1946 Oldschool Indian Bobber
Our friend "Fish" from Broomfield, Colorado, United States made available these photos of this great 1946 Oldschool Indian Bobber. This resto-mod Indian has been restored in a way that stays true to the period, but incorporates modern technology to improve safety and performance.
Fish: "The bike was built by me with some significant help from the guys over at Thunderbird Scooters in Wheat Ridge. I bought the frame, motor, front end and other miscellaneous parts from Ebay. The remaining parts came from Iron Horse and Kiwi Indian."
"The wheels are modern 60 spoke wheels (21 inch in the front and 16 inch in the rear) I bought as new old stock from Indian in Gilroy. It sits very low and very flat which really looks cool. The disk brakes and calipers are Custom Chopper parts that had additional custom parts fabricated to work with the Indian frame and forks."
Fish: "It has an Ultima solo seat. The rear fender is a Harley after market and the tanks are new reproductions from Iron Horse."
Fish: "The saddle bags were custom fit to the fender and are removable and locking. They are vinyl rather than the leather because the leather fades in the Colorado sun and they are really durable to boot."
1946 Indian Chief Engine
Fish: "The engine is built on new old stock cases that do not have a serial number on them. They are not old cases that have been ground down or repro cases. The lower end was rebuilt when I got the bike so I took the top end off and had the cylinders bored to .30 over and had the valve train redone by Kiwi Indian with their stainless steel valve job."
"It has a brand new Morris Magneto and a battery eliminator capacitor giving it a very naked clean look."
Typical Indian motorcycle design: left foot clutch and right hand shift with a right foot rear brake and a right hand front brake.
1946 Indian Chief Girder Fork
Typical Indian girder fork, true to the period.
This resto-mod Indian has been restored so to maintain the overall lines of the original 1946 motorcycle, but safety and performance are improved through the use of modern technology, like the front disc brake for example.
1946 Indian Chief Rear End
Fish: "There is no speedometer or ammeter primarily because I haven't yet found one I like that fits the Indian dash and since there is no battery an ammeter isn't really worth anything."