It’s been a long process but Dennis O’s 1946 Indian Chief restoration was finally completed. Dennis was thrilled and is happy to have the bike. He has even already won some awards in some California bike shows. Check out the older posts for the progression of this project.
It’s almost done. We are just putting the finishing touches on this project. You can see the evolution of Dennis’ Indian restoration in other posts earlier in the blog. Below are a few videos showing a closer look at the details of this bike and its first test ride. Enjoy!
We are putting the final touches on Dennis’ 1946 Indian before start-up and test-ride.
This has been an on-going project but we are near the end. The bike was delivered to us in crates that had been sitting for 20 years. It has come a long way.
Here’s another update on Dennis’ 1946 Indian. It is getting close to being complete. Dennis should be able to start enjoying his motorcycle soon. For the complete story of this restoration visit our archived posts.
We finished Mike’s 1948 Indian. It rode like a new one and he was very happy with the job. We had it delivered to him by Arizona Motorcycle Towing (Michelle, the owner does a great job), and he is now riding and enjoying it.
Mike sent us this brief history of the bike.
For the rest of Mike’s story click here and here.
We continue to work on Dennis’s Indian. Here are some pictures of some engine rebuild. The rest of Dennis’s story can be seen here and here.
We have slowly but surely been working on Dennis’ Indian. Here are a few picture updates. You can see the first part of Dennis’ restoration story here.
Currently, the sheet metal is straightened, primed, and is ready for paint. The engine is going together. These are some shots of the machine work being done. Our next steps will be fitting the sheet metal to the frame, rebuilding the transmission, and refurbishing the wheels.
We are making headway on Mike’s 1948 Indian Chief. The engine is balanced and blueprinted. We put all new gears in the transmission, including mainshaft and countershaft. The engine and transmission are joined together and installed in the frame. We also did the the last sheet metal fitting to make sure that there are no issues or extra holds and that it all fits perfectly prior to painting. Mike chose red and cream; he likes to refer to it as red and vanilla. Much thanks to Dave at The Shop in Ventura California. He is a long time friend and Indian guru.
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.
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.