1953 Indian Chief true 5 digit Roadmaster Chief needing complete restoration

1953 Indian Chief

Price: US $12,100.00
Item location: Fort Defiance, Virginia, United States
Make: Indian
Model: Chief
Type: Touring
Year: 1953
Mileage: 9,170
VIN: CS61054
Color: Blue
Engine size: 1,300
Vehicle Title: Clear
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 1953 Indian Roadmaster Chief that hasn't been run since 1966 according to the West Virginia tag that is still on it and was when I purchased it  on Ellen Street in Staunton. irginia about 40 years ago.   It's not a "BARN FIND" as it was in a storage building then and it's been in my wash house since.   Wash house may be worse than a barn.   Look at the pictures closely and you will see what's missing and what's wrong.   The heads & cylinders appear to be the 80cu ones as you can put your finger between the cylinder & head.   The crankcases aren't original as they're 47 or earlier and have a NC(North Carolina) number stamped in where the original numbers were supposed to be.   The 1948 bottom end pictured is of the correct type crank cases for 1953 and will go with the bike.   Both motors turn over.   Speedometer. left hand gear shift (I do have a right hand gear shift that can go with the bike). tool box. tin fixture under the chain guard. nbsp; and exhaust are very noticeably missing.   The serial number is a TRUE 5 DIGIT UNALTERED 1953 number.   Generator # is GAS 4151-1 which according to the book is correct for a 1944 except for the extra -1 ??  Distributor # is 4053  10B.   Carburetor # is M344 & beneath that NYPD !!!.   Very interesting to say the least.   1953 is supposed to have a M352 number or Amal  289R11A. but with a West Virginia tag. NC motor number. and a New York Police Department carburetor maybe anything can happen.   The items pictured on the seat 2 tail lights and the engine cover are included. The good part is that you can sell what is incorrect and buy what is correct.   According to records research. this was the 54th 1953 Indian build in 1953 of only 300 true 53's. I have the correct clear Virginia title in my name ready for transfer.   Mileage put in the listing because I had to is certainly not correct. but  is the mileage that is shown on the Virginia title. NOTE:  I've used Jerry Hatfield's "Indian Motorcycle Restoration Guide 1932-1953" as references. All shipping arrangements are to be made by the winning bidder.   I will (reluctantly. it's heavy !) take it to a good friends Yamaha dealership in Harrisonburg. Virginia as this normally can save a couple of hundred in shipping fees (commercial business pick-up).   $500 non refundable by PayPal within 24 hours of auction end.   Remaining amount paid within 3 days with certified check or other verifiable payment.   Payment must clear before bike is moved.   Please be sure you have or can get the funds before bidding.   Thanks  If someone wants to pay it all by PayPal and is willing to pay all of the extra fees it's OK with me.   I sold a bike for a friend once and this is what the buyer wanted.   He was from Canada and it worked out OK. close to $300 extra at the time. I'll be happy to answer any good questions anyone may have and there are probably a lot.   I won't be able to respond  on Saturday night until late. Virginia vs Duke basketball game or on Sunday until late as I'm traveling to get the reason I'm selling the Indian.   Thanks

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