ID'ing antique hack

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by CharlieT, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. indianscout

    indianscout Dexter

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    Nice find! Yes I believe you are right about what it is. My advice for what it is would be to leave it as is as it's original only once. Might be interested as I have a bike it would look good on. PM me.
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  2. indianscout

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    Looks like it is an Indian frame and not a Goulding and the box is removable if you wanted to change it out and put on a tub body.....but then finding an original tub is not all that easy to find. Keep us posted and enjoy the stories you'll hear from the old folks who stop by to look at it!
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  3. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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  4. CharlieT

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    Happened across this one, which kind of confirms the origins, also. The castings on the the frame tubes, especially where the springs mount is identical to ours.

    http://www.parkerindian.com.au/sidecar.html

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    Different style of frame, but the cast fittings are what is the same in appearance. $5k AUD is just shy of $4800usd.
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  5. Dan Alexander

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  6. CharlieT

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    I've looked at so many sidecars and chassis lately, that in looking at that one, I would have to question its authenticity as being Indian.
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  7. Dan Alexander

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    Someone's becoming an expert :thumb
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  8. indianscout

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    Value can vary greatly between brands and models and
    remember this hack was built for hauling cargo vs people. Just saying you need to compair apples to apples.
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  9. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    maybe rtwdoug would want it for his Indian? Would compliment his Harley Dirtbag.
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  10. nachtflug

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    Its a good find but if I had to bet - the wooden body is home made.
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  11. CharlieT

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    A Harley version, a few years older:

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  12. CharlieT

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    another version of a delivery sidecar, or as they were also refereed to, a side-van.

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  13. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    Be sure to post here when you finally buy your Indian motorcycle, we will love to see the build thread.
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  14. CharlieT

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    I guess I better start buying lottery tickets.
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  15. CharlieT

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    After a week of internet searching and e-mailing folks in the know, we finally have a an ID with 98% certainty that it is a early-mid 1920's factory built Indian model 301 Delivery side-van!! And its pretty much 100% original.
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  16. Dan Alexander

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    :thumb

    Did anyone hint at the value? I'll bet it's worth a lot.
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  17. CharlieT

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    No one has any idea on value. In fact can't find anyone who has ever seen one, not even the gentleman who has written 4-5 books on Indian motorcycles. Production numbers were usually quite low for these side-vans. Some years Harley only made 75-80 of them. Hard to say how many of these are actually still around and complete. With no comparisons....hard to say as to its value. Best guess is whatever someone is willing to pay for it.
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  18. Dan Alexander

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    If that's the case I could go $100 :evil

    Wonder what would happen if you send pics to Barber and other museums. Years ago on a trip I stopped by a museum in ... where the hell was it .... the Pioneer Museum or something and it was full of old vehicles. This would fit right in. Aviation Museum (of some name) in the Finger Lakes area had bikes also. Must be a bunch of them.

    Found the place, it's in a little town in Nebraska.

    http://www.pioneervillage.org/
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  19. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I visited Harold Warp's Pioneer Village on a family trip , in a F-100 with slide-in camper , back in 1968.
    The museum in the finger Lakes is The Glenn Curtiss Museum. Glenn built this.
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    V-8 powered , ran 106 mph on the sands of Ormond Beach, Fl. in 1906 !
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  20. Dan Alexander

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    Thanks, that's the one. The Curtis Museum had some amazing stuff on display ... one smart cookie he was!
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