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    Default 1917 Powerplus in Olive Pics Wanted for Restoration

    FAADB381-939E-4A86-8B98-80E5EBED46B9.jpg652C5AA4-F9C5-435B-BBF7-EB130F8BD1E9.jpg417E722F-07CE-4329-83DB-A5B090B5C236.jpgHello, I am new to this forum so please forgive me if I make a few errors while posting. I am restoring a 1917 Powerplus and would like to do a "Distrestoration" in Olive Drab. I am looking for original photos or any other information that might help. I am also looking for conformation that the early 17's that were purchased by the war department started out "Indian Red" and then were painted over in Olive.

    I am also looking for a few items to complete the bike and would be willing to trade or purchase.
    I need a set of 17 bars and controls, I have an 18-20, Kick starter bracket, I have an earlier version, hand clutch lever with knob, 3 speed shift quadrant/gate for 17 and a few linkages.

    Thanks,
    Todd

    Ps, is there an easy way to post pictures?
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    Welcome, Todd! There are a few folks on here with 17's, including myself. I can't help much with your questions. I'm certainly no expert, but I would be more than happy to post any pictures you might want. Glad to help wherever I can.

    Dale

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    Hi Dale, thanks for responding. I would be interested in seeing pictures of your bike, from what I have read, most of the 17/18 production was for the war and Olive, is your bike an original paint? Do you know of anyone who has an original paint Olive Drab 17?

    Todd

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    Interesting project! Thanks for posting. I'll be watching!




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    Hi, Todd. There is not a lot of paint left on mine. What is there is red. The oil tank is red as well as the backside of the tanks and the frame under the tanks. There is also some red left on the cases. No trace of any olive drab.
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    It looks like at some time in the past someone was possibly stripping the paint on the tanks and had them laying on newspaper so there are bits of newsprint stuck to the back.

    Dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by painterdale View Post
    Hi, Todd. There is not a lot of paint left on mine. What is there is red. The oil tank is red as well as the backside of the tanks and the frame under the tanks. There is also some red left on the cases. No trace of any olive drab.
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    It looks like at some time in the past someone was possibly stripping the paint on the tanks and had them laying on newspaper so there are bits of newsprint stuck to the back.

    Dale
    I love looking at pictures of your bike, Dale.



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    Pictures from an expensive Indian advertising spread during the first world war.





    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    Thanks, Kevin! I appreciate that. Good to hear from you.

    Eric, That is a very cool document. A Powerplus does look handsome in green!

    Dale

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    Hi Todd,

    Here's a few pictures of my 1917 PowerPlus at Wauseon this year, and one from Wauseon in about 2010.

    I don't believe there's any original paint on it, if fact, in a few more years I don't think there'll be any paint on it at all. I don't have any extra parts but if you need additional pictures showing close up details I should be able to send them to you.

    Good luck on your project.

    Steve SlaminkoIMG_7053.jpgDSC03620.jpgIMG_7100.jpgIMG_7103.jpg

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    Very nice Dale, thanks for sharing! I love the fact it is electrically equipped, could you send close up pictures of the head light and set up?
    Merry Christmas!
    Todd

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