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Old 05-01-2018, 02:12 PM   #1
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280 outer replacement skins?

Hello,

I posted this in the exterior repair threads and it was suggested I post here as well. So forgive me for the copy paste.

My 83 280 turbo diesel has damage on both rear lower corner panels and the upper rear end cap (my grandfather drove this with one eye). I have the interior skins out at this point in my restoration and have pushed out all the major dents by hand, but there are a good amount of creases and I do plan on polishing this rig after I'm done in the interior so it will all be very prominent when its all said and done.

Does anyone still sell replacement panels? This would be a great time to do the work.

Thanks,
R.J.
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Not sure it is that simple anymore Nick.

Certainly none of the Argosy panels are available now, and when I did a check on the availability of early Classic panels as a replacement for the Argosy ones (for Peanuts front fender), I was told they were NLA. That's why Ernie had to start from sheet aluminum. Same when the rear quarter was replaced on Bella, even the AS dealer couldn't get the panels.

I also remember a posting I think from SebasSF saying even the panels for the 360 Classic were NLA.

Its a good suggestion to start with AS, but I suspect 'the answer is No'.
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Hello,



I posted this in the exterior repair threads and it was suggested I post here as well. So forgive me for the copy paste.



My 83 280 turbo diesel has damage on both rear lower corner panels and the upper rear end cap (my grandfather drove this with one eye). I have the interior skins out at this point in my restoration and have pushed out all the major dents by hand, but there are a good amount of creases and I do plan on polishing this rig after I'm done in the interior so it will all be very prominent when its all said and done.



Does anyone still sell replacement panels? This would be a great time to do the work.



Thanks,

R.J.


Will outer panels from a 1981 gas 280 excella ll fit? If so, Lee me know, maybe I can help.
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Not sure if 81 excella panels will fit, but ill look into it, thanks.

I will also give an airstream dealer a call but I think that'll be a long shot.

I may just find a body shop that is good with aluminum and see what they can do to "massage it"
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