picked up a project


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arnoldsq
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picked up a project

Postby arnoldsq » Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:16 am



Im new to GW and to the forum but figured since you all had taken the time to amass a wealth of knowledge here I would post up about my rebuild. I got an 82 GL1100 interstate with 32K miles Body is in near mint shape. It was sitting in a barn for nearly 10 years after previous owner decided it was too big. Fuel was never shut off or drained so the engine was frozen, carbs a mess, and fuel tank a block of rust. I picked this up for $400 about a month ago now and have started piecing at the project. And yes when I get home from work I will post up pictures. So far I have removed the tank and started soaking in vinegar, repaired electrical, and manually broken free and turned over the motor. Belts are on order before I go any further though just as a precaution. This will probably end up being a winter project for me as that is less than a month away for us so I am going to be doing it slow and steady. Once again thank yall for the great information stored on the site.



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Re: picked up a project

Postby thrasherg » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:26 pm

Sounds like a true winter project so you timed it perfectly!! As you mentioned, be sure to post plenty of pictures, most of us are too cheap to go and buy a winter project, so we love to live through those daft enough to get into one!! :D Just kidding!! We love seeing old wings brought back to life, and there is a ton of knowledge on this site. Best of luck getting her back up and running.

Gary

arnoldsq
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Re: picked up a project

Postby arnoldsq » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:25 pm

As promised here are the first images of her. And sorry for the messy work area had to clear a space for the work.
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Milage
Milage
Tank Rust
Tank Rust
Bringing her home
Bringing her home
After tank removal front
After tank removal front
After tank removal back
After tank removal back

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spiralout
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Re: picked up a project

Postby spiralout » Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:11 pm

It's fun pulling the tank on these, huh? ;)
My tank was as bad or worse when I got mine and I found that the vinegar or electrolysis methods worked a lot better after using about 3 cans of carb cleaner to get the 1/4" of old varnish out of the bottom first.

arnoldsq
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Re: picked up a project

Postby arnoldsq » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:18 pm

I used purple power to clean it out first then to apple cider vinegar. The majority is now clean just the screen and petcock still to go. But yes it is a pain.

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Re: picked up a project

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:35 pm

thats a nice "work in progress" you have there. im sure once its finished you'll have it up and running really nice. i had a CX500 once, and its tank was very bad inside. i found that using small ball bearings and a lot of swirling around got almost all of the rust out from the inside of the tank. i put about a half gallon of water in it and dumped about a hundred small ball bearings in it and slouched it around for about 4 days to get most of the rust out of it after dumping out all the water many times and refilling it with more water and more ball bearings.

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indianakid
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Re: picked up a project

Postby indianakid » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:03 pm

WOW .................

That is going to be quite the project. Have you tried turning the engine (by hand) to determine if it is stuck? My concern with a bike sitting that long, the tank being that rusted and that the carbs are a mess is if the cylinders have rusted. that would be a deal breaker. Not sure what your budget is but with carbs, belts, tires, battery, brakes (master cylinders and caliper may have to be rebuilt) etc......... it could easily cost you $500 to $1K or more not to mention your time. Just looking on craigslist there is a nice 82 interstate in Gillette (2 hr from you) for $1600 and he wants to sell ASAP

http://rapidcity.craigslist.org/mcy/5720732191.html

Just sayin............ I like a project as much as the next guy. But if the engine is stuck you may have to kick this one to the curb.

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Re: picked up a project

Postby arnoldsq » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:00 pm

Before tearing it down I did a quick run check and it fired over with starter fluid. I will be spending some time next week working on it as I have time off. Once belts installed I will do a compression test to see before going further but I don't expect to see any issues.




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