I am a new member and am looking forward to a long relationship. I have 8 bikes, 7 Harleys and 1 Indian. The Indian is a 1941 Chief, which is not a 100 pointer, but respectable.
I have a few problems with it, that I thought some of you might be able to help me with. I prefer to do my own wrenching because finding someone local that I trust to work on these old irons is next to impossible.
1) Charging system. It doesn't although it used to. I have seen at least 2 Indian chiefs with what looked like Delco alternators instead of the stock indian generator. I assume they were 12V which would also be a plus, but the bracket that was holding it to the frame down tube look manufactured instead of fabricators. The owners of these bikes were nowhere to be found, but I was wondering if you knew where to get such a setup.
2) Oiling; sometimes it does; sometimes it doesn't. The thing loses prime. Reading the service manual tells me to prime the system which is a non-starter. I am looking for something to do that would make the thing 100% reliable. Adding a filter would be a good thing too.
3) Brakes, they don't work. I have heard that Indian used to call the front brake the 'no grab' brake as if that was goodness. They should have said the 'no work' brake. I am looking for a source for aftermarket shoes or some other mods so that when I grab a handfull the thing will stop before the next exit ramp.
4) Ignition. Generally the bike is a one or two kicker, but if it rained on it or is otherwise foggy or misty then it just shuts down. I am looking for some sort of seal or something around the distributor. Kiwi is out of them, so was wondering if there was an alternative supplier.
Other then the above, the bike is drop dead beautiful and I enjoy the heck out of it.