One thing I feel I must mention here, and is the only real problem I found with Parallel, is that the REAL build cost will be significantly higher than the 17,333 I arrived to when adding up all the parts listed on Parallel's website. Even allowing 4500 (2K paint, 1.5K engine & gearbox, 1K trimming) that comes to 21,833 but in my opinion theres no way you will be able to build what I would call a decent replica for less than 25K unless you get an extremely good deal on painting, trimming and engine/gearbox supply so be warned.

Unfortunately it's not even as if you can pull much of it off a donor car. The problem, as you will see below, is that theres a lot of parts that are not listed on Parallel's website (as at January 2002), although theres no way you can get away without having them. In Parallels defence not only were they a relatively new company at the time and their website wasn't fully finished, but theres a few items you might be able to 'bodge' yourself like the wiper assembly, door locks, second-hand suspension/braking or even save money on the wheel/tyre combo but you end up detracting from the authenticity and at the end of the day this isn't really an option in my opinion.

All prices include VAT where applicable. Note that at the time I purchased all of the kit parts from Parallel, they were not VAT registered, although they stated that they may be in the near future so check this over with them if you are planning a build as obviously it could make a significant difference to the build cost.

DATE

SOURCE

PART/S BOUGHT

COST
24/02/02 Parallel Rolling Chassis package
Hand painted smooth black Hammerite
Extra bracketry on chassis
Pedal box assembly
Brake servo
Brake master cylinder
Hydraulic brake light switch
Connection tee for brake switch
10mm copper tube (for vacuum)
Flexible vacuum hose
One way vacuum valve
Clutch master cylinder
1/4" copper tube (clutch link)
Braided clutch hose
Brake & clutch fluid reservoir
Throttle cable
Petrol tank
Cooling radiator (x2)
Cooling fan (x2)
Cooling water pipe kit
Expansion tank
Breather & expansion hose
Heater & water pipe
Battery tray
Cooling fan switch (x2)
Cable gearshift with gate
Gearbox bracket (x2)
Gearbox rubber mount (x2)
Engine rubber mount (x2)
Air conditioning kit
Air con cooling fan
DIP type fuel level sender
17" wheel set. 8.5" wide front/12" wide rear. Style 'A' (original Diablo replicas)
3,950.00
170.00
250.00
150.00
145.00
78.00
8.00
6.00
15.00
12.00
15.00
48.00
11.00
18.00
55.00
32.00
190.00
360.00
142.00
295.00
16.00
20.00
48.00
15.00
28.00
350.00
29.00
30.00
30.00
1,250.00
44.00
55.00
1,280.00

Total
9,141.00

04/03/02 Micheldever Tyres 2x Pirelli P Zero Assimetrico 335/35/17ZR, 2x Pirelli P Zero Assimetrico Rosso 235/40/17ZR tyres 670.33 (delivered)
17/03/02 Private via web Pair of Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo (1990-1995 model) secondhand headlights 160.00
21/03/02 W.L. Cooke 100x pop rivets 15mm head, 16mm long 5.00
20/03/02 Demon Tweeks 2x seats, steering wheel & boss, gearknob & petrol cap 505.00
19/04/02 Brown Bros. 2x tubes of black Sikaflex panel bonder 15.50
22/04/02 Maplin 26 & 32mm grommets for heater, aircon & servo pipes (only available in pack of 10) 4.50
24/04/02 Partco 2x tubes of black RTV silicone sealant 9.00
10/05/02 B&Q 50 x 50cm 0.6mm steel plate 8.30
13/06/02 B&Q 300mm wide x 10m long bitumen flashing tape (for sound deadening) 35.00
20/06/02 B&Q 10 square metres of foam underlay 20.00
25/06/02 ABC Design Clear side repeaters (Fiat Coupe/Barchetta) 16.10
26/06/02 Coverdale Carpets 6m x 1.5m length of black latex backed carpet & 1x tin spray adhesive 87.50
06/07/02 Parallel Body package
Rear low level spoiler
Rear light surrounds
Front boot hinges
Door hinges
Engine cover hinges
Grille package
Glass package
Door window frames
Door window rubber
Front sidelight/indicator units
Front fog lights
Rear indicator units
Rear stop/tail light units
Rear high level brakelight
Rear number plate lights
Rear fog light
Reversing light
Dashboard vents (4)
Interior package
Door lock mechanisms
Ignition & door lock set
Internal door release handles
Engine cover release handle
External door handles
External door buttons
S/H gearbox
3,900.00
300.00
76.00
35.00
98.00
35.00
420.00
690.00
250.00
45.00
98.00
95.00
80.00
90.00
48.00
39.00
16.50
16.50
104.00
730.00
230.00
235.00
60.00
30.00
140.40
55.20
250.00

Total
8,166.20

23/07/02 Merlin M/Sport

7.5 metres large diameter door seal

45.50 del
03/08/02 Halfords 2x cables & 4x adjusters for internal door releases 11.96
14/08/02 Five Star 12 volt battery. Type 096. Usually retails for approx 50.00

35.00 trade

25/08/02 Parallel Facia plate for air conditioning control panel
Fuel pump/fuel filter/mounting bracket kit
Bonnet cable
Engine lid cable
Bonnet & engine lid latches
Complete badge set (genuine)
Gas ram set (5 off)
Centre console panel
Upper steering column cowling (genuine)
Lower steering column cowling (genuine)
Steering column rubber gaitor (genuine)
Seatblet set
Oil cooler kit
Rear glass bulkhead panel
Cigarette lighter (genuine)
Rear bumper brackets
Wiring loom c/w interior switches, column stalks, relays etc.
Instrument facia plate
Gas ram bracket for front boot
Door ram support brackets
Wheel centre caps (genuiine)
Driveshaft adaptor kit
Diablo V.T. Wiper arm (genuine)

25.00
150.00
19.00
17.00
70.75
276.00
185.00
60.00
50.00
50.00
50.00
60.00
95.00
60.00
8.00
30.00
600.00
20.00
15.00
25.00
120.00
152.00
350.00

Total
2,487.75

22/03/03 Private via web Used 3.9 Rover V8 'turnkey' engine complete with all ancilleries and injection system

1,400.00

25/05/03 Parallel Bellhousing kit
Clutch kit inc. release bearing
White-faced gauge pack
Warning lights & smoked panel
Replica gauge facia panel
Rear bumper mount rubber gaiters
Driveshafts

455.00
195.00
595.00
95.00
40.00
150.00
200.00

Total
1,730.00

21/08/03 Renault Ilford Bellhousing to gearbox gasket, two input shaft 'O' rings and two bellhousing to 'box dowls

13.37

27/08/03 TC Coachworks Prep and paint

4,650.00

25/09/03 Parallel Rear bumper reflectors
Engine mounts

30.00
29.00

30/10/03 Woolies Trim for front boot, perforated headlining and foam backing, 5x aerosols of adhesive, foam strip for engine lid.

64.50

27/01/04 Europa Spares Fuel filler hose 2" i.d x 10" long

15.00

24/02/04 Dagenham motors 12x driveshaft 'banana' washers

11.42

30/03/04 Vehicle Wiring Products Various earth and battery straps for battery to engine and engine to chassis. Also 5 pin Ripaults plug for injection system power connections.

21.44 delivered

16/04/04 Burton Power 3m 5/8" reinforced hose for engine to heater pipes at rear bulkhead. 2m 1/2" reinforced pipe for oil cooler to engine. 2m of reinforced 3/4" hose for header tank to engine.

39.60

17/04/04 Wurth 4x 6mm steel balljoints for gear linkage

10.00

23/04/04 M and M Trimming Trimming of all interior parts

1200

05/05/04 Parallel Exhaust system including tailpipes

1665

06/05/04 Renault Ilford 4x rubber bobbin exhaust mountings

13.36

13/06/04 CryoTec Charge up air-con system and check operation

49.00

10/06/04 Decibels 2x Pioneer 6" 170w co-axial speakers

60.00

23/07/04 Woolies Trim 2 metres black grained vinyl for A pillar and roof bar trim, tin adhesive.

25.66

06/07/04 TC Coachworks Prep and paint wing mirrors (sounds expensive but was lot of work!) and fill in gaps on dashboard binnacle.

300.00

13/09/04 Parallel Windscreen and rear quarter glass fit
S.V.A. charge
Registration charge
Numberplates
Road tax
Fuel fill (required for SVA)
Rubber pedal rubbers (required for SVA)

200.00
150.00
38.00
14.00
165.00
45.00
10.00

Total
622.00

RUNNING TOTAL (excludes parts below)

33,372.98

 

Additional parts bought that may not be strictly necessary for every builder

28/02/02

Machine Mart

16'x20' tarpaulin with tie-down eyelets 25.00 delivered
08/03/02 Halfords 2x Axle stands (I already had two) 3 ton max each 16.99
14/03/02 Machine Mart Black & Decker 'Wizard' rotary drill *THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL!!* 39.99 delivered
17/03/02 Partco Pair of H3 bulbs for headlights 3.13
21/03/02 W.L. Cooke 6 & 8mm taps & matching drillbits (for all hinges) 15.00
25/03/02 DVLA Regstration mark 'D13BLO' 499.00
16/04/02 Recovery Cost to ship rolling chassis from Parallel 100.00
23/04/02 Halfords Fibreglass kit & underseal 15.47
23/04/02 B&Q Hammerite smooth black paint & brush pack 7.66
24/04/02 W.L. Cooke 76mm holesaw (for air ducting)

15.95

07/05/02 B&Q Hammerite smooth silver, brush & bolts/nuts/washers (for gearbox) 15.00
14/05/02 Merlin M/Sport 3 metres 2" duct hose (for heater box) 31.14 delivered
15/05/02 Image Works 2x numberplates 23.50 delivered
06/07/02 Recovery Cost to ship body & interior from Parallel 100.00
14/07/02 B&Q Galvanized right-angle brackets & iron strip (for door latches etc) 16.08
15/07/02 B&Q Galvanized perforated metal strip (for headlight brackets etc.) 9.98
15/07/02 W.L. Cooke 16x 6mm stainless countersunk cap head bolts for door latches 5.55
21/07/02 Halfords Isopon P40 filler (for headlights) & glassfibre resin/hardener (general) 15.47
22/07/02 B&Q Grindstones & routers for Dremmel 11.45
24/07/02 B&Q Iron bar, plate and angle brackets 19.61
04/08/02 B&Q Aluminium tube, small 'G' clamps 5.74
07/08/02 Halfords Isopon P40 filler for headlights (gonna buy this stuff in bulk now!) 9.99
15/08/02 B&Q Universal steel strips, cutter for Dremmel 10.97
09/09/02 B&Q Box section steel tube for door, 4mm strip for rear lid latch mount 18.00
14/09/02 Donnyshow 100x rivets & 100x plastic P clips for wiring loom 6.85
23/09/02 Halfords 750ml tub of Fibrol filler (same as P40) 12.99
23/09/02 B&Q Box section steel tube for door, cheapo brush set 14.29
29/09/02 B&Q 2x cans (300ml) of expanding foam filler for bulkhead 10.98
03/10/02 B&Q 3x cans of above, but bigger @ 750ml- much better value 23.94
17/01/03 B&Q 6x cans of above 47.88
25/01/03 Covercraft 'Noah' specification tailor-made car cover 250.00
27/08/03 TC Coachworks Cost to ship car to and from bodyshop 110.00
21/10/03 B&Q Black hammerite & yet more brushes 15.50
29/01/04 Halfords Jizer degreasant 5.49
03/03/04 Machine Mart Grease gun and grease cartridge (for door hinges) 16.18 delivered
21/03/04 B&Q Sander bands for Dremmel 2.98
04/04/04 B&Q 5 paintbrushes and Hammerite 28.70
11/06/04 B&Q Louvre vent for battery hatch, MDF for interior trim panels and staple gun to attach trim 21.68
13/06/04 B&Q Fibreglass mat for fitting rear wheel arches and spray paint for engine bay panels 25.56
04/07/04 B&Q MDF, hardboard & more brushes for making up and fibreglassing front boot panelling 16.77
16/07/04 Burton Power 2x 600 gram BC poweder fire extinguishers 22.42
20/07/04 Elite Autos Locking wheel nuts 54.00
23/07/04 Undisclosed Alarm system *have mentioned this as it is a cost you will need to bear in mind. Undisclosed
28/07/04 Plastengrave 2x offcuts of Foamex plastic board to make front inner wheel arches 15.00
07/08/04 Recovery Cost to ship car from home to Parallel for final SVA pre-checks and glass fit. 100.00
26/08/04 Footman James Fully comp insurance 950.00

RUNNING TOTAL

2781.88

 

At the time of writing just about everything has been bought and the car is now road legal to drive. Total 'on the road' cost, including insurance and tax can now be found by adding the two totals above- to save you the bother it's.......

36,154.86

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