It's interesting and often a forgotten fact that the name given by a manufacturer to a vehicle during the dawn of its creation can be subject to change. Take, for example, the Chevrolet Camaro, early on it was known as the Panther and Chevrolet's Cameo Carrier was monikered the Suburban Pickup. On March 25, 1955 when General Motors released the "second series" trucks only the GMC retained the Suburban emblem, and the Chevy became known as the Cameo Carrier.
Since its introduction, the Cameo Carrier has retained a loyal following and Matt Togstad of Arlington, Washington considers himself to be among them. Owning one of 5,220 Cameo Carriers manufactured in 1955 Mark decided to rebuild his example street rod style with all of the modern amenities, and true to street rodder styling cues the truck was de-seamed inside and out. Mark attributes his dad, Chuck Togstad as being the guy that spent endless hours stitch-welding and grinding sheetmetal until it could be smoothed over with primer and rendered void of unsightly factory seams. Before the beige leather interior could be upholstered by Dick Davis, also of Arlington, the PPG Milano Red paint found on the exterior was used by the elder Togstad to cover every square inch of the Big Window cab's innards. Once all of the interior paintwork was completed the trick goodies started pouring in. A wiring harness from Route 66 was strung by Doug Udall and connected to a gauge cluster from Brothers of Corona, California. Then an A/C unit from Vintage Air was installed and custom A/C switches were mounted. A Lecarra steering wheel was perched on top of an ididit tilt-steering column. Dick Davis stitched more of his leather magic on a custom split bench seat frame sourced from No-Limit Engineering of San Bernardino, California. The sound system is based around a custom AM/FM stereo receiver with an iPod hookup stuffed into the stock '55 Cameo radio. From there Polk Audio handles the speaker chores with a massive subwoofer strategically placed to act as a headache inducer. To keep the rain from coming in Matt carefully reinstalled the original panoramic rear window, and deleted the stock wind-wings in favor of one-piece window kits from Brothers.
Hopping out of the cab and lifting the '55's hood there's a 385hp ZZ5 small-block motor from Street & Performance hooked to 700-R4 transmission. A Chevy Tuned Port Injection helps the ZZ5 to keep fuel consumption from the 12-gallon No Limit Engineering gas tank to a minimum. To upgrade the truck from its original straight-axle frontend, an '89 Monte Carlo front clip was grafted on to provide independent front suspension and power steering. The stock Monte Carlo disc/drum brake arraignment was pitched in preference to hanging all four corners with Wilwood disc brakes and suspending them with a quartet of QA1 coilover shocks. To give the Cameo a new-age look Matt popped (maybe that's not a good expression) for a mixed set of 18- and 20-inch Budnik billet wheels shod with 18 and 20-inch Toyo Proxes tires.