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Old 05-01-2018, 03:34 AM   #1
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280 outer replacement skins?

So 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.

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Old 05-01-2018, 04:07 AM   #2
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I would check out the model relevant section in the motorhome forum.

These panels were all pre-formed originally and NLA, but some of the guys in the motorhome sections are forming by hand from aluminum sheet.
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:24 AM   #3
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One 280 thread:

The member dadstoy with an ‘82 is right next door in Redwood City!

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Old 05-01-2018, 11:05 PM   #4
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You can remove the damage using an English wheel. There are thread here on using one. It doesn't take much force to fix these, you just need a helper that will hold the other end and follow the curve as the skin moves through the wheel.
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