'76 gl1000 help

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'76 gl1000 help

Post by Calvinjamesss »

Hello all, glad to be part of this forum!

I just picked up a 1976 gl1000 off of Craigslist for $200 and it's a bit rough, but I'm looking forward to a restoration project to work on. This is my first street bike (I rode dirt bikes years ago) and I've worked on cars my whole life. But this bike will be a first for me. So I guess I'm kinda a noob, haha.

The engine turns over but does not fire, and I have yet to check anything at all yet so I don't know if it's Electrical, fuel or whatever else.

So, what would be a good game plan? What are the first things I need to do to get her running?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: '76 gl1000 help

Post by Aussie81Interstate »

Replace the oil and oil filter - at a minimum.
New Fluids (brake & diff oil) & Coolant in radiator (plain water for the first few weeks - if the decision is to keep it then put in correct coolant).
Air filter, & new plugs.
New battery or a jump battery.

Then timing belts - or these could be the first thing to do
But I would see if it starts first then if no major noises go for the timing belts.
Carbs are probably going to need a clean
Fresh fuel or at least a temporary fuel supply to get it running.
New fuel filter

Turn the motor over by hand several times - and feel for tight spots with the plugs out - pour a little oil down the cylinders - won't hurt
Adjust the valves
Do a compression check

and if you are feeling lucky - hit it with some aerostart and hope it fires.

and a video of course good luck with it :)
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Re: '76 gl1000 help

Post by WingAdmin »

I would do the timing belts before anything else. It would be a shame to do a bunch of work to get it running, only to have the engine wrecked because of an old, broken timing belt.
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