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Old 10-03-2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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What did this drip cap cover '58 Overlander

Is there supposed to be a louvered vent in the area where the patch has been placed? It looks like someone may have added the roof vent later. If not, the factory wasn't worried about appearance. There isn't a gas line in the interior so I'm guessing that the refrigerator wasn't gas/electric.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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One should be for the furnace, and one for the fridge. Looks like the vent for the fridge was relocated at some point.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:20 PM   #3
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Is there supposed to be a louvered vent in the area where the patch has been placed? It looks like someone may have added the roof vent later. If not, the factory wasn't worried about appearance. There isn't a gas line in the interior so I'm guessing that the refrigerator wasn't gas/electric.
A window... I saw a pic of a 59 Custom Overlander that had a window like that. Now if I just remember where. An early vista view I guess. I would be nice if you could find a replacement window for it.
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That fridge vent looks original to me but I don't know about the patch. That sure is strange. Also, I'd check the floor under the fridge area for a hole for the gas line as a PO may have removed the gas line but a hole in the floor near the back would tell the correct tale.

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Old 10-03-2009, 06:32 PM   #5
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Hi Flyrc:

The patch might have covered a window above an original ice-electric Marvel fridge, similar to the window on the earlier FC pictured here:

http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...s/curbside.jpg

and the fridge seen here:

http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...des/fridge.jpg

Is there any evidence inside the trailer that a short Marvel ice-electric fridge used to be there?

I have not seen many drip caps above added-on flat vents for fridges, so think that hole originally was a window. Then again, maybe a former owner at first replaced the old window with a rectangular louvered fridge vent but didn't like how it worked, so had the Calif. factory add a long oval roof vent for a propane fridge. Then perhaps he patched over the old window/rectangular vent as the new roof vent made the old vent obsolete.

The long oval vent on the roof above the patch is a California style fridge vent. It's presence there suggests a propane fridge was installed at some time in your trailer.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great links and the info on the California trailer vents.
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