1979 Goldwing Garage find


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1979 Goldwing Garage find

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I just picked up a 1979 GL1000 that has been sitting in a garage for the last 10 years. Its in excellent shape cosmetically but mechanically I am unsure. The rotors appear to be stuck as it is very hard to roll. The battery is stone dead, front master cylinder is dry. Any suggestions where to start would be greatly appreciated.


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Remove the brake calipers from the front discs.

Do a complete service on the engine, and rotate the engine manually to ensure it is not stuck or hydraulic locked.

New timing belts..

new plugs new filters

more than likely new tires as well.

pictures are good :)
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That looks to be in quite good condition externally. Best of luck with it.

thanks for the pictures

Let us know how it progresses for you.
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you can take a rubber mallet and hit the calipers repeatedly and this should release calipers enough to make it roll around better if you decide not to remove the calipers at this time while you work on all the other mechanics. good luck
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edheedles wrote:I just picked up a 1979 GL1000 that has been sitting in a garage for the last 10 years. Its in excellent shape cosmetically but mechanically I am unsure. The rotors appear to be stuck as it is very hard to roll. The battery is stone dead, front master cylinder is dry. Any suggestions where to start would be greatly appreciated.
Pretty looking bike.

Expect to spend $500+ to do all that it needs to get back on the road and that's if you do all the work yourself and the motor is good..
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I recently acquired a 1977 GL1000 with the same scenario. After the engine checked out and got it running I rebuilt the brake calipers and m/c's. Now its just a matter of regular maintenance items. Mine had been sitting 16 years and is in decent shape for saving. It was parked because of carb issues. Not a museum piece by any means, but will make a good daily driver.

Yours appears to be in great cosmetic shape. You will have mostly time than money invested. $600-$800 should get you on the road safely. Definitely worth saving. These forums are priceless for info on everything you will encounter working on these fine machines. Good luck!

The beauty of these vintage bikes is you wont have a ton of money into it an you can usually make a small profit if you find you don't like it provided you are using your labor.
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I am gambling on the motor. Guy told me it was running when he parked it. I am assuming an 80 year old guy wants to get in to heaven so lying would be out of the question. I have been wrong but who knows.
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edheedles wrote:I am gambling on the motor. Guy told me it was running when he parked it. I am assuming an 80 year old guy wants to get in to heaven so lying would be out of the question. I have been wrong but who knows.
To improve the odds with your gamble on the motor, once you've changed the oil and turned it over by hand, replace those timing belts. I reckon your biggest stumbling block will be the carbs, which will need deep cleaning and possibly new 'O' rings etc. These motors are good for hundreds of thousands of miles. My '75 is still 'young' with just 80,000 on it.

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Before you even THINK about starting that engine,
TIMING BELTS!
It's an interference engine. If one of those old
belts breaks, your engine is junk.
Use only Gates belts!
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offcenter wrote:Before you even THINK about starting that engine,
TIMING BELTS!
It's an interference engine. If one of those old
belts breaks, your engine is junk.
Use only Gates belts!
Napa are the same as Gates.
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I go the bike home in my garage. Trailered it 180 miles. It has oil gas and antifreeze in the motor. No leaks. I loosened the bolts holding the calipers together and that freed the brakes for me to roll it onto the trailer. Which was quite a task in itself for a 63 year old guy. This may sound like a stupid question but how do I turn the engine over manually ? I tried putting it in gear and turning the rear wheel but in first and second i didn't get much movement. I removed the plugs and poured marvel into all the cylinders.
Appreciate any assistance addressing this.
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edheedles wrote:I go the bike home in my garage. Trailered it 180 miles. It has oil gas and antifreeze in the motor. No leaks. I loosened the bolts holding the calipers together and that freed the brakes for me to roll it onto the trailer. Which was quite a task in itself for a 63 year old guy. This may sound like a stupid question but how do I turn the engine over manually ? I tried putting it in gear and turning the rear wheel but in first and second i didn't get much movement. I removed the plugs and poured marvel into all the cylinders.
Appreciate any assistance addressing this.
On the back of the motor is a little cover, I think it's 12 or 14 mm.

Take that cover off and there is a bolt inside that you can turn with a wrench.
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Turn that bolt CLOCKWISE only, and do not force it- with the plugs out it should be relatively easy to turn- and then will get patches of firmer turning as it pushes the pistons up and down.
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I looked at the engine but I'm not sure which cover you mean to remove to turn the engine manually. I am assuming the bolt would be on or close to the center line of the engine or on the crankshaft. I see one place on the left side of the engine but not sure if thats the one your referring to.
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edheedles wrote:I looked at the engine but I'm not sure which cover you mean to remove to turn the engine manually. I am assuming the bolt would be on or close to the center line of the engine or on the crankshaft. I see one place on the left side of the engine but not sure if thats the one your referring to.
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after reading all the comments on spinning motor etc. i think its time for you to get a repair manual, this will and would have answered all your questions,
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smittyboy734 wrote:after reading all the comments on spinning motor etc. i think its time for you to get a repair manual, this will and would have answered all your questions,
Well that goes wo saying.

You should have at the least the Honda Shop Manual and throw in a Clymers as well.
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Hello from Greece (HELLAS),first of all take photos of each piece of moto,just to remember how was everything that you remove.Plastic bags to put inside each part alone,write a tabel .
Take away all fluids,engine oil,paraflu (antifreeze),valvoline rear transmission,change time belts and see the condition of water pump (remove the cover of water pump and look inside),remove the old petrol from carbs and deposit,change the fuel filter and oil filter.
You can use an external fuel deposit just to run in garage and look the inner of deposit for rust(common issue for an old Wing).Use an external battery for start,but first is better to see the starter (remove it and open to clean inside).
Good luck and safe ridding
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Update on my 1979 GW garage find:
I loaded the cylinders with marvel mystery oil and let it sit for 2 weeks. I removed the plugs and the rear cover. The motor turned over freely. I have loosened the caliper bolts and am able to spin both wheels. Both mater cylinders will need to be replaced or rebuilt. It took me the better part of a day to remove the engine protectors. Bolts were rusty and seized. I just received the oil filters and timing belt (Gates Belt). The only time I can work on the bike is weekends. Next step will be the timing belt. I dodnt want to start a job I couldn't finish the same day. Thanks for everyone's help.
PS. I have had the manuals for this MC but i have found after 50 plus years of working on bikes and cars, first had expertise trumps all the manuals in the library.
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.......you and I should get together! we're even close to the same age (I've by you by a couple).

I was just gifted a '78 that's even the same colour as yours. sounds like everything that's wrong with yours was also wrong with mine...........brakes, tires, timing belts, fluids, carbs, cables, tank cleaning. I've got about a thousand in it so far and it's finally starting to act like it wants to run/drive.

I HATED the fairing, so made it naked, and will continue to make it better as time allows. good luck with your new ride......they really are nice when you get the kinks out
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Make the running a priority. I am currently doing a down to the frame restore on a '79 myself.many people make the mistake of fixing things in the wrong order. Running first: Carb clean etc..after you know it runs good then tackle cosmetics,brakes etc..I have over 35yrs.in Honda shops. Good luck
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I found my '79 in a barn with a bird poop laden tarp over it...4446 km, lots of chrome...seemed the farmer liked his truck better. Stole it for 2K CAD. Now has almost 8K.....fixing up a teardrop trailer named the Bug for summer....love the Wing!
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I found my 78 in a dealer's showroom.

in 1978.
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Back in '79, I got a CBX instead of a GoldWing. Young guy, fast bike...
But later, I had a second chance, so I picked GoldWing. I'm very glad I had the bikes I've had, and really glad I have the bike I have.


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