Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO, USA
We're in the process of restoring a 250cc "Scout" Indian for a widow. Her husband had disassembled and restored the major structural pieces and had the engine rebuilt by a guy who does that to old mc engines, so the large work was done, but there are endless boxes of aggravation left! How do you rebuild the rear shocks that are one of a kind? And many more.
With your experience, you know that there are many levels of restoration, and that one should learn to use the word "patina" often to describe almost anything that isn't perfect.
There are a few good sources for work and parts on these bikes, but you have to hunt for them, and build a network that leapfrogs from one contact to another. It seems most of them still have rotary phones, and no answering machine. Some parts are easy, some seemingly impossible. We have a modern wheel shop in town that just happens to have a supply of spokes for Indian wheels, and knows which ones go to each wheel. Nice surprise.
Give me a call if you need info. I won't give you any, don't know anything, ...but hope to refer you to someone that can help.
Oh, and you know this, but don't offer Anything for it. They have a finite number of buyers who do have a top number they will pay. Go too wild and your executor will dump (for nothing) an extravagantly restored piece that you couldn't afford to part with monetarily or mentally, and your kids wanted nothing to do with! Yeah, he'll sell it at an estate sale along with the furniture, and the lawn mower will bring more than the mc.
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