It took 10 years to find a gas tank. It was $1000 and the bottom was rotten. So, I didn’t buy it and looked for another and found a second a couple years later for $1200 and it had the same rotten bottom. I finally found a reproduction gas tank from Sweden from my friend Ziggy. With the sheet metal being so hard to find. I decided to make it a bobber using 50s scooter fenders. Carl Sorenson at Apopka Indian started to put the motor together and found that the cylinders needed to be sleeved. Two years later I got the sleeved cylinders back from Walker Machine. And then it took two more years to find the cams. None of these pieces are being reproduced. Eventually I found the cams in Carl’s shed in a coffee can when I was picking parts for another project. When the motor was coming together it had iron heads, but I found a set of aluminum heads on Ebay that only needed the spark plug hole repaired. I used these heads to dissipate heat better and lighten up the bike.
The rear brake on the 1928 Scout is a band brake that doesn’t stop very well. I used a 1971 Suzuki drum brake that actually works. This is an old race trick from the flat trackers. It has a vintage look and stops really well. If you didn’t know what you’re looking for you would never pick it up. The motor runs off a Splitdorf model S Magneto. The front and rear lights plus the horn run off a 12-volt Koboto dynamo hidden inside a hollowed out 6 volt Indian generator case. This gives the ability to have bright modern 12-volt bulbs and better light for safety.
It then got a paint job by Frank Craft restorations. He had a little of the Dodge Viper yellow left from painting his hot rod. Being a small bike, I wanted something highly visible and the yellow did the trick, leading to the name Daisy. I had problems getting the bike to run after final assembly. She had a bind when kicking and would not fire. I took the bike to my friend Jeff Butz in Virginia. He was able to determine that the timing was off and the Magneto needed a shim kit. Kent Thompson was able to supply the special bolts and the shim kit.