1976 Gl1000 Finished

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1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #1 by Thunderdome74 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:31 pm

Hi everyone
I received this Gl1000 a few years ago, after having bought her sight unseen. On the whole she was in pretty decent nick,original exhausts etc, mainly all the bits were there. She had also not done much milage. With the help of this forum she is finally finished , so i just wanted to drop a post and say thanks

So how i recieved her, paint peeling, rust etc, but overall very restorable...(i started with redoing the seat as in this photos)
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Tried her out with a change of color, but decided the original blue was best

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After finishing up on a few things i finally got around to starting her restoration, but being a clever sort i have built my garage below the house and had not built a roadway to get the bike down there.
Forethought and understanding are sometimes in short supply....
So it was dissasembly up top and a cable car (pun) system in getting the engine and bits down there

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Unbelievably it actually worked!

I have since built a brick road up to the top, and its hairy.... but the goldwing managed it today without killing me , and thus my posting...
I affectionately Call it the wall of death..
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So here is a bunch of pics which will illutstrate the restoration

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The engine painting was NOT fun, took alot of tries to get it right as ...was too hot (weather) paint was then not mixed correctly, dust etc, but all my fault, i eventually got it right... ish

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Polished and powdercoated rims with stainless spokes...
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Polishing , a dirty job(some are brass plated for a bobber thing i have going on in the background), follower by VHT Clear
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Zinc plating , this stuff is the BIZ and very cheap

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And ta-daaa

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And thats it, she is pretty much finished. I took her for a spin today and unbelivably (for me anyhow) no oil leaks, no fuel all over the place , no fire (happened with CBX) or coolant pouring out. Idles, revs and goes very nicey :-D


Stopping is another story....

Anyhow, again my thanks to everyone for having and contributing to these forums, i which i have spent MANY hours looking to solve various gremlins

Thor
1982 GL1100 (sold), 1976 GL1000 , 1977 GL1000 Bobber , 1978 CB750 cafe racer , 1969 CB750 , 1953 BMW R25/3 , 2006 VFR 800(sold) ,2005 St1300,1979 CBX 1000

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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #2 by Jonesz » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:36 pm

A terrific refurb, looks absolutely fantastic. Engine is beautiful. Great attention to detail, zinc plating and all. Well done.
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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #3 by 5speed » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:57 pm

beautiful job. You know you need to start a thread now about your bobber project.. :mrgreen:
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Post #4 by gltriker » Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:12 pm

Well Done!! :oldies tumb2

I have to inquire. Are those items under your cabinets Gigantic LEGOs? :-?
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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #5 by chewy999 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:32 pm

Looks fantastic!

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1985 GL650 Silverwing another mistake, horrible bike
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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #6 by twooldwings » Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:53 pm

excellent job !

i am also curious about the "lego" stuff.

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Post #7 by Thunderdome74 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:35 pm

Thanks guys

The lego... the whole house is on a hill...when i built the bike garage ,the lego blocks were put there to shore up the foundation ...because when i levelled the floor off, the foundation was a good half meter in the air... the bricks teeth interlock preventing movement

I hope;)

Bobber project will start a thread... still trying to figure out a good looking rear suspension system.
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Post #8 by desertrefugee » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:45 pm

Wow. Quite a transformation! I suspect you've left out a couple hundred action photos of the process, but the result is amazing.
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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #9 by Liam » Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:57 pm

Beautiful work there. anim-cheers1 anim-cheers1
Fabulous results from your metal finishing. Good call on going with the blue instead of the orange. How did you clean the rear shocks?

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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #10 by Roady » Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:02 pm

Beautiful.

You can puff out your chest, hands on hips -- Superman Pose!

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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #11 by Chainman » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:15 pm

Wow! I've only got one question...how'd you do that? :-D

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Post #12 by Sugs » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:54 am

Beautiful!
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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #13 by heli_madken » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:36 am

Now that is beautiful!!

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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #14 by Rat » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:04 pm

'Finished' .... is a dangerous word ....

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Re: 1976 Gl1000 Finished

Post #15 by Thunderdome74 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:57 am

RAT wrote:'Finished' .... is a dangerous word ....

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Agreed. Just today i had a coolant leak out the cap.

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