Category: Harley

Unfinished Custom Indian Motorcycle Packs Ford Flathead V8, and Even Harley Bits – Daniel Patrascu @Autoevolution

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There is no way we can count all the weird machines we’ve seen cooked up by more or less prominent garages across America over the years. Yet we’re pretty certain we’re going to remember this thing here, going forward.

What you’re looking at is officially titled 1938 Indian V8-60 Flathead, and it’s an yet unfinished project that could have just as well been named Ford, or Porsche, or Harley-Davidson. That’s because each of these companies contributed in one way or another to this thing coming together.

Indian is responsible for the frame, with a 1938 Indian Chief as a starting point. It was bred and welded with 1.25- and 1-inch tubing and paired with a Chief front end. The thusly-modified frame was needed because it had to accommodate the Ford V8 engine its builder saw fit to gift the bike with.

The V8 is of the flathead variety the Blue Oval had in its portfolio for a couple of decades between 1932 and 1953, which came with a power rating of 60 horsepower—this bike’s name is beginning to make sense now, right?

The engine used on this two-wheeler is a 1937 model year, packs a Stromberg carburetor, and is tied to a Harley-Davidson transmission and a clutch from the same bike maker.

Two fuel tanks, made to resemble pre-war Indian pieces, are located left and right of the frame, and we’re told they never got the taste of fuel in them. An Indian solo seat dangles precariously over the massive engine, there are 1946 controls on the handlebars, and even a Porsche 12-volt generator in there (not hooked up to anything yet).

The Race of Gentlemen – which this year is being sponsored by Hemmings Motor News

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In the lead-up to The Race of Gentlemen – which this year is being sponsored by Hemmings Motor News along with the likes of Harley-Davidson, Craftsman Tools, Stromberg and Edelbrock – we’ll be dedicating some airtime here on the blog to pre-event coverage.

Turn out here for the VHRA event appears to have been better as my friend Mr Cochran says “about time we beat the Yanks at something”

Race Of Gentlemen

Walking in Memphis

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We had another really great day today !

Our travels today covered Graceland, Sun Studios and the Lorraine Motel amongst others.

The weather was very good once again, we will go out for a meal and listen to some music in Beale Street, which is already busy and full of Harleys as it is “bike night”

Off to St Louis tomorrow.

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