I am listing this vintage machine on my friends CL account.
This is a very hard-to-find civilian version of the military Chief. I have owned it for nearly 11 years and I did the two-year meticulous restoration. It was completely rebuilt as original.
Original black and chrome, girder front end, drum brakes and 12-volt conversion with all 6-volt parts to be included. I have a soft briefcase filled with 23 pounds of owner and repair manuals, all kinds of necessary literature (for the restoration) and contacts to be included.
This is a fully functional vintage 1947 Indian Chief. It has a 74 cid flathead engine with a 3 speed transmission, a right hand tank shift (which takes some getting use to) and left side foot clutch.
This was the first year Indian introduced the Indian head fender light and right hand throttle was offered as a factory option, however mine has the original left hand throttle (supposedly so the police could maintain speed while shooting their gun). This motorcycle manufacturing company is the oldest in the US, starting in 1901. There's a lot of American history in this incredible machine.
Original re-chromed wheels with new stainless spokes.
New tires are Shinko 500 x 16 with nostalgic treads.
It has the cast iron oil pump, Kevlar clutch, right hand spark retard and single Linkert M344 carb.
Original chum seat pan with handrails and 4” studded skirt, recovered in the state of Oregon with pigskin.
Fuel cell was completely re-soldered and sealed.
Problem areas, there a few very minor dents on the top of the fuel cell.
The stains on the engine sides are characteristics of Indians.
This Indian has very few hours on it since it’s completion. It has 41,735 miles and about 500 miles since the restoration. Everything works.
This probably isn't the machine you want to first learn how to ride, but it will make a great addition to your collection. It's fun to ride and you get a lot of attention.
You won't be disappointed with this machine, whether you get it for yourself or that special collector on your list.
If you have any questions, please email Dale through this listing and I will answer as soon as I can.
To set up an appointment to see this machine, you can call 419-, leave a message if I don’t answer and I will return your call.
Thanks for looking,