Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?


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Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by dwarfel408 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:55 am



Hello all!

I am a new member to this forum. I just purchased a very clean 1975 GL1000 that has been garaged since 2005 with ~13k original miles on it (purchased from the original owner). I know that the brakes are seized against the calipers. I believe that the gas tank was drained. What are the basic things I should do to get the bike road ready? I am assuming that the tires will need to be changed, along with brake fluid and lines, fuel lines, change oil, and rebuild the carbs. What else would you suggest, along with how-to resources to do those items?

Thanks,

Dale



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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:33 am

Very first item on your agenda should be timing belts, do not pass go and collect $200 - go directly to a supplier and get yourself some timing belts.

did I say - Timing Belts.....hint hint :D

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by dingdong » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:50 am

Along with the How-to-atricles here go to this site http://www.randakksblog.com/category/ho ... rs-gl1000/ for some useful information on tips to make road worthy. The list is long and costly. Don't even think of riding the bike before changing the timing belts. They get a "set" from sitting so long. They will break and this being an interference style engine there will be valve and or piston damage. Don't be too overly proud of the low mileage. Just means it hasn't been ridden often. Not necessarily good thing. Welcome to the forum and good luck!
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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by Fred Camper » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:50 pm

Interfere engine, hence the urgent need for timing belts every 5ish years.

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by dwarfel408 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:12 am

What suggestions do you have for parts suppliers? Does Honda stock any parts, or do I need to search elsewhere?

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by dingdong » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:54 am

Honda doesn't supply all of the parts for these old girls any longer but there are some still available.There is a searchable data base above on this site. See Vendors above.
Here is a forum that has a parts new, aftermarket and crossover thread. http://ngwclub.com/forum/viewforum.php? ... 2006f355e1
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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by SnoBrdr » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:11 am

dwarfel408 wrote:What suggestions do you have for parts suppliers? Does Honda stock any parts, or do I need to search elsewhere?
Honda supplies very very few parts.

EBay is usually your best bet.

GeorgeFix on EBay is a trusted seller of brake parts, fork seals and a few other things.

On most OEM parts, you are SOOL.

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by Fred Camper » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:11 pm

The timing belt is common with other applications so Napa and Gates have a good belt for the application. Do a search to find the number.

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by smittyboy734 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:23 pm

what a great find ,i purchased my 78 in 2015 it had 21,000 miles. as with any bike as you know it needs alot of tlc,take the carbs off i recommend having them sent out and rebuilt .this will give you the time to rebuild the other systems, brakes, belts,cooling,rear drive and engine oils, and with the rear tire removed, take it a little farther and remove the gas tank if it has rusted,soak in vinegar for a week and power wash it out,it will be like new inside.good luck it will be a great bike when finished

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by dwarfel408 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:28 pm

Who is a good carb rebuilder? Do you have their contact info?

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by SnoBrdr » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:31 pm

dwarfel408 wrote:Who is a good carb rebuilder? Do you have their contact info?
Only good one left, tht I know of is Mike Nixon as my favorite PPete has retired.

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by Fred Camper » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:55 pm

Mike Nikon is a great choice. He sells a flyer on GL1000 carb rebuilding. It complements Randakks excellent video. My advice if you want to take on rebuilding is getting the Nikon book and the Randakk video. With those two my first rebuild went spectacular. Great throttle response, minimal throttle torque and great idling.

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by goldwingingit » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:00 pm

I also bought a gl1000 recently but was lucky enough that it was running - those carbs are no joke!

You might also want to refresh the coolant - drain what's in there and top up with something new.

The timing belts might seem easy but it can be a tricky job - I just did mine and I'm not sure if they're 100%, I just posted about them earlier.

Still it's all worth doing. 75 was the first year - you got a real rarity !

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Re: Just purchased a 1975 GL1000 w/low mileage (~13k) - now what?

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:27 pm

goldwingingit wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:00 pm
I also bought a gl1000 recently but was lucky enough that it was running - those carbs are no joke!

You might also want to refresh the coolant - drain what's in there and top up with something new.

The timing belts might seem easy but it can be a tricky job - I just did mine and I'm not sure if they're 100%, I just posted about them earlier.

Still it's all worth doing. 75 was the first year - you got a real rarity !
If you don't think the belts are 100%, you should check them, again.

A tooth off can be a real PITA, a few teeth off can be ruin.



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