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1957 Cameo
#1328259 Mon Sep 30 2019 05:01 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 8
New Guy
Hello Friends,
I just discovered this forum and decided to add my 2 cents. Or 3 to be exact. have three trucks I love but will be discussing my 1957 Cameo. I was 16 years old and driving around Fairbanks with my buddies and noticed this old truck in the backyard of an older fellows house. It was stacked full of garbage and had a dent in the front drivers fender. Original color was a green with white stripe and cab accent. I had to stop and talk to this guy.I have always liked odd things and this truck was an oddity in my eyes. It appeared to me and my friends that someone tried to put a car back end on this truck.
I asked the fellow if he would consider selling it and to my surprise he said I could have it as long as I took the garbage! Of course my friends and I grabbed a chain and towed it right to my house! It didn't run but I didn't care! I spent the summer working to purchase the stuff I needed to get it running and registered. The original 265 V8 was gone and in it's place was a solid lifter 327 but it wasn't complete. It still had the Hydramatic in it and after month's of trying to find the correct starter for it we were able to assemble everything and get her running. I drove her all through high school and had a blast tearing up the streets and being a gear head kid. This was 1970 and I graduated in 1972. It was just a daily driver and hauled me to work, it carried all of my fathers tools along with my best friend to Idaho in fall of '72 down the Alcan. It spent a year and a half in Idaho before making it's way back to Alaska. I ended up burning out the transmission twice behind that 327 and since I was not that savvy on what I had I removed the Hydramatic and replaced it with a Saginaw 4 speed.It was quite a runner and I had a lot of fun hot rodding around and getting moe than my share of speeding tickets! In 1985 another friend and I spent 8 months restoring it and this is still the result of the job we did. I am now 65 and still love to take her out and go through the gears a bit and take her to a car show now and then. I have been to Hot August Nights with her a couple times and am looking forward to going again.
The 327 was rebuilt twice and finally just wore out. I replaced it in 2008 with a 1970 LT1 350. It still moves along pretty well for what it is. It is always fun to drive.
Photos below. Thank you,

1946 2 ton COE
1957 Cameo
1972 GMC short box 4x4
Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328298 Mon Sep 30 2019 10:55 PM
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Jim, you know you can post photos directly to your thread. Instructions are posted in the left margin of every page. Welcome

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Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328319 Tue Oct 01 2019 01:24 AM
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Welcome to the 'bolt. The mayor of the small town I grew up in had a Cameo,, white and red.. very nice looking.

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Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328339 Tue Oct 01 2019 03:41 AM
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Cool truck!
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Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328341 Tue Oct 01 2019 03:59 AM
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welcome to the site! Sweet looking truck and great history on it!


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Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328358 Tue Oct 01 2019 12:28 PM
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Great looking and rare truck...thanks for sharing

Last edited by Apache1; Tue Oct 01 2019 01:33 PM.

Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328360 Tue Oct 01 2019 12:30 PM
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Welcome to the Stovebolt and for sharing your interesting story. You've got a truck well worth its keep for sure. Keep trucking brother see you around the garage forums.

(had a brother stationed in Fairbanks for two years Still love to look at his pictures from 1961)
....also have a great friend and truck buddy in Ashton if you are close by. Black with flames if you ever see it.

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Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328366 Tue Oct 01 2019 12:59 PM
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Great story Jim. Thanks for sharing.
I bet you are glad that you hung onto this old truck, so many years and good memories, congrats.

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Re: 1957 Cameo
Justhorsenround #1328448 Tue Oct 01 2019 11:52 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
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Thanks. I thought the photos had to be offsite!

1946 2 ton COE
1957 Cameo
1972 GMC short box 4x4
Re: 1957 Cameo
Alaska Jim #1328450 Tue Oct 01 2019 11:56 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 8
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Thanks for the welcome everyone! I hope to be able to keep everything running and looking good with your help! All of these and your old trucks are beauties! I love every one of them!!

1946 2 ton COE
1957 Cameo
1972 GMC short box 4x4
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