where you came from is a good thing. The old-school blazer is a far sight from what the 2019 version looks like. It’s more brutish, boxy, and utilitarian—and more awesome.
Ringbrothers started with a one-inch body lift on the ’71 Blazer, opting to keep the stock front and rear suspensions (they did add in Ride Tach shocks and sway bars). The wheel wells had to be expanded to provide room for the 17-inch wheels, which were custom made by Circle Racing Wheels.
The wheels were shod with BFG All Terrain T/A tires. A roll bar with a bikini top was also added. You might suspect that going back to an old-school SUV would result in a rough interior, but Ringbrothers didn’t skimp here. They dressed up the interior in brown leather with a custom dash filled with Dakota Digital gauges. A full Kicker audio system was added as well.
Under the hood there’s an engine to match the brutish looks—an LS3 crate engine from General Motors. The motor features a Holly Dominator engine controller and fuel system and is connected to a Bowler-modded 4L60-E transmission. The engine pumps out 430 horsepower, so it’s got the oomph to get where it’s going.
Exploring your heritage can be good, and Ringbrothers’ 1971 K5 Chevy Blazer is proof positive.