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After Selling my first truck, a Merc Flathead powered 50 Ford pickup I set out to find my dream truck. After a slight leaning towards buying a late 60's El Camino, I came back to wanting an old Chevy Truck. In October of '82, I fell into one. After driving my sister's friend home, I spotted a truck coming at me and thought it was a friend. As the truck drove by, I noticed it was a rare Cameo! I whipped my parents '62 Nova into a u turn and chased the Cameo to its home. I had no idea this U turn would change my life.

I talked with the '55's owner, who is now a great friend, for some time. Finally, I mentioned that he was looking for a 56, the man said "Really, I have one for sale, but it is a Cameo. Is that OK?" OK!? You Bet! I raced home and ran in the house to tell my Dad that I had found a Cameo for sale. This was something dear to his heart. My Dad, Pete, had found a Cameo box in a wrecking yard years before. (Imagine that!!) Pete wanted to put it on his '56, but my Mom wouldn't agree to it, stating that there is no more hauling space. Subsequently, he didn't get it. So hearing this news was as exciting to Dad as it was to me! The next day, we jumped in Dad's '62 Chevy Pickup and went to look at the Cameo. What we saw when we arrived was a giant model kit, with no instructions, the truck was totally disassembled!! After a closer look, I realized there were actually 2 trucks! A '55 and a '56, both Cameo's! I bought it all anyway and hauled the whole mess home in 7 truckloads!

I spent the next 5 years putting one truck together out of all of the parts. Some changes made to the Cameo included a lowered suspension, a 325 hp 350/ TH 350, Turquoise and Black paint scheme, & velvet interior.

I had the Cameo completed in time for the '87 Portland Roadster Show where the truck took home a 2nd place trophy. Later that year, the Cameo performed its greatest task, to drive my wife Angie and I away from our wedding.

Now 30 years later, I still have the truck. The engine is currently out and it is going through a few changes, but it is still here!!
 

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This was always a favorite set of pics to me. me withmy Dad's 56 and my Daughter with mine.. On the 30th Aniversary of the day I bought the truck, I took the other of my daughter with the Cameo. Yes It needs a bath!!!
 

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Great story Rob!

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This was my first Cameo. I have had 3 total. the others were a 55 and a 58. I never had a 57 though!!!

The 55 was never finished, and it was a Project, but here are a couple pics of the 58.
 

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