1969 Dodge Charger Defector From SEMA is the First Mopar Built by the Ringbrothers
Sweet “less is best” resto mod Charger with unique name
Ringbrothers out of Spring Green, Wisconsin have presented three sublime resto mods at SEMA 2017. After covering the 1972 AMC Javelin AMX and the 1956 Ford F-100, time has come to do the same with their final entrant this year. This 1969 Dodge Charger they like to call “Defector,” is actually their very first Mopar build. It took them well over 4,700 hours to finish it, which has translated into meticulous craftsmanship as evident by “Defector’s” sublime lines.
Ringbrothers had planned on keeping the Charger’s classic body intact, but some compromises had to be made regardless. In order to install the new prolonged side rocker and lower the quarter panels, wheelbase had to be extended by three inches. At the same time, they’ve shaved two inches from the trunk section. Furthermore, Ringbrothers have carved out “Defector’s” wheel wells. Up front by installing a new valance, and at the rear by simply prolonging them. This was done in order to better showcase the custom 19-inch HRE wheels behind which they’ve installed a 6-piston Baer brakes.
Despite the aforementioned revisions, Ringbrothers’ 1969 Dodge Charger is still very much stock. At least in appearance. After all, “Defector” isn’t a resto mod for nothing. It rides on a Detroit Speed Hydroformed Subframe atop of which are rack and pinion steering, front sway bars, and a 4-link rear suspension. No more body roll with this particular Charger. Finally, the engine also comes from a contemporary world. 6.4L Hemi V8’s output figures haven’t been disclosed, however. Due to a Flowmaster exhaust system and Wegner Motorsports’ seal of tuning, however, I bet it makes more than the official 485 horsepower.
“Greener On The Other Side” BASF paint job doesn’t continue on inside, but interior hasn’t remained neglected either. Upholstery Unlimited seats, Nardi steering wheel, and an Alpine stereo with a touchscreen display seamlessly melt into this “less is best” build. Whether or not “Defector’s” flashy enough for a contemporary resto mod build, you gotta respect the Ringbrothers’ craftsmanship here. Old school muscle car fanatics certainly will.