Classic Motorcycle Maintenance

March 27, 2018

Barnfind 1913 Indian Original Paint Motorcycle

Yes, it’s like winning the lottery. I recently pulled this very original and correct 1913 Indian V-twin out of long term storage and hope to get it back on the road and running in the not too distant future.

Barnfind classic 1913 Indian motorcycle

While it appears to be very original and correct, it appears someone replaced the original Hendee carburetor with a later teens or early twenties Schebler carburetor. The old tires are dry rotted and torn, so they will need to be replaced with something more appropriate.

Original paint single speed antique Indian motorcycle

We plan to follow the adventure of cleaning up this antique motorcycle in the pages of American Iron Magazine, getting it running and sorted out. We will not be painting or replating anything as it is so correct now.

Filed under Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Restoration by Buzz_Kanter

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June 5, 2016

Indian Motorcycle Deal – Magazines, Book & Collector Cards

If you are into classic or antique Indian motorcycles, like the Chief, Scout, Four or racers, we have some great deals for you.

Great bundle deal for Indian Motocycle enthusiasts

The long out-of-print Indian Motorcycle Illustrated is considered one of the best magazines ever for classic (pre-1954) Indian motorcycle enthusiasts.

You can pay a lot of money for them on ebay, if you can find them, or shop at Greaserag.com to find most of them in uncirculated condition, at a reasonable cost.

Greaserag has many, but not all issues of this magazine for sale. But be aware, once they are sold out, they are gone forever.

Click on Indian Motorcycle Magazines link for more info of what is available, and to order yours now.

Indian motorcycle magazines for sale

Please consider sharing this info and link with your Indian riding friends.

Filed under Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Random Ideas, Resources by Staff Report

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August 21, 2015

1929 Harley JDH 2-Cam Classic Motorcycle Project for American Iron Magazine

We at American Iron Magazine are planning on redoing this “bitsa bike” old Harley 2 cam as a magazine project bike in the next year.

Classic 1929 Harley JDH motorcycle

Classic 1929 Harley JDH motorcycle

These photos of the classic Harley are in “as purchased” condition. ┬áNot the incorrect front fender, British dual-leading shoe front brake, incorrect headlight and handlebars, home made exhaust, funky saddlebags and more.

1929 Harley JDH

Very rare 1929 Harley JDH

The air cleaner is correct, as is the shifter assembly, forks, rear and side stands, and frame.

Dash for ignition and lights on vintage Harley

Dash for ignition and lights on vintage Harley

The genuines old Harley dash has been modified with toggle switches in place of the keys. Center toggle is the  ignition switche, the two outside toggles are for lights. The handlbars seem to be modified boardtracker bars.

Extra brake and running lights and unusual saddlebag mounting

Extra brake and running lights

We like the idea of extra lights in the back of the bike as these classic old Harleys came with a very small tail/brake light. HOWEVER, these old Harley turn signals just look wrong on this vintage Harley. They must come off, but we are considering adding small bullet lights under the seat using the same wiring already on the bike for these lights.

We expect this project to be in the pages of American Iron Magazine sometime late in 2016. In the mean time we are open to suggestions on what and how to re-do this vintage Harley.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Classic Harley History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Custom Motorcycles, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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