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Thread: Early Indian Buddy Seat Shell Assembly (aka Seat Pan)?

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    Default Early Indian Buddy Seat Shell Assembly (aka Seat Pan)?

    Is this an early shell assembly for an Indian buddy seat?

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    Michael Paquette knows seats and he once told me that an Indian seat has ridge lines underneath that are “straight as an arrow”, others will have curved lines.
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    I believe thats a Harley Buddy seat pan.
    An Indian Chummy seat pan has three straight ribs with center rib almost all the way to the nose.
    Hatfiels resto guide has a nice side by side view of both pan undersides.

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    Tom: Are you saying that you believe the shell is HD based mainly on process of elimination between only those two (2) choices (i.e., the shell doesn't look like an Indian shell or the shell looks more like a HD shell than it does an Indian shell)? Or, are you saying that you have some reason to believe that the shell is HD? For example, do you believe that the shell is possibly an early version of the "no vent hole" shell or something?

    I am generally familiar with HD shells and Indian shells. The subject shell doesn't look like any HD or Indian shell that I have ever seen and I don't see it discussed in Palmer's books. But, that doesn't mean the shell isn't a HD shell. A respected seat restoration/reproduction professional (not Paquette) posted the photo and stated that the shell is a "30’s original Harley-Davidson seat pan." I don't know what it is.
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    Comparison examples below.

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    I would guess that the seat pan in question, is an aftermarket pan, possibly by Buco (?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oilcan View Post
    I would guess that the seat pan in question, is an aftermarket pan, possibly by Buco (?).
    I would also guess aftermarket. The front mounting brackets/clips make me wonder what kind of bike the seat was used for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FCJ View Post
    Tom: Are you saying that you believe the shell is HD based mainly on process of elimination between only those two (2) choices (i.e., the shell doesn't look like an Indian shell or the shell looks more like a HD shell than it does an Indian shell)? Or, are you saying that you have some reason to believe that the shell is HD? For example, do you believe that the shell is possibly an early version of the "no vent hole" shell or something?

    I am generally familiar with HD shells and Indian shells. The subject shell doesn't look like any HD or Indian shell that I have ever seen and I don't see it discussed in Palmer's books. But, that doesn't mean the shell isn't a HD shell. A respected seat restoration/reproduction professional (not Paquette) posted the photo and stated that the shell is a "30’s original Harley-Davidson seat pan." I don't know what it is.
    I said it I Believe harley ,mostly because its not Indian.Looking closer at the Hatfield pic the harley he shows has the curved ribs,so the better answer would have been I dont know what your pan is.
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    Tom: Thank you. Appreciate your input and the explanation. Just wanted to make sure I understood you. Helpful. Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pisten-bully View Post
    Michael Paquette knows seats and he once told me that an Indian seat has ridge lines underneath that are “straight as an arrow”, others will have curved lines.
    Thank you Harry. Appreciate the response. Indian shells do have straight ribs. And, HD shells do have curved ribs. But, HD shells also have straight ribs. The subject shell only has two (2) straight ribs, but the subject shell's straight ribs appear to be similar to both Indian straight ribs and HD straight ribs (at least those on the types of no hole/non-vented shells and other shells that I am familiar with). I don't know if the straight ribs can be distinguished based on the photos that I have or otherwise (e.g., length or shape?).

    P.S. I agree that Michael knows seats. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that he may be the world's leading expert. There are other people that also have skill and make beautiful seats and other people that also have some knowledge, but I don't know if anyone can really compare in terms of knowledge or the combination of knowledge and skill. But, I already bug Michael on a regular basis with lots of questions. He is very helpful and generous with his time and expertise. Was hoping to give him a break and hoping someone else may be familiar with this shell.
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