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Projects 1955 Chevy Cameo. Build Thread

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  1. Torkwrench
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    Here's some from the spring of 2020. Although the inner bedsides are already red, the ivory at the rear has yet to be painted.


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    Here's one of the steering wheel and column being painted. It doesn't really show, but the steering box and column are a combination of 1958 Chevy pickup and 1956 Chevy 4 door sedan.

    The box and steering shaft are stock 1958 Chevy pickup. The 1958 box and column was used for it's shorter length, compared to a 1955 Chevy pickup steering box and column. The shorter length is needed when using an Impala steering wheel.

    The upper mast jacket, turn signal housing, and column gear shift collar are all from a 1956 Chevy 210 sedan. The steering wheel is from a 1959 Impala. The passenger car turn signal mechanism is a better design that the pickups. This was the reason for the change. These were taken in the late summer of 2020.

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    Here are a couple from when the front fenders were finish painted. Not sure what caused the poor picture quality. Not enough lighting, perhaps??? Once again, these were taken in the fall of 2020.

    These fenders were basically NOS 57 Chevy pickup fenders. They had been installed on a truck for a short time, but were removed soon after. Since they were for a 57 pickup, there were two notches that had to be filled at the edge of the grille opening...One in each fender.

    Each fender had a hole directly above the headlight, that had to be filled. At one time, someone had mounted turn signals on the top of the fenders.

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    On to the current photos. These were taken a couple of weeks ago.

    Here's the finished interior. It has the stock seat, with custom upholstery. The seat has the stock pattern to the upholstery, but where the original seat had red cloth inserts, pleated red vinyl was used. Pleated red vinyl also replaced the red cloth that would have been on the door panels.

    By the way, the red dice were a present to my Dad, from my older Brother Bob. This was from when the Cameo was first rebuilt in the early 1990's.

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    Here are a few engine shots. The engine is a basically stock Power Pack 283. It has an Edelbrock C4B intake with a 650 Holley carb. The valve covers are Corvette, with Eelco one piece wing bolts. The air cleaner is in a Cal Custom style. The headers are Hooker Super Comps. The distributor is a Mallory Unilite.

    The generator was remanufactured in 1980, but was never installed until now. The fan shroud is a combination of 1963 Impala small block and 1959 Chevy 60 series grain truck with a 348. The radiator is the original one from the Cameo....All copper and brass. It did have to be recored, though. The radiator was wrapped around the fan when the truck was totaled in 1996.

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    Finally, here are some exterior shots. It's basically done, except for the exhaust. Cutouts and the tailpipes exiting out the side just ahead of the rear tires are planned.

    Sometime, I'd like to get the front axle dropped. Not sure how much, though. The trailer hitch also has to be installed. Unfortunately, to put a hitch on the truck, I have to leave the spare tire carrier off.

    Although it's basically finished, it has not been started, yet. Weather permitting, that will happen this Sunday.

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    Looks great. :)
     
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    Turned out great!
     
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    Thank you. It's literally the nicest it's ever been. However, as good as it has turned out, it will not be riding on a trailer. Instead, it will be pulling the trailer...To the drag strip with my black 55, (replacing my 59 GMC as tow vehicle).

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    Looking great, John. Are you going to do the GMC next?
     
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  11. wow, lot of work in that truck, sure lookin good,...can't wait to check it out in person. good luck with.
     
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    Thanks, Phil. Actually, the GMC might be up for sale next summer or fall.

    I'd like to get started again on my 34 Chevy coupe. Quite a bit has been done, but it's been on hold since about 2014.

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    However, I'd really like to get started on my 56 BelAir. I've known the car since 1980 when my best friend from high school dragged it out of a junk yard. This was just before my Senior year started. I've owned it since 1994, but it hasn't gotten past the parts collecting stage.

    Unfortunately, it's REALLY rough. It was sold new in Anchorage Alaska and went through the Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.

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    Thanks Sam. It really was ALOT of work...Especially, this year. Almost every Monday and Tuesday after work, in addition to many, many weekends.

    It should be out and about next spring. The first trip will be over to Forreston to symbolically complete the trip it was on when it was totaled. After that it'll be time to drive the wheels off of it.

    By the way, Thanks again for the NOS front fenders. They really worked out well.
     
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    It's ALIVE!!! The first start since May 1996 happened today at about 1pm. By the way, the starter is a brand new remanufactured one from NAPA. Yeah...I'll be dropping off an old original bell housing mount starter, to be rebuilt at a local electrical shop, tomorrow. (Lincoln Way Auto Electric in Dixon ILL.)

    lincolnway auto electric dixon il - Google Search . It's an old time style shop that can rebuild just about anything electrical.



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    I warmed it up a little bit, but then the heater core started leaking. It might be the heater control valve, too. Otherwise, no other coolant leaks, or fuel leaks. All of the stock Chevy gauges work OK. The tach works OK, too.

    All the lights, (except two), and turn signals work, as does the horn and wipers. The dome light and right backup light does not work. The brakes lights work as well.

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    You must be so happy! Great job, John. Where's Willie when you want him singing "On the Road Again?"
     
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    Yes indeed!!! It'll be nice to get the bugs worked out, and rest and relax for the winter. Hmmm, I also have a 41 Pontiac to work on, though...Visible in the first and last videos.
     
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    Here they all are. :)





     
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    Thanks Loudbang.
     
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