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  • 1913-ish Pierce Single project

    After several months, my Pierce Single frame has finally arrived safely to my garage in California. This frame was discovered by a friend of mine who found it while traveling through Massachusetts. My plans are to repair the obvious rust damage, and to track down a good Pierce single cylinder motor.

    I am very new to antique motorcycles so I expect this will be a learning experience for me. The bike is in extremely rough condition but thankfully no worse than I had expected.

    I am guessing that it is a 1913 model based on the serial number and what I have learned about the year/model differences, but please correct me if this does not sound accurate.

    I’m sure I’ll have plenty of questions moving forward, but I’ll also post more photos here as I make progress!


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      • #4
        Nice!!!!
        Did the Mass owner have any history or background details on the Pierce?

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        • #5
          Not much history unfortunately. It was pulled from a property that was getting rehabbed when it was offered to him. There was no opportunity to speak with the old owner or dig for other parts.

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          • #6
            Wow, that's a serious project to undertake! Good for you and good luck. My suggestion is to be very patient and persistent, keep good notes and build a network. You will be surprised at what may turn up.

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            • #7
              Wonderful and good luck with it. If you get a chance check out the So Cal chapter facebook page. The IMS motorcycle show was this weekend and there was a fantastic Pierce single there, I took several photo's of it. There on the facebook page :-) Also there is a guy who rides one every year at the Pasadena HCCA run, which is coming up in Dec, he is almost always there riding it around, I would try to make it if I was you .

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              • #8
                Good info.. thank you!

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                • #9
                  These are fantastic when done. I have been up close on one lately and it’s stunning. Do a little research on which magneto you need. I may be able help source one.

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                  • #10
                    I believe the correct magneto is a “Herz” as i’ve only seen this type if mag on Pierce singles. Thanks for the help!

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                    • #11
                      Pretty sure I can get you one but I don’t know what to charge you! Haha! I will check this weekend. I am helping a friend clear out a lot of early, early parts. By the way I think we already connected over a V8 manifold a couple/ few months back.

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                      • #12
                        Email me at fouracescycle@aol.com and include your cell phone number. I will be in touch.

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                        • #13
                          the HCCA run was today in Pasadena, did you make it ? the guy was there again with his Pierce single. I got info for you, check your messages

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                          • #14
                            I did, thank you! That was Carl who brought his Pierce motorcycle out this year and I did in fact get the opportunity to speak with him. Thanks for the heads up.. it worked out great. Also, the Holiday Excursion is a terrific event.

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                            • #15
                              right on, glad you made it and got to talk to Carl

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