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Old 07-13-2007, 02:41 PM   #361
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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.
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:55 PM   #362
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CR-Thanks for sharing. We all bitch about bikes, roads, other drivers, weather, etc., but reading this should make us all realize things are way easier these days than our grandfathers had it...

Hard to imagine...16 years old, taking off on a long trip like that, no motel reservations, no GPS (I don't think he even mentioned a map!), no huge luggage system, just taking off and dealing with whatever comes up. Many of us can learn from this.


Oh, and 54 MPG!!!!
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:03 PM   #363
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Link to Part II
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:05 PM   #364
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Oh if I only could, but my Dad left this world a few years back. The road to the right would be what is now US 29 out of Hartwell. The fork would be a couple of miles back in toward town and the road to the left would now be underwater since the building of the dam to create Lake Hartwell( nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles.)
Best of memories to you and yours then.

Thank you for the little bit of info you were able to give.

So any commerative ride should include a water taxi at that point?!?

crooked roads, thank you again i have enjoyed and appreciate the time you have taken to share with us this story.
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:27 PM   #365
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I agree completely. Today's kids have...and need...different skills than many of us did growing up. Most would call that progress. I remain impressed with our young author's skills and attitude.

Another difference that I find interesting....how many parents today would allow their 16 yr. old child to embark on a trip of this nature? Not many I'd bet....that would probably get you arrested in Massachusetts
Different situation I know but in the 30's my great uncle John gave my uncle and dad a T model Ford. He had a Buick dealership in Nicholasville and my dad and uncle lived in the country so I guess he figured they would keep it on the farm. He was wrong.The boys decided it would be fun to see the Worlds Fair in Chicago! I don't have a lot of details but they went, called their worried parents from Illinois and made it home eventually.
The thing is my uncle was 14 and dad 12 when they did this. Probably had something to do with them being sent to military school after this.
They both were in the Army Air Corp in WW2. My uncle was a co-pilot on a B-24 and bombed Japan. My dad was a trained fighter pilot but Japan surrendered before he was shipped out.
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:32 PM   #366
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:48 AM   #367
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Gotta add my thanks, too CR - awesome find, thanks for sharing it with us!
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:45 AM   #368
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:56 AM   #369
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And then he propped the engine on a rock, replaced the bearings and hit the road again...

This kid's alright.
And I always thought "Bronson" was fiction. The writers must have had a look at this story.
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:16 PM   #370
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Thanks for taking the time to shart the Diary with us!
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:59 PM   #371
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Big thanks CR. Goin to part two now.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:53 AM   #372
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Truly a very entertaining & inspiring story, Thank you CR
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:06 PM   #373
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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.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:10 PM   #374
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And I always thought "Bronson" was fiction. The writers must have had a look at this story.

I recall my great uncle telling of doing a top-end on his 27' scout under a large oak tree by the side of the road wile on one of his trips. Shows that if you love to ride, you do what ever it takes to do so.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:59 PM   #375
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thanks to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System for finding this info for us

According to the 1916 city directory, Kelly was at 223 Peachtree until August 1, 1916: after this it was at 233 Peachtree. This is one block north of the Central Library downtown, near Harris Street.

The Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department
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