This machine was known in the North East by Robin Markey and Elmer Lower as the "candy store Four" because it resided in a candy store Noah's Ark built into the side of a mount in rural Pennsylvania where it was on display with the owner's Stanley Steamer. Upon his death, his widow had Robin and Elmer fluff it up a bit which, being mostly original paint, thankfully, the only major aesthetic change was relacing the rusted rims with a pair of Honda 18 inch rims, having had the original spokes recad'd. They both lost contact with the machine which was apparently sold to the Harrah Museum where it resided for years till sold to a gentleman in Michigan. I bought it as a runner but, as with every machine purchased, completely disassembled the motor to make sure nothing would be damaged if it was ridden. It still had original Indian logo'd gaskets and, in an effort to improve these machine's dismal hot weather performance, it had only .003 over British Hepolux aircraft pistons in it and everything was in perfect condition, even the fragile nickel plate still intact on the cylinders. Thus, its 28K mileage on the odometer was believable.
I've ridden it for over 15 years and gradually refitted patenaed original pieces where needed and when found to the point now where it is nearly completely correct component wise while leaving the original features (dealer added chrome) in place.
So our local chapter of the AMCA decides to have a miniroad run. Just north of Memphis are miles of great traffic free smoothly paved roads through gentle hills and forested valleys. At this point I was riding about 20K miles a yearmost of it on this and 2 other hand shift foot clutch machines so the miles between this starting point and that bucolic country side was not a challenge. Many here may have ridden their machines maybe several times a year. Sothe challenge was to find a route to the country from suburbia with minimal stops and only left hand turns. Many do not like operating a clutch with their left foot as they turn into a right hand corner. Visible are a 39 Chief46 KnuckleAMCA Senior Winner 48 Chiefthen 46 and 47 Cheifs.