Replacing a chassis on a vintage cruiser or classic muscle car is neither cheap nor easy. But the nimble ride that results leaves enthusiasts with a newfound passion for driving. When it comes to vehicle restorations, the frame is a foundation upon which all is rebuilt. Two area experts, Phil Gerber and Jeff Schwartz, know all about this largely unseen — but nonetheless vital — part of the process. Gerber is vice president of sales and marketing for Roadster Shop in Mundelein. Schwartz owns Schwartz Performance in Woodstock. While both shops do a variety of repair and restoration work, much of their businesses involves fabricating new chassis’ to update tired rides.
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