|Anders, the owner of the project, works
with graphics, hence this artistic shot of the mocked-up Chout. Tank is
cast aluminum (if there is enough interest more might be made - email me
to discuss this). Temporary wheels. Brand new 74" engine by IPE with all
the goodies - coated, forged pistons, H-profile rods, hot cams, stainless
valve spring covers, Dell'Orto carb and Electronic Ignition.
Reproduction 101 forks from IPE.
I am actually rather reluctant in posting this page; the frame was so much work (mainly for Mads, of DIY Four fame, and my frame-builder-helper, Peter, who did all the hard work) that it isn't likely that more will be made anytime soon - they would be seriously expensive too. But, anyway, here is a brief story on how to build a Chout frame the hard way.
|One thing that makes the Chout builder's life a little bit easier is that the lower part of the Chief powertrain actually fits pretty good in a stock (or reproduction from IPE) 101 frame; the front and rear engine mounts line up nicely, so it is mainly a matter of making room for the top end of the engine. The other major job is reshaping the kicker mount to allow a complete Chief kicker setup to be used (the 101 kicker setup could possibly be used, saving some work, but I don't know if there is enough leverage in it for a healthy Chief engine).|
|Other side of stock 101 frame with Chief lower end. Compare with stretched frame below.|
|The new frame is made up from reproduction 101 frame castings from IPE and seamless mild steel tubing (DIN2391 in Euro-speak), silver soldered together. There are basically two ways of making the engine top end fit in the frame. The most often used is to raise the tube under the tank and use Junior Scout tanks. These are the same shape as 101 tanks, but are split like late Chief tanks, so the raised tube can fit between them - see pic below of Red Fred's Chout, which was a major inspiration for this project. It was decided to do this one differently; by keeping the backbone and under-tank tube in the stock location and lowering the bottom of the frame. This way a lightly modified (to accomodate return from the oil pump) in-the-frame 101 tank could be used - or the cool cast aluminum version seen here.|
|Here is Red Fred and Ron's Chout. Under-tank tube replaced with a sheet metal brace to clear the cylinder heads. Often a raised under-tank tube is used to do basically the same thing. Both methods require split tanks. More pics and story on the VI here: virtualindian.org/xmas04/lsrchout.html -and a couple of other takes on the basic Chout concept, also on the VI: virtualindian.org/chout.html and virtualindian.org/dixie.html|
|Stock (IPE reproduction) 101 frame side by side with new Chout frame - in red primer - shows the major difference; the longer front down tubes and saddle tube of the Chout frame. There still seems to be enough ground clearance, but we will have to see when it's up and running. You can also see that the bosses for the brake cross-over on the lower frame tubes had to go on the Chout frame to make room for the big Chief primary cover (things are tight here, and you may need to file the cover and/or frame tube for clearance). Depending on what rear brake setup this bike will end up with (it would probably make things easier with a rear wheel with sprocket and brake drum on the same side - putting the drum on the same side as the brake pedal) we may have to come up with a replacement cross-over. No, it doesn't snow all the time in Denmark; only when I need to take things outside to get good light for photos.|
|Modified kicker mount with stock 101 mount for comparison.|
|Another view. No brake pedal mount on lower frame tube (compare to photos of stock 101 frame above) as we would like to see where the exhaust pipes will go before brazing it on. It will be a bit tight in this area, so moving the pedal mount 1/2" one way or the other compared to stock could be a big help. Saddle pivot bracket has also been left off until Anders decides where he wants it.|
|So that was a little on the IPE Chout frame. Please don't ask for one, I seriously don't want to do any more right now, but could sell you a set of 101 frame castings if you want to have a go at it yourself (email me if interested, but be aware that it isn't exactly an easy-peasy job to make a frame out of them). Stay tuned for more on Anders' Chout - either here or maybe on the VI.|