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11-16-2013, 11:10 PM
Here is my latest project. A 1937 Chief I will be pushing just to get on the road correct or not. I will swap out parts as I can find the correct ones. I found this frame in an odd way, or at least I thought so. A person on facebook saw that I restored my first Indian and told me he knew of someone that had some Indian parts if I was interested he would put me in touch. I really was thinking some trinket stuff but he had this beautiful frame in his attic since 1981 (In VT). He picked it up at the Cheshire Fairgrounds swap meet here in NH. I also got a 47 powerplant and transmission w it which I will use for he time being. I will put up pictures of my progress for you guys to see and I am sure I will need some guidance along the way.....and telling me to get a HD will not work hahaha.

11-17-2013, 01:08 AM
Cool project! Will be watching from afar. I've always dug the leaf spring look. Diggin' the Coke stuff too!

11-17-2013, 09:12 AM
excellent !!!! need to see more rigids & leaf spings out there plenty of east coast meets to show it off

11-17-2013, 01:00 PM
Don't forget the transmission mainshafts are different length.

11-17-2013, 07:09 PM
Gotcha Tom the bike came with the correct ones to swap out.

Tom Lovejoy
11-17-2013, 09:39 PM
Very cool, what shape is the engine and trans in? That's a great combo, good luck with it. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

11-18-2013, 11:22 PM
The Engine is over at Rayco Machine in Amesbury MA getting the machine work done. Rick and Ron said the Cylinders look real good as well as the valve seats. The crank needs some work, nothing major, new crank pin and bearing cages along with rod bearings. Going to change it to an 80 w bonne cams & followers. I will be assembling everything once all machine work and polishing is done. Have a 342 linkert for it will be maching the venturi and nozzle to work with the bonne cams.

c.o. I have recently bought a bunch of coke junk, it's all cool to me though lol

11-18-2013, 11:22 PM
Tranny case is mint too!

11-18-2013, 11:25 PM
I call all my good stuff "junk" too....:D

11-18-2013, 11:38 PM
We made a couple fixtures to straighten the stem and top half of the fork. The stem was pushed way out of line. The legs were pushed back and one was twisted. Have about 12 hours in fixing it but only had to heat the stem once to get it where it needed to be. Used a little yankee ingenuity to get the twist out of it.... Thanks to Sihrmechanic for letting me make a pattern from his fork to get the lines correct.

11-19-2013, 06:14 PM
with the bars on

11-19-2013, 07:13 PM
Thanks sirhrmechanic for letting me make patterns

De nada, Amigo. Great project and glad to help!



11-20-2013, 08:39 PM
This is the day I brought it home last winter.

11-21-2013, 10:39 PM
Looks like a successful rescue mission!!!

11-24-2013, 01:32 PM
I have a switch from my 47 that I replaced because I thought there was something wrong with it but as it turns out it was fine. I was thinking of using it until I can afford or find the correct switch. I figure they are wired the same, does anyone know for sure? I couldn't find a wiring diagram for a 37.

12-30-2013, 10:54 PM

Been slaving away in the garage lately got a little bit done on the scoot. I do have a question on the preload on the fork bearings. I have the sealed bearing in the top and the tapered in the bottom I crank down on it but it seems like there isn't any preload (no play in the bearings at all) but maybe it feels so smooth because there is no damper.

Mom insisted that I had St. Christopher on the bike so she bought me this cool shift knob.

12-30-2013, 11:32 PM

I have the wrong sided brake lever if anyone has a right hander I'd be willing to make a deal. Other than that the front is mostly done as far as controls and what not. Looking for a nice used set of grips as well. The seat is all mounted, I think it's too far gone though the varmints ate half the cushion. I am not sure what it goes to though it measures 16 inches long and has two studs one on each of the back corners.

01-04-2014, 11:11 PM
12346123471234812349 Here are a few pics of the seat would love to figure out what it is for. Leaning toward stripping it down seeing it is in such bad shape.

01-04-2014, 11:19 PM
1235012351 one of the previous owners welded the sidemount stand on the frame. I'm going to grind the weld off and move it to the proper spot. The other problem I have is that the spring mount is broken off and I tried welding some material on and repairing it, however I did not add enough. Does anyone have a picture of the mount and dimension?

01-04-2014, 11:34 PM
1235212353123541235512356 Got most of the wiring done this weekend. I bought a ignition switch for 20 bucks saving myself 380 bucks. I'll keep hunting for an original one but cant afford that much right now. I think it looks ok and will serve the purpose for the time being.

01-05-2014, 10:43 AM
The original stand on my 39 had a stop that went to the battery tray, I could see some flexing at the tray when kicking the motor over. I bought another stand with the stop tab working at the cross member and added some weld to make the machine lean at a proper angle. All that changed when I mounted a new lower profile tire. I looked at many sidestands in parts piles and on machines, don't think I ever saw one in unrepaired original form. I would suggest that you wait for final fit on the stand until after the machine is up on tires.

01-06-2014, 11:54 AM
Great progress in just a few months. You'll be on the road before you know it.

01-06-2014, 12:09 PM
good idea koanes I will wait for final mounting point then tack weld it into place. Next I just need to figure out the spring mount. Eric that is the plan hopefully later in the summer it will be on the road but money will be tight. I am putting up a bigger shop this summer. If anyone has any 37 hubs for sale let me know been hunting w no luck so far.

01-11-2014, 07:27 PM
nobody knows what the seat is???

02-02-2014, 12:41 AM
Looks like a mid to late 40' Indian seat. Vented pan, Rolled edges, airtex foam and the studs for the corner guards would be the typical traits

02-13-2014, 12:19 PM
Thanks Oilcan!

09-06-2014, 09:44 AM
Well it's been a while since the last update. I finally have almost everything for the powerplant and trans. I just got everything back from REM polishing. Hot rod cams and followers. Decided to stick with 74 c.i. for now. Picked up some crusty wheels on fleabay. Picked up some tanks in NJ and CA and Detroit. Deciding which ones to use. I am going to use an older seat I have for now, I was wondering if anyone recovers seats and heavily distresses them? anyone know? Anyways the Cannonballers have given me motivation to get going on the bike again. Complete roller as of last night. I went through all of the brakes and hubs, new rubber too. Getting real close I can almost feel the wind at my back!!!!


09-06-2014, 11:30 AM
Michael Paquette at Worsham Castle can help with your seat

09-11-2014, 08:16 AM
Ill try that Bob I heard good things about Mike.

07-31-2015, 10:40 AM

Finally on the road. I'm looking for an original early 30's open fender for the back if anyone knows of one....

07-31-2015, 05:33 PM
Well there you go Phil! Nice! Can't tell what you have on there for footboard brackets or exhaust, but if it'll work for you I've got a re-pop '47+ exhaust you can have.

08-01-2015, 08:19 AM
I rebuilt my tanks several times in the first 5 years I rode it, and it always went on the road ahead of the new paint looking just like yours does now, so congratulations! I have a chopper fender (bobber?) that I used, cheap, did the job, and the riding was just as good stripped as it was later in full dress. Roll a strip of 12 gauge if you're desperate... you wouldn't get any criticism around here...... least I never heard any!

08-01-2015, 02:31 PM
I'm good riding it like this until the right piece comes along. Thanks for the offer on the exhaust Harry. I might take you up on it. I put a fishtail on it for now and it seems to have done the trick. I love this bike!!

08-18-2016, 10:04 PM

I finally found the fender it needed and gave it a nice patina'd paint job and my pop pinstriped it.

08-19-2016, 04:25 AM
your pop did a nice job on the pin strip , are they ALLstate tyres ? suit the bike ? head light is to big sorry , all ways wanted a 30s chief , cheers Rob

08-19-2016, 10:22 AM
the pic makes the headlight look bigger lol They are coker Indian tires. Its pretty fun to ride, no where near as fun as my 47 tho....

08-19-2016, 05:00 PM
whats the 47 Indian or Harley ? photos

08-19-2016, 09:22 PM
Indian 18023

08-20-2016, 03:59 AM
nice old chief , big old barn behind too