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Thread: Indian Sidecar/Sidevan,Commercial, Frame ?

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    Default Indian Sidecar/Sidevan,Commercial, Frame ?

    I have had this frame for several decades; and it has been tucked away, and hard to get to. So I never really researched it; as to what year, it could be from.

    Would I be wrong in thinking that is is an Indian? I do remember, that the previous owner said it was an Indian. It is not the later Chief style, I am sure of that.

    The springs are heavier than the ones on most early sidecars; and there are three springs. This is leading me to think it was for a commercial box rather than a passenger sidecar; but what do I know, hardly nothing about this. Just the length of the springs are 54 inches, and the frame is heavy. Another clue is that it has a 500x16 disc wheel; most passenger sidecars have spoked wheels

    I matched it up to an Indian frame, that I found on the internet; and all of the major pieces are identical. but it didn't have a body to it either.

    There is a very clear serial or model number on the font casting; which is: C-14 with a B directly below the C-14. In my pic, the center tubular support, that usually hooks around the upper motorcycle frame tube, near the motorcycle seat, is loose and can be adjusted to fit the motorcycle; I just have it connected but not tightened in place.

    Does anybody know what this is and what year?

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    Thank You

    bjind #997
    Last edited by bjind; 04-13-2019 at 07:34 PM.

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    Default 1947 Chief frame

    Here are the pics I found on the internet.

    If the frame came with that sidecar body; maybe I have to recheck another late model Chief .IMG_5841-1024x683,Frame.jpgIMG_5825-1024x683,Sidecar Body.jpg


    This is what I found online

    bjind

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    I just re-checked the frame of a late model Chief and it definitely different from the frame I first posted.

    The posting of the frame and the body, that I found on the internet; that frame is very similar to the bare frame I have.

    Does anybody have a comment on this .

    intimeold

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    Definitely not HD. Looks Goulding to my untrained eye. Jerry

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