Max Bubeck pictures with kind permission of Rocky Dillinger at Iron Wigwam


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

Max Bubeck on his Chout - link to an interview with Max

Max Bubeck on his Chout - link to an interview with Max
Fastest unstreamlined Indian - ever!

The Chout Breeders Association

The idea is to put together a register of Chouts and Chout builders and hopefully create a hub to link out to websites pages and blogs that may be of assistance to Chout builders wherever they are.

If you have built a Chout, own a Chout or know of somone who has please leave a comment and contact details.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Hobo Nickel update

Rob McIntyre's Chout update

Frame is almost sorted, mvoed the rear brake cross shaft mounts back
about 10mm to clear the bottom edge of the primary, drilled out the old
frame tubes so we could put in new tubes to suit the chief
motor, fitted  the '30s chief headstock and added a brace, to fill in
the ugly gap more than anything else. Thought about, and created a
solution to  the kicker arm position, had the oil and fuel line fittings
added to the tank and got the seat mount pivot milled out ready for my

It's interesting, looking at others chout builds and seeing how other
people come up wiht solutions ot similar problems - all work just as
well but each is quite different for the same problem!!!

I was worrying about how to get the bottom tube to clear the
heads - TRex (a NZ Indian fellow) cam up with the solution of bending
the 'seat post' back slightly and becauce I was using Ricardo heads
which are a bit lower than standard '40s chief ones should give us
enough clearance.   He was right and this works a treat....

 Shows my solution to fitting the seat pivot.  I didn't want a
big ugly bracket sticking up so had another mate turn up the tube on his
lathe and then had the man with a mill cut out the top tube - all I need
to do now is weld it in and give the seat mount a bit of a bend and
it'll be nice and tidy below the line of the frame.
resized5 - This is my really clever solution to moving the kicker arm
back a little.  As you all know a chief motor is a bit bigger than a
scout one, so one of the things you need to do is relocate the kicker
arm.  I had a couple of other ideas before this one but they were far
too complex........  this is a piece of steel bar, cut and ground down
to shape, a couple of holes drilled in it, bit of machining on the frame
(this was sent out to PG2000 in Wellington NZ) and it all matched up and
worked a treat.

Next on the agenda is to sort the motor/gearbox, rear guard and tank
then that is about all there is to a chout so I should be ready to ride
it - hahhaha, almost!!

Chout on ebay!


worth a read and look for some hints and tips

 Indian 101 Chout.

    This is a 1928-1930 Frame Modified to for a 1939 Chief Motor.  I have owned other Chouts 
before and after seeing what worked and what didn't, I decided to build one the way I felt worked 
best.  Over the years I picked the best items from loads of parts I bought to build this Chout.  
My first intention was to keep the lines of the 101 Scout.  I also wanted it to look period like 
it rolled out of a barn.  Everything we brazed and any area we worked on the frame or bike was treated
 or left alone to look like the original parts.   I NEVER HAD ANY INTENTION OF PAINTING THIS 
BIKE.  All parts were either nice patina/old paint, surface rust or original paint. No parts were used that 
were rotted in any way. All work we did was recorded in a journal and documented.   All receipts, 
the journal and paperwork will transfer to new owner.  In my state a notorized Bill of Sale is all that 
is required to transfer title as Vermont does not offer titles past 15 years old.  I may have an old 101 
title around if it would be useful to register for the new buyer.  Please ask me to look if this is a important
for you to register.  As of now the bike is only sold with a bill of sale, the title is not included but I might be 
able to help.

    The motor and transmission we used was a very nice 1939 complete motor and not built from a pile of parts.  
It was completely rebuilt by HP cycles in Berwick Maine.  I have all receipts for the build and I can put potential buyers in 
touch with the owner to discuss the work if necessary.  The builder that worked for HP has since 
retired but he worked on Indians and Aircraft work his whole life, an ace mechanic. In the pictures you 
will see a Morris Magneto that drops in the distributor hole and is driven by the oil Pump. Engine has 
been fitted in the frame.  Last piece of the engine install is to finish the kicker assembly .  
The period modication was to use a 20s Chief Kicker gear.  This was confirmed used on a period 
racer Chout that is in the Wheels thru Time Museum.  I have a 20s Chief 
kicker gear but it is worn and I have yet to locate another but I can aid in that location 
for the new buyer. Another option is to braze a new pin just behind the original pin and use 
the stock Chief arm and gear.  George has successfully done this on another customers Chout 
that was built about 5 years ago.  Or lastly a stepped back pin bracket can created which 
I had and worked well on a previous Chout I owned.  All work can be done for the buyer after 
the sale for a shop rate of $40 per hour.  My thoughts is the most period correct fix is to 
use the 20s Chief kicker gear which is why I haven't pursued the latter fixes. 

    I did all the frame and chassis modification in George Yarocki's shop with his help and
 Tim Raindle (one of the best new guys working on 101s I know).   All work was brazed and not welded, as welding
 if done near the frame castings will turn them very brittle and unsafe. Although alot of people 
may have problems with this, the frame was the nicest original frame I have ever owned.  I wanted a straight Solid, no rot frame, or essentially one 
that didn't need any work done to it.  But just to be sure, we put the original 101 frame in the frame jig to test it 
before we started any work to be sure it not structurally compromised.  Then we stretched it 
approximately 2 inches in the rear and 2 inches on the kicker down tube and 2 inches in front 
down tubes.  Then we used a set of 20s Chief NOS fork legs and 20s Chief links.  We did this because modifying the 
frame changed the ride height and angle of the chassis so we needed to bring the front end up a little.   We wanted it to ride level.
  To utilize the 101 front brake we had to braze the front brake anchor on which can be seen in the pictures.  
We figured this was the way to go by talk to some old timers who did it back in day.  We had to changed and repined the
 fork stem because the 101 frame has a different diameter stem then the chief forks had. The wheels were rebuilt and tested, all recorded in the 
journal.  The fenders fit fine but the front fender road a little high due to the longer chief 
forks so we made a custom front fender bracket to bring it down a little.  The Headlight was an 
original perfect light traded by a friend just for this project because the bike was for me.  
THE HEADLIGHT THAT IS ON IT WILL NOT GO WITH THE BIKE.  I said I would not sell the light and I 
have to honor my word.  A brand new, very nice reproduction headlight with glass lenses will go 
with the sale.  The headlight brackets were turned upside down and bent to look right, this was all 
to get a lower streamline looked that was a period modification I was going for.  The gas tank 
was a super cool tank I got from Australia  with old indian head logo on side, with a 22 bullet hole thru it.  We repaired it with 
tin as it would have been done during the period, both inside and out and tested the tank.  
Because we used a later Chief engine we had to have a recirculating oil system.  The tank has a 
hole cut in the bottom to mount a plate that will hold all the oil piping.  All the fittings 
are there and the tank can be completed at the shop for a shop rate of $40 an hour after the 
sale. There will be a generator mount included with the sale but my intention was to run this 
with a 12volt alternator and convert the headlight and tailight to modern light for a brighter 
light (bulbs for 12volt brighter light will be included in the sale).  No generator or alternator goes with the sale.  
The bike will run off the magneto so as of not no electrical is included with the bike.  My goal was to run it and iron out the electrical later.
Again this is some that can be addressed after the sale for a shop rate of $40.  The seat is a reproduction seat that we worked to look worn, and it looks great.  
The brake lever is a very nice original.  The bars were nice custom period bars that were cut and shortened to flat track as best I can tell.  It gives that sport ride stance.
There is a cool old paint tool box.  AN NOS SIDE STAND....only nos 101 stand I have ever seen.  Two battery boxes, one original, one repop......bottom rotted out of original
almost all of them do so I figured it could be run with rotted box, use repop (not direction I would go) or cut the bottom out of repop and weld to old one (what I intended to do)
Jockey shift assembly is new from Rockys but the shifter lever is an original Indian Head Robbins.