Kalle's Indian Chief Projects

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

  1. 2Kick

    2Kick Adventurer

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    I haven't kept up with this thread but the 38 Chief is now running and on the road.

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  2. MikeO

    MikeO Long timer Supporter

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    That is beautiful. I'd have that over any of the 'better than they left the factory' restorations - classic work... :bow
  3. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    Here's a VERY nice 1937 Indian Chief on Ebay. Auction# 292781963822. Sellers description:

    This is an Original Matching numbers Indian Chief.
    Clear Michigan Title.
    Strong Motor Rebuilt not too long ago.
    I bought it from a gentleman that owned it for 11 years.
    All original Indian parts accept the Key switch is Re-pop.
    Correct Wheels, Cylinders, and heads.
    One weld repair on the fork.
    Magneto Ignition.
    Great Patina the pictures say it all.
    Runs and drives.
    Selling to pursue other motorcycle projects.
    Item is located in Comstock Park Michigan​

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  4. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    Thanks for keeping the thread alive. Doesn't the nickel on these engines looks incredible?

    Kalle Hoffman
    San Francisco, CA
  5. Rob37

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    Hi Kalle, Thanks for this thread. I am pleased to say that my Indian is on the road and the first 500 miles have been fantastic IMG_2172.JPG IMG_2142.JPG IMG_2178.JPG
  6. 25scout

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    anyone know what year the brace / web casting under the shift tower arrived ? = where the gear lever shaft sticks out and also the rib that runs from the right side lower trans/motor stud , underneath and up the rear of the trans case ? 2kick motor doesnt have the web on tower but does have the rib on the case
  7. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    Rob37,

    Looking Dapper! And in good company.

    Kalle Hoffman
    San Francisco, CA
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  8. Rob37

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    Kalle,

    Dapper!!! very English, always nice to be out with other V twins.
  9. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    2Kick,

    Congratulations on getting your bike on the road. That first kick, or in your case "second" - Mr 2Kick, must have been quite the thrill. I'm wondering if you are going for a point worthy restoration or a rider? From the Cycle Electric Generator maybe a super nice rider. Hope you don't mind if I share a few restoration comments on your bike here as a way to share a few things I learned while building my 1937.

    The back fender stay has a hole drilled for the chain guard rear mount. Also note from the ebay bike it has another hole in the stay between the chain guard and the fender. I'm not sure why this hole is there but it is. Also these holes are replicated on the left stay as well. Again not sure why they are there but they are.

    I have Matt Blake fenders on my 37 chief. The raw material he uses for the stays have a squared off edge. All of the Original stays I've seen have a slight radius on the edge of the stay. So on my bike I knocked off the edge with a scotch brite pad.

    Kalle Hoffman
    San Francisco, CA
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  10. 2Kick

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    Thanks Kalle, she's a sweet ride and gathers a lot of attention even with a paint job on it. She is definitely a rider. There is so much that is incorrect on this bike that the purist will want to burn me at the stake. That's ok, they can pick it apart when I'm gone. For now she's for riding. Did you ever get paint on your bike?
  11. 2Kick

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  12. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com Zut alors!

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    I finally finished my 53 Chief.
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  13. 2Kick

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    Looking good, Those 53 seats look really comfy.
  14. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com Zut alors!

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    Thanks man, that seat is new old stock. I was convinced I would never find that correct bench seat. That seat makes the bike.
    Here is a video of the very first time the bike was started. I wanted to involve my family in the start up. We had a party to celebrate.
  15. black knight

    black knight Been here awhile Supporter

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  16. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    kallehof kalle

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    I like at Like minute 1:11 when mom/grandma tell Isabelle "Andalé! Via con dios". Good advice.

    Kalle Hoffman
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  18. Rob37

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    Thanks 2Kick, I couldn't agree more. You don't see many rigid Chiefs in the UK. Looking forward to riding it across France this summer. They have the most beautiful lines. Hope you are enjoying yours.
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  19. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com Zut alors!

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    I think I rode this bike when I was 17 years old in 1978. It looks like my mentor's bike at that time.
    Yes! Here it is!
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  20. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    What a great photo and memory. Thank you for sharing.

    Kalle Hoffman
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