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Merrill79
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New guy..

Post by Merrill79 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:03 pm



Hello all, new member here. A hero from my youth, an unstoppable, “Indiana Jones” type is now 83 years old , with the problems associated with a dynamic life, and advancing years. I dont get sentimental about machines, but this one is linked to a dear friend. Last week he called to ask if I would be interested in his 79 Goldwing and a 75 GL parts bike. The runner has set for ( at least ) two years.....
.... I’ve got’em home, they are rough!!.... but have potential. No concourse stuff here. Striving for a “runner”. I’m all in on this project. I’m selling a 65 triumph to fund the wing project . Hope you folks are patient cause I’ll have questions....
.....thanks.....
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Maz
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Location: Kent, UK
Motorcycle: 1975 GL1000K1
1976 CB500T
1979 CB750L
1990 Yamaha FJ1200
1993 Suzuki GS500E

Re: New guy..

Post by Maz » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:52 pm

Hi and welcome, from a cold and snowy UK.
You're gonna have hours of fun (and a few of heartache) with these wonderful machines. You've definitely come to the right place. You're probably already aware, but make sure the timing belts are replaced before running the engines 'in anger' . Oh yeah.... The carbs WILL need stripping and cleaning.
Ask any questions and they will be answered.

Maz
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Merrill79
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Post by Merrill79 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:12 pm

Thanks.... Had thought about the single carb approach but after reading up on it will probably engage the four carbs . I’ll get the timing belts. All advise is good advise, that guarantees nothing will be overlooked.

Merrill79
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Post by Merrill79 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:55 pm

Okay, Honda service manual doesn’t address this,, the weep hole underside of motor. (On a car I would say it’s for engine coolant to seep when waterpump is failing.) My bike is dripping oil out this hole . If anything it seems it should be coolant. Any ideas ??
1979 1000 Goldwing
60,000 mi.
I’ve got a new waterpump on order from our local Honda dealer.
Hoses, and gaskets. BIG BUCKS

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Maz
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1993 Suzuki GS500E

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Post by Maz » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:43 am

There are 'O' rings on the pump body. Likely these are dried out/damaged.

Maz
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Merrill79
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Post by Merrill79 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:19 pm

Thanks, evidently oil OR coolant can leak from this seep hole. It will be
Interesting to get a look inside and see how it was designed.
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I’m thinking I’d better move the bike into the heated portion of my
Shop. Things are getting rather involved :)

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SnoBrdr
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Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Motorcycle: 1978 GL 1000

129K Original Owner

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Post by SnoBrdr » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:52 am

Merrill79 wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:03 pm
Hello all, new member here. A hero from my youth, an unstoppable, “Indiana Jones” type is now 83 years old , with the problems associated with a dynamic life, and advancing years. I dont get sentimental about machines, but this one is linked to a dear friend. Last week he called to ask if I would be interested in his 79 Goldwing and a 75 GL parts bike. The runner has set for ( at least ) two years.....
.... I’ve got’em home, they are rough!!.... but have potential. No concourse stuff here. Striving for a “runner”. I’m all in on this project. I’m selling a 65 triumph to fund the wing project . Hope you folks are patient cause I’ll have questions....
.....thanks.....
Here is the best advice you can get for your bike:http://www.randakksblog.com/starting-a- ... ng-lay-up/

He is probably one of a handful of the best GL guys in the world.

He also sells some of the best parts you can get for your GL, especially for the carb rebuild.

Merrill79
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Post by Merrill79 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:05 pm

Thank you, I checked out his site, Lots of good info. Artical on fuel additives was very interesting...

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Fred Camper
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Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000, 1976 LTD GL1000

Re: New guy..

Post by Fred Camper » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:27 pm

Rest assured these carbs work very well except when stored for years without proper prep. Used every season, they are trouble free for me.

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Post by Merrill79 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:57 pm

Thanks Fred, good to know. My bike starts but doesn’t respond well to throttle input . I’m sure there is a rebuild needed. These appear to be complexed units. I’ve rebuilt single carb bikes with good success , but they did not have all the intricate jetting and passage ways the GW does. Thinking about getting a harbor freight ultrasonic cleaner , four carbs would justify the purchase.......( in my mind atleast).....



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