Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Hi Everyone - I've been away from the forum for most of the winter due to some tough family challanges and I've been starting up a new business... things have settled down now, and the business is going pretty well. Spring is here and so is the bug to get outdoors and start riding again. Here's my problem...
Through the spring, summer and fall of last year I was working at restoring an 83' Aspencade that I had taken in as payment on a job that I couldn't collect on otherwise - the bike had been sitting unridden for 10 to 12 years with gas in the tank, bald tires, dry-rotted rubber, and all of the rest. I took my time and went through most of it, replacing or repairing as needed and money allowed. All the while getting a great motorcycle eduction on this fine forum.
I'm no expert - but with confidence gained from you guys and your expertise, I undertook a full carburetor rebuild, it all seemed to go really well, and so with shiney new parts and everything cleaned and looking spiffy, I put gas in the tank and hit the starter (Old, original starter that is) nothin happened. I went to pull the starter a couple of days later and when I did... gas came running out of the starter opening! Seems one of the floats was stuck and gas had been running down into the cylinders and into the case.
It was sort of the last straw for me then - the cold weather was already here and my funds were pretty much gone - so in frustration I stuck the starter back in it's place, shut off the petcock and stuck the bike out in the shed for the winter - Now, with the warmer weather I've decided to have another go at the goldwing. I'vebought good new carbs ready to install, a new starter ready to install, but of course (and yes, I know, I should have thought of this long ago), when I opened the oil drainplug last week,all of the oil mixed now with gas came pouring out! And it had been sitting that way all winter. The oil had been fresh and full, and I'm guessing it had about a half quart of gas that had gotten in it and sat there for about 4 months.
My question is...what damage might the gas being there in the oil for that long have caused? Is there anything I can do now to prevent damage before I move ahead and try to get it running? Can you advise me on how to proceed from this point?
Thank you any and all, for whatever you can help me with. Oh, and I apologise for the length of this post - I guess I felt the need to get this all out after a long cold winter, Thanks again.
\'83 GL1100 ASPENCADE
IT\'S ONLY ROCK N\'ROLL...BUT I LIKE IT.