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Wednesday 02/01/2012

I went shopping for a couple of gaskets and the piston seal ring on the front forks of a GL1000.
Honda does not sell the plastic ring that goes inside the front forks on a GL1000.
My local dealer did a search and found that Geoff Bodine Honda in Florida had one in their stock.

I called them to order it (one is better than none) and they found another also,
so I have the two I need to rebuild the front forks.
$13.18 in parts and $8.00 shipping, for two plastic washers that would fit in
an envelope, I am just thankful someone actually had them.

I am still looking for more, for the bike that will be stock with the side car.

Back to the garage yesterday, I started by rounding the corners of the rear seat mount.



I cleaned the grime from one of the front fork legs just to see what it might look like.
This is one of the newer front forks (1977 - 1979) I plan on painting the lower leg Black I think.



Next I decided to cut some filler plates to go on the frame below the rear of the gas tank.
After fitting them I thought they looked OK, and when everything is together they will dress up the rear tank area a little.



I welded them in and filled the front of them, more grinding to do here too.



I plan on getting into my space suit and doing all the grinding at one time.

I also made a lower rear fender mount and welded it to the frame crossbar.



I like this set-up better.
 

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Ya know, seeing that frame from that angle with those filler panels, I know you're concerned about cutting into the tank you have, but have you considered getting a two piece Harley tank and just doing a strip down the middle to join them?
 

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WOW, looking good & a LOT of work , welding & grinding in there also.
 

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I do really appreciate the comments and give thought to every one that I receive.

There are a lot of ideas I have considered, but the main concern is the dollar factor.

I have a very limited amount of money to spend, so I am using what ever I have in my garage before I buy anything.
The tank was already here so that is what I am using.

The money I spend is mostly for the items which are worn out or like safety stuff.

I am rebuilding all of the brake system, and replacing seals and gaskets that I think may go bad.

There are a lot of things I would love to have but I am limited to making sure it will hold up once it is done.
I know it's going to be a tank, and most likely a rat bike, but hopefully I will be able to ride once the weather warms up.

I go more for functional than pretty, and this is not going to be pretty.

I am also limited in my skills, so I do the best I can and try to be happy with it.
I am not a welder, body or paint man, so it's not a show bike, it's just a low bike.

Once it is done, it can always be changed next year, if I am still around.
 

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Well, I actually kinda think it does look prettygood the way it's goin', although, it should be said that I do have a soft spot for rat bikes and rat rods :?. Hopefully you'll get some enjoyment out of 'er this next summer andget some wind in that beard :action:.
 

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Saturday 02/04/2012

Saturday, I Thought I would take a different route and check out one of the other GL1000's that I had bought over the past summer.

You may recall that I had removed all the farings and bags from the 6 bikes when I purchased them just so they would fit into the garage and sheds.

One of the bikes looked to be mostly all there so I played with it and got it running.
It ran great, idled fine so it was put in the garage for storage until needed.

I decided to check out another of the bikes, a 1975 GL1000 frame number GL11013158, engine number GL1E-1013380.



When I started really looking at the bike, I noticed that it didn't have wire spooked wheels.
Then I saw that it didn't have a kick start either although it came with a kick start handle.



I rechecked all the numbers and they do go with a 1975 GL1000 motorcycle, so I am asking the question - - - did some of the 1975's come without the spoke wheels and kick start?

Both items could have been changed by a previous owner, so I am just curious.

Well after checking out the bike I found that someone had reversed the #2 and #4 plug wires and all the spark plugs were loose. The start button was not working, and #1 plug wire was not even connected (screwed into the adapter at the end).

I hooked up an auxiliary gas tank, although at first I always try to start it with a little ether only just to see if it will fire.



I checked spark to the plugs, the plugs looked new, but had carbon on them like they were run rich for a few seconds. I cleaned the plugs with a rag and the black wiped right off.

That's when I found that the #2 and #4 were reversed, I traced the wires to the coil and they were wired #1 and #4 to the right coil #2 and #3 to the left coil. someone had reversed the wires in the rubber holder and then had the #4 wire going to the #2 cylinder.

After bolting everything that needed to be grounded to the frame in various spots, I gave it a shot of ether and it fired right off running for a few seconds with no knocks or back fires.





I put a little gas in the tank and it fired and ran about 30 seconds but then the center manifold started to fill with a little gas and the engine flooded out.

I think that possibly one of the carburetors may have a sticking needle and seat, and the pump is overfilling the carburetor, and the valve isn't shutting the gas off.

Any way the engine sounds fine, so I am 2 for 2 in getting engines that are OK from the parts bikes I purchased over the summer.

I am now trying to figure out what I would need to put together a starter board to hook up engines to so that they wouldn't need the wiring harness or extra stuff just to get them running.

Below is a photo of the bike with the wheels in question for a 1975 GL1000.



Did these come on a 75 or were they changed?
What about the lack of a kick start, the numbers match those of a 1975 on the engine?
 

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The GL1000 had kick starter & the GL1100 didn't.
 

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A PO probably removed the kick starter. There have been problems with them sticking and not working when not maintained. The wheels were probably also changed out by a PO. The rear is easy, all the rears are interchangeable till you get to the 80 model. The front takes a little more work. It's either been shimmed to make it work or it might have 78/79 lower forks. A lot of changes can happen in 37 years.
 

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Thank you everyone for confirming what I thought about the 1975 Gl1000 wheels and lack of a kick start.

My knowledge of the Goldwing is limited so I always appreciate the feedback I get on this site.

I now have 2 engines to choose from for either the chopped version or later for a stock bike.

Thanks again for the input.
 

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Thursday 02/09/2012

I picked up my radiator from Empire Radiator, the only shop in the city of Rochester that has a boil out tank.
They boiled it, and pressure tested it, so I don't have to worry about that when the bike goes together.

Great people to do business with in Rochester NY, Mike belongs to the local Goldwing club.
They are also making a one piece flexible rear caliper hose.

Back to the garage I cut up a battery box and took the mount for the rectifier and condensers and welded it to the piece under the seat.



I then traced out a piece of cardboard on the bike for a panel to go on the rear.
I cut it out of 12 gauge steel and drilled it to mount to the gussets.
I am looking for your input as to what you think of it.



I plan on fastening it with round head 6mm x 1.0 Allen screws.

Let me know if you don't like it because the holes can always be welded back up.

I am now thinking about running a similar piece of sheet metal under the gas tank to fill the void between the tank and the frame tube.
 

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Those look like Comstar wheels. Comstar wheels were introduced in the 1978 model year.
 

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Not all GL1000's have a kick starter. I believe they were dropped in 1978. I know for a fact the the 1979 did not come with them.
 

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Let me know if you don't like it because the holes can always be welded back up.
I don't think it looks too bad. How's it look with the bags on?
 

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I am sorry for the lack of postings lately.

I have not given up.

I am currently having some physical problems, so I have been drawing a new wiring diagram
(with much help from Captainmidnight85)
, shopping for parts on the internet, and searching
for answers to Questions that have come up while building the bike.

Soon I will be back to the garage grinding the welds, mounting the
electronics, and wiring the bike.

I will post the wiring diagram when it is done.

Thanks to all who watch and help.
 

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For your supposed 1975 K1, frame is 1975, just need to look at some details like the side panel holders

Wheels could have been switched without any problem, I got a 1975 K1 fork on my 1978 K3, with the K3 comstar fitting right on, due to an accident that bent the forks, nothing to change it's a bolt on, even brakes works fine.

For the kick starter, honda stop it in 1978 with the K3 model, because it could stick tight(like one of mine, got to cut it in half to get it out for replacing).
It doesn't cause any problem, but it's totally useless so I think the previous owner has gone the easy way, and just switched the rear engine case for a 1978-79 case , I think if you get it open you'll find the kickstarter teeth plate still in place at the rear of the main shaft.


Good luck with your project, and with all the grinding work, always the funniest part when welding! =p
 

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Wednesday 02/22/2012

If you have noticed that I have slowed down on the entries to this post, it is because I have some health problems.

These problems have limited my work in the garage, and have also got me thinking about how much riding time I have left in this life.

You may also have noticed the my profile picture has also changed to my "new" 1996 GL1500 SE that I pleaded with my wife to buy.

Once I got off my knees I purchased and picked up a 31,000 mile beauty from the original owner who had a stroke and felt he couldn't ride safely any more.

I told Betty that it will hold it's value so even if I don't last that long she can get the money back.

It is two tone Magenta (purple) loaded.



Immediately after buying the bike I delivered it to Brad at Mid-State Trikes in Trumansburg NY to get a new independent suspension trike kit put on it.

Brad was also the person who gave me the heads up on the man who had the bike.

I will get it back in about 5 weeks ready to go, I can't wait.

This in no way, well maybe a little, interfere with the work on the lowering of the GL1000 I still want to get it done if I possibly can.
But I also want to ride this year.

Captainmidnight85 is helping me with the wiring diagram and I have been buying parts to use when I get back to work.

Stay tuned
 
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