What a surprise! After 35 years in the old GM truck business we discover there was a custom trailer hitch made just for the 1955-58 Chevrolet Cameo and GMC Suburban Carrier. Installs with no damage to these rare classic GM trucks.
The assembly is secured by placing only two approximately ¾ inch bolt holes in the frame rail under the bed. The two rear chrome bumperettes are removed. Their securing holes become the rear support for this hitch. No damage to the truck. Very impressive.
This is not a home-made one of a kind hitch. Scott Phaneuf in Massachusetts with six Cameos says he has seen three of these exact hitches on unrestored Cameos in the past 30 years. However, he can find no GM data showing these were available. He can only assume these were marketed by a private hitch manufacturer and sold by non GM installers.
Two photos are when the 1958 Cameo was first bought with the hitch in place. The second photo is the horizontal bar removed and placed on the white tailgate.
Several months later the hitch has been sand blasted and painted. The four plates are the later pictures.
This will soon be marketed by Jim Carter Truck Parts.
Hitch in place
Bar Removed and on a tailgate