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1983 gl1100 aspencade build

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Just wanted to share some info and hopefully get some advice. I am the proud new owner of a band new (TO ME) 1983 GL1100A Aspencade. I bout it for $100 from a guy in Connecticut that got scared when he read "Remove Engine From Frame" in the manual.

Boy was he mad when I push started it and rode it onto the trailer. But... It still needed to be fixed. And looking at the paint. It went from a quick fix and ride, to a rebuild. Some previous owner painted it. But they did ZERO prep work. NONE. NADA. Zilch. And after the parted it, they used a brush to paint on some pin striping. All of this without ever sanding a thing and without removing the factory pin striping. I was able to use my fingernail to scratch the rear fender and then used a blow gun and got every bit of paint off of the rear fender.

SO I took off ALL of the plastic. Stripped it all down and I am going to start to paint this week. After getting the saddlebags off, I seen a rubber hose hanging on the left side. It had a bolt crammed in it with a clamp around it. It actually took me a minute to realize that the rear caliper was missing. LOL. The way it looks, I guess someone tried to replace the pads and the one caliper bolt broke off in the bracket. So instead of fixing it, they cut the line and rammed a bolt in it and just left the caliper off. What are some people thinking?

The original issue, the reason the guy sold it was the starter clutch. So the engine came out. And it is apart. Then I started to have that... (While it is out) situation that a lot of people get. While it is out, it only makes sense to replace the stator. Pulled the clutch, measured them up. they are at the low end of the service limit, so, why not. Its apart and they are out. Had a little antifreeze in the oil. And it had a couple oil leaks. I figure why not. Pull the heads, front cover everyone gets new gaskets and seals. LOL. Timimg belts had to come off anyway. They still said Honda. Whether or not they were OE or not. I dont know. But with all of the other "Booger" repairs I see, there is no way this owner sprung for Honda parts as a replacement option. Maybe I am wrong..... But I doubt it.

I am attaching some pics of how I got the bike and a couple after disassembly. I will continue as I progress as well. Thanks for reading.
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nice find!!!
and hooboy, can I ever appreciate his mood when you started it up and rode it to the trailer.....


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you put so much work into your first post, I am moving it to the Technical forum with a link to get to it.
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A few more
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This is all I have for now.
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looks like it will benefit from new head gaskets.

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looks like it will benefit from new head gaskets.

Heads are off. I wanted to do the valve seals anyway. But I did find that the water pump was leaking pretty bad. But head gaskets were on the list because I wanted to do valve seals and lap the valves anyway. Now I also know that at 100,000 miles, the cylinders still have the hatch marks on them. You have got to love a Honda.
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That rear caliper delete bolt speaks volumes about the kind of service the bike got. Probably a great idea that you are going through it completely. I wonder what other strange things you will find.
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Heads are off. I wanted to do the valve seals anyway. But I did find that the water pump was leaking pretty bad. But head gaskets were on the list because I wanted to do valve seals and lap the valves anyway. Now I also know that at 100,000 miles, the cylinders still have the hatch marks on them. You have got to love a Honda.



and you just know, that everyone who owned that bike, always used the best and highest priced oil for it....


just goes to show ya, change it on schedule and it pretty much don't matter what is in the sump.
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Did some painting this morning. What do you think? Before and after.
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