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Performance & Hotrod Business - January '15

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January 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 51 N o one needs to remind you that the chassis of the car you're building or restoring is the foundation of the project. No one needs to remind you that it's not the only important part of the project. You can debate about what the most important component of the project is until the cows come home, but the reality is that the chassis is where it all starts. And in the world of custom car building, what was good enough coming out of the factory in the 1960s and '70s won't make the grade for the informed enthusiast, who's looking for performance, quality and value—who is your customer. Of course, a lot of shops choose to build chassis in-house, but it's not feasible, economi- cal, nor efficient for many others to spend time and resources building chassis when they are readily available from a number of aftermarket chassis specialists. By EddiE WiEBEr What makes them different; what makes them the same … January 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 51 Aftermarket chassis for full- frame cars like Chevelles and pickups are much stiffer than OEM chassis, while often reducing overall weight. (Photos courtesy Schwartz Performance) HOTROD Chassis Directions

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