Originally Posted by davevv
Many thanks for taking the time and effort to share this story. It was a fabulous read. Looking forward to part 2.
I know a lot more about Harley history than Indians since my dad was a Harley mechanic, but the Harleys of that day had what was known as a total loss lubrication system. The oil passed through the engine and then was lost, not recirculated. I assume the Indians were similar and that would account for Mr. Findlay's notation of miles per quart of oil.
Yes, Indian had the same total loss system. Most of the oil spewed onto the rear chain to help keep them lubed on the gravel/dirt roads of the time.