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I know its an Indian, it belonged to my friends father , the bike itself was left over here in UK by the USA army after the 2nd world war, can anyone tell me which model it is please? ie, brave, cheif etc...
we dont even know what size the engine was..
 

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I like the air filter arrangement.

Is it a twin or a single? Hard to tell from the pic, and I don't think Indian made a single at that time.

I would say a Scout.
 

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all we know about the bike is it was an ex usa milatary vehicle, when the yanks left england after the war you left all types of vehicles behind as apparently it wasnt cost effective to take them back home to the states, the usa army buried a lot of bikes and jeeps over here that are still been unearthed to this day!
those that werent buried found their way into dealers and were modified for road use..
 

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When I was in Hawaii there was a guy buying military surplus scrap metal he would get all kinds of interesting bits, at one point he had received a load of Humvee's cut in half he managed to put a portion of them back together and sell them off. He drove this diesel ford he did the same with that I am fairly certain was bullet proof.
 

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with the round air cleaner - was it a pre 1942 model 741 scout? Is it chain or shaft drive? If it is shaft it is an 841. All the 1941s I have seen have the round airbox, all the 1942s and up have the square airbox. I'll ask my buddy who restores indians though.
 

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geeto i think was chain drive, if you look thro the rear wheel there seems to be a chainguard fitted, let me know what youre buddy says please.
 

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If it was an 841, the jugs would be sticking out the sides like a flathead Guzzi (if there was such a thing).

I think that's where Guzzi got the idea...
 

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never seen an 841, good to know.

I don't think that is actually where guzzi got the idea, but it is nice to think so. BMW did it first they just had the cylinder angle wrong.

and here is an airplane engine that looks to predate all of these bikes:

 
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