The infamous Ringbrothers scored a one-two punch at SEMA 2022, taking home first and second place with their custom-off builds. Their 1972 K5 Chevy Blazer, nicknamed Bully, finished runner-up to the 1948 Chevy Loadmaster. Today, we’re taking a closer look at Bully in the following GM Authority Live Photo Gallery.
Every single component on this K5 has been modified in some way. Boasting a Bashful Blue paint job, Bully is anything but. Up front, we see what appears to be a tucked and chromed front bumper, along with a bronze grille. Skid plates protect the lower valance, while a carbon fiber hood hinges atop the front fascia.
Speaking of carbon fiber, the side of the build features carbon fiber fender flares. A “BULLY” hard badge is mounted below the A-pillar, while a black step assist is mounted under the driver door. As for rollers, this K5 rides on 18-inch by 12-inch HRE wheels wrapped in beefy 325/65R18 Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires.
Out back, we see a custom tailgate with CHEVROLET spelled out across, with the “R” finished in red to reflect the Ringbrothers brand. The chrome rear bumper, meanwhile, is split in two, and is divided by what appears to be a section of the roll cage. Another “BULLY” hard badge is positioned on the lower end of the driver’s-side of the tailgate, while a hitch receiver sits below the license plate.
Moving into the interior, every detail is bespoke. Following a “floating” theme, the dashboard is comprised of three individual pods, while the seats are fabricated in-house and designed in a way that looks like lawn chairs. This custom upholstery job was done by Steve Pearson at Upholstery Unlimited, with Dakota Digital gauges and a carbon fiber steering wheel rounding out the cockpit. A winch and Jerrycan take up most of the rear cargo area.
As for powertrain, Bully doesn’t mess around. Under the hood lies an LS3 V8 Small Block that’s been stroked out to 6.8L and saddled with a 2.9L Whipple supercharger. Built by Wegner Motorsports, this powerplant combo is good for 1,200(!) horsepower. A Bowler Tru-Street GM 4L80E automatic transmission puts the muscle to the ground, with Currie Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles.
As for structure, Bully rides atop of a fully customized chassis from Roadster Shop sporting heavy-duty off-road suspension and a triangulated four-link setup with two Fox coilovers per wheel. Baer six-piston brakes at each corner provide maximum stopping power.