Sudesh

Diablo Refresh

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Im quite new to the forum and recently purchased a 93 2wd Diablo. It has some nice upgrades like SV engine deck and mesh style rear grill, SE30 front and rear bumpers and rear spoiler, slightly wider rear wheels and some carbon interior bits. However I plan on doing some refresh work to the car and learning and reading as I go along.

 

One of the companies Im involved with work solely on vehicle interior re-trimming, and another in custom carbon/Kevlar/FRP work, so along the way I'll be doing some work in these area and will post up the pics as it progresses. Id like to make some carbon intake boxes, the engine bay cover, some interior pieces and even looked at doing the exhaust heats shield too.

 

I do quite a bit of work on other cars but specialise in NSX refresh, which you can follow here. http://www.nsxcb.co.uk/showthread.php?6702-NSX-Refresh

 

But for now, Im starting small and going through all the little niggly bits that need attention and most important, keeping on top of any mechanical/electrical issues. As this is all new, any and all help is always appreciated. I also like to take plenty of pics as I think showing how things is done, is great to help out other members and hopefully aids in saving them some money on these great cars.

 

SO!

 

Decided to do a little bit of inspection work and jot down some stuff Id like to order up an start the restoration process. Some nuts a bolts Id like to replace with new, old pipes just looking a bit tired and a good clean underneath and might wax oil as unlike the NSX, rust will be an issue unless its kept on top off.

 

So wheel off - Would make a nice coffee table if turned on its rear lol

 

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Wonder will it fit ok, just a bit of an over hang lol

 

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Rear deck removed for servicing mode, I repainted the exhaust heat shield and stuck it back in

 

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Added a Diablo badge

 

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Removed the wheel guards to inspect coolant pipes, brakes alternator coolant hose [takes air from side skirt] this hose is basically done and very brittle, so Ill get that removed and source another from local motor factors

 

Awful mess in there.

 

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Some interior pics, Just finished making the new over mats, so will add those shortly as the ones in the photos are done, then needs a good valet and might looks at some other carbon changes. DSC_0384_zpsd36e2614.jpgDSC_0385_zps16f5e0cc.jpg

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Added the Diablo badge at the rear as the previous owner just had the bull emblem in the middle. Which do you prefer?

 

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I really like the black surrounds and grill on the SV. So going to do that.

 

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The black surrounds are the best looking, or carbon. What color is your car?

 

Yeah I really like the black too, though about making carbon, but don't want to go over board with carbon. Im not a HUGE lover of carbon, but the right amount can create a nice balance.

 

Not sure the name of my color, think its Grigio

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Removing the rear lights is a little fiddly job, but with my tiny girl like hands and patience, its not too bad.

 

Remove the rear deck, very simple job.

 

Two bolts hold this in place, one on the left and right of the deck and easy to access.

 

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once removed the deck will be free at the front, but safe enough in that position,

 

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Go to the rear of the car and slide the deck out towards the back

 

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Deck fully removed and leave in a safe place, being very careful not to chip it.

 

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This is what retains the deck at the rear, just a slide on pin and why it must be slid off.

 

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Hi Sudesh

 

Congrats on your car and welcome.

 

Looks like it had some changes by the previus owner. I notice that the Volt gauge has replaced the clock when they did the dash conversion?

 

I also changed the rear of my car to a more simple GT/SV look. With a GT grill and flat black rear light surrounds. Simple bolt on change, can be change back to stock in 10min. I prefer the version with the Diablo script, or if you move the "Bull" emblem to the right side instead.

This is how mine looks now.

 

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For the body kit, the rear decklid looks like an original Lamborghini parts, since it has the air ducts. The rear spoiler looks like the repros that guy i Poland does, it is starting to sag a bit.

Roadster wheels?

With the SE30 front bumper, did they also change the front trunk lid to a version without the crest?

 

 

Great to see another Diablo enthusiast here that does some wrenching too. Welcome and keep ud updated.

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In order to remove the rear grill there are 3 allen key bolts and 2 socket set type. 3 across the top, the other 2 at either side in behind the grill itself

 

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Once everything is unbolted the grill pops out easy.

 

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As I go along, I always like to replace the bolts I removed, back in their original holes/locations, makes life easier when it comes to re-install.

 

Next is the light surrounds.

 

removing the covers is simple and what I like to do is leave a little length of screw still in the lamps to very carefully free it from the casing, doesnt require and brute force, gently does it.

 

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Now we can see the insides

 

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Again carefully pull them forwrads to reveal the wiring,

 

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I got hold of the main red cable covering and pulled it forwards to leave more room

 

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If your unsure of the connectors, mark down the orientation of where they go for re-install, or take a pics

 

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Disconnect cables

 

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Repeat process for bothe lights

 

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Inside the lamp housings is a rubber grommet,

 

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I pushed this throught and feed the cables back in towards the inside of the car

 

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Again as an added measure, you can mark the cables for each lamp

 

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Now the tricky bit, in order to tremove the surrounds there are 4 bolts that hold the black lamp inserts in place, this in turn hold the surrounds in place.

 

You can just see some of the bolts here

 

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So remove the rad rear rad grills, 2 screws and then it slide up and out, careful not to scratch the car

 

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Only method I could see without any major stripping was to put the 10mm spanner up to the bolts from the rear

 

You can just about make out the spanner around the farthest away bolt

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Once the bolts get a bit free, I just juggled between squeezing my hand in there to undo the bolts and using the spanner from underneath. A good idea is to put a towel down so when the bolts and washers fall out, they will land on the towel without bouncing around and getting lost on the floor.

 

With the bolts free the black lamps inners come free

 

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The remove the covers

 

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And thats it! Repaet process for the other side

 

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All ready to head to the bodyshop now for a flat/matt black spray job.

 

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Re-install of the lamp units will be fun lol

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Since you guys both have a mesh grille what did you do with your reverse lights?

 

I have SE30 rear bumper, so lamp is in there

 

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Hi Sudesh

 

Congrats on your car and welcome.

 

Looks like it had some changes by the previus owner. I notice that the Volt gauge has replaced the clock when they did the dash conversion?

 

I also changed the rear of my car to a more simple GT/SV look. With a GT grill and flat black rear light surrounds. Simple bolt on change, can be change back to stock in 10min. I prefer the version with the Diablo script, or if you move the "Bull" emblem to the right side instead.

This is how mine looks now.

 

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For the body kit, the rear decklid looks like an original Lamborghini parts, since it has the air ducts. The rear spoiler looks like the repros that guy i Poland does, it is starting to sag a bit.

Roadster wheels?

With the SE30 front bumper, did they also change the front trunk lid to a version without the crest?

 

 

Great to see another Diablo enthusiast here that does some wrenching too. Welcome and keep ud updated.

 

As far as Im aware, all the extras were created by Mike, he told me he has the moulds for the SE bits and SV, and it was him that put the bits on the car, this car was originally owned by Mike back in the 90s I think and he done a few engine mods too.

 

Yes OEM SE30 has the badge in the bumper and nothing on the trunk.

 

Nice looking car you have, it was red I originally wanted.

 

I would like SE skirts and currently looking for the SE wheels, we know of a guy in the UK that has a spare set of wheels, so trying to persuade him to sell. Im also after the 4 OEM square lamps or something very close to that.

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Congrats on the purchase! Car looks great and I love to see the work you are doing to it. Chalk up another vote for the Red Diablo emblem.

 

Would also love to see a thread in the "Other Cars" section on some of the work you do with NSXs.

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You could always use plasti dip on your parts instead of having them painted. That way you can take it off again if you get tired of the look.

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Congrats on the purchase! Car looks great and I love to see the work you are doing to it. Chalk up another vote for the Red Diablo emblem.

 

Would also love to see a thread in the "Other Cars" section on some of the work you do with NSXs.

 

Hi,

 

Thanks you very much! Yes going to keep the red diablo badge to follow in line with the SV slightly, plus my grill and light surrounds are already being painted flat black, and hopefully will be ready tomorrow.

 

There is a link in my first post above to the NSX work.

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You could always use plasti dip on your parts instead of having them painted. That way you can take it off again if you get tired of the look.

 

I've used Plasti dip in the past on certain bits, but wouldn't be fussed on using it on the grill and light surrounds, too late now anyway as my bits are already being prepared and painted.

 

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looks a lot better with those upgrades. any shots of the front?

 

Thanks,

 

Here you go

 

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While the grill and lamp surrounds are off for respray, I decided to move on and check the air filters, Not as easy as modern day vehicles but nothing complicated either.

 

Early cars are slightly different to the models with the engine bay covers and I believe there is a small write up on those models anyway.

 

So the filter housing

 

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Start be removing the flexi pipe, 2 large hose clips at either end then remove the hose out of your way

 

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Next undo the the black rubber pipe, again just a small hose clip

 

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at the upper end of the air box box is another large flexi pipe with a hose clips, you only need to loosen the one that goes into the air box

 

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There are 3 nuts that hold the box in place, 2 at the rear and one at the side closest the engine

 

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One the 3 bolts are free carefully move the box up and out, I put down a shop towel so not as to damage anything, dont force it too quickly as there is one more hose to free.

 

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The last hose, [note: this hose was only on this air box, the air box on the other side does not have this hose]

 

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You can now lift the complete unit out to work on, its absolutely pointless trying to remove the 8 bolts to open the lid while its still in the engine bay.

So the box and the bolts

 

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Lid off and filter look ok for a few more miles.

 

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So basically replace everything in reverse, there is absolutely no need to over torque the bolts on the air box lid, the box is just made of FRP and I dont think its overally strong, so gently does it.

 

REPEAT PROCESS FOR OPPOSITE SIDE.

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