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    Default My grandfather's 1916 Indian Power Plus coming back to life

    Hello,
    I am beginning to restore my Grandfather's 1916 Indian PowerPlus that he drove from Charlotte VT to Woodriver NE and back in the fall of 1919.
    He used the bike for many years on our farm in Vermont and has made a few modifications. The scaryest is the brakes.
    The bike originally had lights but the current mag does not have a generator.
    The mag is currently out for repair.
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    I am starting to restore the control linkages and am looking various parts.

    This is my first post, so thats all for now.
    Regards,
    Stephen

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    Default Luggage Rack & Boxes

    Here is the luggage rack, passenger seat, and boxes my Grandfather used.
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    G day Stephen thats a great looking old bike congrates , are you going leave it original paint ??? you dont see them like that very offen , good like enjoying your grand fathers bikes,, Rob

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    Beautiful motorcycle Stephen. By restore, I assume you mean a mechanical resto. and not cosmetic. It's just to nice to tamper with the way it looks now. Keep us posted on your progress.
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    Fantastic machine, good luck !

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    Echoing the sentiments of previous responders, please, please don't change the beautiful patina on your '16, unrestored examples are very difficult to find. Even if it's not original paint, it has earned its look and that appearance is, in itself, a historical document. By the way, very nice motorcycle.
    Mike Carver
    AMCA #3349

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    Eric,
    Yes it will be only mechanical.
    Do you know what I should use to seal the current patena?
    Stephen

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