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Rebuilding the Indian : A Memoir - Fred Haefele

Rebuilding the Indian

A Memoir

By: Fred Haefele

Paperback | 1 September 2005

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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.
Industry Reviews
"This remembrance of turning a box of junk into a gleaming 1941 Indian Chief has a universal roar. Just the right mix of gearhead details and personal reflections." USA Today "What Haefele writes about wonderfully, in his mellow, understated way, is how the Indian project became a test of his love and resolve." Esquire "Haefele describes how his search for vintage parts eventually involved an entire community of fanatical mechanics, impoverished motorcycle collectors, and renegade bikers--a collaboration, he realizes, that gave him skills as much social and spiritual as practical." New Yorker

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