New to the forum. I live in Scottsdale, Arizona (2 miles from the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction
) and am the proud owner of a 1955 Cameo Carrier. My dad was the original owner and passed it down to me.... well technically the original owner. My dad was one of the Big Wigs in Chevy back then. When the Cameo came out each dealer was required to order one. One of the dealers in Albuquerque New Mexico, I believe it was Ed Black Chevrolet, told corporate that he did not want one. His farmer customers only bought step sides and it would not sell. After lots of back and forth the dealer took one. According to my dad, the dealer parked it in their basement and then later on decided to use it as a parts running truck. My dad told Ed when your done with the truck call me and I’ll buy it. So we got the phone call in 1980 saying the truck is yours. My brother-in-law flew over to Albuquerque and drove it back to Phoenix. The truck was never registered until my dad got it. They slapped dealer plates on it when it was at the dealer. So technically he was the original owner.
I don’t know how many miles are on it because the speedometer and odometer didn’t work when we got it. My understanding was that the truck was all original... that is until I started reading this forum 3 days ago. I knew my dad swapped out the generator to an alternator. Then when I started using it as a daily driver I installed electric wipers in place of the vacuum. On a side note it was hilarious seeing my boss in the passenger seat, when it was my turn to drive for the carpool, flinging his arms back and forth, pulling on the string that I ran through both windows and attached to the wipers, to clear the windshield when it was raining. So anyways, the truck has been sitting for many years now and I decided last week to start working on it and get it back up and running. It ran when I parked it. Several years ago I started to work on it but I took the wire off the distributor and couldn’t get it back on tight. So Fast forward to last week and I ran into a thread regarding the engine ID. I went out and scraped 65 years of oil, grease and dirt off the block to see the ID#. Well it ended up being a 1956 235 built on 8-30-56. I’m not sure if I’m sad because it’s not original or if I’m happy because I got the better head (858 or something like that)
Now that I have learned that it is not “original” I have changed my mind on restoring it. Now it is going to be a resto-mod. I’m have lots of questions that I’m going to need help with. I have already been doing lots of thread searches but still not coming up with the answers I am needing.
Thanks for letting me join the forum and for reading my intro. I’ll talk to you in some other threads.