August 2000 Bike Feature
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 Indian Sport Scout Restoration
   Chapter Eight (Jim takes a side trip)    By Jim Jones
Chapter 7 here!
There are just a couple of loose ends that are keeping me from riding this thing. Sadly, they are not enough to write an article about, so I will go on to accessories. One of the fun things that many Rich Urban Bikers enjoy is putting so many accessories on their bikes that it makes your eyes hurt, and the bike will barely roll under it’s own power. Who knows why? It’s a disease! What could I get that would be really silly and slow the bike down? How ‘bout we make it a dresser? I can always take stuff off if I want it to be a little more racy… Besides, there are a lot of chopper guys on this list. May as well make ‘em puke!


Found this original windshield in the box on eBay. It had been sitting in a lady’s attic for almost 50 years. Came wrapped in a New York Times dated Thursday, January 4, 1951! The windshield included a winter apron and mounting hardware. Because it is such a rare find, I’ll probably just put it on for a show now and then. The part number is 931014. Also found a period BUCO windshield of the same era. They are pretty similar. But I’d rather let bugs splat on the BUCO.


The ultimate accessory for a guy with small children has got to be a sidecar! One evening last summer I came home from work and sat down to dinner with my wife and two daughters. At the time they were 6 and almost 8 years old. The conversation went something like this:

“Daddy, we have something to talk to you about”
“You made us a promise and you have to keep it.”
“You said when you bought the motorcycle that you would get us a sidecar. You’ve been talking about getting another motorcycle and if you get it before you get the sidecar we think you’ll be breaking your promise.”
“OK, I’ll get you a sidecar first.”

Later I found out that the wife had put them up to it. But she made a mistake in her timing. My issue of “The Antique Motorcycle” had just arrived, and I found an ad for a military sidecar. Within a few days it was on its way to Baltimore, where I picked it up to bring home. What a rusty hunk of junk! But it did have potential!

Holding the moral high ground, I felt obligated to show those women who was the boss, and promptly bought a 249. Because it was there. Rode it around the neighborhood a little, but when the 640 motor came back from Bob’s Indian, I parked it in the corner of the garage where it has sulked since, occasionally announcing it’s presence by pooting forth a glob of oil onto the not particularly pristine floor.

Well, back to the sidecar. This is supposed to be a technical article, as told by a guy who knows squat. (How true!) So how do we find out about a sidecar? Michael Breeding has a little pamphlet with copies of a lot of sidecar information. Calls it the “Indian Sidecar Study” I purchased it for a nominal charge. Michael makes excellent stuff so have a look at his catalog. Another real good information source is the 1941 Sport Scout parts price list. Kiwi has a few parts and some information on the sidecar brake equalizer in the back of their catalog. The new Starklite Catalog has some sidecar parts as well.

I decided to do the frame first, and took it on down to SoftStrip, my local media blaster. After they cleaned it up, I made a few repairs to the frame in the area that supports the front of the fender. Then I painted the frame.

The springs were a little rough. I took them down to a spring place that handles truck springs. They bent the springs back into shape and went one step further by installing helper leafs. I will have to remove these as they do not fit under the leaf spring clips.

The leaf spring clips and miscellaneous hardware were plated with copy cad.

I sent the wheel to Bob’s Indian who rebuilt the hub, painted the wheel and rim black, and laced it up. The monetary damage was painful, but since I was too lazy to deal with it myself, I deserved to pay. And it looks extremely nice!

When I had purchased the car, I was told that it was from a Canadian 640 Military Scout. The linkage I received was odd. The Sport Scout has one front down tube on the frame, so it should take a different front connection bracket. I have at least two of each type of clevis and connection bracket, and am looking forward to figurig out what fits. The scanned picture of mounting hardware is from the 1941 Sport Scout parts price list. It is going to be my starting point. 

When I get the frame mounted to the car, I’ll photo it.

Click on pictures for full size

640 almost complete

Other side

Windshield and winter apron

Windshield box


Sidecar frame before

Sidecar frame after

Sidecar mounting hardware

Earlier Parts of Jim's story:

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven

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