As of today, there are only 44 days left until the CANNONBALL! The ’36 Chief is getting closer to being done. Hopefully, Jeff, the painter will have everything done by Monday……or at least that’s what Steve is counting on. We will see……
Got in a few parts from the painter just before the Wauseon AMCA meet, so they are on the carts and ready to be installed just as soon as we get back. Hopefully, we can pick up a few pieces of sheet metal, like say the rear and front fenders when we get back to make the old girl start to get dressed up!
Now, here my soapbox sermon for the blog….. With Polaris taking over Indian and all rights that go with the name, they are issuing cease and desist orders all over the antique motorcycle community for all items Indian currently in reproduction with the Indian name and/or logo on it. Now, while I am in complete agreement for T-shirts, hats, signs and the like, the actual motorcycle parts that are needed to restore these old girls that are all but non-existent and repo parts are what most of us use, I AM NOT!
For instance, my 1936 amp gauge….since I can’t get a repo one now, I have to try to piece and patch on this original to make it work. Certainly would have been nice to have been able to have gotten one from Kevin Flanagan or the like….no such luck now.
Hopefully, the antique motorcycle community, who are solely responsible for keeping the Indian name alive will one day again be able to have the needed repo parts and pieces to these old girls become available. If not for guys like my dad, Polaris may have been building a Cleveland, an Ace, or another early bike.
We all know how anxious we get waiting on parts that we desperately need, so when the day comes when they finally show up, you install them almost immediately. This is where my problem began Read more
I’ve got it together and in the frame, now onto the next step……..