A tale of two Chouts

The Ultimate Indian Motocycle Hybrid, the marriage of a vintage Scout frame with a Chief engine!

The Alchemist

The essence of motocycle, picture a rigid framed vintage roadracer, leaf sprung fork, single pan saddle, hand gearchange, foot clutch, left hand throttle and the biggest production Indian engine of the time shoehorned into the best handling Indian frame of All time! A true hotrod, the looks of a stripped down wall bike on steroids!

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Junior Scout tanks pt 2

Tonight I bolted the motor cases and transmission together, put them into the frame with the 33 cylinders on and got the rear trnsmission lug into positon on the seatpost mount levelled the powerplant through with a wooden block.

 With the Junior tank fitted over the back bone of the frame there is plenty of clearance (once the crossbar is removed) with it below the backbone it will be a tight fit but will look more like a 101 should

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Junior Scout tanks

This morning, I temporarily nicked the LH Junior Scout tank off my Sport Scout. i had heard that the JS tanks profile was the same as a 101 Scout but split intp 2 half tanks so i thought I would check this out for myself!

The top profile is a pefect match to the backbone of the 101  frame, even the seat T bar front tabs line up with the slots in the tanks

The above picture shows how much room would be available if the crossbar was taken out and replaced with bracing between the tanks. Unfortunately I dont want to hide the backbone of the frame, I would prefer to have it exposed as on a 101 which again lessens the available height!

A gain of aproximately 1.25" is available if the tank is mounted below the backbone and the crossbar is raised

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

first trial fit ......of many!

finally got a chance to trial fit the 1933 chief engine into the 1929 101 Scout frame, now to decide whether to cut slug and drop the lower frame rails or remove the crossbar and re brace the frame then use junior Scout tanks ???picture taken with my phone but it shows the issues raised in trying to fit a 1200cc Chief motor into a frame designed for a 600cc Scout motor

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Inspiration

This trio of 101 racers owned by  Buck Rinker (Bucks Indian) really are the inspiration for my Chout build, My only want being more cubic inches!

The Gathering

The major components gathered so far

- 1929 Indian 101 Scout frame
- 1933 Indian Chief engine 74" in need of full rebuild
- 1940 Chief engine 74" bottom end rebuilt by Earl McGhee
- New Chief cylinders and pistons (made in India)
- 1940 cylinder heads repaired by Richi Foss
- 1932 Indian Chief transmission
- 1934 on primary (chain type)
- Edison Splitdorf RM2 Magneto, to suit the '33 motor
- Fairbanks Morse magneto, to suit the '40 motor
- Linkert M343 carburettor