NGW Project in Maine - 1983 Interstate

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Re: NGW Project in Maine - 1983 Interstate

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That sucks. 1 and 3 are always the ones that move. Usually I do the hand rotation several times and check then pull the plugs and spin it with the starter. Makes me feel right about double checking the alignment and the tension.
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Re: NGW Project in Maine - 1983 Interstate

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I'm so paranoid (persnickity?) that I back off all the rocker adjusters before removing the old belts. One should check the valve lash after installing new belts anyway, and it makes installing the 1/3 belt easier because it relieves the valve spring tension in the cam. Plugs are usually out as well. Then I roll it over by hand several rotations and recheck belt tension and timing marks. I suppose that's why every job takes me longer and frustrates the heck out of my son... (Aren't you done with that yet?)
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'Grumpy' - '81 Standard, now fully dressed.
'Layla' - '81 Standard w/dealer installed fairing and Hondaline bags.
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'Quikie' '81 gl1100I back on the lift, project with the step-son!

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'81 gl1100I barn find aka "Josie, the farmer's daughter." (almost comatose build)
'77 gl1000, roller parts bike.
'82 gl1100I, 'Old Crusty' titled roller parts bike (free!)
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Re: NGW Project in Maine - 1983 Interstate

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Check thrice. I'll not make that same mistake again, which opens me to others.

An update: The head swap went fine, and the bike is running. So that's a good thing.

My son snapped off the two right-side mounts for the radiator - the stud at the top and the bolt at the bottom. (I think he was pretty frustrated by that point, it was about 90 degrees that day, and he had a 3-hour ride ahead of him. I've been there more than a few times.) Missing one might be fine. Missing two is a different matter.

I could use some thoughts here.

I had hoped to back out the lower and tap the upper for a bolt. The lower sheared at the frame. To tap the upper, I need to pull the forks to get straight on the bolt. OK. And I'm still drilling into the bolt (tough to do) to almost surely tap for a larger bolt, which may not fit through the radiator mounting hole...

I had a thought: Drill a hole in two hose clamps, grind down the head of a bolt to a thin wafer-ish size, and use the hose clamp to hold the bolt against the frame. I could assemble it all on the radiator, then tighten the hose clamps once I have things positioned. Of course zip ties could also work, and maybe my thought is about as sturdy as those.
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1983 GL1100I - son's naked Blue Phoenix
1982 GL1100I - naked bagger Cabernet (surf bike)
1979 GL1000 - Ginger Lynn, but not that Ginger Lynn (Wing and a Prayer)
1978 CB550K - son's cafe
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Re: NGW Project in Maine - 1983 Interstate

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What about something like this? It might move the radiator out a bit...

https://www.acehardware.com/departments ... lsrc=aw.ds
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"He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail" - Abraham Maslow

"If you can't take the time to do it right the first time, how are you ever going to find the time to do it over?" -Unknown

Current Rides:
'Grumpy' - '81 Standard, now fully dressed.
'Layla' - '81 Standard w/dealer installed fairing and Hondaline bags.
'Scarlett' '76 'Survivor' nekkid as a j-bird!

Under Construction:
The 'Jalopy' '78-'79 Mash-up
'Quikie' '81 gl1100I back on the lift, project with the step-son!

In The Shed:
'81 gl1100I barn find aka "Josie, the farmer's daughter." (almost comatose build)
'77 gl1000, roller parts bike.
'82 gl1100I, 'Old Crusty' titled roller parts bike (free!)
'82 gl1100I, My first 'Wing, and an expensive lesson!
New2U Bike? Read Me.
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