This 1938 Indian Chief was purchased as a basket case in Bakersfield, California in 1990, and painstakingly restored in 1993 by James Meade in Fortuna, California. The motorcycle has been modified with a 1948 74-cubic inch engine. the engine was rebuilt by Stormy Winter in Eureka, California.
New leather saddlebags surround the bike and both bags have a finely handcrafted custom Indian logo worked into the top of each saddlebag flap. The seat is also newly handcrafted leather with period tassels.
Custom chrome finishes are adorned sparingly throughout the build including front suspension, wheels and exhaust.
Built from original and some NOS parts, this machine has been in storage for the past 25 years.
True miles are unknown. 18 miles are shown on the non-working odometer.
Paint is correct Indian red/black two-tone and was applied with care by James Meade in Fortuna, California.There are two paint blisters about the size of a dime on the side of front fender. Both front and rear fenders are pinstriped in gold colored ¼ in.tape.
Original Indian sheet metal in excellent condition with no road dings.
All chrome work was completed by S/S Chrome in Arcata, California. Front suspension, exhaust pipes, and some body parts are chromed. Some small chrome blistering has occurred on the top leaf spring of front suspension. All other chrome work is in excellent condition.
This motorcycle is not numbers matching. The engine is a 1948 74-cubic inch rebuilt by Stormy Winters in Eureka, California. The engine case is stamped CDH 5225B. The engine appears to be a new rebuild that has rarely been started. The engine has been correctly prepared before starting after having been in storage for the past 20 plus years by Don Wright of Country Cycles in Springville, California.
Time for this engine to be correctly and carefully broken in to enjoy a very long life. Safe break-in procedures are recommended.
Wheels & Tires
Rims are chrome with chrome spokes. Tires are from the 90’s. Even though they are new tires with virtually no miles, they appear to have a very small amount of sidewall cracking due to age and storage.
Front Tire: Sears 2-ply nylon tube type MR90-18
Rear Tire: Sears 2-ply nylon tube type MR90-18
Clean, clear, California Title
Engine # CDH 5225B
Frame # 3381167
Valuation Resource Guide
Very Good $31,030