Fabulous Fifties Fixie?

Mar 7, 2013
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I fell in love with a head badge two weeks ago and now I'm the proud owner of an early '50s Indian Scout frame. The same company that built those classic American motorcycles, which I can't afford. Found it on Craigslist listed for $100. Eventually got it for $75. I never understood the current fixie fad, but I must admit, they do look cool. And you can ride them backwards, like the clowns in the circus. So the plan is to build this vintage middleweight into something modern, but with a vintage twist. I'm strictly a bolt-on guy, so a simple fixie should be easy enough. I hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew. Wish me luck.
 
Jan 13, 2007
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This should be interesting,I have always liked those lug frames.
The Indian Scout was actually a high quality British made bike and very light weight for its time ..should make a great fixie if your into that style of bike !
Mark
 
Mar 7, 2013
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Got ahead of myself. Should have painted it before putting on the crankset.




Dug up some parts





Is it my imagination, or do the cutouts on my Indian's lugs look like tomahawk heads?




A little oil cap(?) for the bottom bearing?



And look at these cool bosses to hold an air pump. Found a pump on the internet and it arrives today.


I'll start sanding the frame today.
 
Mar 7, 2013
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Rattle canned it with Ace Banner Red and a matte clearcoat. No too far off from the original color.


Now I have to wait for a riveted seat, grips, and Indian decals I ordered. ...., I hate to have to buy new!