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ChopEmUp
07-20-2012, 4:33 PM
Saw this thing at a swap meet and had to have it. The end product should be a raked, flaked, molded, narrow, springer'd sonofabitch... gonna try and keep the updates quick and plentiful. No one likes those build threads that drag on forever. Anyways, here's some pics. Love, hate, criticism all welcome...

Heres how I found it at the swapper. Tank held on by a bungee cord, and way too much fender.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/1.jpg

Deconstruction and in the jig.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/3.jpg



Frame was suspect (as expected) so I decided to cut it up a bit...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/8.jpg


notched and bent some tubes...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/9.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/10.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/11.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/14.jpg


cut more away...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/15.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/16.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/17.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/18.jpg




bent and notched some more...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/19.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/20.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/21.jpg




Next up will be some gusseting and motor mounts...

Choppedtriumphs
07-22-2012, 4:03 AM
Nice start,.. You don't see Royal Enfields around.

ChopEmUp
11-28-2012, 4:12 AM
Little slow with updates, been working on a friends 53 Chevy pickup a lot lately...

Well I wasn't so happy with the straight frame uprights, so I made a set of curved ones.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/347137FF-AC22-47AC-AC08-57E75E234925-4158-000004673874606C.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/02C291FF-F681-49C9-B0FA-17DE4D6C4BA4-4158-0000046751C6E486.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/38E94D5D-C95B-495D-8E5D-6290CCB0C320-4158-000004675B62CD6D.jpg

Frame gussets and a point for lower motor mounts to go...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/B369047D-0943-4AB8-8D4C-D05D412E78F5-4158-000004676336A920.jpg

Mocked up the motor..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/00060359-F4CF-4CCA-8491-CBEF0476AE76-4158-000004676BE47D7D.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/6816518F-FFC6-410F-8946-9BC430EB6C68-4158-0000046777CBBC0C.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/C7050A83-BB49-4C3C-A33D-63C210CB883A-4158-000004678DB69D7F.jpg

Motor needs to come forward a tad, but pretty close for initial mock up... Gotta finish weld the frame and get a rear wheel on it so that I can finalize motor placement and then get to work on the fun stuff like exhaust, bars and sissy...

cabtherocker
11-28-2012, 1:44 PM
Cool Build! Go Faster and post more pics!!!!

Sky
11-29-2012, 11:32 AM
Those hourglass uprights are the shit! Makes that frame

heretic530
11-29-2012, 12:18 PM
I don't know why, But I always wanted an enfield indian

ChopEmUp
12-30-2012, 9:46 PM
More progress... Moved the engine forward an inch, then pulled it back out to finish weld the frame.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/90B501A2-8432-4646-830A-8DE14B803C05-5082-0000053BB946440F.jpg

turned a bung for the head steady mount.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/959DFD0D-9B24-4431-8BAB-8E3B5114E992-5082-0000053BD564BF64.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/45E42E3E-2898-4DA9-9957-BC6FB29E9FB6-5082-0000053BDBC5B1E3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/7A619D89-F43E-415A-87B4-0875AB801044-5082-0000053BE168ECC3.jpg

roller status
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/0400161A-BB47-477C-9279-FC3FF518387F-5082-0000053BEF653D87.jpg

narrowed up a Lowbrow p-nut tank kit and roughed in a peak on one side so far.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/9B85A171-CADF-4B4D-87E1-16744CCFC9CF-5082-0000053BEA6FBCDA.jpg

mreed
12-31-2012, 12:08 AM
I dig it. I was wondering what happened with it.

ChopEmUp
02-05-2013, 8:48 AM
Finished narrowing and hammering the peak in the tank, notched it for the backbone, and tacked it together.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/4FC0E395-3BD7-4335-96C7-82DFAABADEBE-11146-00000D45D533567E_zps6229f3db.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/0DDDAFE1-273B-4FC1-BD68-648F7AFD8346-11146-00000D45DC099F0B_zps41b4223e.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/29AB7CD8-1137-4AD6-A4AA-023BAA238B39-11146-00000D45E1A5C919_zpsa589e4c3.jpg

Also had a friends plasma cutter on borrow for a couple other things, so now was a good time to cut out some front motor plates.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/99FE5192-0427-4806-AD80-CAFC0B0597BF-11146-00000D460121F388_zpsdeeb10c6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/E482F8F7-6C3B-46C6-9B18-2A22AFFC1FBE-11146-00000D4605FDBE00_zps3a0a920e.jpg

And picked up some ripple exhaust from The Factory Metal Works
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/950A1DC0-BF0B-48C2-B9E9-37641DA705EB-11146-00000D460F771743_zps43ec4007.jpg

ChopEmUp
02-21-2013, 11:52 AM
Made some frame mounts for the motor plates.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/5DB7FB86-295F-4CD0-B788-BA202811B642-1952-000001FBC6755DB1_zpsa9d8982b.jpg

Cut to size and made some bungs
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/DC11E3E0-6719-4E16-91BD-588DC86C0A81-1952-000001FBCE50DCD7_zps7372db06.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/6B6B3EED-353A-4373-A786-7026628E5C9F-1952-000001FBD3EBB85D_zps8f8a98d0.jpg

Tacked to frame and bolted up
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/BA27D489-F171-42B4-9A64-4B3908F75217-1952-000001FBD9DDA498_zps749530ef.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/5FFB7FC4-CA21-4F7B-B052-E64C7AD61E2A-1952-000001FBE1636E59_zpsf95670f4.jpg

Off the jig for finish welding.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/534C906D-B11D-48EF-8490-067C6E1299F7-1952-000001FBE80545DD_zps3e13d4c8.jpg

ChopEmUp
06-28-2013, 7:07 PM
Laced up a 21x1.4, Buchannan spokes, and Wargasser spool hub
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/98CADB21-AAAF-487E-815B-D5D2ACC4318B-893-000000B22426FCBE_zpsdfc9c955.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/B306280E-E418-482D-B92C-DE4E1446FD64-893-000000B2326455D1_zps63de79c2.jpg

Tacked the tank together a bit and started on a fuel filler
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/2932F70C-2872-4D72-9045-746A1FB61825-893-000000B26386C251_zps062021fa.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/E95B6F20-7BC0-49C9-8413-E470376BB296-893-000000B26E7B8298_zps8240a94a.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/F728860A-7200-4CBA-8E99-28BFF0082A48-893-000000B27A58BE48_zps27af92f5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/74D87155-CA9E-43FB-9E6D-F4B87B6928D4-893-000000B285CF15A0_zpsdf57787b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/178FB8DB-8D7E-4B36-858B-8A94A8DD681D-893-000000B29600BEF7_zps875e64c7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/323A04A2-FB86-49F0-9B01-4147880E55F5-893-000000B2A185A5D4_zpsc3d0e99b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v650/Slow66/RE%20Indian%20choppa/863B62E6-CE9F-4232-AF06-F252B5AAC298-893-000000B2B1D2145A_zps093dc722.jpg


More to come soon...

vnygra
06-28-2013, 7:23 PM
Badass man. Great job.

jdbuis
06-28-2013, 10:16 PM
fuck yeah, I really need to learn how to tig weld