Starting from scratch


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Shammon
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Starting from scratch

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Hi all.

Andy here from Glasgow, Ive got a 1978 GL1000 and its in bits, boxes full of a partial restore that's been abandoned so to speak.
its basically a rolling chassis that has various bits still on it but its been partially customized as a army type bike design is best way to describe it. So the job is to rebuild the engine and bike, or replace the engine which may be the better option. Worked on bikes for several years but not one as old or as in such a state. Il post pics up tomorow.

Andy aka Shammon.


Cover the basics and the technical will follow easily.
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Mag
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Hey Andy....hope this puzzle of yours is not like the ones I get where I am missing a piece, but that is part of the fun, right? Keep updating.
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If the engine needs a lot of new parts it would probably be cheaper to get a second hand unit.
I've done a couple of basket cases, should keep you out the pubs (or drive you into them) for a bit. very best of luck.

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I love a restoration project so please keep posting.
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Well what I had intended to plan over several years I've done in 3 months. Hardest part was putting in the dam circlip on the drive shaft. Engine was a delight to work on and replaced all the gaskets etc and several other parts. Had a few issues one where I snapped the clutch lifter plate. But she fired up on third go and now looks like this.
Most surprising was how every bolt came out and none were seized.
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Wow, It looks good. you did a nice job on the restore
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Nice.....very nice........
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That’s an awesome looking bike. Congrats on successful project.
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Maz
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Shammon wrote: Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:00 pm Well what I had intended to plan over several years I've done in 3 months. Hardest part was putting in the dam circlip on the drive shaft. Engine was a delight to work on and replaced all the gaskets etc and several other parts. Had a few issues one where I snapped the clutch lifter plate. But she fired up on third go and now looks like this.
Most surprising was how every bolt came out and none were seized.
Nicely done, Andy.
Bear in mind you have 'Wingovations' , based in Glasgow. It's owned by John Evans (he's on this forum as Old Fogey), who's a good guy and is a great source of parts and advice for these bikes.
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Hoosier Jack
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That bike really looks good. Nice attention to detail and all I have to go on is one picture. And it is a really nice picture. Makes nice wallpaper.

The pipes look fine but I wish you had the OEMs. They are so cool.
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aj1500 wrote: Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:22 pm Wow, It looks good. you did a nice job on the restore
Great looking bike Andy, such a classic.
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Hoosier Jack wrote: Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:33 pm That bike really looks good. Nice attention to detail and all I have to go on is one picture. And it is a really nice picture. Makes nice wallpaper.

The pipes look fine but I wish you had the OEMs. They are so cool.
Ya know, That is a pretty bike, Kinda makes me miss my old '77. As for the pipes, seems to me there were some kinda chromed 'sheet metal' formed shields that went over the rather plain looking pipes on the 1000, I'll have to chase down the pictures of mine to see.


Yup - Found a picture from 2006, you can see the plain-looking pipes behind the chrome pieces.


♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

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Hoosier Jack
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Here is kind of a dark picture of those exhaust pipes. There is black background with the chrome cover and it really looks good. Different from most any other exhaust.



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DenverWinger
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Do you have the two chrome pieces for each side for the pipes right where they come off the heads?
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

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Post by Pam »

Very Nice and very satisfying when all goes well and the end project looks like that :D


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