Just bought a 1978 GL1000


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Jazlyx
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Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby Jazlyx » Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:03 pm



Just bought a 1978 GL1000 ! I am pumped! No speedo on it. She is in dire need of restoration, and I am just the guy to do it! Currently I have no USB cable for my picture device and cannot get the pics up yet, but I will soon! Yee Haw...
So far, I have her torn her down to just the frame, forks and motor. I have taken at least 6 or 7 layers of paint and primer off the faux tank and side covers. I have been reading some of this very good info in the how to articles and have ordered complete carb kits, a new vacuum guage (cant figure out the motion pro), and am looking into sand blasting for the frame and painted tins etc... (the fenders are original chrome and look to be in excellent condition, thanks for the good chrome Honda!)
I will be looking into new front end parts for the motor (timing) and expect to do a lot of measuring on the valves and cylinders etc.. next week. Although, the electical system on the bike needs alot of work too... It looks like a combination of mickey mouse, all his friends along with directions from the 3 stooges as advisors put this harness together, so, that is a major concern as well.
Any estute info from any of you all out there on this very cool machine would be well accepted!
I have a strong working knowlede of Harleys to include total motor rebuilds and warranty work. (have worked at 2 different Harley locations and graduated MMI) Also, a strong working knowledge of BMW bikes and have owned at least 10 hondas, a couple of Kawasaki V-Twins and, some small (400cc) Yamahas and Suzukis.
My goal is to have this running full tilt in a couple of months to be a daily driver to and from work every day (total of 80 miles /day).
Do I sign this???
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby Optimurphprime » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:57 pm

I think folks will be asking you for help. Nice Resume.
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby dingdong » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:39 am

Jazlnx I'm having this problem with my.........Welcome to the site and good luck with the rebuild.
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby Jazlyx » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:41 am

Hi Guys, Thanx for the posts
I got my GL1000 in the basement today ( yeah, Good luck getting it out , HUH? )
just the frame wheels and motor. MAN ! HEAVY ! and I am weak, weak, weak, too ( cancer survivor gotta love that radiation ! )
Timing belts are ?ok? they dont look bad, but they will be coming off for a thorough inspection...
Need to put in an overhead lift... (pulley)...

Jazlyx
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby Optimurphprime » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:31 pm

Well God bless you brother. I know what you mean about these things being heavy, try pushing one up your yard. Had to get my wife to get my truck and some ratchet straps and pull me back up to the house. :oops:
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby landisr » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:58 am

As long as you have it opened up far enuff to 'inspect' the timing belts, you should really just go ahead and replace them, as age and miles appear to be unknowns. You don't want to spend all this effort just to lose the motor to 'internal conflict'...

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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:54 am

The absolute best improvement to the gl1000 is to remove the point system and replace it with a electronic ignition and replace the fuel pump with a electric 2.5psi pump.This will dramatically reduce the "trying to get the @#%&* thing started "scenario.

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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby D2D » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:06 am

Welcome Jazlyx, I too just picked up a 78 GL1000 a couple weeks ago. I have just about gotten to the ready to ride part after completely tearing it down going through all the electric, cleaning the tank by electrolysis ( 24 hours and it came out spotless ) cleaning and rebuilding the carbs, flushing and refilling all of the fluids, lubricating everything that moves, checking torque on all bolts and fasteners, installing a new battery and in the the final stages of fabricating a new exhaust system. I kept the old headers as they were in good shape but the mufflers were badly rusted. I picked up a nice used set of samsong turnout mufflers ( see pic ) and need to make a short extension to get them mounted to the headers properly to clear the mid stand.
Good luck with the rebuild, let us know how you are progressing.
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby dingdong » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:20 am

No such thing as "inspecting" the timing belts. The will look like new even if they are old and about to break. You don't want to have to replace them after one breaks and damages the valves and possibly a piston.
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby Jazlyx » Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:19 am

Well... thanx so much for the replies. Yes , Dingdong and Landisr... timing belts will be changed then...D2D those samsons are gonna be nice pipes on there, love the sound of those. Sounds like you are well into your build. ( I found a set of roadking pipes kinda layin around for mine! ) virgil mobile... an electronic fuel pump sounds good! I will need to find a suitable one, maybe you could point me in the right direction?
Currently my plan is to sandblast this frame. I wanna turn everything Honda red and chrome!
I will be building a comfy seat from the how to articles.
My vetter is in need of a wind sheild and fiberglass work
More pics to come on the member pictures area
Thanx and God bless...
Jazlyx

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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby Jazlyx » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:21 am

Here are some pics so far. Gotta get into the fairing and rebuild some of the fiber glass. Sandblasting this frame should be fun!
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A really n aked GL
A really n aked GL
The start of a beautiful relationship
The start of a beautiful relationship
A stack of parts to refurbish
A stack of parts to refurbish
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Re: Just bought a 1978 GL1000

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:14 pm

Looking good.What's that thingy on the left? :D .You asked about a electric fuel pump.Here is a link to another post that may help....viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5857




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