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Old 09-03-2003, 08:35 AM   #1
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Argosy Replacement Panels

How hard is it to get a rear panel replaced on a 1977 Argosy? I found one reasonably priced, but it needs one or two panels replaced. Any idea on cost of panels and labor?
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:39 AM   #2
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AS dealers tend to price panel replacement at about $500 labor per panel. I have no idea if they would agree to work with a used panel or not.

There are people who will, of course, but finding them is not easy.

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Don't forget paint cost as well.

In fact why replace it? If you can get it close to straight, just have the local body shop finish it off and spray it. I won't tell if you don't
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sy Replacement Panels

Repair (if possible) may be much more feasible than replacement, especially if the '77 Argosy involved happens to be a Minuet. Based on my '78 Minuet, I suspect that most of the rear end aluminum (outside of the flat panel below the window) would be unique to the Minuet. With the brief three year run of the Minuet, I suspect finding any replacement panels (new or used) would be difficult. I haven't measured, but I suspect that even the galvanized steel front and rear domes were a unique stamping for the '77 through '79 Minuets.

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All you need is a sheet of aluminum large enough. Use the old panel for a template to cut the new panel. They will be painted so you don't have to worry about the surface finish.

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