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I'm having a hard time looking for any and all colors Indian used from 1901 to 1953 on all their bikes. I find some but not all. Does anybody know of a website which would have this information readily available for frame up restorations? Thank You in advance!!!
 

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Best bet is Indian Motorcycle Club of America's website or books by Harry V Sucher or Jerry Hatfield. The DuPont Family controlled the company in its mid years. Their paint company supplied Indian with, at times, two dozen colors annually that were used on Indians.
 

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I wonder if the Dupont paint company has it on their website.
 

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Have not found pics but here is a Dupont listing. Found on another forum.

Indian Paint Codes
The color names from the guide are apparently an Indian
descriptive and only showed as a base color on the computer.
these are the results:
Original 93-2174 Fallon Brown; Current 2174 Brown; Year
1940—
Original 93-1032 Seafoam Blue; Current 1032 Blue; Year
1940 thru 1948—
Original 0-94-658-M Red; * Current 658 Red;
Year 1952-53---
Original 0-94R-20953 Medium Blue; Current 20953 Blue; Year
1952-53---
Original 0-94-5248 Yellow; Current 5248 Yellow;
Year1952-53---
Original 0-94-6282 Green; Current 6282 Green; Year
1952-53---
Original 0-94-20952 Light green; Current 20952 Green; Year
1952-53---
Original 0-94-2622-R Pimpernel Scarlet; Current 2622
Scarlet;
Year 1952-53--
* The 658 code was quoted to me several years ago as Indian
Red and is indeed a dark red.
It was also quoted by Dupont in a letter to Steve Blanchard
as the nearest current color to the red used by Indian in
1931 which was Dupont Duco #22857. (Posted by Steve on 15
May 99).
When I was checking the codes, it appeared that the code itself had
not changed, only the descriptive color. An example is the Indian color
of Pimpernel Scarlet, code number 2622 which is still the present day
code number 2622 but listed only as scarlet.
The prefix in the old number such as 93- or 94- indicated the paint
type with (I believe) 93 denoting Duco and 94 denoting Dulux. The paint
type in present day numbers is indicated with a suffix letter with U
denoting Emron, A = Centari, D = Dulux, L = Lucite, J = Cronar, & K =
Chromabase. Thus the old paint code of 94-2622, Dulux Pimpernel Scarlet,
would be present day code number 2622-D, Dulux scarlet.
The above paint types were from about 3 years ago and I'm sure that
some are no longer available and, more than likely, newer ones now
exist. Also, of the 18 codes listed in Hatfield's book, only 8 still
survived at the time I checked.
I can't find his catalog, but John Pierce, of New Hampshire, is the
Dupont guy for New England and he has matched most of the Indian
colors. He also sells the correct paint for another brand, whose name
excapes me. He knows paint inside out, maybe one of the Yankee guys
can help with his contact info. He's been with Dupont for years and
been restoring bikes for years also. John Pierce has an ad in the AMCA
mag with all of his contact information. A great guy who really knows
paint. You just have to get past that New Hampshire accent. I just saw
a nice 38 knuckle with his paint a few weeks ago. He's usually at most
of the east coast meets just hanging out drinking a lager and always
willing to help out if you have a question.
 

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Not meaning to hijack but here is some interesting history on the DuPont family. Seems they were real live motorcycle enthusiasts and even race in the Isle of Man TT race sevevral times.

The first third of the article is the french revolution and how they came to Us and got rich. The rest is about their ownership of Indian.

The Vintagent: THE MOTORCYCLING DU PONTS

Still looking for Indian color pics.
 

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I sure wish the would come out with a yellow bike....Like the 1953.
I think yellow on a Vintage would be the cat's azz.
 

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Indian MC Exhibit Hershey AACA 023.JPG Indian MC Exhibit Hershey AACA 024.JPG
I sure wish the would come out with a yellow bike....Like the 1953.
I think yellow on a Vintage would be the cat's azz.
Big Daddy, love the yellow. Look at this great BLUE from 1912. I took the photos at the Indian MC exhibit at the Hershey Car Museum. According to the placard, blue was the standard Indian color till 1912. The photo doesn't do the color justice - I think I'd still choose the Indian Red but the blue was pretty freakin' awesome. :cool:
 

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Big Daddy, love the yellow. Look at this great BLUE from 1912. I took the photos at the Indian MC exhibit at the Hershey Car Museum. According to the placard, blue was the standard Indian color till 1912. The photo doesn't do the color justice - I think I'd still choose the Indian Red but the blue was pretty freakin' awesome. :cool:
My dealer told me the same thing about the blue.
I just played it off as a sales pitch at the time.
Yes, they are beautiful in blue.
 

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Now those are pure class.

Look at all that air under the seat.
How about the leg drop from seat to floorboard on that Indian behind the yellow one?
Somehow I am going to replicate that very look on my Vintage. Seat up in the air with plenty or air to showcase that beautiful TS111......Probably use a Road King air ride solo cop seat to set it up.

Thanks for posting that, got me inspired.
 

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Those big old seats up in the air look very comfortable. Yep, the leg drop would be great for the tall riders and it is interesting to see the seat higher than the tanks in these old bikes. That is probably the coolest kidney belt (?) I ever saw on the yellow bike seat. Getting back to the colors I think I saw every color of Indian ever made at the Indian Day show in Springfield MA this past summer. Will try posting more pics of the colors in my album as time allows. Heading to the Motorcyclepedia museum in NY on Jan 29 where there is a huge Indian collection. Lots of pics coming after that.
 

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Very nice color chips chiefwannabe. What are the names of the colors on the bottom chips? Those ones are rare on the bikes. I would replace the Harley truck with one of the Indian scale model bikes!
 

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I saw a cream colour on a vintage indian which is more yellow than the current Ivory color, I think it looks nicer. Anyone know what that cream was called?
 

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Jerry Greer has them for $225.
 
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