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, 26 July 2012

Repositionimg the kicker mount

One of the issues with fitting a chief powerplant into a 101 chassis is that the kicker stud is too close to the pinion... Today i made a start on repositioning the stud.
First off i drilled a piece of flat 1/4" stock to fit snugly over the existing 101 stud

With a length of 7/8" roundstock as a kicker pivot i offered the kicker up into position so the teeth mesh but not too tightly

Having marked the centre of the stud i drilled a 1/2" hole and turned the roundstock down on the lathe to the same size

With the new pin loosely in position i marked it with room for a washer and circlip then parted it off

All clamped together ready to weld now.

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Finally got the powerplant fitted in the chassis

Engine plates and spacer tube

Change of plan... I decided that the tanks fit nicer over the backbone of the frame

And at close of business this afternoon ...

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Odd Jobs

Cleaned up the old Yamaha tls hub and trued it up on the old crappy chrome 18" wheel that it came with... It will get built into a new rim once I have decided whether to run an 18",19" or 21" rim up front

All done while the paint dries

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I picked up a modified '30s chief bar centre during the gathering stages of the project, it had solid round bar stubs welded either side ( slightly squint!!!) to take risers and aftermarket bars.
Today i set it up in the lathe turned down the stubs to the same diameter as the inside of a set of old Triumph 1" western pattern bars that i got from Tony with the 101 frame.

A couple of cuts later

And they are ready for welding

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Crossbar... all welded and ground back

Thats the frame ready to come out of the jig and get a coat of primer or two

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

'33 heads on '40 jugs

Make for a lot more room up top.

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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Progress 2

Revised steel plugs internally bored to 3/4" to cut down on excess weight, outer diameter 1.125" to match factory spec tube

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