Rebuilding the Indian: A Memoir

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U of Nebraska Press, Aug 24, 2005 - Transportation - 225 pages
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The building of a vintage Indian Chief motorcycle is more than the restoration of a bike?it?s the resurrection of a dream. Rebuilding the Indian chronicles one man?s journey through the fearful expanse of midlife in a quest for peace, parts, and a happy second fatherhood. Fred Haefele was a writer who couldn?t get his book published, an arborist whose precarious livelihood might just kill him, and an expectant father for the first time in over twenty years. He was in a rut, until he purchased a box of parts not so euphemistically referred to as a ?basket case? and tackled the restoration of an Indian Chief motorcycle. With limited mechanical skills, one foot in the money pit, and a colorful cast of local experts, Haefele takes us down the rocky road of restoration to the headlong, heart-thrilling rush of open highway on his gleaming midnight-blue Millennium Flyer.

  

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Review: Rebuilding the Indian

User Review  - Fussfehler - Goodreads

This is a fun read, in its way. Different people will get different things from it. I'm a gearhead wannabe and sometime casual motorcyclist, and like most guys my age I like old machinery. I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lawrence Leporte - Goodreads

For whatever reason, I really enjoy this formula - the memoir of a fiddly, difficult task involving some old piece of equipment, and where there's a pleasantly nerdy technical dimension and one or two ... Read full review

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Contents

PARTS FATHERS
1
TRACE ELEMENTS
15
PARTS MOTHERS
23
MERLIN AND MAGOO
35
THE 12MILLIONHORSEPOER PARTY
43
HOPPING IT UP
57
HUNTING THE BREAKS
65
THE FAMILY BED
75
BURNING HOUSES
119
INDIAN JOE
125
TWENTY YEARS OF PAIN
133
A BIKE LIKE A PROM DRESS
141
A MOTOR REBORN
149
RACE TO STURGIS
155
THE CHIEF ON ITS FEET
161
WAY PRIMORDIAL
175

WAITING FOR PHOEBE
85
PARTS WARS
93
MILLENNIUM BLUE
101
A CYCLONE IN A JUNKYARD
111
RIDING THE MILLENNIUM FLYER
187
STURGIS AND BEYOND
199
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About the author (2005)

Fred Haefele has taught creative writing at Stanford University and the University of Montana. He currently works as an arborist in Montana, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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