In the "inspection world" the electrician has altered a listed piece of equipment which could deem it unacceptable.
That said, I have seen similar procedures done often and accepted
Before I proceeded, I would talk with the inspector and see exactly what his concerns are.
There are a multitude of potential violations in the changeover.
If 'altering' is his concern, then you have little choice but replacing the panel.
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