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Old 06-01-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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Replace or repair?

Ok, here's the deal...just purchased an Argosy (my first) for a song. PO had a plumbing leak (frozen and burst pipe) behind the shower. Efficiency and inexperience prompted him to cut a hole in the skin...and it's a big one. My question is to the fellow forum members is a "what would you do" poll. Should I:

(A) replace the skins. (Buck some rivets, remove interior, buy the costly rivets and tools, etc.)?

(B) Get patch panels and have an experienced aluminum welder butt weld and grind them flush?

I will be repainting the coach anyway in the next few months. Please chime in and thanks!
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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A picture would help, but my first call is to place a patch over the hole. If you don't remove the interior panels, you can use olympic rivets.

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Ok, here's the deal...just purchased an Argosy (my first) for a song. PO had a plumbing leak (frozen and burst pipe) behind the shower. Efficiency and inexperience prompted him to cut a hole in the skin...and it's a big one. My question is to the fellow forum members is a "what would you do" poll. Should I:

(A) replace the skins. (Buck some rivets, remove interior, buy the costly rivets and tools, etc.)?

(B) Get patch panels and have an experienced aluminum welder butt weld and grind them flush?

I will be repainting the coach anyway in the next few months. Please chime in and thanks!
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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Bill is right. Yo could make a decorative patch in regular aluminum, like a map of California, for example.

Or Oregon, if it fits the hole better.
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:42 PM   #4
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Bill is right. Yo could make a decorative patch in regular aluminum, like a map of California, for example.

Or Oregon, if it fits the hole better.
Too funny! It already has the Jethro Bodine patch on it... Galvanized and sillycone. I like your idea better.

Wonder what rock guards mounted on the back would look like? Lol
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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Wonder what rock guards mounted on the back would look like?
Crap.


Seriously, there's no need to remove any interior stuff, you can drill out the original rivets, and use Olympics to install the new segment.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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Patch and paint...that's the nice thing about a Argosy!
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:48 AM   #7
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Forget option "B" as 2024-T3 is not a weldable alloy. A picture would be great. A flush patch would not be as noticeable.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:03 AM   #8
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If you look at the Eastwood comapny (Panel Flanger) they sell a flange tool that puts a flange on the edge so a new panel will fit flush. Either flush rivet or use a urethane body adhesive like the body shops use to attach it. A little filler and then paint and the repair will be invisible. That's what I would do.
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