GL1000 Strip down and rebuild


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GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby GL1000-1976-SCX-593P » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:27 pm



Hi Folks, I am at the very start of stripping down and rebuilding a GL1000, My question for you all is this??
what should be the approximate sequence of events when rebuilding? I have to do this as funds allow and I am nearly at the end of the engine rebuild so its now on to the rest, should I get all the parts that require it powder coated and ready and then get the wheels refurbished IE new Stainless spokes polished rims and new tyres.
I know there are one or 2 of you at least out there who have done exactly this so your help would be invaluable to me.
Regards John



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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby SnoBrdr » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:15 pm

GL1000-1976-SCX-593P wrote:Hi Folks, I am at the very start of stripping down and rebuilding a GL1000, My question for you all is this??
what should be the approximate sequence of events when rebuilding? I have to do this as funds allow and I am nearly at the end of the engine rebuild so its now on to the rest, should I get all the parts that require it powder coated and ready and then get the wheels refurbished IE new Stainless spokes polished rims and new tyres.
I know there are one or 2 of you at least out there who have done exactly this so your help would be invaluable to me.
Regards John


How much of a engine rebuild did you do?

Obviously the carbs should be doe next.

I'd also do the stator plug if it hasn't been done already.

How's the gas tank?

Front fork seals and steering head bearings.

Swing arm bearing.

Clean out the starter.

Brake cylinder and caliper rebuilds.

On and on.

It never ends.

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby GL1000-1976-SCX-593P » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:32 pm

I stripped the engine completely, it was a lw mileage unit but I was interested to learn more about the engine as I have a complete GL1000, Thats what got me going on this bike building project, however I have very limited knowledge of mechanical stuff, I will be sending a set of carbs to wingovations when I can and will be selling any parts that I dont need to fund the build.
It will be a fairly long term project Id say!! I did think it would be best to get the frame powder coated and the wheels refurbed so I can get the bike into a rolling chassis, get the engine in and carry on from there.
I watched Maurice Gardeners 5 episode GL1000 rebuild on You tube for assistance with my engine rebuild.
Thanks for your reply.

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby Old Fogey » Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:41 pm

John,
I think that, with your admitted limited mechanical knowledge, you have done a brilliant job! Well done to you.
To let others know, I have been involved with advice and parts almost from the beginning of this strip and build. Endless patience and willingness to ask when stuck, instead of just trusting to luck, hallmark this man's way of working. Something many others should take to heart! ;)

To answer your question, I think you have it. Get the frame and bits powdered. The wheels can wait for funds to build while you get the engine in and start turning it back into a bike. There's a ton of work and time involved in putting all the bits back into the frame in the correct way, making sure each bit is right. The wiring harness on it's own, if you are going to strip out the connectors and clean them up, is going to take you to sometime in the next millennium. :lol:
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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby GL1000-1976-SCX-593P » Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:48 am

I have loved The GL1000 since I first saw one in 1975/6 and bought my own not long after that, I guess that has spawned my desire to build one, Currently I spend as much time as I can in the shed working on the project, this should accelerate next year when I retire, I am in no rush, I am prepared to ask as many people as I can to get it right, John from Wingovations has been and more than likely will be in the future a source of assistance in getting the job done right.
Hope to post pictures here in the future.
Thanks especially to John but also anyone who has helped me this far.
Regards.

John

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby GL1000-1976-SCX-593P » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:55 am

Hi John (Old Fogey), on the subject of wiring harness, right or wrong I have it in my head that I want to make a new wiring harness, I have found a company that can supply all the wire and plugs etc and I do have experience in soldering, taught by my dad when he was here.
Also I have the sealed wiring diagram, I just wondered if anyone might have done this and knew exactly what colours where required for the wires, I know its on the diagram but its not that big so some of it is hard to see.
I have pegged out the old harness on a board and intend to strip off the outer shrink wrapping and then possible I can identify some of the colours better.
As always any help is most appreciated.
PS I will be wanting those Radiator hoses at some point and if you know anyone with a Rickman Type 5 Fairing for sale I want to try and get one of those Too.
Kind Regards John :-)

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby Old Fogey » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:06 am

John,
Go here and buy a copy of the wiring diagram. Very clear and easy to read.
You might find all the rest of the stuff you need on there too.

http://kojaycat.co.uk/epages/950000457. ... iewProduct
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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby redial » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:49 pm

If you go to this:
http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14693

WingAdmin has developed the solution into a spreadsheet compatible form for Honda's standard colour configuration.
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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby GL1000-1976-SCX-593P » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:30 am

Thanks very much that will help, I have pinned out the old harness on a board and I will strip off the outer casing then the colours will be easier to ID as well.
All help very much appreciated.
Rgds John

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby ReginOz » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:02 pm

Hi John, how are you? I've got a Rickman type 5 fairing. Everything's for sale at the right price, I s'pose. :)
Two problems, I'm in Australia, and also there's a piece cut out of it on the lower left side where a sidecar strut had to run through. I guess it'd be repairable to someone good with fibreglass.
Anyway, if you're interested, get back to me and we can exchange contact details. Cheers.

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby GL1000-1976-SCX-593P » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:37 am

Thanks very much for your reply, I found 2 on E bay this weekend, one was in very poor condition with no support frame and no pocket covers, and the other which I bought was in Scotland, they had it down as a Vetter fairing so I was lucky to spot it, had I not found that one I would have been in the negotiation stage right now for yours.
Thanks for replying
Rgds John

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby aussiegold » Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:57 am

GL1000-1976-SCX-593P wrote:I stripped the engine completely, it was a lw mileage unit but I was interested to learn more about the engine as I have a complete GL1000, Thats what got me going on this bike building project, however I have very limited knowledge of mechanical stuff, I will be sending a set of carbs to wingovations when I can and will be selling any parts that I dont need to fund the build.
It will be a fairly long term project Id say!! I did think it would be best to get the frame powder coated and the wheels refurbed so I can get the bike into a rolling chassis, get the engine in and carry on from there.
I watched Maurice Gardeners 5 episode GL1000 rebuild on You tube for assistance with my engine rebuild.
Thanks for your reply.

hello,
Maurice Gardiner here. " Aussiegold " i am pleased you mentioned my rebuild videos, actually more pleased that they have helped you get your engine together. of course, if you have John from Wingovations ear , you wont go wrong.
i have found that it is easier some times to fit the frame to the engine rather than the other way round. either way is possible.
cheers, M.
ps
there were one or two small errors in the videos... not enough to trip anyone up tho..... :roll:

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Re: GL1000 Strip down and rebuild

Postby ReginOz » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:26 am

No worries John. Just out of interest, roughly how much are they going for?




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