Originally Posted by JMGAZ
Just got our '67 Overlander home after buying it. There was a strong pungent smell from inside the fridge, I think the freezer actually, that about made me pass out.
Im thinking it was freon or what ever gas is used to cool it. I havent had time to look into it further, but what should I look for.
Im concerned that it may be toast.
The fridges use a concoction with ammonia to keep them cold.
If you recently sprung a leak, you would smell it. If it was a slow leak over a winter (like ours)
then you may not notice the smell. Another clue is a yellow residue at the leak area which usually can be seen when you pull the fridge out...ours didn't have much discoloring, so I can't say it's always present, but if it has the yellow stain it's definately got a leak.
If you are attached to the vintage styling of the fridge, they can be repair for about $600 or so...if not, it's time for a new fridge!