The trip IS the destination.
Ruth Restorations, Inc was founded on the dream of Bob Ruth. Bob bought his first Corvette in 1958 when he was 24 years old. This 290 HP Fuel Injection roadster was used for one purpose, road racing! Bob raced all over the US and Canada. His racing talent and friendly personality led to invaluable contacts in the Corvette world. Racing on the weekends and running Ruth’s Amoco Service during the week exposed Bob to Corvette owners all over Northeast Ohio. Bob became “The man who knows Corvettes” in Cleveland. From balancing engines and tuning Rochester FI units, to custom bodywork and repair, Bob built a faithful clientele that still frequents our shop.
In 1962, Bob and his father, Clarence, purchased a larger facility on Madison Ave. and 77th in Cleveland. The need for a qualified fiberglass shop was the driving factor. Bob continued to service Corvettes and other makes of automobiles at Ruth’s Auto Service throughout the 60’s and 70’s. In the late 1980’s with the Corvette market booming and larger service stations opening, Bob made the change to Corvette repair only and opened Ruth’s Corvette Service, Inc. Ruth’s Corvette continued to excel at what they knew best, Corvettes and Corvette Owners. However, Bob saw his kids grow and start their own lives after college. In 1997, Bob closed the doors at Ruth’s Corvette Service and sold the building on Madison. Moving to Lorain County, Bob set-up shop in a small backyard two bay garage. Bob continued to “putz” until 2005.
The Next Generation
2005 was an exciting year! Bob’s son, Craig, returned from Michigan with his family to build on the reliability, customer service, and superb service that was started in 1958. Ruth Restorations, Inc “The Corvette Shop” opened it’s doors in April 2005. Craig’s Mechanical Engineering design background and Bob’s “encyclipedia” Corvette knowledge has led to a Corvette facility that Northeast Ohio drivers can rely on to “Rebuild your Childhood Dream!”.
From basic repair on your daily driver to a NCRS body-off Restoration, we can handle it.
We provide experience in building retro-rod Corvettes. Anything from engine changes to 5 and 6-spd transmission conversions.
Ruth Restorations, Inc is proud to announce two very exciting projects:
Retro-mod conversions to your C1, C2, and C3 Corvette using a custom tube chassis with modified C4 suspension.
A modern version of the Cheetah racecar from the 60’s using an updated custom tube chassis with modified C4 suspension. Two versions are available, race ready and street rod. To see more, visit www.CheetahEvolution.com