SHOPS: Frame-Up Wheelworks
No where is that more illustrated than in the plethora of custom shops around the state, working year round to churn out some of the coolest rides found anywhere in the Midwest.
From downtown, to the South Side, to the Western ‘burbs, it’s clear the Windy City has no shortage of places to have a classic custom car built right.
One shop up north along the lake front is Frame-Up Wheel Works. Located in Waukegan and just down the road from Six Flags Great America, this long-standing custom garage has been around for over three decades.
We stopped by recently and chatted with shop owner, Bob Janda, to hear how his shop came about, some of the current projects and what’s ahead for the summer months.
2. How did you get started in the business? What drew you towards full time classic car work? Friends and neighbors were into cars growing up. I was a partner in a C/Gas Anglia at 18 years old. From there the hobby turned into a full time business after 10 years of part time at the garage.
3. How many cars typically come through in a year? Any specific projects stand out? We’ve had any from 35-404. So many come to mind – a ’37 Ford Fordor – full air-ride, LS1, chopped top, a 48 Ford with a 4.6 DOHC V8 – when those motors were brand new, a tube chassis with Corvette IFS and a quickchange based IRS, a ’70 Chevelle with a GM Performance E-Rod crate engine pumping 430hp and even passes emission.
5. What brings you the most satisfaction about your line of work? Seeing a job to the end and the customer getting to drive his dream car, the one that he got to spec every part and piece on.
8. Any upcoming events? We are having our annual open house on Sunday, May 6th. We have it the first Sunday in May every year. It runs from 9-3 and will have an NSRA safety team doing inspections. There will also be food and drink on site, a 50/50 raffle and some other give-aways – and of course custom cars and trucks.
39108 Greenbay Road
Waukegan, Il 60087