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2014 chief classic
Don Welbon wrote, "The biggest problem for this 4 cylinder was no matter what Indian did, they could never get more than 40 HP on the test stand. Only later, did people figure out the bottom end was basically a 'torque converter'. The oil was sloshing around the crankshaft and impeding it from turning faster, producing more power". Doc
Indian was using it's 841 frame on this prototype, along with a Vard front end (Vards were available in the mid'40s). There are several pictures that show E. DuPont riding one similar with an 841 front end (which was used on the '46-'48 Chiefs, though, somewhat modified, after the War). Indian had a single, twin and a four prototype with this frame/front end set-up. Had Indian gotten the War time contract to supply M/Cs to the Military, the profit they would have had would've made them a reality.