82 GL-1100, covered up in garage for 27 years

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82 GL-1100, covered up in garage for 27 years

Post by pbm1957 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:06 pm

I have an 82 GL-1100 that has 5000 original miles but has been stored in a garage covered for about 27 years. Cosmetically it is in excellent condition. I plan to wet the cylinders down with pb blaster and some transmission fluid, clean and possibly put rebuild kits in the carbs. I will probably remove the gas tank for inspection/cleaning and replace all the fuel lines. Other than routine oil/filter, air-box and other fluids maintenance, does anyone have any comments or recommendations for further things to look at or replace. How about the timing belt?
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: 82 GL-1100, covered up in garage for 27 years

Post by idjit » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:25 pm

Yes, timing belt for sure. Wow, what a find!! and get "gates". I heard Napa's can be "gates", but be sure. Be a shame to put any thing less in that new "inteference" engine.

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Re: 82 GL-1100, covered up in garage for 27 years

Post by NathanielSalzman » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:54 pm

Basically be suspicious of anything rubber. Even if the tires have full tread on them, ditch 'em. Everything metal, if it's free of corrosion, will be good as the day it was made, but every gasket, o-ring, belt and hose on the bike should be suspect. Doesn't mean it's a time bomb, just means that the things that will be/go wrong with it will 90% probably be rubber related. My wife has a 1980 Honda CM400 with only 6000 miles on it. Same kind of time capsule deal. Needed engine-side carb boots (dry and hard). It has needed new o-rings in every part I've had to pull apart, including the carbs. Then with no warning at all the head gasket gave out — and that's on an air-cooled motor. It's all sorted now, just fair warning that dry rubber doesn't age well. So be prepared for occasional leaks and failures.

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