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1947 Indian Chief

Date Published:
18 Jun 2018
Washington, USA

This Indian is nearly complete and fairly correct although there are parts from at least a couple of different years present. It does run but I think it should be checked out by a professional engine builder before running it much, it has sat for approximately 15 years before I got it. I flushed the engine and transmission, tanks, and cleaned the carb. After adding new fluids and a little 6volt battery, it started up with little effort. Oil pump works well and makes nice strong squirts of oil. Bike starts, runs, chuffs and rattles like an old 'as found' motorcycle. I will include a new 6 volt battery (acid not yet added, new in the box) and a new reproduction battery hold down frog from Starklite Cycle. There are some incorrect and aftermarket parts, I believe the exhaust is an older reproduction. The factory side stand and center stand are gone, but there is a nicely functional side stand in front of the left footboard, see pic. The footboards are cast aluminum and have the passenger extensions installed. The seat was recovered with vinyl years ago. Paint is older amateur work and there is amateur body work visible under the paint. Has a clear and clear Washington title.