1937 Indian Chief Project

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by kallehof, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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  2. SFMCjohn

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    Pics, or progress isn't happening ... Ha. :-)
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  3. vtwin

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  4. kallehof

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    Jason Friend invited me to show my bike in the 2012 Unfinished Projects Show. It opens at 6pm on Saturday February 25th. at 275 8th Street (Second Floor) in San Francisco. So my bike along with an Indian four project by Red Fred Johansson and a few dozen other unfinished projects and art work will be on display. Check it out.

    This is a link to a printable pdf:
    http://www.motosf.com/unfinishedprojects2012.pdf

    Pictures from last year:
    http://vorhese.com/gallery/album453



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  5. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    I stopped by Red Fred's place today to use his lathe and got a chance to take a few pictures of fellow SFMC member Ron Bond and his 1937 Indian bobber. Ron said he plans on going to the "Unfinished Projects" show this weekend and he's a good friend the organizer Jason Anderson (www.neoedo.com). I can't make it on Saturday but the show runs for two weeks so I'll stop by and take some pictures next week some time.

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    Ron Bond with his 1937 Indian Bobber. Red Fred's chopped 1933 Model A Ford pickup in the background.


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    Note the brake lever on the back brake reversed (pointing up) to make clearance for the Custom fishtail exhaust.

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    Vintage style leather generator belt.

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    Ron Bond takes off.

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  6. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    The fender for 1937 is the same shape as 1938 but the lower bracket is different. The brake switch on a 37 is behind the bracket and the 38 the switch is on the front. Unfortunately nobody reproduces the 1937 bracket so I had to make one.

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    Reproduction 1938 lower chain guard bracket (left), Reproduction 1937 Lower chain Guard bracket (right)

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    Fortunately I had access to an original paint 1937 chain guard.

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    Note the pin striping. Doesn't look very professional. Hard to say if it came from the factory like this or if it was added later. I've seen other factory pin striping for the late 30's and it has a similar look. With a little practice I think I can do better.

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    After months of work I finally have the chain guard mounted. Next Post: Speedometer.

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  7. patiodadio

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  8. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :scratch Issat a 1937 NOS stove bolt as issued from the Indian parts house?

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    It's looking good, Kalle :clap :clap :clap
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  9. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    I dropped off my Bike at SF Moto last Wednesday evening. Ran into Red Fred who was dropping
    off his bike too. Here's a few shots I took and some links to pictures of the show.

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2772463159278.2110966.1489007664&type=3
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=o.156994474411347&type=1
    http://obsoleteiron.blogspot.com/20...cts-2012-sf-moto-and.html?zx=7d4ca06bb048b2a6
    http://www.facebook.com/events/156994474411347/


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    My 1937 Indian Chief Project.

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    Red Fred's 1936 Indian Four Project "4-play".

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  10. kallehof

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    I stopped by the show and took some pictures. Enjoy.

    Kalle Hoffman
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  11. Unstable Rider

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    Simple lines, fine boned frames, the looks proven to be TIMELESS. :norton

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  14. kallehof

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    Working on an Indian and buying parts is expensive. And the most expensive accessory for me was the Speedometer. In 1937 a speedometer was an option. In 1938 and later Indians the tank is hollowed out so the speedometer sits down in the center console. But in 1937 the speedometer Sits above the tank. It was actually one of the aspects on the 37 that applied to me. the speedometer cable on the 1937 looks like a real after thought. It by no means blends into anything. And I have to admit I like that. Two Corbin Speedometers were available in 1937. 100mph and 120 mph. I didn't really care which one I put on the bike. I searched Ebay and the swap meets for two years. At one point I was at the Dixon swap meet and had a 100mph speedometer in my hands. I hesitated, set it down, and walked away. When I went back it was gone. I really kicked myself for that one. It was a good price and was in my hands. So I've learned to do my homework,know the going price and when you see what you want jump on it.

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    Corbin Speedometers are common. There are a few on ebay all of the time. But they go for $700-$1500. Plus to have them serviced starts at $200. Indian Speedometers have Indian on the face plate and you can find other Corbin speedometers that have the same shell but have a Corbin face plate. I suspect They are all the same.

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    Here's a picture of a 100 MPH Corbin speedometer. The slit across the Indian logo is where the light shines on the face plate plate. This picture is from the Indian Bobber website and is from a 1937 Indian Chief call "Ponderosa". http://www.indian-bobbers.com/indian_1937/1937_Indian_Chief_Motorcycle_by_Ponderosa.php

    Next Post: Jerry Greers Engineering in Watertown, South Dakota

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  15. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    Boy there's some bikes in the "unfinished projects" department to drive some rivet-counters completely bonkers! :lol3

    Hey your own project is lookin GOOOOOD tho.
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  16. kallehof

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    Got my bike back home from the show thanks to Bicycle Phil Bowman.

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  17. kallehof

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    Looks like a Bobbed Rigid Chief (1938 or 1939) from minute 1:38 - 2:00..



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  18. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    That was a nice movie :clap :clap :clap Looked like a Triumph right near the end?

    I'd say the music was ahead of its time though.

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  19. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    I thought I'd bump this thread while you rode the St. Patty's day ride. :deal :ricky

    Maybe you need a speedo with a little flash?

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  20. Rob37

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    Thanks for this thread I am currently restoring a 37 Chief well truth is a very capable Indian mechanic is taking the lead and I do all the cleaning and work that doesn't require much knowledge. I have really enjoyed the thread. I am afraid I am a bit useless with IT but there is a pic of my Indian in a thread on Old's Cool titled Rob 37 Arctic Tour.

    I look forward to the next post and will try and get some pics sorted to show progress on mine. Great looking bike!!
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