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Post subject: I'm back! It's been a few years.  PostPosted: Jan 10, 2016 - 12:17 AM
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Hello all, I've been away from this forum for a very long time. Back in the day it was a pretty busy place and pretty much everyone was building Diablos. After I sold off my IFG diablo I disappeared from here I'm constantly on f-chat now as I bought a real 97 Ferrari F355 spider shortly after selling my replica. I also have a 91 348TB but I could never shake the Diablo bug. I am in the middle of restoring a 94 348 spider but that project is now going up for sale as is.

I just bought a real early Diablo chassis with the suspension and a bit more. I've already started gathering parts. I think I'm going to share my build over here with you guys more then on the Lamborghini forums because I don't intend to build the car back completely OEM. It will probably be about 50/50 and I haven't decided which way to go on the drivetrain yet. There are a lot of those guys who will go crazy about that. Too bad for them...

Anyway I just wanted to reintroduce myself and let you all know how excited I am to get going on this thing. It will go slow as a lot of it will be insanely expensive lamborghini parts, like the $8,000 pair of rear quarter panels I need.
 
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Post subject: RE: I  PostPosted: Jan 10, 2016 - 02:19 PM
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Post pics as you progress please! Smile

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Post subject: Re: RE: I  PostPosted: Jan 10, 2016 - 03:36 PM
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jdinner wrote:
Post pics as you progress please! Smile


Absolutely, I can't wait to start sharing my build here and if anyone wants pictures or measurements off a real Diablo chassis and suspension just let me know.
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: I  PostPosted: Jan 10, 2016 - 04:33 PM
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Nice! Did you buy the one from Florida, that was just on Ebay about a week ago?
 
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Supercobra wrote:
Nice! Did you buy the one from Florida, that was just on Ebay about a week ago?


Yes, that's the one. We'll see how it looks next week.
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: I  PostPosted: Jan 10, 2016 - 09:29 PM
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Really cool project! - please post lots of photos!
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: I  PostPosted: Jan 11, 2016 - 03:02 AM
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Reminds me of...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZzEzDkeHzI

ha ha

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I was just looking at old PMs and it looks like I sold my kit to buckroseau on this forum in 2011 but I know he sold it again soon after.
 
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Icy roads slowed my delivery down and I just got done dumping it off in a snow bank in my back yard. First thing I saw was it does have a vin stamped in the rear frame rail and it shows it is a 91. Having a vin is good. It was pretty dark but the old girl looks pretty rough. We'll see how she looks in the morning.
 
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How does she look

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 15, 2016 - 05:09 PM
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It's not too bad, it's of course a monumental project like they all are. Is there any way to insert an image into your post without hosting it somewhere else? I'd put some up.
The suspension is great, a little evidence on heat from the fire on the top of the shocks in the rubber spring perches on a few of them. Just a little bubbling of the rubber on one side.
Below the frame rail that has the vin stamped in it much of the original chassis paint is still there. There's lots of wiring and plastic clips etc 2/3 of the way up the car that show some melting but they still exist so I'm not worried it got too hot. The front and rear sections I believe are solid and not degraded by fire. The cab is definitely where most of he heat was. I believe the floor and main framing of the car are fine. There are still parts of the seat belts and fiberglass parts etc at the floor level so the heat did what heat does, it went up. The roof framing LOOKS straight and ok but the roof has some pretty good heat warping so ?? On the integrity of it.
I don't know how integral the roof framing is to the over all car, from the looks of how it's built it doesn't really seem to be much of the structure.

There's tons of little parts that will be usefull almost complete head light buckets, drivers seat sliders, steering, the doors move smooth and tight on their hinges. All the little push button pieces for he door latch etc.
Unfortunately the wheels I bought for it still haven't shown up and it is literally sitting on its belly in a snow bank in my back yard.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 18, 2016 - 08:06 AM
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I have just posted details of 3 countach restorations here http://www.kitcentral.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=77144&sid=77d41cc1acddbf241d11bd084876d1ac#77144
and one was fire damaged it may help you to decide how to proceed with your rebuild
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 18, 2016 - 03:55 PM
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lambo1 wrote:
I have just posted details of 3 countach restorations here http://www.kitcentral.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=77144&sid=77d41cc1acddbf241d11bd084876d1ac#77144
and one was fire damaged it may help you to decide how to proceed with your rebuild


Wow thanks, I book marked that thread. Those guys at good.
I'm 97 Spider over on f chat and am pretty active in the 348/355 forum since that's been my focus the last few years. I've never looked at the lambo section over there though.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 30, 2016 - 04:47 AM
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Here's a picture Keith is hosting for me if this works. I hope to get it inside soon. The 348 Spider project is up on EBay.

https://keithbillantiphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-CpxQZXv/0/D/i-CpxQZXv-D.jpg
 
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