A seriously sought after bike.
So, we have a 1948 Indian Chief. The story behind Ricky’s purchase is as fun as the idea of being able to drive it. So, without further adieu, Here is Ricky’s 1948 Indian Chief story.
The story starts like this. I was with my dad and his friend at a flee market, it was 1970, and I was 8 years old.
Now, my dad was a mechanic who worked on everything from daybreak to heartbreak, but loved ol’ school bikes and had them in every corner of the shop .
It was close to Father’s Day and I had just gotten paid by my dad for helping out in the shop (I was a gopher) . My dad and his friend were a ways up ahead of me, as I was lollygagging .
Something caught my eye, so I looked and saw a little old lady in a rocking chair making something crochet, I think .
I saw the front fender on a box so, I went and talked to her about it, thinking it was a Harley.
I asked her how much she wanted for the fender, she said “Honey, it’s a whole bike. How much do you have”
Well, I was happy to answer $100.00. She said, “You know what? I’ll take that!”
Well now I had to tell my dad and he was instantly pissed because I had probably bought a pile of crap !!
So, I got him over there and he opens a box. Inside sits a fuel tank with Indian on it ( I had no idea) and he says to me, “Good job.” as he patted my head.
We put this together, just him and I.
I worked the labor off, it was worth it.
Well, the years passed and I joined the military. My dad passed away and the bike sat for 7 years with fuel in tank and carburetor
When I got the Chief back, I found Robert Wooden to help me get her going again. We did a rebuilding of the engine and transmission .
The ol’ girl has an 80cc motor with three speed transmission and it’s a numbers match the bike. It is still 6 volt and everything works!!