1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

Post #61 by Bugdaddy66 » Mon May 23, 2016 6:02 pm

Looks like your having fun, keep on rolling!
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

Post #62 by mwallette » Mon May 23, 2016 6:11 pm

Bugdaddy66, absolutely!

RCMatt07, the exhaust sounds brand new, but 1) it's a little *too* quiet, 2) I kinda just like reverse megaphones, and 3) I'm thinking of either painting the headers with a high-temp ceramic paint, or applying header wrap. It's kind of silly, I know, but it fits the intended mission for the bike (that's my story, and I'm sticking with it, anyway, lol). But exhaust is probably one of my lower priorities right now.
1978 GL1000 project--sold
1983 Nighthawk 550--sold
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2007 Suzuki S40 Boulevard--sold (wife's)
1977 Honda CB750A "Hondamatic" (wife's)
1977 Yamaha XS750 cafe racer project
1978 GL1000 "new" resto-mod project
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

Post #63 by rcmatt007 » Tue May 24, 2016 1:21 am

mwallette wrote:Bugdaddy66, absolutely!

, the exhaust sounds brand new, but 1) it's a little *too* quiet,


Back in 1978 Honda actually made the 78 exhaust louder than the 75-77 because the complaint was the earlier one was too quiet. To bad you are in Alaska, as a good shape OEM exhaust would be on my "todo" list
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76 Ltd "cookies bike" up and running,
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

Post #64 by mwallette » Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:48 am

After installing my low bars, I modified the clutch cable as described elsewhere on the forum, which worked great...until last week, when the ball end snapped off at the clutch handle. Fortunately, I was on an on-ramp to the highway, rather than sitting in rush hour traffic like I had been a couple of hours earlier :shock: So now, I'm ordering a new, shorter clutch cable from Motion Pro, but I can't figure out how to get the old one out.

I've searched the forum (and Google) for illustrations of the clutch cover at the rear of the engine. Allegedly, there's a cover held in place with two 10mm bolts :lol: but I haven't quite figured out the voodoo to get back there yet!

<shrug> I need to make sure the gears in the drive line are properly greased anyway, so I suppose I'll just pull the rear wheel to get access to the rear engine cover. It's a good excuse to take care of some of the other stuff I've put off until now.

Hopefully, I can find a couple of hours to dig into the bike soon. The V-Strom's a good bike, but I miss my 'Wing!
1978 GL1000 project--sold
1983 Nighthawk 550--sold
2009 Suzuki V-Strom 650
2007 Suzuki S40 Boulevard--sold (wife's)
1977 Honda CB750A "Hondamatic" (wife's)
1977 Yamaha XS750 cafe racer project
1978 GL1000 "new" resto-mod project
2007 Honda VTX1800 with Champion Trike conversion (wife's)

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

Post #65 by rcmatt007 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:03 am

very small hands help to reach those bolts
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978,
76 Ltd "cookies bike" up and running,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, (being repainted and apart)
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

Post #66 by Sugs » Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:29 am

This is a get on the ground type of thing. You basically reach up with the proper socket between the rear tire and the center stand pivot. I don't remember if I had the bike on the center stand or side stand. I do know I had the stock mufflers and crossover tube off the bike at the time so it was easier I'm sure.
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Resto-mod

Post #67 by mwallette » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:48 pm

Sugs wrote:This is a get on the ground type of thing. You basically reach up with the proper socket between the rear tire and the center stand pivot.


Thanks! I found an engine removal how-to by Whiskerfish...:
http://ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=136657#p136657

...and the very last photo in that post shows the cover and two bolts, which gave me the visual I need to understand what I'll need to do. Motion Pro is building a new cable for me, but they are moving their mfg. facility, so it will be a couple of weeks :( Once the new cable is here, I'll remove the rear wheel, and finish pulling my old cable.

For now, I decided to take advantage of the downtime to dig into the turn signal wiring. First, a little clean-up. The P.O.(plural, maybe?) had installed three extra wires to the tail light area, but had subsequently cut them off and wrapped the ends with electrical tape. I pulled the wires and found an "Adapta-Lite model ND-7," whatever that is (apparently, a trailer light adapter?):
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He had also replaced the tail light wires, but hadn't bothered to replace the rubber grommet that protects the wires as they pass through the fender. Is this bad, lol:
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I picked up some new grommets from the local big-box hardware store, and ran some new wires to the tail lights:
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Finally, since the bike is off-line for a few weeks, I decided to tackle the new rear turn signals. The OEM signals work just fine, but they don't match the replacement signals on the front of the bike, so I'll be installing these, instead:
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The idea is to install the black metal bracket over the license plate frame, but since the frame is wider than the bracket, I'll have to cut it down a bit first.
1978 GL1000 project--sold
1983 Nighthawk 550--sold
2009 Suzuki V-Strom 650
2007 Suzuki S40 Boulevard--sold (wife's)
1977 Honda CB750A "Hondamatic" (wife's)
1977 Yamaha XS750 cafe racer project
1978 GL1000 "new" resto-mod project
2007 Honda VTX1800 with Champion Trike conversion (wife's)


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