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At the beginning of the Carb pics there is a cup of Coffee on the table and at the end there is a half a bottle of beer
yup, that was about how my carb rebuild went :lol: :lol: :lol:
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hey sos, how was it getting those carbs back together. i see you took them completely apart, did the linkage between them give you any trouble when you put them back.
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Bike looks to be in great shape prior to storage. Somebody must of cared for it at one time. I bet it turns out to be a great investment.
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Like your work area, especially the lap top on the table ... have one on my work table type1
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Okay, I see how you guys are. The new guy comes to the party and you move the party without telling him lolol

Seriously, I am barley computer literate so I appreciate all the people who spend their own time making it available to idiots like me. :orange

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chewy wrote:hey sos, how was it getting those carbs back together. i see you took them completely apart, did the linkage between them give you any trouble when you put them back.
The carb linkage really isn't bad at all, easier than the inline 4 linkage imo. I have a pdf of the factory service manual, and there are really just 3 smaller cotter pins (2 throttle and one choke) and the throttle retaining bolt then a spring and an x-connector between each pair of carbs.

I did have to take the linkage off once, because I did not set the fast idle cam in the right position prior to bolting up the linkage. I've never delt with a fast idle on a motorcycle before. :lol: Oh, and I did wind the throttle return spring backwards the first time. A good trick for those who always like to ride fast crosso .
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Fred Camper wrote:Bike looks to be in great shape prior to storage. Somebody must of cared for it at one time. I bet it turns out to be a great investment.
Thanks Fred Camper,

It has been a pleasant surprise so far. I am curious to see how the motor is. The bike has 30K on the odometer and looks like someone really took care of it, but somewhere along the line (2002 by the last registration I could find) it ended up in a barn with a bunch of other bikes and looks like a few pieces where canabalized. I've got my fingures crossed for an easy start up.

This site has been invaluable. Someone pointed me to the Randakk's procedure on recovering a bike in storage and someone else has a great article on cam belt replacements (another experience you don't have on the twins and in-line fours).
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Vinegar gas tank cleaning update.

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I was trying to use vinegar to clean the gas tank on the GL1000. I had seen someone else do it on a different forum with good results and it is easy to dispose of. Here is what the tank looked like after rinsing it, but before adding any vinegar;

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I put in 1 gallon of standard 5% vinegar to see if it worked at all. After 1 day it had removed a significant amount of debris, much more than I thought the tank had to begin with. So I added another 4 gallons to fill the tank and let it sit for about 3 days. It did remove all of the corrosion that I could see with a flashlight. It left quite a bit of discoloration thoiugh. I also had a hard time getting the chunks of corrosion out because it didn't really dissolve the rust, it broke it free from the tank, so when I poured the vinegar out I had to rinse the tank probably 12 or 15 times to remove all of the debris. I did it until I got 3 rinses without removing any debris.

Here is the best picture I could get after the final rinse and drying;

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I tried to dry the tank right away and used a heat gun with all of the opennings open. It dried it quickly, but I still ended up with a bit of flash rusting. I will rinse the tank with some gasoline before it is installed back into the bike and I believe it will be good to go.

So overall I would give the vinegar a "C". It does do the job, but it is not a professional tank restoration. It's major benefit is that it does not disurb the paint, but considering the tanks on these GLs I don't think that is a large concern.
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Sos,

When you say 5% vinegar, did you dilute it from the bottle? I bought 5 gallons of white distilled vinegar (label did not say it was a 5% solution, so I'm using it full strength - smelled like it was) from Wal-Mart ($1.65 a gallon). I filled my '80 750 tank and let it sit for 48 hours. Keep in mind that vinegar is a weak acid so the finish will be dull.

When I drained the tank the rust was completely removed. After drying with compressed air, I rinsed the tank with gas to keep flash rust from forming. I guess it depends on how badly the tank is rusted. But for moderate rust, I would give it a B+ to A-. It certainly beats trying to blast or Kream the tank.
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SOS, Looks like a great project. I live outside of Toledo, and would like to know where you find these barns? Great winter project. I finished mine in November and am waiting to ride. Good Luck.
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BlueThunder wrote:Sos,

When you say 5% vinegar, did you dilute it from the bottle? I bought 5 gallons of white distilled vinegar (label did not say it was a 5% solution, so I'm using it full strength - smelled like it was) from Wal-Mart ($1.65 a gallon). I filled my '80 750 tank and let it sit for 48 hours. Keep in mind that vinegar is a weak acid so the finish will be dull.

When I drained the tank the rust was completely removed. After drying with compressed air, I rinsed the tank with gas to keep flash rust from forming. I guess it depends on how badly the tank is rusted. But for moderate rust, I would give it a B+ to A-. It certainly beats trying to blast or Kream the tank.
I used the vinegar straight from the bottle. I think the 5% is standard, but it did say that on the bottle. I should have rinsed the tank with some fuel and I probably could have avoided the flash rusting, but as long as it stays dry it should corrode any further or adhere.

I think you are right about the higher grade, especially on a tank with less corrosion to start with. My tank had significantly more rust than I had originally thought, so overall I have to say that I'd do it again.

I am waiting for a day that is warm enough to clean the engine and the chasis before I install the tank again. I think it is about 4F right now though. :(
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polkadot77 wrote:SOS, Looks like a great project. I live outside of Toledo, and would like to know where you find these barns? Great winter project. I finished mine in November and am waiting to ride. Good Luck.
I am just in Sylvania, on the west side of Toledo. We'll have to get together when the weather warms up and the salt is washed away.

I heard about this bike from a friend who bought a 1974 CB550 from the same cluster of bikes, also for $100.00. I had been talking about a GL1000 since the Mid-Ohio meet last year so he let me know when he saw this one.
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sos wrote:... I had been talking about a GL1000 since the Mid-Ohio meet last year so he let me know when he saw this one.
My plan is to get my build complete in time to attend Mid-Ohio this year, and meet-up with folks from here. Maybe I'll see you there!
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Hoosier Daddy wrote:
sos wrote:... I had been talking about a GL1000 since the Mid-Ohio meet last year so he let me know when he saw this one.
My plan is to get my build complete in time to attend Mid-Ohio this year, and meet-up with folks from here. Maybe I'll see you there!
We'll be there. I'm going to set up shop down there so I'll be there all weekend. It is earlier this year, the 2nd weekend of July instead of the last.
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Where is the mid Ohio and what is it?
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1998 Yellow/Creme Valkyrie (sold): Valk Redo
1976 Sulfur Yellow Wing (sold): Melloyellow to live again
1976 LTD #1353 (sold): And away we go . . . . LTD style
1970 CT90 (sold): Had too much time on my hands so . . .
1/4 of 1975 Wing #898 (Sold): Team 898 - raised from the ashes
70ish Benelli Dynamo Scrambler (sold): Erector Set/Treasure Hunt aka Benelli Dynamo
1/6 of 1976 LTD #993 (Sold): LTD 993 . . . and so it begins
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