Ringbrothers Make Stellar SEMA Truck Debut with ‘Clem 101’

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Wisconsin builders introduce their own spectacular ride at SEMA: a rusted ’54 farm truck transformed into a restomod ’56 F-100 pickup.

For the first time in its history, popular Spring Green, Wisconsin-based custom shop Ringbrothers has debuted a masterfully restored pickup at the 2017 SEMA Show.  “Clem 101,” a Ford F100 with extensive body modifications, stunning chrome work, and newly engineered Ringbrothers billet accessories, was unveiled on Tuesday by Jim and Mike Ring, who designed and built the vehicle for themselves as a “shop truck.”

Ford Truck Enthusiasts correspondent Manuel Carrillo III is on the scene at SEMA in Las Vegas and, of course, he had to stop by the big reveal to see this stellar truck up close — and to share the awesome experience with our fellow Ford truck fans.

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The culmination of a project that began as a rusty 1954 F100, “Clem 101” evolved into a 1956 model when the Rings swapped out the ’54 cab for a ’56. The truck’s bed has been custom built from scratch, while its fenders were widened three-inches and wheel openings were narrowed.


‘Clem 101’ has a 415hp 5.0l Ford Coyote motor with Ford Racing fuel injection, and four-speed automatic transmission. Both are lubricated by Royal Purple oil, with Prestone coolant keeping the engine at optimal temp.


The truck retained its original 1954 grille, which is complemented by modified front and rear bumpers that feature chrome work performed by Advanced Plating. Its doors have also been customized with rounded corners and hand-formed running boards now extend from the front to back fender. All custom bodywork has been finished in a flawless BASF Glasurit “Speedy P Green” color, applied with the 3M’s Accuspray system.

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The build’s wheelbase has been extended seven-inches in front, utilizing a custom Ford Crown Victoria subframe that was narrowed by five-inches to fit the F100. To accommodate this length change, front fenders were also extended forward. In true Ringbrothers fashion, new billet hood hinges were engineered, as were custom tie downs for the bed. These new billet pieces help highlight Ringbrothers craftsmanship, combining with unique details like a completely machined tailgate and a custom-fabricated trailer hitch.

“Clem 101” gets its power from a 415-horsepower 5.0-liter Ford Coyote crate motor with Ford Racing fuel injection, hooked to a four-speed automatic transmission. Both are well-lubricated by Royal Purple synthetic engine and transmission oil. Prestone coolant helps keep the engine running at the optimal temperature, while custom stainless steel Flowmaster headers and exhaust give the truck a unique performance tone.

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Power is put to the ground through a John’s Industries nine-inch rear end while a set of RideTech coilovers and four-link rear suspension along with a custom QA1 front sway bar help keep the truck firmly planted around corners. The truck rolls on a set of HRE Vintage Series 545 forged wheels sized at 19×11 in the front and 20×13 in the rear, and is shod in Nitto tires sized 305/35/19 up front and 305/50/20 out back.  Bringing “Clem” to a stop are Baer six-piston disc brakes on all four corners.

Inside, the cabin is equipped with modern conveniences like a Kicker stereo system and a plush custom interior by Upholstery Unlimited. Other highlights include gauges from Classic Instruments and a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum climate control system.

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Based in Spring Green, Ringbrothers has rocketed into the top ranks of American car builders over the past decade, winning numerous design awards including a “Best in Show” award at the 2014 and 2016 SEMA Shows, back-to-back Goodguys Street Machine of the Year awards, multiple Mothers’ Shine awards, countless magazine covers and several builds commissioned by OEMs.

Photos: Manuel Carrillo III

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