It’s stay in Texas Season 4 episode “Pinball Mania” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz visit a huge scrap yard owned by a burly man named John. Almost immediately, Mike grabs hold of a rare but crude Indian Motorcycles Rooster Tail partial frame tucked away in one of John’s garages and proposes without hesitation. The problem is that John is clearly a collector, and as Frank wisely points out, “a lot of times people who are collectors are not sellers.” Indeed, the owner of this rare frame (made in the early 1900s) is initially determined to keep it even after Mike offers $1,000 for it. As any American Assemblers fan knows, Mike isn’t easily stopped when aiming for a pick and immediately tries to pack the coveted frame with a handful of other items.
However, even this tactic proves fruitless at first, as John turns down a second lucrative offer from the American Pickers host. Clearly licking his wounds a little, Mike continues to figure out how to get the Rooster’s Tail frame. After finally making a deal with John on an unrelated item, Mike returns to the Indian frame, eventually closing the high-priced deal after packing the item with a pair of vintage motorcycle wheels. In general, the whole set and porridge cost Mike $3,500. But if he gets close to the $5,000 he claims he can get for the items, it will be more than well spent.