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Thread: 1941 Chief “Sonny”

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    I forgot to add another picture of the '41... this one is the other side of it, with my Uncle Harold sitting on it. From what I understand, Uncle Harold is the one who gave the Indian to my dad in the boxes.

    41 Chief Uncle Harold.jpg
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    sold it for $75. This was probably around 1958. He also sold a '41 H-D 61 for $100... you can add in the obligatory "I WISH" now.
    Don't feel bad. Remember, because of inflation that $100 is equivalent to a lot more in today's dollars. Using a Cost of Living calculator it's as if he sold it for... $880. OK, on second thought, you should feel bad.

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    For what it's worth, your motor cases are not 1941. I believe 1944 was the first year for the timing plug in the left case. Regardless, the timing plug is an excellent up-grade and makes accurate timing a lot easier on Chiefs.
    Eric Smith
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    My guess was late 80 swap with clutch brake primary cover and alum. pump,but maybe just rebuilt with the best parts of the day(80 stuff)
    Nice combo.
    Tom

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    Good eyes Eric and Tom! Yes, the engine was swapped for a later 80 ci engine. I believe Sony had the swap done when he fixed it up. To me, the most obvious visual clue is the bump in the primary cover for the compensating sprocket.


    Kevin
    1916 Indian Powerplus - Cannonball Bike
    1941 Indian Chief - Sonny
    1964 Triumph TR6 - 50 year ISDT Tribute
    1969 BMW R60US
    1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado
    Etcetera

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    Thanks for the pictures Jim. Great story. Very cool.


    Kevin
    1916 Indian Powerplus - Cannonball Bike
    1941 Indian Chief - Sonny
    1964 Triumph TR6 - 50 year ISDT Tribute
    1969 BMW R60US
    1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado
    Etcetera

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    Those of you in the know, tell me, is this a police fender?










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    1916 Indian Powerplus - Cannonball Bike
    1941 Indian Chief - Sonny
    1964 Triumph TR6 - 50 year ISDT Tribute
    1969 BMW R60US
    1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado
    Etcetera

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    While I’m waiting for parts for the trans and seat post, I guess I’ll pull the tanks so I can replace that homemade wiring harness.








    Kevin


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    1916 Indian Powerplus - Cannonball Bike
    1941 Indian Chief - Sonny
    1964 Triumph TR6 - 50 year ISDT Tribute
    1969 BMW R60US
    1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado
    Etcetera

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    Well, one thing led to another. Like it does.





    Kevin


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    1916 Indian Powerplus - Cannonball Bike
    1941 Indian Chief - Sonny
    1964 Triumph TR6 - 50 year ISDT Tribute
    1969 BMW R60US
    1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado
    Etcetera

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    Seems like the hard way to replace a wiring harness

    BTW, for what it’s worth I’ve not seen a tool box mounted like yours with the lock on the LH side (but I cannot claim to have seen everything!)
    Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

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