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I'm picking it up this weekend....1977 GL1000.....been sitting since 1995...good news, in a garage, cosmetically chrome and paint look good. Here's the bad...been sitting since 1995....and it was parked with gas in the tank and the carbs....motor will turn with the kick start. My biggest concerns is the gas tank and carbs. I also wonder about the oil in motor...what kind of damage or clean-up I got here. Alright, lets here what ya all have to say. Seals, gaskets, spokes, and tires....oh my!
 

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Advice:

Don't look for trouble that isn't there. These things are surprisingly tolerant of such treatment.

You're guaranteed fuel issues and you know it.

Just drain everything, refill, do the carbs, and have fun.

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I wouldn't be that concerned about the engine oil.. What I'd do is change it and run her for about 500-1000 miles to flush her out and go from there.

As far as your main concerns the biggest one is how bad is the fuel tank rusted??!!!! As they don't make new ones you might want to check out the threads here about using electrolisys to remove the rust!

The carb's?? I'd go for a total rebuild and balance. If you don't feel you're up to it, Pete at Pistol Pete's: http://www.oldwings.com/index.html , does a Killer job from what I understand and back's up his work too!!!

Aside from these things, change all the fluid's out and see just what you've got from there!!

Good luck with her!!
 

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Wasn't mentioned,but I'd strongly recommend replacing the timing belts. I believe the Gates number is T274, check for the thread. You can get them at your local auto parts place.
 

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Not quite as long but my 1100 has just got going again after 13 years of not running, the tags are 95 though. Take It steady and it should all come together with a little bit of luck.

 

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Be sure the waterpump is turning with the engine. I have seen where they freeze up and take out the oil pump.



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My CB750 sat for about 25 years with gas in the tank. It runs fine now. I did, however, have to do some serious carb cleaning and derust the tank - using the washing soda/electrolysis method. While you're fooling around with that stuff, squirt a little oil into the plug holes and let it work its way in.
 

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1977 Goldwing Reserction

She's home....been sitting in a garage for 18 years.....got her out in the sun....and soon the fun will begin.
First I gotta get all that old gunky oil out of the crank case, flush her out good, a put something new in her.
Then check for compression....bad squeeze, or uneven mean into the engine I must go.
If PSI's are good check for spark....if the little light don't show itself 4 times....then...well I never had to figure this problem out on any bike so this will be new.
If I got spark I need something to burn....this bike has had gas in her for 18 years....doesn't gasoline improve with age like wine, whiskey, and brandy...I mean it is a distilled product....anyone buying this....Well I'll send an email to Mr Randakk and some moolah and I'll turn some screw drivers and wrenches and clean and spray and wipe and cuss and the fuel vaporizing mechanism will be pretty and maybe work. But for now....check out the pictures....did I mention this little piece of biking history has less than 7000 miles.....no not 107,000 miles......7000 miles.
 

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Nice looking bike there. How its been stored is more important than miles on it at this point. The usual needs to be checked over. Carbs, gas tank, brakes, anti freeze, cam belts, new tires, and whatever else pops up.
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I resored a '77 GL1000 that had been stored in a barn from 1985 until I got it in 2000. Only 17k on the ODO. I pulled the cylinder heads off just to check the condition of everything (mainly for rust in the bores and to do a re-seal of the cross over cooling tube, etc), had the carbs done (they were fully frozen up). I also flushed all the brake lines and rebuilt the forks, cleaned the tank, etc, etc. Since I was in there I installed a set of Dyna ignition coils/ignition kit. First test ride was both the wife and I on the bike, ran perfect except it would not hit 60mph. You could roll the throttle and it just growled- sounded great, but my thought was 'restriction'. Also there were clouds of smoke out the exhaust. Decided to tear apart the exhaust and dumped out a full gallon of dog food that the mice had apparently stored in the U-pipe. Smoke was burning mouse. Ran awesome after that! I have pics, but they are on film. Maybe I will scan them in soon.
 

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I'm gonna take some more pics before I start. I was pulling things apart today and just nosing around. Question.....How many dead spiders can a 1977 GL1000 hold? I have found at least 2 in the carb plenum. There will be pictures soon.
 

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keep us posted

I just picked up a 78 GL1000 that I will be changing all fluids, tires etc...

She runs great, but will need some carb cleaning... Good luck with your restore. I am gonna do some changing around of some of theings I dont like or need.

If you find a source for different seats, please lemme know. I want to trade out the seat I have for one of the "flatter" stock ones. I think they also have a strap on them??
Have fun and be safe!
 

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You've already turned it over, so it's to late now, but I always remove the plugs and fill the cylinders with some type of lubricant/penetrating oil before I turn it over. It can help prevent rusted rings from scoring the cylinder walls.

It actually looks good for a bike that has been sitting for that long. Must have been stored inside.

Depending on how rusted the tank is, I have had good luck cleaning badly rusted tanks with full strength muriatic acid. A couple of them were so badly rusted they developed pinhole leaks after all the rust was removed. A coating of POR-15 on the inside will provide at least a temporary fix for that, and can actually last for many years.
 

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JerryH, One of the conditions of the purchase was that the engine was not locked. When I learned of the bike I remembered reading Randakk's blog on how to message an old bike back to life. The seller removed the plugs and lubricated the cylinders with Sili-Kroil, a silicone base penetrate used for breaking bolts. He said the first time he pumped the kick start it shot the oil everywhere. Hope that was a good sign, that is I hope it just shot the oil out the vacant plug holes. I will post pictures and comments as I move through this restoration. The tank is pretty bad, well real bad. I am gonna check compression and spark before I get into the fuel system. I wonder what kind of shape the points and condensor are in?
 

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so worth fixing up the bits hardest to replace seem good :). my gl1500 had jelly in the clutch master cyclinder and that was sold as a regular runner..... cosmetic disaster no matter how much tech i throw at her.... bless.
 

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Nice looking bike!
I'm just starting the rebuild on my blue/green '75 with only 5500mi on it.
Kind of the same story, sat for years.
I'm just across Tampa Bay from you, maybe we need to do a celebration ride when they're back on the street.
 

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77 Wing Restoration Underway

Pulled the carbs today, took some pictures, found some missing and changed bolting on the way, nothing serious, spiders in the carbs, mud dauber nests in the structure. The tank is going to be the real challenge. Rusty spokes, rusty chrome. I'll get the carbs rebuilt, use an auxiliary fuel tank and see if I can make it run. Then on to the tank. Then brakes, new tires, make it safe. Have a look at the pictures. I always appreciate in put
 

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Some ideas for you: My CB750, which had sat for 25 years or so, had lots of rusty chrome. My neighbor, who restores old cars, did all my painting for me and he painted the bad chrome. First I sandblasted it, then he epoxy primed it and painted on automotive semigloss black. I like the way it turned out. I rebuilt my rusty wheels with new spokes from Partsnmore and Sudco. If you want to rechrome, here's a place I heard about on the Naked Goldwings forum. Free shipping both ways, free estimates from photos. http://www.ogdenchrome.com/
 

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