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1961 Caravelle

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by edljames, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. edljames
    Joined: May 2, 2008
    Posts: 232

    from OK

    Trying to help an elderly lady get this French #@$% running after 15 years in a garage. Has a front brake dragging. Can someone tell me how this drum (see pic) is held together and what I will find in the way of brake shoes?

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  2. Is Caravelle the make or is that a model name, wondering if that is a Citroen model as the 3 lug wheels remind me of Citroen. It's old enough to be HAMB friendly so just buy the thing from the little old lady and hotrod it.
  3. A Caravelle is a Renault. And I can't help you on the drum question, sorry! From the looks of it, the dust cap should pop off like an American car does, then you'd have a retaining nut and a key or pin.

    Are you sure you have a '61 Caravelle? The fronts on a '61 are disc brakes.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2009
  4. rodknocker
    Joined: Jan 31, 2006
    Posts: 2,267


  5. edljames
    Joined: May 2, 2008
    Posts: 232

    from OK

    The lady says a 1961 Renault Caravelle - Thanks for the link rodknocker - the link shows an adjustment bolt on back plate - could these be covered disc brakes?
    Appreciate the help guys and if the price gets right I sure would like to drop it on a maybe s10 frame with a spare 327 I have. Should be unique
  6. beaulieu
    Joined: Mar 24, 2007
    Posts: 364

    from So Cal

    its just normal 4CV or Daulpine parts , my 4CV is not at the house but see if you can get to the brake adjuster "stars" and un-adjust the brakes, that will make it easier to remove the drum.

  7. Silent_Orchestra
    Joined: Jun 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,313

    from Omaha, NE

    those aren't bad looking cars...I wouldn't mind having one.

    lol 3 lug wheels remind of the LeCars.

    Sorry no help here on the brakes, but now I have another car to add to the cool foriegn cars list I want.
  8. That's a cool looking little ride, but hopefully parts availability isn't like the Renault parts, we get for the Mack/Renault trucks we get stuck fixing at the dealership I work at.:rolleyes::mad:
  9. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,583


    Only the French should drive French cars...

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