Current progress so far
Links to parts and information websites
Where I will be building my diablo
Where most of the important bits come from
The stuff it all bolts to
What makes it go
What makes it pretty
The cars nervous system
Where you sit
The gubberment bit
 
Who really cares?
Stuff that will not fit anywhere else
Other diablo replica websites
 
Finished article  
After all the long work, the car was transported to Parallel Designs office in London. Its a small facility used mainly for the production of turn keys to customer specifications. At the time, there was two cars under construction, both V12's and a Miura still undergoing development.

I had extreme difficulty locating a trailer capable of handling the width of a Diablo. The length is not a problem, but most trailers have wheels at the side which limits the width of the vehicle it can be used on.

I eventually got a trailer from Anglian Trailers in Bury St Edmunds. It was a wheels under design that had foldable sides and was well suited to the task. It didnt give me a moments trouble and their knowledgable staff spotted a potential problem with my tow vehicle and rectified it quickly and cheaply.



Heres the car shortly before the windscreen was installed. I managed to get the car all the way to PD's without it raining once. And then once we got there, the heavens then opened.

Fitting the windscreen is a fairly straightforward process but uses some chemicals to bond the screen in that laymen probably dont have access to. The trims that are installed around the screen are specially formed rubber parts that finish the edges off nicely.

Here Naz from Parallel Designs examines the car to check pre-SVA compliance. He identified an issue with the flexi hoses on the rears and will be replacing them to deal with this issue, as well as a minor point with one of the suspension ball joints which need modifying to expose more thread. Over all he seemed happy poking around the engine bay and checking the routing of my cables and pipes.

We took advantage of the car being on the ramp to fix a minor exhaust blow on one of the manifolds and to correctly adjust the handbrake.

And here is the net result of four years of very hard work. The car at the Stoneleigh kit car show!
It was an odd experience watching people examine the car. It was especially revealing standing off to one side and watching people take pictures with their camera phones. One group of Italians seemed very excited until they realised it was a replica. Another guy claimed the wheel arches were 'all wrong' to anyone who would listen. Most people were extremely complimentary, and I got to speak with a number of other builders on other replica projects in some depth about my experiences with the build.