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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?

    Thanks guys!
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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.
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    Patorbob always says "You are in the right place" so reassuringly

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ablaut View Post
    Patorbob always says "You are in the right place" so reassuringly
    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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