Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate


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dwight007fchr
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Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby dwight007fchr » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:35 pm



Hello. I just purchased this 83 Goldwing Interstate this weekend (11/15/10), and plan to restore her this winter. This is my first Goldwing, so I am sure I will be asking alot of dumb questions as I roll up my sleeves and dive into this project.

Here are a coule pre-restoration pics. Is this the original seat colors....two-tone? Is there a way to drain the gas tank without taking off and turning up-side-down? (I did not see a drain on the lower part of the tank).

Thanks.
dc
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83 Goldwing before Resto
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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby britman » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:39 pm

Nice looking ride you have there . The first thing id do is change all fluids in the bike and if you dont know how old the timing belts are change them as well check to see if all lights work . The seat JC Whitnet does a cover for seats and get a owners manual and join as many Goldwing sites as you can . Theres been talk of the gl1000 having a drain plug ive not seen one on my two wings but if there is or not some one will know . There an easy bike to work on ive brought two back to life rebuilt an engine and forks and carbs all with the help of so many people then when its all done enjoy the ride .

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby dwight007fchr » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:04 pm

Britman........Thanks for the reply. I agree......change all fluids, timing belt, check electrical/lights, etc. Do you reccomend the Seafoam to help de-tox the carbs? Since the gas tank has that stale linseed smell, I would love to drain the tank and then either use carb cleaner spray or this new stuff (Seafoam).

Any other comments about a drain plug on the belly of the gas tank? First glance and I could not find one. If I remove the tank, I wonder how much of a pain it would be to install a drain plug for future draining.....to let the water drops flow out. Cant use the on/off/reserve valve since it is not on the bottom of the tank.

So far I am impressed with the ruggedness of this machine, and am looking forward to giving her the TLC she needs after almost 30 years of service.

dc

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby sputnk » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:50 am

Hey Dwight,

I just sent you a PM with a bunch of stuff I did and how I did it.

I'm no Wing expert...but now this one I have is running / looking / smelling / purring like a CHAMP. I'd recommend this.

Get a shop manual for things such as timing belt configuration / flywheel etching and such. As well, read all of Wing Admin's "How To's" and others like it.

Torque on your bike. Take stuff off. Look at it. I took 80% of this wing apart (only made it to the valves / carbs / timing belts on the engine...didn't have to crack it open) and it all went back together easier than when I took it apart.

It's a BEAUTIFUL machine that makes a lot of people happy, including me. So, best of luck and keep up the questions / progress.

Nice ride!!!

Phillo

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby dwight007fchr » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:24 am

Phylos (You tha man from book "Traveler from Two Planets"? Commuting back n forth on your Wing. ha ha)

Thanks for all the information in your p. email. I want to be as thorough as you were and have this Wing running like new, knowing that all the components are in correct working order. I just read the "how to" on changing the drive axle oil, and will bet that it hasnt been changed in years.

Gas tank....based on the info I have seen, there is no drain valve on the 83 Wing, and removing it is quite a challenge....taking off the rear tire, fender, boxes, etc., and manuevering the tank out the rear. Wish I had could just turn my Wing up-side-down and drain out the old linseed oil. Maybe flip the valve to "Reserve" and use some type of suction equipment to draw the old gas out? Or will it flow automatically without vacuum on the line?

What the heck is "flywheel etching"? Dont tell me I need to become an "are-teest" and make charcoal drawings of my flywheel.

Did you turn the screw on your oil "window" to move the internal wiper so you can see the oil? Another great feature on the Wing.

Take care,
dc

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby OldSchool_IsCool » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:08 am

Welcome Dwighte!

As for the crud in the gas tank, if you don't see any rust in the tank, you could drain out what you can via the petcock then fill 'er with fresh gas, drain that out and use that gas in some other vehicle with a large tank (i.e delute the crud). Repete as much as you wish.

If you see any rust in there, then maybe a tank extracion and derusting is in order.

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:32 pm

Yep, the way to drain the tank is to remove the fuel line from the fuel filter (on the petcock side), put it into a bucket or suitable receptacle, then turn the petcock on to drain - first on main, then on reserve.

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby dwight007fchr » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:56 pm

Old School.......Thanks for your reply, and that is definately a logical idea about draining as much gas as possible and then fill up with fresh gas, and drain again......and toss that degraded gas into my lawn mower or something that doesnt really matter (my girl-friends car maybe? ha ha ha).

From what I have learned, that will save me a TON of time and frustration that may not be needed.

Thanks.
dc

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby dwight007fchr » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:58 pm

wingman........ok......the forum's wise council wins, and I will drain the tank, add fresh gas, and drain again.

Do you reccomend that I add that "seafoam" stuff to help detoxify the carbs?

dc.

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:24 am

The Seafoam won't hurt anything, and if there's something it can help with, it will do some good - so I'd throw some in there just for good measure.

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Re: Restoration of 83 Goldwing Interstate

Postby dwight007fchr » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:58 pm

Wingman.........10-4......will toss in a sprinkle of SeaFoam, and a touch of garlic maybe (keep the vampires away).




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