Main reason: Because I think I'm more likely to get the inspector to agree to allow the existing sleeve if I don't disturb it by changing the box it's attached to. If he doesn't approve leaving the existing sleeve the job cost doubles and my client won't pay that much.Why can't the new panel go where the existing one is?
Secondary reason: I can cut the existing panel in half vertically to remove it, but I can't get the new one installed with pipe on both the left and right side that don't move. I'm assuming the sleeve is unmovable. The meter can is Ramset nailed to the block and is not going to move.
Yes, I agree it's ugly.