Rick and Colleen
Becerra: Owners of Ricky B's
Rick Becerra - The Driving force
behind Ricky B's
say that I was born into restorations. My dad built his first Model A
in 1956 and I was born in 1957 during the time he was building his
second Model A Ė due to the first one getting smashed by a load of
lumber while it was parked where he worked.
My dad went to OTI in Klamath Falls for body work, carb
rebuilding, and electronics. When I came along and got old enough to
ask questions, he had all the answers.
Fast forward to 1970-72. I was looking forward to
getting my driverís license. It was going to be so easy Ė pass the
driverís test no problem, get on my parentís insurance, then cruise
around in dadís old cars (he had quite a few by then).
Boy, was I wrong. I barely passed my driving test, then
dad said ďGet your own insurance, and until you learn to appreciate
cars, you need to build your own!Ē
So, with his help I built a VW Baja. It was rough, but
it was my own build. I found an appreciation for restoration and stuck
with it. As they say, the rest is history. I built all my own cars
after that, and as time went by I improved to the point that I was
working on other peopleís rigs nights and weekends. In 1995 I quit
working as a mechanic and started Ricky Bís so I could restore cars
business has grown over the years, we now have 7 employees and we not
only do bodywork and paint, but we also sandblast and do detail and
Colleen Becerra - Keeps Ricky and the gang corralled, Upholstery
Colleen worked beside Ricky for many years learning most aspects of
the restoration business from metal finish work to upholstery.
Although she now has her own thriving business (embroidery link), she
still takes time occasionally to help with upholstery.
Jason Wheeler Ė Body
"I went to college at Wyoming Technical Institute
then returned to Central Oregon. One day Rick asked me if I wanted
to work at his shop to help him get caught up. That was 18 years
ago and he is still busier than ever.
My favorite part of working on cars is doing the
bodywork and block sanding, although itís all fun. Every day is
something new and interesting, and I have many customers that have
turned into friends."
"If I had to single out my favorite car we worked on it was
probably a 1970 Boss 429 Mustang."
Eric Spry Ė Assistant
Shop Manager and Paint
"My senior year of high school (2003-2004) I had to
do a senior project. I chose to work on a pickup. Rick (and
RickyBís) were my mentor. That is where and how I got my start
into cars. Rick liked my work and I liked how he was teaching me.
He hired me the Monday after graduation. I have moved up from that
day on learning all I can."
"1970 Boss 429 - It was a very good feeling
building that car. Itís one of my favorite cars, and I got to
build it ground-up to OEM specs."
Jeramie Hicks - Body
Man, Painter, Dismantler and Assembler, Finisher
"I started in the painting business with my cousin,
painting water trucks and tanks for the Smiths in Prineville.
Until I got hired on with Ricky Bís in 2006, I had never done full
restoration. I do mainly body work, fabrication, assembly and
disassembly, some painting, and a lot of sanding."
"I donít really have a favorite, Iíve liked them
all. I like to see the outcome on every different vehicle that we
Danny Hopper -
Dismantler, Final Assembly, Final Road Tests
"I began working for Rick after I retired from the
Army in 2006 as a M1A1 mechanic and recovery specialist. I mostly
do the detail work and wiring, along with final walk-around and
"I enjoy working on the pre-1930 vehicles because they each have
such great history."
Heath Lilze - Body Man
"Before I worked at Ricky Bís I restored a 1967
Chevy pickup and was interested in learning more. I hung around
the shop until Rick offered me a part-time job.
I have been
here since 2009 and enjoy working on the different makes and models. I
prefer to do mechanical things but I am also involved in body work,
primer and disassembly, I like it all."
"1967 Oldsmobile CS - Owned by Mike Jackson of Bend
Oregon, itís a cool car and heís a great customer."
Curtis Sold Ė Mechanic
"Before Ricky B's, I worked at the Tire
Factory and have always worked on my own cars. Iím the mechanic
here, and do a little of everything."
"My favorite car Iíve worked on so far is the 1967
Tanner Sutton Ė Gopher
"I started working for Rick in November 2013 and
Iíve really enjoyed it. Iíd not had much prior experience working
with cars other than studding tires, and welding classes in high
school. I am graduating from high school in 2014 and will continue
to work at Ricky Bís after that.
I have been doing a lot of paint stripping and
sanding. I am basically the shop clean-up kid for now, but I am
also learning a lot of the things about cars. I hope to stay at
Ricky Bís and restore cars for a living."
"1957 Lincoln Premiere - This was a very rare and
beautiful car, I sanded and blasted the trim pieces for that