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Stay away from the restoration shops unless you are willing to wait a year or more to complete and start at 50K and go upwards. Friend of mine put 400K in a 60 buick ( full custom) another friend is doing a 59 chevy and has spent 100 k on chassis and engine. Paint and trim not started. On the cheap side son got a beautiful paint job on a GT escort for 5 K. Another friend had a thunderbird supercoupe spent 10 K for paint and rocker panel replacement.

You can save a lot of money by taking the car apart yourself and sticking to single coat solid color paints.

I did a full restoration on a 55 Tbird for 15K. I purchased all the parts, did all the body work, rebuilt the trans and engine, had all the chrome replated, and new interior. I took it apart and reassembled it after it was painted by a local body shop
 

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Thanks for the tip. I think I will at least try to do most of it myself, a friend of mine is restoring a Chevelle, so if I get stuck, I can hopefully get him to give me some help.
I actually had a body shop (Who does not do restoration) tell me to stay away from restoration shops. He said they are all a rip off. That surprised me coming from a body guy.
First thing for me though is to just get it driving & stopping safely. Then go from there.
 

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That's what I hear.
Will hopefully be bringing the truck home sometime Sat. When my friend is available to trailer it home. Then I can get started on it when I get the time (And money).
 

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Ok finally got it home. Here are a few pics of before & after a quick wash. Surprisingly the brakes still work and rolls with no problem after approx. 25 years of storage. More pics in the next post. Can only upload 5 at a time.
 

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First, very nice.

As has been mentioned, keep ALL your parts - especially the trim. I know nothing about these trucks, but was at an auction in Yarmouth IA. last summer. There were people from all over the USA and some from Canada at this five day auction. A guy from St. Louis was standing next to me and said watch when the next 2-3 boxes sell. He said they contained Cameo trim parts he came to bid on. Each box had 6-10 pieces. I think the cheapest box sold for around $1,000. Got my attention. He bought one box for his Cameo restoration. Other two were too much for him.

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I am fairly sure I have all the trim, there was some tucked under the seat will have to mock it up to see if it's all there. That is some crazy money for trim pieces.
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It looks complete and great in your photos (although higher resolution/larger would be better).. :)

If the metal is as solid as it appears to be, you sure found a WINNER...
 

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The cab corners are just starting to go (rust). The drivers side top of fender near windshield looks like either the paint is bubbling or it's rust. Just above the divers side headlight on the fender is the same situation. Other than that from a real quick look over that is all. The bed wood is rotting out in the drivers side corner near the cab.
There are chips in the paint in various places throughout the truck. Also some black stains from something at various spots as well.
The is a dent in the drivers side rear fender.
There is also a very small ding on the pass. front fender.
But, like I said before I just want to get it driving & stopping safely.
Are there any good upholstery cleaner I can use on the seat?, it looks pretty faded & very moldy on the white part of the seat.
The original oil bath air cleaner is still in it, can I just clean it out & use a paper air filter, or do I have to change the whole air cleaner?
Once again thank you all for the compliments & advice. You are the ones that convinced me to not restore it & just DRIVE IT.
Sorry for the long post. HaHa
 

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The cab corners are just starting to go (rust). The drivers side top of fender near windshield looks like either the paint is bubbling or it's rust. Just above the divers side headlight on the fender is the same situation. Other than that from a real quick look over that is all. The bed wood is rotting out in the drivers side corner near the cab.
There are chips in the paint in various places throughout the truck. Also some black stains from something at various spots as well.
The is a dent in the drivers side rear fender.
There is also a very small ding on the pass. front fender.
But, like I said before I just want to get it driving & stopping safely.
Are there any good upholstery cleaner I can use on the seat?, it looks pretty faded & very moldy on the white part of the seat.
The original oil bath air cleaner is still in it, can I just clean it out & use a paper air filter, or do I have to change the whole air cleaner?
Once again thank you all for the compliments & advice. You are the ones that convinced me to not restore it & just DRIVE IT.
Sorry for the long post. HaHa

First of all, beautiful Cameo. If it were mine, I wouldn't do anything to it except get it safe and drivable. I may have overlooked it, but I didn't see a picture of the engine to know what type of air cleaner you have, but on my 55 pickup, I have an original style oil bath with a small air filter inside. I've used "Tuff-Stuff" on interiors before with good results. bowtie-trifive

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Here's a picture of how mine looks with the original style air cleaner with a paper filter. (My air cleaner is actually originally off a 56 Bel Air):

 

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Wow, that is one beautiful truck. I did not get a pic of engine compartment. I will try to post one soon.
Thanks I will try "Tuff Stuff".
Can I just remove the air cleaner, remove excess oil, & run it through a parts cleaner & install a paper filter? Also what size air filter will fit if so.
Thanks Again.
 

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Wow, that is one beautiful truck. I did not get a pic of engine compartment. I will try to post one soon.
Thanks I will try "Tuff Stuff".
Can I just remove the air cleaner, remove excess oil, & run it through a parts cleaner & install a paper filter? Also what size air filter will fit if so.
Thanks Again.
If it is a two barrel, just go to Oreilly's or somewhere and get the smallest two barrel filter they have.

Mine looks similar to this one:

https://www.jegs.com/i/Mr.-Gasket/7...MIoLqH17Hi2gIVj5-fCh0gYwNkEAQYAiABEgIb5_D_BwE




If it is a four barrel, you might could just put the smallest four barrel air cleaner you can find down in the oil bath area. Also you could take the original air cleaner to the parts store and ask them if they have just a paper filter by itself that will fit and work in the original air cleaner. bowtie-trifive



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Ok thanks for the tips & info. I would like to keep the "original look". So I will try to find one to insert into the air cleaner.
As luck would have it I have plans every night this week & my sister & nephew are coming to visit for the weekend, so the work on the truck will have to wait till early next week.
It will give me time to order parts & hopefully have them here when the time comes.
 

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I had a little bit of time to crawl underneath & check the truck out better. Not really what I wanted to see, a lot of rust on the front drivers side fender & cab corners are rusted through about 3" up. it looks like the only thing holding the fenders on are the braces & inner wheel well. I did drain the oil & replace the filter, made a list of things to get.
One question, where do is the "carb #" located on the carb? (It's a 2-barrel).
On the good side it does look like someone replaced all the brake lines semi-recently. The brakes actually work & work good.
Who ever painted the truck the last time did a very bad job. The fuel tank is painted the same color as the body as if they just painted the inside of the cab with the tank installed & All the wiring on the firewall is painted the same color as the firewall. Even the distributor cap & wires have paint on them.
Would you recommend a strait 20 or 30 weight oil, or are 10-30 / 10-40's better to use?
Once again sorry for the long post, but this is the first '50's vehicle I've gone over to get running.
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Yeah, I looked a little better at the ‘57 I was looking at. It has some rust at the bottom of the firewall and a chunk of square tubing in place of the front cab mount. Not the end of the world though, it’s all fixable. Made me lower my offer and they accepted it.

As far as the fuel tank, it may supposed to be body color. Obviously the paint on the wires and such doesn’t belong, but the guy that owned my Cameo had the original tank in the rafters and it was body color. I am by no means any kind of expert on the subject, just offering a for instance.
 

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Well that is good to know about the fuel tank. I thought the painter was just being lazy. Maybe he didn't touch the inside of the cab. As far as the paint on the plug wires and cap it doesn't really matter 'cause I will be replacing them.
I'm glad you are saving another Cameo & good luck with it. Keep me up to date on it.
Thanks again.
 

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I put the air cleaner through a good cleaning in the parts washer. All the old oil is out of it now, & it's fairly clean. I just seem to forget if the air cleaner was black or if it was just the plain steel/aluminum color? Please someone refresh my memory. I want to put it back to the original color.
 
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