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Old 01-18-2004, 05:07 PM   #1
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I want to install a Fantastic fan in a 1961 Overlander. 14x14. Can this be done by a novice at sheet metal work. (Me) Does the hole have to be enlarged? What am I looking at as for as complications to install? Thanks for the Help.....Dave....
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:07 PM   #2
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Dave,
Welcome to the forum. Yes the hole will have to be enlarged on all sides by approx 1/4 inch. The flange from the Fantastic fan will cover with no problem.

The enlargement of the opening can be done with a tin snips. Just be careful of the wires!
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I installed my fantastic fan with no problems at all. No I didn't have to enlarge the hole, just a tad of trimming was all that was needed. I did order the airstream curved interior bezel, and that needed a bit of trimming with my dremel. For me the worry was the electrical. I wasnt' sure if my 12v/110 system with no inverter was gonna work. I just wired it to the hot 12v circuit, and can switch it off at the fan or the toggle 110/12v switch on the ceiling. Seems to work fine on the 12 v. Not gonna worry about using it on 110. Mike
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Thanks, to thenewKid 64 , got the answer from Mike, 61 overlander , that I wanted to hear, his is a 61 overlander also and his answer I like best because it sounds like less work to me. thanks to both of you. So I'll go for it and see what happens. Thanks Mike... Didn't try the light covers yet....Dave
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Greetings David!

If your '61 has the same Hehr vents as those used in '64 which I believe that it does based upon some notes that I have, you shouldn't encounter any problems with having to adjust opening size - - the photo below demonstrates that the installation was a drop-in as the trim is the original Airstream factory trim that was not disturbed during installation. The Fantastic Vent representatives handled the installation of both of my Overlander's fans at the '99 WBCCI International in Dayton.



Good luck with your project.

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yep, the original 61 vent was the hehr unit. I saved the vent, minus the cover that my wife drove over. don't ask, it wasn't a funny story. mike
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Thanks Mike, Bob and Kevin for the help again. I don't know what I would do without your help, I a novice at this but sure enjoy doing this, I'm putting about 8 Hrs a day into it. Not getting in a hurry with anything because with the cost of ventage parts I sure don't want to mess anything up. Anyway thank you and I've tried to give some Karma to all of you but get no action from the button on the page. Maybe you can clue me in on this also. Thanks....Dave...
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oh lord, be careful sending me karma, I was always told it would come back to haunt me.......hold a six pack of beer cold for me instead. Mike
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