Custom Hot Rod Car Frames & Chassis



Progressive Automotive has proudly served hot rod and street rod enthusiasts for more than 40 years. We have truly come a long way from our humble beginnings back in 1976, when Progressive Automotive was operated out of a two-car garage in Baltimore, Ohio. Since those days, we have grown to provide many car enthusiasts with new and innovative parts, from the original Mustang-based IFS front suspension to C4 Corvette IFS and IRS suspensions, to frames and rolling chassis. Throughout the years, we have kept your  classic cars & trucks safe, comfortable, perform and handle like modern vehicles. When customers shop with Progressive Automotive, they fall in love with driving all over again.

Our professional welders & fabricators are made up of car enthusiasts, with more than 69 combined years of experience in the hot rod industry. We hold our product line and our work to the highest of standards. Our passion is also our job, so we always go the extra mile when constructing your suspension, frame or chassis. We have a special affinity for pre-1972 American made cars and trucks, and we currently produce more than 33 specific make & model frames for Ford cars and trucks, Chevrolet cars and trucks, Plymouth cars, Dodge trucks and Willys cars and trucks. All frames, suspensions and chassis are custom built to order, and we have two additional chassis scheduled to become available in 2016 as well as new installation kits later this year.

Are you looking for a new frame or chassis for your Hot Rod, Street Rod or Classic Truck?

All Hot Rods, Street Rods and Classic Trucks are as unique as their owners, so shouldn’t the frame or chassis be built to what you really want? All of our frames & chassis are hand-built to what the customer wants and and needs.  From low ride height  to stock stance, great handling and a smooth ride, our craftsman can build it for you.

1934-35 Chevy Standard Chassis 1936 Chevy Standard Chassis


1933 Plymouth Chassis 1942-47 Ford Truck Chassis

1941-48 Ford Chassis


Do you have a good frame and just want to do it yourself?

Our Installation kits are what you need. From our easy to install front & rear suspensions, motor mounts, frame cross members, and so on. Our parts are built, in our shop, in the United States. We can also custom build our suspension kits for vehicles that aren’t listed. Just a few of these vehicles are listed in our Customer’s Rides section.

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Is your vehicles frame, chassis or suspension kits not listed?

If you particular vehicle isn’t listed in our Frame & Chassis section, contact us. We can take your good, original, frame and give it the modern handling and ride you need.

1948 Plymouth Chassis   1948 Cadillac Chassis

At Progressive Automotive, we work hard, which is why it is extremely rewarding when receive appreciation from our peers. This type of recognition allows us to know that we are doing our jobs well, which fuels us to further reach for innovative products. For example, we received the NSRA Industry Appreciation Award in 1984, which we saw not just as an opportunity to celebrate our business, but to also see if we could push our skills and innovation to the next level. In 1989, we developed the use of the 1984-96 C4 Corvette front and rear suspensions in our rolling chassis and installation kits. We do not see awards or good press as simply just a pat on the back. We see them as a way to challenge ourselves to top what we have accomplished before and to find new and innovative ways to keep older cars and trucks thriving in our everyday lives. It feels good to know that Progressive Automotive is an appreciated institution, and for that, we want to work even harder to live up to our great past and we are constantly striving to set the bar higher.

When it comes to any business, longevity is always a key indicator for quality and customer satisfaction. Progressive Automotive has been around longer than most, and we continue to keep hot rod and street rod enthusiasts, not only in Ohio or the United States, but across the world coming back for our quality Hot Rod parts, services and experience. Our success speaks for itself, and we appreciate all of our customers. The crew at Progressive Automotive always focuses on the task at hand, and knows the ins and outs of auto mechanics. Everyone is extremely skilled and extremely passionate about integrating new automotive technology into it. Safety and function are our highest priority with consideration to form. Progressive Automotive will continue to innovate and create the best hot rod frames, chassis and installation kits.

Our customers are automotive enthusiasts who love the look of older American cars and trucks. They know that along with the retro look of a car, it needs modern handling, independent suspension, power brakes, power steering and a stronger frame designed to withstand more horsepower. In these modern times, people crave the retro aesthetic because it represents the quality and workmanship of a different time. Our job to make sure that the quality goes far beyond aesthetic and into the inner workings of how the cars and trucks function. We marry the looks of older cars with the functionality of modern ones, and we do that very well – not to toot our own horn.

We care about your cars and trucks just as much as you do at Progressive Automotive. You will always be in good hands when you choose us for your custom frames, chassis or suspension for your Fords, Dodges, Chevrolets, Plymouths, Willys and more. It is hard to believe a small business run out of a two-car garage back in 1976 in the small town of Baltimore, Ohio could gain so much traction and grow into what Progressive Automotive has become today. We have enjoyed 40 very prosperous and enriching years of business, and we feel very lucky and privileged to have done so. We have made a lot of advances in automotive restoration – and not to mention, a lot of friends and customers. At Progressive Automotive, we look forward to helping customers get the most from their prized vehicles for another 40 years to come.

To learn more or to get help finding the right parts for your street rod or hot rod project, email or call today at 740-862-4696.