Ariel Atom 3.5 - back from the dead

Ariel Atom 3.5 - back from the dead

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celger7

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84 posts

119 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Hi everyone,

In April this year my Dad and I purchased a crashed Ariel Atom 3.5 on TradeMe the New Zealand equivalent of Ebay.

We originally purchased it for the engine to use it in our EP3 CTR. But when it arrived on the back of the truck we realised it had some good bits, Ohlins at all four corners and big Alcons front and back, so the decision was made to save it.

Dad managed to secure a new chassis from Ariel in the UK and thus began the rebuild, the chassis and the other replacement parts (tub, seat unit and some suspension bits) arrived from the UK last week. Once completed we will put it through the compliance process and road register it.

Below are some photos of it as it arrived:














The replacement chassis is black instead of the original gunmetal grey and the wheels will also be black, we also ordered the optional windscreen kit, Alcon handbrake kit which is required for road registration here and the optional side pods.

It was quite a long wait for the chassis to arrive but then last week it happened, we used our car trailer and my Mum's Honda Crossroad to collect it in Auckland.







All our Christmases came at once with the unboxing:









Assembly has started and it is a pretty fun job!




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Today was a big day, fitted the fuel tank and the engine, took all day, had to be careful not to scratch the chassis, but it wasn't easy.

Washed the engine first, the exhaust is manifold is at place in Auckland getting ceramic coated, back next week hopefully.









There are still quite a few jobs left to do, I will keep thread updated with progress photos if anyone is interested.

Excited to drive it but I think it is going to be a wild ride!

Thanks for looking smile

RS Grant

1,261 posts

219 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Very interested in this, please keep the updates coming.. glad to see it being saved rather than pulled to bits. smile

pstruck

3,517 posts

235 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Looks like a fun little project. Quite like the screen. Looking forward to reading any further updates as this progresses.

Andy-vy4vo

164 posts

62 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Awesome. Glad you saved it. Looks like a fun process.

Krikkit

24,998 posts

167 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Glad I wasn't the passenger when that had its smash, I quite like my feet!

Looks like a great project, must make it a touch easier having easy access to most bits. biggrin

avenger286

425 posts

89 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Good luck with this and nice Clio v6 in the workshop also!

akirk

4,698 posts

100 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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great project - rather like a big lego model!
will look forward to seeing it on the road

Alucidnation

16,810 posts

156 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Good save!

Is the cost justifiable though?

wolfracesonic

6,014 posts

113 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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What sort of crash was it involved in? Looks like it was literally wrapped round a lamp post.

Kev_Mk3

2,362 posts

81 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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fantastic thread so far

superkarl

60 posts

123 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Is the Gti-R and clio V6 yours aswell??

Altrezia

8,443 posts

197 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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fk me, what did it hit??

Great project - good luck with it smile

peterattheboro

1,353 posts

169 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Registering interest.

If you don't mind me asking, how much is a replacement chassis?

celger7

Original Poster:

84 posts

119 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Alucidnation said:
Good save!

Is the cost justifiable though?
Absolutely, once it is done it will have cost much less than a new one. When we got the dash going today we found out that it has only done 6,000km, that is virtually new.

Cost is also much less because we are doing all the work ourselves. Labour cost is what usually kills a project like this I reckon.

celger7

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84 posts

119 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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wolfracesonic said:
What sort of crash was it involved in? Looks like it was literally wrapped round a lamp post.
Apparently happened at the track but not sure what it hit but it would have been a massive impact!

celger7

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119 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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superkarl said:
Is the Gti-R and clio V6 yours aswell??
Yes, we love cars and I reckon if you buy right they are reasonably good investments. We have a bit of a collection smile

The Clio has done 20,000km and the Pulsar just over 30,000km both pretty mint, so we will see if it the values go up. Clio prices have gone mad in the UK and you simply never see Pulsars like these for sale, all have been modified or rusted to bits.

celger7

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84 posts

119 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Altrezia said:
fk me, what did it hit??

Great project - good luck with it smile
Not sure mate but I am glad I was't in it when it happened!

celger7

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84 posts

119 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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peterattheboro said:
Registering interest.

If you don't mind me asking, how much is a replacement chassis?
I sent you an email smile

AndrewGP

1,861 posts

148 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Fantastic work and it's awesome that you're saving it. Looking forward to more updates!

celger7 said:
That photo is shocking! It looks like the car caricature artwork you sometimes see biggrin

celger7

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84 posts

119 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Krikkit said:
Glad I wasn't the passenger when that had its smash, I quite like my feet!

Looks like a great project, must make it a touch easier having easy access to most bits. biggrin
Yes, everything is there which makes it a right treat! As we put it back together we are reconditioning everything that doesn't look new so when it is done we will have a brand spanker Atom! smile