"the Hunley" my first retirement project

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1978 GL1000 w/'75 engine (project)

"the Hunley" my first retirement project

Post by pidjones » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:53 pm

Back in 2013, I picked up a '78 with the idea that I would restore it as my first retirement project. Some of you may have followed my build on other forums. Loading it on the trailer, I noticed the kickstart quadrant on the back of the motor and knew that a true restoration was out of the question.Turns out it is a '75 engine. When I got it in the garage and started tear-down, many other surprises were in store. A heavy rust line through the belt guard are indicating the engine had spent a long time under water. Rusty cylinder walls in #2 & 4 along with pitted valves and seats. Kreemed tank with the coating over the pickup screen, but not fully lining the tank. BOTH (at least consistent) ends of the drive shaft had internal snap rings in their grooves. The rear grease seal had been removed and the entire swingarm pumped full of grease. U joint was shot. Lots of other normal setting too long problems of course. I piddled on it until retirement last year, then began in earnest. Ended up painting the tins twice because I was not happy with the first outcome. In the end, the only work that I did not do myself is grinding valve stems ($10 and 10 minutes at a small nearby automotive machine shop) and stitching/mounting the upholstery. I'm pretty pleased with how she turned out. This past weekend I shook of the winter blues by taking her to the Knoxville Cabin Fever show where she won 1st place in Hondas (admittedly, there were only three).
Gonna drop some photos here if it works out. First ones are when she came home and some of the fun discovered, followed by a shot at the show.

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Re: "the Hunley" my first retirement project

Post by quasi2008 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:21 pm

NICE! I like the green
man can't live on air alone!

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