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Old 02-22-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Replacement panel compatibility

My 310 has some dented panels. When looking for replacements, what panels are compatible? From my understanding, from the cab back its a standard AS shell of the period. I assume the cab's panels are interchangeable with all the classic style bodies, including the Argosy? Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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Dan, post some pix of your dented panels. I'm sure that someone here will be able to help.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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You can use new panels you can get from any Airstream dealer, and are the same between trailers and motor homes. The ones you would want are for the "narrow body", or 96" wide coaches, some of the panels for the 102" wide coaches may not fit right. Be aware, however, the new panels will have a different "finish" than what's on your motor home now.
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I'll post pictures tomorrow. Thanks for the Help Terry! Do you think you'd be able to tell the difference between old and new panels once they are polished?
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Dan, believe that the difference in panels started in the late 70's, early 80's, so those of us with motorhomes will more than likely get the same result in polishing as the newer AS trailers. Find Keyair's thread (newbie just bought an '84 345 motorhome). He's done quite a bit of polishing on his motorhome and it looks GREAT!
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Here are the panels in question.
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The panel in the rear.
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Those are all standard Airstream panels. If the person doing the polishing knows what he's doing, the panels will polish nicely. There are a couple extra steps to polishing the "new" panels, to make them shine.
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Rear panels will pose a challenge, as I believe they will probably have to be custom shaped and cut, and extreme care taken for around the rear(curved) windows...dig deep into yer pockets and eat lightly...or just get out and drive it...m
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We're actually thinking about deleting the rear window all together, for more bedroom privacy and insulation. I've noticed a few models of classic MHs with a single window in back. I assume the single window style panels would also fit?
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I'm also assuming there isn't any way to repair the existing panels?
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Dan, the only way I can see repairing the existing panels would be to remove the inner skin and 'roll' the outer skin back into place. Of course this could present problems as well. Seems as if I've read you have to be very careful doing something like I'm describing. Using a heat source on the aluminum while trying to roll out the dents should be done carefully. Try to do some searches about dent repair, there should be plenty on the forum.
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Dan, if you're going to remove the curved rear windows, may I be the first to request them??? mike
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My '84 345 is an oddball, custom order, and has the single rear window.
If I were you I would leave that mod well alone.

Way too much trouble, for little gain!
It looks like the center window is different too...


Take a look at this thread in the Skins section for an idea of what can be done and it will make you feel better...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...res-64383.html

The dents you have in the rear, are not too bad, and if they bother you, I would put the work into pushing them from the inside... I bet a buck, you can get them looking pretty good for way less work than replacing.
The cracks and damage to your ABS panels can be fixed with a mixture of MEK and ABS mixed to a slurry, and I can guide you how to do that.
The front creases if I am correct maybe accessable from inside the wheel housing, and if they are a good panel guy could do wonders on them.
Personally, I would not replace any of those those panels....
My rear RH upper was damaged and someone drilled holes and tried to slide-hammer it out... needless to say it cant be rescued...
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