Die Suche nach 4 Motorgehäusehälften hat Jeff bis nach Kanada geführt. Dort hat er ein Konvolut von Indian 4-Zylinder Teilen gefunden, die aber nur zum Teil für sein Projekt zu gebrauchen waren. Wie das dann oft so im Eifer des Gefechts geht, hat er das aber erst zuhause festgestellt. Aber die benötigten zusätzlichen 2 Zylinder, Köpfe und Pleuel waren dabei.
|Die Repro Gehäusedeckel /Repro upper Case
|2,5 + 3,5 - sauber geschweißt / well soldered
I flew to Canada to check out a basket case Indian Four that could serve as the foundation for
the Indian Six build. Lesson learned: Everything always looks better when there is excitement
for a new project. Little did I know that the pile of parts would have numerous mistakes in it,
like mismatched fork rockers, Upside Down Indian Four gas tanks (which have problematic
petcock positions), parts worn beyond reasonable recovery efforts, and many other ills to cure.
But the pile did include the extra needed cylinder block, extra head and extra connecting rods
so those extra items did not need to be found.
In the meantime, up in Waddington, New York, Mark Hill and his crew were taking two
reproduction Indian Four upper cases and making plans to saw them, taking 3.5 cylinder bore
positions from the front of one casting and 2.5 out of the rear casting. These cases were
designed by a gentleman thirty years ago. The patterns still exist for making more. They have
the added benefit of extra aluminum thickness which was a big plus by offering plenty of
material to mill away after the post-welding cooling and warping of the cases.
|Die untere Gehäusehälfte ist fertig / the lower case finished
surfaces, locating all the threaded holes, and most of all, line boring the crank and cam bearing
surfaces and the oil feed supply tube and cross feed holes. Notable in Mark’s current inline
engine builds are check ball oilers that will oil the piston skirts. This brief description doesn’t do
justice to the many hours of thinking, planning, and executing that Mark Hill spent on this part
of the project.
In my next report I’ll describe what was going on in the meantime in Wichita, Kansas, where Six
Cylinder Indians are occasionally born.