Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running


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TechSpeaker
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Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running

Post by TechSpeaker » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:15 am



Well guys, I’m gonna try to get my goldwing up and running for the first time since I got it last November. I’ve been able to work on it off and on since then, but now that that school’s out I think I’m finally ready. However, I have a slight problem. I know how a lot of the individual components work, but not really how to put them together as a whole- And right now I have just the engine sitting in the frame. I know I need to do the following:

-Install spark plugs
-Get the breaker points set up and installed (I bought replacements, I don’t remember where from but I can check if needed)
-Wire up coils and ignition condenser (I had my coils checked so they should be good, and the condenser is new)
-Tune my carburetors and set floats, which I’ve rebuilt
-Hook up radiator
-Double check timing belts
-Install new starter motor
-Any other electrical I don’t know about (nothing electrical is set up right now. It’s my weak spot- I can work with it well enough, I just don’t know what needs to be done)
-Refil any oils or other fluids I need.

-I think that’s everything necessary just to get it running, I’m not going to be using the fuel tank yet or run it very long, I just wanna make sure it works before I do anything else. This is a list of what I’ve done so far:

-Pulled the case apart, checked it out, cleaned it, out it back together with new gaskets
-New timing belts
-Carb rebuilt kit
-New spark plugs
-New breaker points and ignition condenser
-Some paint (I'm not looking to restore, I don't have the technical skill yet. It's my first bike.)

So my question is as follows. I have some randakk's articles saved as well as some stuff from the manual, but if anyone could give advice on where to find other resources to actually put this all together as a whole, It would be much appreciated. Especially the electrical, while I am capable of working with it I don't know what needs to be done to it. And, does the manual have the amounts and type of oil that I'm gonna need?

Oh, and I had my stator worked on, and when I removed it the little grommet broke, being dry rotted. Can I replace this, or should I just silocone the wires back in or something?

Thanks in advance. You guys are truly amazing.



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Re: Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running

Post by SnoBrdr » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:57 am

TechSpeaker wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:15 am
Well guys, I’m gonna try to get my goldwing up and running for the first time since I got it last November. I’ve been able to work on it off and on since then, but now that that school’s out I think I’m finally ready. However, I have a slight problem. I know how a lot of the individual components work, but not really how to put them together as a whole- And right now I have just the engine sitting in the frame. I know I need to do the following:

-Install spark plugs
-Get the breaker points set up and installed (I bought replacements, I don’t remember where from but I can check if needed)
-Wire up coils and ignition condenser (I had my coils checked so they should be good, and the condenser is new)
-Tune my carburetors and set floats, which I’ve rebuilt
-Hook up radiator
-Double check timing belts
-Install new starter motor
-Any other electrical I don’t know about (nothing electrical is set up right now. It’s my weak spot- I can work with it well enough, I just don’t know what needs to be done)
-Refil any oils or other fluids I need.

-I think that’s everything necessary just to get it running, I’m not going to be using the fuel tank yet or run it very long, I just wanna make sure it works before I do anything else. This is a list of what I’ve done so far:

-Pulled the case apart, checked it out, cleaned it, out it back together with new gaskets
-New timing belts
-Carb rebuilt kit
-New spark plugs
-New breaker points and ignition condenser
-Some paint (I'm not looking to restore, I don't have the technical skill yet. It's my first bike.)

So my question is as follows. I have some randakk's articles saved as well as some stuff from the manual, but if anyone could give advice on where to find other resources to actually put this all together as a whole, It would be much appreciated. Especially the electrical, while I am capable of working with it I don't know what needs to be done to it. And, does the manual have the amounts and type of oil that I'm gonna need?

Oh, and I had my stator worked on, and when I removed it the little grommet broke, being dry rotted. Can I replace this, or should I just silocone the wires back in or something?

Thanks in advance. You guys are truly amazing.
The first thing you should do is get a Honda Shop manual and read it thru a couple of time.

If you look at the top of the page, it says Manuals.

Click on that.

You should also find a relative or a friend who has some knowledge of motors to help you out.

Do you have a set of metric tools, including JIS screwdrivers?

They may look like Phillips screws but they are actually JIS, Japanese Industrial Standard, screws. Using a Phillips screwdriver in a haphazard manner just ruins the screws.

Do you have a meter?

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Re: Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running

Post by winguyjo » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:04 pm

x2 on the JIS screwdrivers. never heard of them until i bought my goldwings this past summer. changed my life !

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Re: Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running

Post by TechSpeaker » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:58 pm

SnoBrdr wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:57 am
TechSpeaker wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:15 am
Well guys, I’m gonna try to get my goldwing up and running for the first time since I got it last November. I’ve been able to work on it off and on since then, but now that that school’s out I think I’m finally ready. However, I have a slight problem. I know how a lot of the individual components work, but not really how to put them together as a whole- And right now I have just the engine sitting in the frame. I know I need to do the following:

-Install spark plugs
-Get the breaker points set up and installed (I bought replacements, I don’t remember where from but I can check if needed)
-Wire up coils and ignition condenser (I had my coils checked so they should be good, and the condenser is new)
-Tune my carburetors and set floats, which I’ve rebuilt
-Hook up radiator
-Double check timing belts
-Install new starter motor
-Any other electrical I don’t know about (nothing electrical is set up right now. It’s my weak spot- I can work with it well enough, I just don’t know what needs to be done)
-Refil any oils or other fluids I need.

-I think that’s everything necessary just to get it running, I’m not going to be using the fuel tank yet or run it very long, I just wanna make sure it works before I do anything else. This is a list of what I’ve done so far:

-Pulled the case apart, checked it out, cleaned it, out it back together with new gaskets
-New timing belts
-Carb rebuilt kit
-New spark plugs
-New breaker points and ignition condenser
-Some paint (I'm not looking to restore, I don't have the technical skill yet. It's my first bike.)

So my question is as follows. I have some randakk's articles saved as well as some stuff from the manual, but if anyone could give advice on where to find other resources to actually put this all together as a whole, It would be much appreciated. Especially the electrical, while I am capable of working with it I don't know what needs to be done to it. And, does the manual have the amounts and type of oil that I'm gonna need?

Oh, and I had my stator worked on, and when I removed it the little grommet broke, being dry rotted. Can I replace this, or should I just silocone the wires back in or something?

Thanks in advance. You guys are truly amazing.
The first thing you should do is get a Honda Shop manual and read it thru a couple of time.

If you look at the top of the page, it says Manuals.

Click on that.

You should also find a relative or a friend who has some knowledge of motors to help you out.

Do you have a set of metric tools, including JIS screwdrivers?

They may look like Phillips screws but they are actually JIS, Japanese Industrial Standard, screws. Using a Phillips screwdriver in a haphazard manner just ruins the screws.

Do you have a meter?
I do have a voltmeter. I've certainly never heard of the JIS screwdrivers, I'll be sure to get some. My dad has a bunch of sockets and things I use. The bike was completely built (very poor condition thought) when I got it, and now that you mention it I've replaced pretty much every "Phillips" screw I've used.

My dad knows a lot about cars, and I have a friend with whom I swapped an LS v8 into a '53 Jeep, so my personal resources are great.

Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running

Post by DenverWinger » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:44 am

JIS Screwdrivers are not the easiest animals to find.... I bought this set and have never regretted it...

https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/ji ... 102/286106
♫ 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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Re: Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:50 am

DenverWinger wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:44 am
JIS Screwdrivers are not the easiest animals to find.... I bought this set and have never regretted it...

https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/ji ... 102/286106
Nice looking tools.

I still use the set that came with the bike.

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Re: Help needed- Getting ‘78 gl1000 running

Post by dingdong » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:49 am



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