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Old 07-06-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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Our '65 Caravel Restoration

I am getting deeper into the restoration of our 1965 Caravel and want to document some as I go along here. We bought ours just a couple of months ago and I am getting a slow, but thorough start. Currently, I am in the tear down mode and it's starting to get into the more complex part of frame and floor work. Just like others here, when I first got this camper I thought I would just do some cleanup and start camping in it. The more I take apart, the more I realize I need to keep going. So, what started as a fix-up is turning into more of a "full monte". We'll see how it goes from here. Some great threads that I have been reading are from 65CV, Cjohnson, and Modarch. They have all done a great job on their Caravels! Thanks for the inspiration.

So, I have taken most of the belly pan off to expose the frame. I did cut the pan under the front hitch because I didn't want to have to take off the banana wrap, but I may end up doing that anyway... especially if I have to replace the floor. I have taken out the Gouchos, Fridge, Stove, Furnace and am working on taking out the counter and closets. The bath will be next as I want to expose the floor and refinish the bath outside the camper. My intent was to patch the floor, but as I read others like Cjohnsons posts I realize that will probably turn into full floor replacement before long.

The gouchos have been at the upholstery shop for a couple of weeks, and I just got the call today that they are ready. It is probably putting the cart before the horse, but we will just store them away until it is time to put everything back together. Sometimes it is nice to stop and pick out fabrics and the fun stuff, to keep me motivated to keep going on the real work.

That's enough for now. I will try to show some photos as I go along and want to thank everybody that has shared their experiences here. It helps others like me and I hope to return the favor here.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:54 PM   #2
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We went to pick up the reupholstered gouchos over the weekend. They did a great job doing the upholstery with new foam. If you are anywhere near West Tennessee or Northern Mississippi, and need an upholstery shop you should give these guys a try. Furniture Fabrics and More in Burnsvelle, MS. Kary Peters is the owner. They buy fabrics by the semi truckload and you can't beat their prices. They have a couple of upholsterers on staff, so they are a full service shop. Great work at a reasonable price.

I got the rest of the counter out and both closets this weekend. Now I will finish tearing out the bathroom.

Look for photos just uploaded that documents things from the first day till now pretty well. See them here...

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More later!
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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Congrats on your new project. We bought our Caravel (Bunny) last year and are having lots of fun with it in between fixing. Last year was a new axle, tires, cushions, curtains, toilet, and lights. This year it is getting new plumbing including both sinks and the shower. Future work will include new tiles for the floor, polishing, and a new refridge. I'm sure the list is endless.
We are still taking it everywhere including two trips last year and we just returned from a week camping along Route 66 (and boy was it HOT)! More camping trips to come
Happy Trails to you
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We LOVE our Caravel! Good luck in your restoration. I had mine that far apart at one time. Now it's been together and no trouble at all for a few years. That's the fun part!

Anyone who has Caravels and Miatas is alright in my book (I've had 3 Miatas myself!)
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:05 PM   #5
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Thanks Funhouse! It sounds like you are enjoying yours as you do the restoration. We decided we were going to try to do most of the restoration before camping in it. It was really too nasty to just start using it, so we had to at least start the process. I may give in when we start getting it back together, but the idea was to continue to use our popup until the Caravel is ready. I have estimated a year for the project. The rate I am going it may take longer though.

I bet that Route 66 trip was a lot of fun. We have been on part of it, although not in a camper. Would like to do that in the Airstream some day!
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:13 PM   #6
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Anyone who has Caravels and Miatas is alright in my book (I've had 3 Miatas myself!)
They are great vehicles and too much fun! Will be doing "The Dragon" with about 350 other Miatas at the end of this month. Can't wait!

The Caravel will have to wait until we get back. Thanks for the feedback and stay tuned...
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Got the bathroom out today, photos in my gallery. I couldn't figure out how to get the black tank loose, so it came out with the fiberglass. Anybody have any ideas how to remove it? I think it has a leak, so I will need to separate it to repair or replace it.
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I tried a little harder tonight and got the black tank loose. The flange had silicone under it to keep it from turning. I took a putty knife and ran underneath the flange all the way around until i was able to start turning to break it loose. It then turned fairly easily. The black tank has perviously been repaired but it seems to have a leak, so I am thinking it may be beyond repairing again. I may be in for a new one.
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Thanks for the tip on the upholstery shop...we have not made much progress on locating anything that looks good. We may have to make a trip up there.
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I tried a little harder tonight and got the black tank loose. The flange had silicone under it to keep it from turning. I took a putty knife and ran underneath the flange all the way around until i was able to start turning to break it loose. It then turned fairly easily. The black tank has perviously been repaired but it seems to have a leak, so I am thinking it may be beyond repairing again. I may be in for a new one.
If yours is the same plastic that we had, chuck it! I think the black and fresh water tanks were the same plastic. We tried to reuse the fresh and it cracked and leaked about 1000 miles from home. Luckily it was on top, so we could limp home.

I can only imagine the black tank doing the same.

Glad you found out why it was hard to remove.
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Oh, yea. If you replace it, look carefully at CJohnson's idea. He enlarged the tank by using space at the bottom of the closet.
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Oh, yea. If you replace it, look carefully at CJohnson's idea. He enlarged the tank by using space at the bottom of the closet.
Thanks! I do remember reading his idea. I'll take another look. I'll have to see where he got his tank.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:31 PM   #13
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Trailer Has Legs!

It's been a while since I have posted here, but I have done a good amount of work, so here is an update...

As the title and photo suggest, the back floor is out! So, I managed to get the water heater and furnace out, then the back floor. I now have the rear frame exposed. I knew I had a couple of outriggers that were mangled because of a tire blowout from the PO, but I didn't know that some of the welds on the frame were cracked. So, now I know. One of the beams is totally separated from the frame.

Sunday was a good day as I have been emailing a sculpture teacher at the college where my wife works. He came over and looked at the frame Sunday evening and I think he is going to be able to do the repairs. I am so glad that he thinks he can do the job! Two of the cross members have holes and do not look to be worth saving, so he is going to replace these with new beams. He is going to fabricate 4 new outriggers and weld everything into place.

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Thanks! I do remember reading his idea. I'll take another look. I'll have to see where he got his tank.
And while you're doing that, since you have the fiberglass out already, put a grey tank on the other side under the sink. Plumb the bathroom and kitchen pipes into it. Then you'll really be a happy camper, and all the other Caravels will be jealous!
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