1978 Rebuild


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cbford76
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1978 Rebuild

Postby cbford76 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:31 pm



Started disassembly of the 78 today. The first bolt was the hardest, after that I couldn't stop. Wiring harness has been spliced together so many times I think I may just cross my fingers and get a new one. Most bolts came out like it was out of the showroom, although they looked more like the bike had sat outside for 7 years before I got it. Frame so far looks great, but needs a little clean and paint. Calipers look okay but lines, pads and seals are cracked and need replacing. Throttle cable is dead, clutch cable is dead, Master cylinder is in questionable condition. Intake looks like swiss cheese, carbs have good movement but stick a little. Front fork seals are toast, driveshaft smells like presynthetic grease and what is left is rather crispy smelling. Jug cap on the tank is green (moisture) so tank inside is probably no better. Intake cover is toast. Radiator looks decent and fan looks good but not sure yet if they are good. Judging by the coolant that came out I think they are ok, but the hoses are junk, surprised it didn't leak. Fairing assembly is probably not worth rebuilding, although it is in decent shape, pocket doors are missing and who knows what the mice did in it. Metal brake line was bent in a crazy angle but that may have happened when the tank came out. Anyway, figured I would share. Still unemployed and living in the new house now.



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Re: 1978 Rebuild

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:31 pm

Wow, that is quite a job you have ahead of you. But that said, it will only make you feel that much better once it's finished and looking like new!

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Re: 1978 Rebuild

Postby cbford76 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:54 pm

Yeah it will be nice having it completed once I get there. Right now getting it to bare frame and hanging it up to paint is my priority. I have to find a valve cover bolt while I am at it, one of them is sheared, gonna have to dig out an easy out for that. Should only be hand tight though so hopefully it will come out easy. One of my friends seems to think we can work with the existing wire harness, it just means many hours of me tracing, soldering and shrink tubing. I am looking to see if there is an LED light kit out there for the brakes, signals and Tail lights. The cables and hoses should be easy to find, just the couple rusty parts are going to be a challenge, I don't know if they make a replacement intake screen set. Down under the intake box is two screens inside the body assembly and they are pretty rusted. I guess I will get a better look when the engine is out. I have hours and hours of dremel work ahead of me on the engine polishing alone.

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Re: 1978 Rebuild

Postby gnarlyroad » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:21 pm

Just grabbed some parts of a 1978 gl this afternoon. The wiring harness looked in pretty good shape. Not listed on their site. They don't post their bikes yet. But theres a phone #. Nice folks. Lots of parts from right side still in good shape.
http://www.annexautoparts.com/
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Re: 1978 Rebuild

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:51 pm

gnarlyroad wrote:Just grabbed some parts of a 1978 gl this afternoon. The wiring harness looked in pretty good shape. Not listed on their site. They don't post their bikes yet. But theres a phone #. Nice folks. Lots of parts from right side still in good shape.
http://www.annexautoparts.com/


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Re: 1978 Rebuild

Postby cbford76 » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:19 am

Very cool, sorry for the delay, my kid popped out and I am working on getting the house into shape for when we can bring him home. Goldwing gets the backburner once again..... :(

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Re: 1978 Rebuild

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 28, 2010 4:19 pm

Congratulations!! What did you name him?

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Re: 1978 Rebuild

Postby cbford76 » Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:42 pm

We called him Evan. Thank you.




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