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Old 05-10-2012, 10:50 AM   #91
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Hi Loflyn71.
Nice photos, it is '37 or older. I suspect Kalle knows more about this than I do .
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:35 PM   #92
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Cool photo!

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I realize these photos may not bear enough evidence, but could anyone verify this from these photos?


Hi loflyn71,
Thanks for the link to the great vintage photos of your father ... I posted one here, if that's OK ...
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:46 AM   #93
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Curious about your project

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Hello

My name is Michael Im from Denmark .

Im building a 1939 Chief interly from new parts .
I know some people dont like this idea , but this build is not a 1939 Indian Chief original .
But an Indian Chief 1939 build 100 % out of new reproduction parts.

Will look like the 1939.

Michael from Denmark
Hi Michael, Your project sounds very interesting. Do you have a blog or a thread?
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:52 PM   #94
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re: mom dad and the chief

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Hi loflyn71,
Thanks for the link to the great vintage photos of your father ... I posted one here, if that's OK ...
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Here are the other three.







Thanks for posting these pictures. I have been wondering if the cable from the right side of the handlebars to the magneto went down the right side of the frame or wrapped around the to the left side. Looks like it goes down the right side.

The headlight on a Chief was on the handlebars up to 1937. Then in 1938 and 1939 the headlight was mounted to the fork. So that dates the bike to pre '38. In 1937 the hub and brake drum were attached via lug nuts and the spokes were all attached to the hub.In the first picture the spokes attach to the brake drum which makes the front hub a pre '37. Lastly the shifter was moved form a jockey shift to the tank shift in 1937. Hard to tell from the photos but I don't see the mount for the tank shift (not that it's not there). If there was a picture of the right side of the bike I would be able to tell more. With all this I would say from the parts on the bike in the pictures it is either a 1935 or 1936 Indian Chief. Could it be a 1937 chief? Maybe, someone could have replace the front wheel/hub with an earlier hub and wheel, they are 100% interchangeable.

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Old 05-13-2012, 08:15 AM   #95
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re: mom dad and the chief

Thanks for the information and for posting the pictures (As you can tell, I still haven't figured that one out yet). These are the only photos that I have of this bike, so it will remain somewhat of a mystery. On the back of one of the photos, it is dated 1939. Good luck to all on their projects. T
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:11 AM   #96
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Kalle, this thread came up in Shiny Things and thought of your thread.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=797880
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:27 AM   #97
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Progress ...

Helped Kalle load up the '37 for a trip to the CHP and DMV this morning ...



So, I'd say a running and registered bike is finished ... (I'm told it runs, anyway) ... that makes two basket-case Indian projects finished in the last three or so years for Kalle, pretty remarkable!

There's a few more pics here:
http://caryandjohn.wordpress.com/201...-indian-chief/

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Old 10-01-2012, 12:53 PM   #98
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #99
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Helped Kalle load up the '37 for a trip to the CHP and DMV this morning ...



So, I'd say a running and registered bike is finished ... (I'm told it runs, anyway) ... that makes two basket-case Indian projects finished in the last three or so years for Kalle, pretty remarkable!

There's a few more pics here:
http://caryandjohn.wordpress.com/201...-indian-chief/

see you around the campfire,
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Congrats! Hope you have better luck at the CHP and DMV than I've have recently.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:04 PM   #100
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Laugh Progress!



Kalle taking his 1937 Indian Chief for a first spin ... Guess he's been working on the bike for about eighteen months ...

He says he will put 500 miles on the engine and then take the bike apart and paint it ...

The '37 will join the '48 Chief in Kalle's garage and is the second early
20th century Indian that Kalle has added to California's registered
vehicle roll in the past five years ...

Great job, Kalle!
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #101
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Progress, indeed!

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Old 06-06-2013, 05:43 AM   #102
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Congratulations! That is a lot of very hard work that takes tons of dedication to accomplish! There is nothing better than seeing another old Indian on the road!
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #103
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Ouch

Here's a neat picture from the Speed Boys Blog. Looks like a pre 36 Scout (not sure of the exact year). Note the bent frame, broken battery, cracked cylinder bases and primary and crumpled seat pan, tool box, and belt cover. More wrecked bikes here: http://thespeedboys.blogspot.nl/2013...alifornia.html




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Old 03-13-2014, 11:45 PM   #104
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Daytona Chief

Here's a Chief at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. The year? Hard to tell. Your guess is as good as mine. But I wouldn't change a thing. She's beautiful.

* rigid (pre 40)
* frame mounted shifter (post 36)
* oil pump (post 37)
* handlebar mounted headlight. (pre 38)
* ball joint shift linkage (post 37)
* cut down chain guard (pre 37)
* bayonet mount gas caps (post 36)





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Old 07-01-2014, 05:20 PM   #105
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I'm selling off a few extra parts I have left over from my 37 project. The original flywheels are one of them.



Turns out the fellow (Chris) I sold them to is also working on a 37 project and had been following my thread here. Here's his 37 project.



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