This 1944 Indian Chief that was found in disrepair in Norco CA about 2001. That owner was an engineer and car collector/builder. He had the project for many years and in 2001 decided to move it to the current owner. There are pictures of the find and the subsequent restoration. The bike was restored by an Indian hobbyist with help and directions from locals in the Indian community including Smokey and Bibbens.
This 1944 Indian Chief is mostly original Indian parts with other year parts added on in true style. The engine has been rebuilt as has the transmission. The motorcycle is nicely painted but not professionally done. This Indian motorcycle runs great and shifts great. The bike has a clean California Title and current registration.
MILEAGE: 870 miles showing on the working odometer, put on new during restoration.
PAINT: Paint shows well and takes a good shine. There are a few flaws noted around the tanks. Paint was applied by the builder and is not a professional application but well done.
SHEET METAL: Sheet metal is original Indian and well fit. No dings or dents noted. There is a small ding on the front down tube, left side.
CHROME: Minimal chrome on the bike but what is there is in good shape.
MECHANICAL: . The engine fires on the first ignition kick if you know the drill and it idles right out. Smooth and clean through the gears. The engine was built by the current owner sing Indian aftermarket parts prior to current ownership. It has proven to be a good build. This bike starts right up with good compression, and it sounds great!
WHEELS & TIRES: Rims are painted factory steel with Stainless nipples and spokes.
Front tire is a 500 X 16 Shinko 2” White wall, New and very serviceable
Rear tire is a 500 X 16 Shinko 2” White wall, New and very serviceable
TITLE: Clear California Title and current registration.
Engine # CDD 2745
Frame # 344 2745
VALUE GUIDE VALUATIONS:
NADA: NADA 1944 Indian Chief Values
Very Good: $33,395
Hagerty Value Guide: Hagerty Values 1944 Indian Chief
ACCESSORIES: Pictures of the find and of the build. Some build receipts.