That thing there is the timer. Apparently, Indians used a distributor but The Motor Company was not distributing sparks so much as timing them. So in the parlance of early Harleys, that's a timer not a distributor. The important part here is that timer is naked. It's also how the tach would be driven. It's probably not very weather-proof like this.
Ahhh....that's better. I got a timer cover with tach drive in the swap. The tach drive is frozen but at least it's covered and kind of a hard part to find. This bike would have had a Tillotson carb wth no float bowl. You can see I have a float bowl there that might pose a clearance issue with the tach cable. Fun, fun.
I'm thinking about a Lakers theme for the paint. What do you think?