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Old 01-25-09, 06:07 PM   #1
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1951 Indian Scout - Help me revive it?

First time poster here, so hopefully I'm not in the wrong place.



I just found this bike and thought it would be pretty cool after some TLC. Someone really butchered the paintjob, so I'd really like to get that redone, but I imagine quite a bit could be fixed up on this. Any suggestions / ideas for it? Also, is there anywhere I could go to find a picture of an original Indian headbadge?

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Old 01-25-09, 06:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to C&V. You are in the right place. I don't know a thing about your bike but I'd love to the rest of the bike. It looks really neat. More pictures please!
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Is this the one that had been previously posted as being offered for sale at $100? That one, if I recall, did not have fenders or chain guard.
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"Another bizarre-but-true 1948 story is that that year and for a couple of years after, Indian imported 3 speed bicycles from Britain and called them Indians. Obviously this venture was a failure as these bicycles are very rarely seen. " (until you showed it to us!)
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Oh, I guess I should've mentioned that the image is also a link to a gallery. Woops!

I think it is the same one. I talked the guy down on the price a bit, but I thought it looked to interesting to pass.
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Off topic a little but Indian also began selling Royal Enfield motorcycles as Indians sometime in the mid to late 50"s. I am still saddened that the U.S. lost the Indian mark.
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That looks a lot like an english Indian to me. Here's a good site for those;
http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/index.html
There was a fellow who posted one of those on the CABE last year;
http://thecabe.com/
They know more about the American Indians but if youlook around there, you should find that English Indian.
Good, simple, useful, stylish, fun bike.
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The 3 speed indians were made by Phillips in England.Here's mine.
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That last picture look to have a bent fork in it.

I'd love to get my hands on one of these (sans the bent fork). The Indian motorcycles were/are very popular with friends of mine. They are Indians (Me too - part), and those would be great!

I hope you do a great restoration!
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I tell all the first time visitors this on Sunday as well!
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That...is...fricking...SWEEET!

BTW, Dit, a friend of the family got an old Indian that was a basketcase (literally came in about 100 boxes) complete with sidecar. He restored it, and now drives it around town. Better sounding than a Harley, IMO. Also, Indian has started back up and is building new motorcycles, if you didn't know.
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