Pierce shaft drive


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ratfink1962

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 11, 2010
122
30
haysville, ks
#1
Officially for sale,
Early 1900's Pierce shaft drive cushioner, this one is a project.

Bad... Missing lots of paint and the nickle plating is pretty much gone, wrong seat, wrong front wheel. Fork has an older repair, will need a proper repair to be rideable. The worst of the rust seems to be centered around the rear hub.

Good... everything except right pedal still turns! Correct rear wheel/hub but the rim is shot, has the type 3 head badge plus the patent badge along with a lamp mount, frame is rusty but no freeze burst, no dents or other damage, still a very solid and unique bicycle.

Asking $1800 or best offer, no trades at this time. No PayPal, cash or postal money order please.

Located 67060, 3 miles west of exit 39 on the Kansas Turnpike. Willing to meet within 100 miles, or shipping available at cost.

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Jesse McCauley

I live for the CABE
Mar 5, 2013
1,555
2,204
Richmond, VA & Detroit, MI
#2
Having inspected this frame via pictures I would also like to add for the benefit of buyer & seller that it appears one crank arm has been brazed at the cone-spanner nut.

Cool project, not one for the faint of heart though having played with these Chainless bikes a bit.

@toyman is a good resource for troubleshooting though and may be interested in another Pierce for his stable.


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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,432
1,425
Canada
#5
Got to love it when so many Pierce suspension bikes come up for sale
seems like a couple parts were welded/soldered to the frame.
-lamp bracket is welded to the head tube
-stand looks welded to the chain stays
-crank to axle nut (previously noted)
-rear fender to seat stay/rear shock
seems like it was welded using solder wire for welding copper plumbing pipes!
I suspect it could be melted simply by using a regular propane torch

Also I am curious as to what is going on with the handlebars? Looks like they were cut, shortened, "welded" back and tapped with rivets (red arrows)
lumps_LI.jpg


good project for sure for someone with experience
 
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ratfink1962

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 11, 2010
122
30
haysville, ks
#6
If nobody buys it, I'm itching to dig into it. But I'll have plenty of questions first! I just dont want to mess anything up.

And yes... those bars are very strange, I think your right, someone hacked them up.
 
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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,432
1,425
Canada
#7
If nobody buys it, I'm itching to dig into it. But I'll have plenty of questions first! I just dont want to mess anything up.

And yes... those bars are very strange, I think your right, someone hacked them up.
You should do it.
IMO .... I don't think you could do anything wrong to it at this point in it's life
any work would be beneficial
Max
 
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ratfink1962

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 11, 2010
122
30
haysville, ks
#8
Locomotion... you are 100% correct!!

Someone "soldered" on this bike, all the spots you mentioned are nothing more than lead. Propane torch and wire brush and it comes right off!

Good eye!

The ONLY thing stopping me, is too many projects, if I do take this on, it might be on the back burner for awhile till I can get to it. But... I do love a challenge, and I would LOVE to bring it back to life and ride the wheels off!
 

David Brown

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 14, 2014
408
354
Kitchener, Canada
#12
Tim It has been a long time since your name came up . At one time I had a lot of shaft drive bikes also. I still remember buying NOS ball end spokes from you for 2 Columbia chainless bikes I had . The ball end spokes where like hens teeth then and now.
Dave in Ontario
 

tim elder

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 1, 2016
40
36
57
omaha
#13
It is good to be back in hobby, the cars are getting expensive and take up too much room. I am trying to track down several sets of those Ball End spokes I sold to an individual who never used them. Hope I can them back for what I sold them for which seemed like a lot at the time but an incredible bargain by todays prices. tim
 

tim elder

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 1, 2016
40
36
57
omaha
#16
John, I wish I did but we lost quite a bit photos during a storm several years back. A lot of material I had accumulated for Columbia chainless bikes including all original yearly catalogs and seasonal changes were destroyed before being copied. I am looking up old contacts for pictures of bikes. If I find some I will let you know. tim
 

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