GL1000 Timing Belt & Valve Cover Question?


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GL1000 Timing Belt & Valve Cover Question?

Postby vonzoog » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:14 pm



I purchase a basket case 1975 GL1000. The timing belt covers and valve covers were painted the color grey. After using paint stripper and removing the grey paint the covers have a flaking chrome finish on them. Are these cover original or aftermarket?

I want (and like) the polished aluminum look. Removing the flaking chrome is next to impossible. If these are aftermarket, am I wasting my time? Should I be buying some used covers and polishing them?

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Re: GL1000 Timing Belt & Valve Cover Question?

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:39 pm

Depends on what the base metal is. If they are aluminum that is Chrome, they may be from a 1976 ltd. Those had them in Chrome. But lots of Chrome aftermarket stuff was sold by Drag Specialties that used pot metal then Chrome and the Chrome flaked and the only was to practically fix them is proper prep and paint. So consider some donor parts if you want polished aluminum if you have Drag Specialties stuff.

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Re: GL1000 Timing Belt & Valve Cover Question?

Postby vonzoog » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:49 pm

Thanks for the quick reply.

Is there a sure way to tell the difference between pot metal and aluminum? What I have looks like a darker grey in color leading me to think it may be pot metal.
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Re: GL1000 Timing Belt & Valve Cover Question?

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:11 pm

More porosity and it will not polish into a luster like aluminum. So if you have some metal polish you will learn quick. But the pot metal covers are lighter than the thicker aluminum ones. If dark gray, very likely Drag Specialties stuff.

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Re: GL1000 Timing Belt & Valve Cover Question?

Postby vonzoog » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:15 pm

Thanks. I believe I will be hunting for some used covers.
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Re: GL1000 Timing Belt & Valve Cover Question?

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:54 pm

The aluminum ones really polish into a very nice luster. They are clear coated, and the clear must be removed first either by sanding or by paint remover (easier). There are very nice directions here:http://ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11781

More specific to getting clear coat off here;
http://www.thirdgen.org/sergiowheels




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