Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dennis O.’s 1946 Indian Restoration

Dennis brought his 1946 Indian to us this last summer for a full restoration.  It was a complete bike but was fully disassembled.  These pictures show some of the process that the bike is currently going through as we begin our restoration.  The frame and finders have been sandblasted in preparation for bodywork and paint.  We have cleaned the frame, removing all non-original pieces, and we have gone though most of the parts to see what is good and what is still needed.  We will post more updates as we continue working on this bike.

1950 Indian Barn Find

This 1950 Indian was found in a barn in Pennsylvania.  It was originally brought to us for restoration, but we talked the owner into getting it running and leaving it original after we saw how special this bike was.  1950 was the first year Indians were produced with a telescopic front fork as well as left-hand shift and right-hand throttle.  It was also the first year for the 80 cubic inch motor.  This bike was painted black when it came to us, but we removed the black paint to find the original Indian Red paint.  Original-paint bikes are much more desirable than restored ones, in our opinion.  In order to get it running, we may have to do a top-end on it.  We also anticipate having to rewire and rebuild some components.  This project may take a couple of months.  These pictures may give you an idea of what an original 1950 Indian looks like.