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Wirelic
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Post by Wirelic » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:27 pm



Hello All,

I introduced myself a week or so back. I just inherited a 1978 GL1000 very much in need of a fair amount of work. It has a Vetter fairing and saddle bags and a trunk(trunk is removed in pics). Of course the gas tank is rusty, carbs gummed up, both brakes systems need to be rebuilt, new brake lines, tires. Rear shocks are toast. Bike has a bit over 50K miles on it.

So, I pulled off all the luggage and started at the rear so I can remove the gas tank. Removed shocks, fender, inner fender, loosened the shelter, removed side covers, seat, petcock, fuel line, fuel filter, rear master cylinder. I do have the tank almost removed, but there were several times where that seemed physically impossible, just not enough space. Now, however, I’m confident I’ll get it removed. Not sure if it’ll go back in, though.

One thing I’m wondering about is when I line the tank, or seal it, after dealing with the rust, how have you guys dealt with the internal lines to the petcock? How have you kept them clear or free of tank sealer?

I’ll try to keep you updated as to my progress. Any suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated
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SnoBrdr
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Re: Restoration started

Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:34 pm

Wirelic wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:27 pm
Hello All,

I introduced myself a week or so back. I just inherited a 1978 GL1000 very much in need of a fair amount of work. It has a Vetter fairing and saddle bags and a trunk(trunk is removed in pics). Of course the gas tank is rusty, carbs gummed up, both brakes systems need to be rebuilt, new brake lines, tires. Rear shocks are toast. Bike has a bit over 50K miles on it.

So, I pulled off all the luggage and started at the rear so I can remove the gas tank. Removed shocks, fender, inner fender, loosened the shelter, removed side covers, seat, petcock, fuel line, fuel filter, rear master cylinder. I do have the tank almost removed, but there were several times where that seemed physically impossible, just not enough space. Now, however, I’m confident I’ll get it removed. Not sure if it’ll go back in, though.

One thing I’m wondering about is when I line the tank, or seal it, after dealing with the rust, how have you guys dealt with the internal lines to the petcock? How have you kept them clear or free of tank sealer?

I’ll try to keep you updated as to my progress. Any suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated
I used Por 15 when I coated my tank.

Has worked well for me.

People use guitar strings or similar attached to a drill to clean out the internal gas tank lines.

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Wirelic
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1986 Suzuki Cavalcade
1977 Triumph 750 Bonneville
1967 Triumph Mountain Cub

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Post by Wirelic » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:12 pm

Thanks, Snobdr. Still haven’t made a final decision as to how I’ll deal with this.

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SnoBrdr
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Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:17 pm

Wirelic wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:12 pm
Thanks, Snobdr. Still haven’t made a final decision as to how I’ll deal with this.
There are as many ways/answers as you could imagine.

I took what I thought was the easiest route for me.

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Re: Restoration started

Post by dingdong » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:49 pm

I also used Por 15. Followed the directions carefully and there were no clogged lines or screen.
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Wirelic
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Re: Restoration started

Post by Wirelic » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:07 pm





Thanks guys. Today I did get the gas tank out, but I did have to pull the rear drive. I’d removed the rear master cylinder and everything else, but it was physically impossible to get the tank out without pulling the drive off. I know some say it’s not necessary, but it as a must in my case. No big deal, I’m glad I pulled it. It needs to be cleaned up, checked and greased anyway.

I did find the electrical connector between the stator and everything else burned thru today. It’s a wonder the previous owner didn’t get stranded on the road someplace.
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Re: Restoration started

Post by smittyboy734 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:28 pm

when i restored my 78 i used vinegar in the tank let it sit for a couple weeks while i was dealing with all the other stuff, it turned out clean as a whistle,and have done it to other tanks since if you have the time it works well



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