OFFICIAL RING BROTHERS REVEAL - DETAILED ENYO 1948 Chevy Truck
Written by David Patterson
Photos by David Heller of Centercene and myself.
When a farm truck collides with F1, Enyo is born.
This project has been in the works for over 2 years, and I remember seeing the renderings at the first Gloss U class in 2020. Obviously, Mike and Jim Ring are huge when it comes to the development and finished product but there are a lot of extremely talented guys I want to shout out that put their passion into making these cars come to life.
Adam Richard Federman
I'm sure I'm missing some, but these guys deserve a shout out.
Original Renderings and drawings from Gary Ragle
This truck was originally designed and rendered by Gary Ragle. If you aren't familiar with Gary, just search his name online and you can see all the amazing work he's done. Many of the cars RIng Brothers build are drawings and renderings that start from Gary. This car is a full CAD designed car done in Alias. What people might not exactly know is that Gary isn't just a designer, he is an OE designer with tons of real world car designing experience. Scott Ahlman lended a hand in the engineering and design of the chassis itself that was done with assistance from the Roadster Shop. This 1-off chassis, incorporating cantilevered independent suspension front and rear, corvette torque tube transaxle 480LS transmission with Ohlin shocks and Brembo brakes is just an art piece by itself. Scott was actually the designer of the 05 Ford GT and made all the details come together.
The image above is from Christmas 2021, when I was out preparing CAPTIV to get shipped to Australia (or New Zealand, i cant remember). The side exit exhaust has a cutout, so it can quiet down by going all the way and exiting in the rear. It sound ridicoulous no matter what. The maniforld is all custom stainless, but the side exit is all titanium. Normally people see the burnt blue color, but really titanium welds should look like this if they are done correctly and penetraed the metal properly as well.
This 1948 Original cab was narrowed/chopped 4”, narrowed 4”, lengthened 2” and wedge cut 2-4“ through cab. The rest of truck built in carbon fiber: 2-piece clamshell hood, belly pans, diffusers, doors, , bed sides, spoiler, brake ducts, side air intakes, fan shrouds, door panels, dash, seats, torque tube, headliner,
- 1000 hp on race gas, 510 cu in built by Todd Goodwin, Kinsler fuel injection 8-stack, custom one off ss headers with titanium side exhaust
- Power rear window, air conditioning
- Too many one-off machined parts in stainless steel and titanium to list
- Exposed components showcases the cool factor each product brings to the project
It uses an open wheel design using Porsche 911 pin drive wheels by HRE wrapped in 18’ race slicks front and rear. SIngle lug race hubs FTW The Brembo setup is just the icing on the cake visually.
Shown is 480LS transmission with Ohlin shocks. This car also has air jacks, so it can be jacked up within second with just an air line.
With the carbon fiber side vents off the car, you can see how this ducting directs the airflow from the sides of the car into the rear mounted radiator as well as the oil cooler behind it.
Although I sand a lot of body work by block, I decided to use some of the new RUPES DA interface pads for sanding. Any opportunity to save some time in areas that don’t need it is important. It takes so long to sand and polish these cars that you need know ways where you can achieve the same or similar result, faster.
Most of the cars are presanded once prior to us coming in, so we usually start with 1000. It usually enough to flatten the areas where there might be peel or sand scratches left.
The autoclave front end parts were a lot heavier than you would think for carbon fiber. I didn’t ask but I would assume it has to do with impact points like the front end and the doors in case of an accident.
Every single accessible painted panel was polished. Actually, a ton of car got covered in Xpel inside and out to avoid damage during road testing. It came back looking crazy, and everyone was glad it was filmed.
Chassis designed by Scott Ahlman, designer of ’05 Ford GT chassis, in conjunction with Roadster Shop for 1-off chassis, incorporating cantilevered independent suspension front and rear, corvette torque tube
In the hood above, you can see the texture on the left side. The right side was sanded with 1000, 1500, 3000 and polished out. The crazy part is that the carbon fiber weave would actually shrink and come back if any heat was induced by polishing. Really the look and bed sides could use to sit for a year or so before diving back into it. The off gassing of the resin usually needs time to fully settle.
Once the Exhaust was installed, the side skirts were mounted. The exhaust was then quenched to shrink the metal and slightly move everything to make sure the exhaust pipe was centered just perfect. Most people associate titanium with the burnt purple color, but proper welds on titanium actually look more natural like the ones on these. The manifold was stainless, and is all titanium after the cutouts. A flip of a switch and the exhaust is routed all the way to the back. It still loud!
The carbon brake ducts are just perfect, and we completely corrected these like everything else.
Connor Harrison of Ch. Detailing polished the valve covers along with the firewall, carbon brake booster and so many more.
Connor and Jason Kilmer corrected the roof out after I removed the PPF. Connor inspects to make sure its perfect, and it will get PPF installed once it returns from the SEMA show.
“Matty” Matthew Arendt is one of the more detailed guys I know, and I had him tackle the rear truck bed and suspension setup. He knocked it out of the park and got everything looking incredible. All the shrouds needed polishing and there was a ton of debris from road testing in the belly pan and stuffed in every crevice.
I spent time inside the cab with Connor polishing all the door panels, dash pieced, seats and driveshaft tunnel.
We actually waxed all these cars. The amount of hands that touch them makes it not worth the time and preparation of ceramic coating. We will most likely tackle this at a later time when the truck comes home.
I love photography, but admittedly I am not great by any means. Once and a while I Impress myself and the image above was one of those shots. :)
I think the term “Motley Crew” is appropriate for the cars.
Left to right -
Matthew Arendt - Matthews Specialized Detailing and cohost of Driven by Details Podcast
Dan Smith of Dans Auto Detailing LLC
Myself - David Patterson - Oberk Car Care, Gloss University
Connor Harrison of CH. Detailing
Jason Kilmer of KXK Dynamics, cohost of Driven by Details podcast and Gloss University.
We had a lot of fun shooting pictures the final night after everything was complete.
Photos by Centerscene, cleanliness from Matty :)
Enjoy these amazing shots from David Heller of Centerscene.
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