1980 GL1100 restoration


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binder49
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1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:22 pm



Just finished the restoration on my GL1100. Thought I would share some pics to see what everyone thought
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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:25 pm

It looks great.... :D

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:19 pm

You have done a very good job on that bike, you should be proud.Now get it out there and ride the wheels off it
Ride safe, Todd
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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:13 pm

Thanks for the compliments. Unfortunatly I live in North Dakota, riding is pretty much done for the year

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby moffat » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:36 am

What did it look like before you started? Do you have any photos of the progress? What was the most difficult part and what was the easiest bit??? Finished bike looks good!!!

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:35 am

Here's a picture before paint and polish. And just after I purchased it in non running condition. This sight has been a big help in in getting it to where it is now. Runs like a champ
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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:52 am

The hardest part was getting the carbs to work. the originals were really messed up so I bought another set that needed some work. And also painting all the pieces. My wife was a big help with the assembly and polishing. It's gonna be a long winter.

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:30 pm

It really looks great, and knowing you did all the work on the carbs makes it look better (or at least it should in your eyes, anyway)!

Sorry to hear about your location. Here's to an early spring. :)

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby scotterichmond » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:45 pm

Nice ! What color do you call that? And where did you get the pin striping?

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:42 pm

The color is Dupli-color dark torreador metalic, comes is spray cans. The pinstripe is just standard rolls I got from an auto parts store. Everything was bought at O'Rielly Auto Parts

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby scotterichmond » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:46 pm

Right on , very nice job on the pin striping by the way.

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:47 pm

Here's a better picture of the bike in the sun light
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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:11 pm

Thanks everyone for the compliments. I'm kinda proud of the way it turned out

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby diversity48 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:48 pm

Really nice to see a Vetter Wing> Back in the day, thos things were all over the place, but nowadays, not so much. Vetter stuff was really high quality. I had that set-up on a couple of XS1100's and my wife had it on her CB900 custom. Brings back lots of memories for me!! :)

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby rbcwarbucks » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:56 am

Great job! Inspires me to keep on with my '82 GL1100A.
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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:11 am

rbcwarbucks wrote:Great job! Inspires me to keep on with my '82 GL1100A.

Me too I'm trying to paint mine, man I try so hard but suck at it...but I'm trying... here's a sample of my sad work.. :(
I got one side cover ready for clear...took me a year ha ha
I got one side cover ready for clear...took me a year ha ha
Binder49 if I can it this bike to look half as good as yours I will be happy...It's supposed to look like WingAdmin. newer bike :lol: I am using duplicolor as well Pure White and Met. Charcoal......Well it's gonna look something like his ha ha

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:41 am

littlebeaver, I am a HORRIBLE painter...your work looks far better than anything I could do!

I can make stuff work well, I'm not so great at making it look nice. Function over form. :)

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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:49 pm

The trick I use is spray when warm(70*-85*),sand the paint very smooth(to 1500 or 2000 grit),finish with a lacquer coat.Usually 3 of them with sanding between each coat.Polish in 3 steps of compounds.Finish with scratch remover and apply that really great wax stuff that I won on last months contest.
It takes a while.the front fender on my 1000 took 5 days to age properly and finish off but it looks like a mirror.Slow and careful not to burn the paint when polishing with a tool.

It' when I get in a hurry that it orange peels or fisheyes.Keep the area as dust free as possible.
Here's a pix of my 1100 that I used the same method of sanding and lacquer finish on.I left the base coat there.
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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:07 pm

A very nice job-I can see that you really took your time and did it right.
I am also rebuillding the same bike-albeit-a slow project,but a very fascinating one.
My bike is mothballed know,so I read a lot of the diy articles so that I will be ready in the spring.
Again,Very nice!Regards,Johnyy

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binder49
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Re: 1980 GL1100 restoration

Postby binder49 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:12 pm

Johnyy Smoke, thanks for the complements. It did take awhile, about three weeks just in the paint. And about 3 months to get it running when I bought it this spring. It had been sitting about a year and a half. Had to get different carbs, the originals were really messed up. Having to order everything took time too. Have to put it away for the winter, but I will have it out next spring ready to roll. Gonna ride as much as I can. Good look on your project, it's a feeling of accomplishment when she fires up for the first time. The forums here are a great help. Once again thank you and everyone else for the good feedback. Kinda proud of my old wing.




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