Ron’s Restoration, Inc. has been an established business since 1989. The objective of the business is to build and restore antiques, classics, streetrods, customs and pickups. All labor of work from chassis and components, to paint, and re-building are performed at the business with upholstery, chrome plating and metal polishing hired out.
The president of the corporation, Ronald E. Kester, has been in the automobile business since 1959, as a vehicle salesman, mechanic and body shop technician. He sold new and used Chevrolet and Ford vehicles for 30 years. He is a retired NHRA competitor and now is a member of the NSRA where he served as an inspector for the association for approximately 3 years. He has served on the advisory board for some local vocational technical schools for their body shop departments, and also served on the advisory board for Wyoming Technical Institute.
Ron’s Restoration, Inc. employs full-time technicians, for paint, bodywork, body and frame fabrication. The business has a complete line of reference guides and estimating manuals, welders (mig and tig), bead blaster, metal brakes, floor frame pulls, mill and lathe machines, rotary lift, saws, drills, grinders, air operated shrinkers and stretchers, bead rollers, crimpers, English wheel, and other small tools.
Ron’s Restoration, Inc. has restored over 270 vehicles since the business began, including toy automobile and truck collectibles, pedal cars and Cushman scooters. Vehicles built or restored at the business have found their homes in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
The business has received on it's completed projects awards such as the Gold Medallion Award from the Thunderbird Association (highest award that can be earned from the association), national Letter car awards from the Chrysler association, and a large number National and Local car association awards.
In the March 2001 issue of Classic Truck you will find featured a 1960 Ford pickup built by Ron’s Restoration, Inc. Equipped with a 4.6 Ford police car package drive train and a 1994 Ford stepside box.
Northern Rodder magazine featured in two of their monthly publications a 1935 Chevrolet and a 1933 Ford Roadster completed by the business. The 1933 Ford Roadster was also picked by Rod and Custom magazine as one of their top 100 cars during the year 2001 and won Boyd Coddington Pro's Pick at the GoodGuys Mid-Western Nationals in Kansas City, KS in 2004.
During the year of 2002 the business completed a custom 1971 Ford Mustang with a 502 Chevrolet Ram Jet Fuel Injection engine and Vortech Super Charger (estimated 725 horsepower) and 6 speed transmission on an Art Morrison full frame. The car was invited to the Darryl Starbird Show in Wichita, Kansas the end of January 2003 and won a Comp “D” Elegance gold award and will be featured in the Rod and Custom Hall of fame for award winners. From there it traveled to the ISCA World of Wheels show in Kansas City and won 4 awards. It was the featured article in the September 2003 issue of Super Rod magazine and the April 2004 issue of Car Craft magazine.
In the May 2004 copy of Street Rod Builder, one of the featured articles is on a 1935 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe built by Ron's Restoration, in which the vehicle won Nebraska Street Rod of the Year, outstanding paint, and best in it's class at the ISCA World of Wheels show in Omaha, NE.
June 2004, Ron's Restoration completed changed to a 1967 Corvette to qualify it for Bloomington Gold Certification Judging. The car won Gold certification at the show.
At the 2004 GoodGuys Mid-Western Nationals in Kansas City, Kansas a 1932 Ford Nostalgic Gasser, the "El Diablo" built at Ron's won a Rodder's Rep pick and in 2005 it received the award "One Fine Deuce". While on show in 2005 it received Rod and Custom Magazine Top 10's at the Good Guys Heartland Nationals in Des Moines and also at the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals in Pueblo, CO. It won a Street Rodder Magazine Top 10 at the Good Guys show in Colorado Springs, and won second place at the ISCA World of Wheels show in Omaha, NE in the Street Rod Full Radical Coupe division. It has won numerous other awards at smaller shows and was featured on the front cover of the February 2006 GoodGuys Goodtimes Gazette.
A 1950 Chevrolet Custom pickup built at Ron's won "Trick Truck" at the GoodGuys 2004 Mid Western Nationals in Kansas City, KS. At the 2004 ISCA World of Wheels show in Omaha, NE the truck received "Best Truck Interior", "Trick Truck", and "Best Streetable Engine Combination". It continued on to win numerous awards at other shows.PPG Vibrance Midnight Sapphire Blue paint shines on the 1954 Ford F100 built by Ron's in 2006. Under the hood you will find a Sean Hyland 4.6 DOHC Cobra engine. The truck was a 2006 GoodGuys "Trick Truck" of the year finalist and Napa "Trick Truck" pick at the 2008 GoodGuys Nationals in Loveland, CO.
2010 brings out a 1940 Ford 2 door Sedan with House of Kolor Candy Apple Red paint winning Best Street Rod at World of Wheels in Omaha, First in Class at World of Wheels, Kansas City, Event Directors pick at NSRA in Oklahoma City and Mequiars Magnificent Master Piece at Mid Western Good Guys in Kansas City.
New to the scene in 2011 was a full-custom 1972 Cuda project. Dressed out in Emerald City green and bright silver tu-tone and sporting a 605 C.I. "HEMI" under the hood. Sitting on a Art Morrison frame with no body panel left untouched for fabrication. Since its debut it has been awarded Best Engine, Best Interior, First in It's Class and People's Choice at the Tri City Car Show in Grand Island, NE. Traveling to the World of Wheels show in Des Moines the car won Best in Its Class and Outstanding Interior.
In 2008 Ron's purchased Zane's Model A parts of Salina, KS. The inventory consists of new 1928-31 Model A parts available for mail order or walk-in delivery. Some Model B parts are available also. Ron's also a large selection of used Model A parts.
Currently in progress is a 1970 Chevelle SS, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 door Sedan, 1934 Chevrolet street rod, 1957 GMC Suburban pickup, 1972 Nova SS, 1969 Camaro and 1928 Model AA Truck.
Ron’s Restoration, Inc. is located 60 miles north of Hays, KS (I-70) on US Highway 183, right in the heart of “THE SIX LAKES” with good boating and fishing opportunities. Spring, fall and winter hunting is excellent for Canadian geese, pheasants, ducks, turkey, and deer. Summer weekends offer plenty of county fairs; some with nationally acclaimed music stars, stock car racing, and street rod shows and car cruises. Ron’s Restoration, Inc. is the halfway point between Kansas City and Denver, Colorado.
Shop hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Tours for educational facilities and car clubs are given. Pictures of all projects competed by Ron’s Restoration, Inc., are available for viewing in the main office.