After starting on my Indian 741 Bobber project over a year ago, I have finally finished. The bike turned out better than I could have dreamed. I spent many long weekends in my garage, but the hard work has paid off. At the bottom, I’ve attached some pics of the project shortly after I started mocking the bike together. It has come a long way. My son Karson takes the first ride on the completed 741 Bobber
2015 is in the rear view, and here we are in 2016. It’s the year of the “century run” people! Time to start getting excited! Justin was able to make it in to WV to help Dad work on the bikes over Easter.
So originally 1916 Power Plus Indians would have had a small rectangular tool box on top of the gas tank. Dad had a great idea. What if we fab a small reserve fuel tank and install it in place of the tool box??!! This will give us a nice fuel reserve and piece of mind for those longer legs between fuel stops on the Cannonball.
It’s been almost one year since I started on this project and it is nearly complete. I got some minor motor adjustments to make, magneto to rebuild, and send the exhaust out for chrome plating. All and all, it is essentially done. I think Dad, Granddad, and brother like the bike too! They all look pretty proud in these photos.
As planned, Justin and I were able to get our front ends assembled and installed on the frames on this trip into WV. We also got Justin’s rear carriage frame section assembled. Having a hard tail, that’s one less thing I have to worry about. I got 99 problems but a leaf spring rear end ain’t one.
So do you remember back in my 9/29/15 post when I said we were building 2 bikes to be correct / original and 1 that is a little more custom? Well as I have already stated mine is going to be the custom bobber hard tail. We have fabricated 3 new tanks for each bike, but we fab’d mine out of stainless steel. After several hours of buffing and polishing, I’ve got my tank looking chrome. Also, we cut Indian script badges out of copper with a plasma cutter that I attached to
Justin and I are heading in to WV for Thanksgiving. Our goal over the holiday is to get our front ends assembled and installed on our frames. In preparation for our arrival, Dad & Mom have been painting our frames and forks the past few days.
Mocking up this bike and making all the sheet metal fit up properly is starting to pay off in a big way. The bike is going together nicely (for once). I’m satisfied with the progress to date, EXCEPT FOR THE HEADLAMP. I don’t like the mounts for the headlamp. The light sets up way too tall. I’ll have to find different mount or make something.
Today Dad split the cases on my motor (the motor we picked up from Ziggy of Canada back in December 2014), and there was a rat’s nest down in the flywheels! How and the heck did they get all the way down in there??!!
With just under a year until we pull out of Atlantic City and head west, I’d say Dad (Steve Rinker) has his work cut out for him. Here are all 3 bikes. Justin Rinker will be rider #6, Steve Rinker is rider #7, and Jared Rinker will be rider #37. The plan is to build 2 to be correct / orginal (with a few upgrades like drop center rims and a front brake) and 1 that is a little more custom (bobbed fender, rigid frame, later scout front forks, etc.). Mine (Jared Rinker – rider
My frame is a little rough. 1916 Indian Power Plus frames have a “carriage frame” design. They use leaf springs to provide rear suspension. It turns out that the entire rear frame section on my newly found frame was corroded so badly that it was not usable. So we cut it off and welded on an earlier Power Plus rear frame section. Here is a picture of the final product. I can ride that from Atlantic City, NJ to Carlsbad, CA no problem!
I’ve finally finished fitting all the sheet metal and chassie parts. The bike is starting to look good. I’m going to blast down the frame, spray the primer and start painting here the next month or two.
Dad called Justin and I today (3-way call) and said he needed to talk to the 2 of us together because he had a serious question. He said found another Power Plus frame, and he wanted to know if both of us would commit to riding our own bikes. Of course we said “Yes” to that! I mean that’s a no brainer right? We in turn asked him if he would commit to building a 3rd bike. Two bikes (1916’s mind you) is a daunting task let alone three!! What is he thinking? If anyone can
As many of you readers know, the great thing (or not so great) about a custom bike is that nothing fits and you have to modify/make most of you parts. So far, the bike is progressing very slowly and I’m starting to fit, refit, refit and fit up my sheet metal. When all else fails… get you Chief out and go for a quick spin. That will make you feel better.