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vintage Revell Chain Gang Chopper engine in!

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vintage Revell Chain Gang Chopper engine in!
Posted by butch on Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:54 PM

 Some may have seen this elsewhere....some not ...so I thought I'd share.  Here is my vintage Revell Chain Gang. I have wanted to build a bike that was NOT based on the new chopper kits.   I recently picked up a vintage Revell "Chain Gang". 

 


I want to build a bike with a Swedish flavor....long and lean.  This kit definitley shows its age though. The motor is a pre1970 shovelhead,but it does not have much detail. The plan here is to use the crankcase ,but the cylinders heads etc will come from an Imai Harley kit.




I am  using the 300mm Metzler tire from Model Martin for the rear. Here you can see the difference between the kit rubber and the 300 Metzler.



I have widened the rear of the hard tail frame, and added the rake to the front end. I am  not sure if I will use the coffin tank or not. Heres a couple of shots that  will give you the idea of the final look.




Frame work roughed in, in these pics.






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Posted by butch on Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:56 PM

 
I really wanted ti sue the pre '70 crankcase , so I cut off the cylinders and used cylinders from an Imai Harley kit. I also used the oil pump ( the small gray box on the lower corner), the pushrod mounts, and scratchbuilt a magneto (the white box on the front). the detail of the Imai cylinders are much better than the old Revell motor.



The Imai rocker covers are nice.....they have decent bolt detail,but notice the seem on the side. Theese will be cleaned up and sent off to be rechromed.



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Posted by butch on Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:57 PM

 ok ....Here is the new seat pan/ backbone.  

I cut out a new seatpan from sheet plastic and glued it in place. Notice the corners of the frame sticking out, these were trimmed off.



I ran half-round styrene around the edge and blended it into the frame.




Here is where I am at this point.



thanks for looking!

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Posted by butch on Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:58 PM

 
The more I looked at the bike the more I did not like the tear drop tank. It sat too high and looked funny if I dropped it. After a coat of Tamiya  primer I realized it was all wrong for the bike ,and tried the coffin tank again, after some subtle reshapping that is what I used. The tank was molded into the frame, and I filled in the bottom of the tank. The back fender was shaped similar to the seat pan and a tailight was molded in. The tailight lens in the pic is a piece of stretched transparent red sprue. I made a seat out of halfround styrene. Doesn't look comfortable ,but I think it fits the bike.  It will need a little more cleanup but it's getting there.









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Posted by butch on Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:59 PM

 I got the the front end almost finished . I made new forks and a new triple tree from aluminum tubing.  The only thing holding it all together in the last pic is gravity so it may look a little askew.





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Posted by butch on Saturday, March 13, 2010 5:01 PM

 I built an oil tank from sheet styrene....kinda hard tio see ,but it follows the contour of the frame.  I cleaned up the exhaust. The pipes had big ejector pin marks ,seams and was generally awful. They were polished out and drilled and need to be sent out for chrome. I sanded the belt of a Revell primary, and started making a new clutch, now I need a belt.






 

Thanks......more to come

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  • From: In the shadow of Lookout Mt. Phx AZ
Posted by pepperdrumstix on Saturday, March 13, 2010 9:10 PM
I like those old Revell Motorcycle kits and I am working on one now. You sure know your stuff about Harleys and it shows on this fine build. I noticed you used several different front wheels. Where did you get them? The spoke wheel is probably the one in the kit but the Mag type wheel I have never seen before. Did you modify, cut out spokes, on the spoke wheel in the one photo? Do you know of any place or web site to order tires for those older Revell kits? My tires have all but fallen to shreds of rubber in the shape of a tire. I've even checked toy motorcycles for the right size tires and not found any that would work. I like the lowered look with the extended forks and raked triple tree. I don't see many of those type of forks on the bikes around here but I see them in bike mags. That rear tire is perfect for the bike and I suspect the other front wheel came from that kit. Please keep us posted because I want to see this re-build on an old kit you don't see often any more. Thanks Butch for giving me hope on my Revell Harley build. I'm doing something simular to my old kit, Sportster Peanut tank, lowered frame and extended and raked forks and modified fenders. Probably use the kit low riser handlebars on a slightly extended mount with a small headlight. I have one kit with the springer forks and I have extended them with polished aluminum tubing. The second kit has the chrome forks that are extended in the kit. I would like to see these kits re-issued. Patrick
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Posted by butch on Sunday, March 14, 2010 2:47 PM

 Patrick....The wheels are from the new Revell chopper series, thay are much better than the old wheels and tires. I would love to see these old kits re-released as well. I know of no sources for the old tires , but with a little work the wheels and tires from the new kits will work. Thanks

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  • From: Lanoka Harbor NJ
Posted by Chevy_Man on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:50 PM
Do you have a Website for that Rear Tire you have?
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Posted by mcmainstribe on Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:16 PM

I had this kit as a kid!  Brush painted black, glued on fingerprints and all.  Needless to say, yours looks better.  Keep us posted and thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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  • From: In the shadow of Lookout Mt. Phx AZ
Posted by pepperdrumstix on Friday, March 26, 2010 7:17 PM
Thanks for the info on the tires Butch. I will try to find some and use them. It would be a shame to not be able to build the old Revell kits because of no tires. Thanks again. Patrick
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Posted by butch on Friday, March 26, 2010 11:13 PM

 http://www.aardvarkmodels.com/Model.html

 

Thats the site that makes the tir, but they are not listed there.  He usually has them on ebay.

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  • From: Germany
Posted by Lutz-Bikes on Saturday, March 27, 2010 7:33 AM

 Hi Butch;

Great work on that Bike and the Deatil work is awesome.

i tried the same kit long time ago 

here the result.

Keep us posted.

Cheers Lutz

 

 

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Posted by butch on Friday, April 30, 2010 11:39 AM

 Small update. I have completed the mock-up.  Now that I have all the major sub assemblies in place , I will take it all apart and start detailing everything. I am about to order some bolts,and spark plugs from RB motion to replace the molded in detail on the engine. I will also get some rod ends and tubing to make shift linkages etc.  The engine will receive all wiring and plumbing. Everything is almost ready to ship to Chrome Tech.

pics







this pics shows the new brake caliper using the rear sprocket as a brake disc, as seen on lots of real choppers.




this pic shows what I'll be using for an intake on the carb



These are the bars I'm using.....modified Revell bars.




Comments welcome....thanks for looking!!

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  • From: MEXICO
Posted by ALEX GAROLI on Monday, May 03, 2010 9:59 PM

Wooooooow, love the fork and the exhaust!

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Posted by butch on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:34 AM

 I wanted to show you guys this and see what you think.  I was going through the 'ol parts box the other night and found these 1/8 scale torq thrusts. I wondered if the centers would fit in the chopper rims.  After a little cutting "poof" they slipped right in like they were made that way.

I put two of the wheel centers back to back and they fit perfect in the wide 300 tire.

pics






On the bike I think they kinda give an old school hot rod look.

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  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Friday, May 28, 2010 11:17 PM

Nice rim.  I like how it looks on this bike.

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by butch on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 5:07 PM

 I got it painted......3 light coats of Tamiya Candy Lime over a gold base. The pics are wayy greener than it turned out.  It actually has a very nice gold tint....like the old Testors Lme Green Metallic.  I will be adding red flames like in the last pic when this is dry.  Notice the rack I made from sprue to hold the bike while its painted.....pretty cheesey huh?







the flames.....





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  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 12:30 PM

 

Nice paint, that's a great color for the shape of the frame.  It should look killer with the 5 spoke rim as well.  I'm in awe!

 

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by butch on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:45 PM

 Small update...............its cleared and  polished......you can kind of see the pearl on the flames in this pic....but boy is this color hard to photograph. It thurned out very well.




Here is a pic of the front wheel I made to match the new rear wheel. I basically used the front wheel from the R/M kit and used styrene rod shaped to a taper to make new spokes.

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Posted by don450 on Thursday, July 01, 2010 3:59 PM

GREAT JOB ON THE RIMS , A GREAT IDEA. SMART THINKIN.

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Posted by CodadWilly on Thursday, July 22, 2010 12:33 PM

You know, you make the wheel look easy to do.. thanks

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Posted by butch on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 3:56 PM

 Well everything is back from Chrome tec so I have made some progress.  

The engine is coming along nicely. I added the case bolts, and plugs from RB Motion, detailed the carb. All it needs is oil lines and its ready to go.



This shot shows the installed brake caliper, chain, seat painted pearl white, headlight
 and the "stinger" taillight.



This is  shot of the new rear wheel after choming. I used large acorn nuts from RB Motion for axle nuts.



Here is a sneak peak at what will be the shifter knob on the suicide shift. I made it from plastic bits wire and a bead.




thanks for looking .........more to come

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Posted by butch on Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:40 AM
The engine is in.  I used copper colored aluminum wire for the lines from the oil tank to the oil pump. The pipes are on and the brass knuckle kickstart is from a pair of ear rings. The fuel line came off the carb in this pic so I have to fix that..  Its getting there!!!




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Posted by krow113 on Friday, August 13, 2010 10:36 AM
Powerplant looks good ,if I may offer some info...........One of the oil lines should come from the back/bottom of the tank ,this would be the feed.
Thank You ; Krow113
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Posted by butch on Friday, August 13, 2010 11:13 AM

 I am aware of that little mistake, but with as tight as it is to work on in the frame I chose to route the lines as you see.  Not 100% accurate but then again I think the bike has a little to much rake and not enough ground clearance to ride anyway................artistic liscenceSmile

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Posted by enigmattic on Sunday, June 09, 2013 8:58 PM

Hey, boss. This is looking great! I'm working on a scratch built chopper project and I'm looking for the chain set up much like you have here. Any suggestions where to look? Thanks!

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  • From: Indiana
Posted by wabatuckeun on Monday, June 10, 2013 9:54 AM

Looking great!!! I like your style!

Stace

On the 8th day God created the HEMI and all the Bosses and Rats ran away!!!!
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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:33 PM

While I'm not "into" bikes, I know several guys who have and ride them. I am into models, and your project looks awesome. You have a lot of mods into that "oldie" kit. Nice job!

High octane

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Posted by GrayBeards1 on Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:38 PM

This looks so sweet !! I to, built this in first issued form. Excuse me my 70's are showing. (lol)

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