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Old 07-24-2014, 03:42 PM   #1
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Smile 79' Honda GL1000 Goldwing

Hi there. Just joined this morning. Thought I'd post a few pics of my project. I bought this bike for $300.00 wasn't running when I bought her. The first pic is before any work was done. I've pulled the carbs, cleaned them up the best I can without a rebuild kit. (I plan on doing that later) Flushed the oil and cooling system. Cleaned the tank with muriatic acid. and adjusted the carbs. (someone had them adjusted to almost 3 turns out. supposed to be at 1 and 3/8 turns out) she rides good and I'm putting on new rubber this weekend so I can take her on the highway. (she's got 34 year old tires on her right now.) only 27k original miles. all original parts from what I can tell. Even had the original owner's manual and tool kit along with a brochure for accessories. I'll post pics as I get her cleaned up, but she's pretty to look at right now. I've only been working on her for about a month. other than some pitted chrome and some peeling on the engine, everything else looks good.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:02 PM   #3
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Cool. The headlight lens restoration kits work well on the plastic turn and brake signals.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:38 AM   #7
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It was actually given in trade for $300.00 worth of work on a boat. I didn't know the person.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:40 AM   #8
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Cool. The headlight lens restoration kits work well on the plastic turn and brake signals.
I won't need a kit. All the lenses and gages are in VERY good condition. The only thing lense wise would be the lights for the tank dash lights are a little dim, but everything is in very nice shape. I'll try to get some more pics up soon.
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Nice. I really like the old GL's that still looked decent without all the plastic.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:15 AM   #10
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Time to Dissassemble

Sorry it's been awhile since I posted, been dealing with my girlfriend 's health and having to take her to chemo, radiation and surgery.. She has cervical cancer. anyway... Well, I knew the day would come, I was just hoping I could have a few more weeks of riding before I had to do it. It's the dreaded water pump oil leak. Rad a few posts online and found out what I needed to do.
I took a beginners riders course (It's required to get your license) at Team Mancuso Power Sports South this past weekend and passed with higher marks than I anticipated. The sudden rain shower at the last minute kept me from having a perfect score on the skills test, and I missed one question on the written. Took my TXDPS written test on Tuesday and passed as well. Now I have a license but can't ride :( So here are my plans for the weekend:


R&R Water pump, coolant, oil and filter.
Pull Carbs and rebuild with Randakk's Master carb kit and replace fuel filter.
Replace Timing Belts. Even though they look brand new, I don't know how old they are. They still have the "Honda" white lettering in very good condition on the belts, but they may have been sitting for over 20 years.. Who knows. The PO was deceased when I purchased the bike, so I have no records or knowledge of service. Better safe than sorry. The bike is getting about 32 MPG right now. I can't wait to see what it will get once I gets the carbs done..

I bought a pair of cheap saddlebags and a cargo net at walmart and they don't look half bad. I'll post some pictures of the repair work as I go.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:05 AM   #11
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My dad has a 75. They had slightly hotter cams, but his will only pull around 40 doing highway driving. They're not terribly efficient bikes.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:38 PM   #12
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water pump replacement

Well, it's a good thing I decided to get this replaced today. The water pump is missing a few bearings.. It was trashed. Going tomorrow to find some cap screws. Stupid engineering putting Phillips head screws to hold water and oil back. Especially where you can't take em out without a lot of frustration. I'll finish up tomorrow and pull carbs. Rebuilding them using Randakk's master carb kit.
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Old 08-16-2014, 02:48 PM   #13
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looks like you're taking good care of it............
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:20 AM   #14
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Well, got everything put back together with a new water pump and gasket. Had a few issues. Bypass circuit was clogged. Took some time to unclog it in the engine cover and block. Then, one of the o-rings.. The one that goes around the hole where the oil pump connects to the water pump, well it seemed a bit small. Couldn't get it to stay in place while I mounted the engine cover. Ended up rolling it over an impact socket that was a little larger than the groove, putting it in the oven at 175 degrees for about 1-1\2 hours, letting it cool around the socket, then rolling it off. It fit perfect. Used a little tacky stuff to hold it in place, and put rt engine cover on while rotating the water pump to mate with the oil pump. Whew.. Now.. On the carbs...

Started the carb overhaul, found two slow idle jets clogged. Now trying to find something small enough to pay through it to clear it. Naked bread tie is too thick.
This is becoming a little bit of a nightmare.

At least when I get done, I know things will be right and I won't have to worry as much.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:25 PM   #15
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Finally got the two clogged jets cleared by using a single strand of wire from a speaker wire. Got everything back together. Changed timing belts, checked for leaks. Got the carbs on, and new filter. Using a gas can, fed a fuel hose to the carbs. Pulled out the choke and cranked her over. Once the fuel got to her, she fired right up. Ran smoother than ever. Idled at 650 or a little lower with no problem.. No dying out as before. Success! Now on to remove the tank again, run the muriatic acid through it again, ( take my time this turn around).. And possibly thinking about having it boiled out and sealed by a shop. Learning a lot as I go..

Wondering if anyone has had any luck in coating one of these tanks without clogging up the pickup screens. Getting closer to having her on the road again...
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:02 PM   #17
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Will I ever get to ride her again??

Well, After reinstalling the tank after cleaning again, I come across yet more issues... The fuel pump decided it was time to start leaking.. I guess all that time sitting just wasn't so good for her. (Duh) I have one ordered and it should be here Wednesday. Also somehow a slider top got broken on my left front carb. Fixed it with a trimmed down and some high temp silicone. doesn't look all that bad. It's not going to be a show bike so...

Maybe I can finally be on the road again before the holiday weekend.
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