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Author Topic: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project  (Read 427 times)

Offline pidjones

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the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« on: Apr 09, 2018, 18:45:26 »
Actually, it started back in 2013 when I saw a 1978 GoldWing on Craigslist for a decent price. Basket case? I wish! It would have saved me a lot od disassembly time, and I would have seen a lot more of the ugliness before. So, as new projects go I piled on for a few months. First to be attacked was the carb rack, which seems to be the bane of GL1000 motors. Fund the usual junked-up mess, mud dauber nests, incorrect jets, non-Honda float valves, missing float valve strainers. Having access to a couple ultrasonic cleaners and specialty solvents helped that along. Found a lot of discouraging problems. #1 was that the engine was NOT a '78 (I was planning  on restoration), but a '75! Now, for performance the '75 'wing was the hottest. #2 joy was that the engine had apparently sat under water for a good period of time. This required the right side head to be removed and the #1 and #3 cylinders scraped with single edge razor blades held by hemostats. Cleaned up nice, though. #3 fun item was that the right side head and block were not true. I spent a week on the floor with a single-cut mill file and silicon carbide paper glued to glass to get them true. While weather cooperated I stripped the frame to bare steel, etching primer rattle-can, sanding primer over that, smoothed a few things I'd ground off, and painted it with 4 parts black one part gold, then clear coated. Now, this is  my first time painting with a sprayer. I cheated and used lacquer. It went on real nice, and since  it was to have a loooong time to cure out, should be fine. I hung the frame from the ceiling of the garage. Then life got in the way. Work got busy, family demands, and just plain apathy towards a project that had no pressing need anyway. Then a little over a year ago my boss let me know that I would be given a Reduction In Force at the end of September 2017. The RIF doesn't upset me as I was planning to retire then, anyway - plus they gave me good severance pay and six months of insurance! So in October 2017 I started cleaning (a bit) and re-arranging the garage to return to the project. Next item on the agenda was to check compression now that cylinders were good. #4 chuckle was that the compression test was awful. Pulled both heads and had the valve seats ground and put new valves (and seals) in. Good compression, now. The engine cases were grease and dirt crusted, so I spent about a week cleaning them, then painted them with POR15 engine paint. In between discouragements, I pulled various aluminum covers off to polish. The rear swing arm/drive needed cleaned up and painted I judged. #5 surprise was that BOTH external snap-rings were replaced by internal rings. AND the U-joint was shot, AND the slip-joint although in good shape had the grease seal removed and they had pumped the whole swing arm full of grease. So, eBay to the rescue on the U-joint and grease seal, LOTS of paper towels full of grease to get the swing arm cleaned out, then cleaned and wire brushed the outside for painting with wheel paint. That now sets wrapped up waiting for re-installation (with external snap rings). Oh! Almost forgot another gem! The gas tanked had been "Kreem"ed. What crap that stuff is! They had coated the intake filter screens and only a couple holes were open, so I decided to find a solvent for Kreem. Seems like a big task, right? I did have access to a wide range of solvents. Turns out, Kreem (even well-cured) is fully dissolved in Acetone! I ended up just filling the tank 1/2 full of acetone and turning/swirling it a couple times a day, and it all came out.

So, Why not keep a build thread here? I frequent several GoldWing forums, and have kept up a couple threads on them. BUT, I thought the Hunley might have interest here, too. Can't call it a "cafe racer" - the GL1000 would do well over 120 mph stock.  Not a tracker. certainly not a restoration. A "special"? Sure! BTW, she is named in honor and memory of the brave crews of H.L. Hunley - the first successful military submarine, lost along with her third crew after her only (quite successful) mission during the War of Northern Aggression. She was discovered again in the '90s and raised in about 2002 to be placed in a research facility at the old Navy base in Charleston, SC. Plus, I've spent about 2.5 years under water on submarines myself.

So, I'll try t get some pictures up. Maybe figure out how to use the gallery.
"Love 'em all.... Let God sort 'em out!"

Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #1 on: Apr 09, 2018, 19:22:05 »
Figured out the gallery and posted up some in-progress pictures from over the past 5 years there.
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Offline ridesolo

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #3 on: Apr 16, 2018, 18:28:08 »
Nice!  Going to enviously follow along.
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Offline WhyNot

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #4 on: Apr 16, 2018, 19:31:57 »
Wow, i'm following too.

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1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted (being lazy)
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #5 on: Apr 17, 2018, 09:16:51 »
Well, I'll put most of them in the gallery, but this milestone deserves a post. The frame is now back on the engine (thanks to the wife for helping), and the cooling system hooked up, leak checked, leaks fixed (mainly a small spot on the radiator that I was able to solder), and tank mounted (ask anyone that has had one out and back in - not so easy!)

Starting to come together some.
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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #6 on: Apr 17, 2018, 11:49:03 »
No high-dollar shop pressing, but a routed oak form, a big aluminum bar, and a BFH does a pretty good job making the fender dimples for the mounting bolts. About 7" was cut off the front of the fender. The chrome will come off and it will be painted dark emerald metallic green along with the front fender, side covers, and shelter sides.
« Last Edit: Apr 17, 2018, 11:50:58 by pidjones »
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Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #7 on: Apr 17, 2018, 18:28:28 »
The engine looks great.  These bikes have an interesting frame design.
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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #8 on: Apr 17, 2018, 20:31:31 »
Took the radiator back off to touch up the paint on the sides. Installed the battery box. Sanded the chrome off of the rear fender and primed with etching primer.
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Offline pidjones

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Re: the Hunley or, pidjones needed a retirement project
« Reply #9 on: Apr 23, 2018, 21:31:12 »
Carbs are mounted, and part of  the electrical hooked  up. Which made me realize that hooking up accelerator and choke cables should be completed before the shelter is mounted for the remainder of the electrical to mount. But, to do the cables I need handlebars to mount them on, and triple tree to mount the handlebars. So, the triple trees are cleaned up for paint which forced me to look closer at the head bearings so they are on order. I removed the old races today. A lot easier than I feared. Rebuilt one of the fork tubes - the other will get done tomorrow. This gets involved, but it keeps me off the streets.
"Love 'em all.... Let God sort 'em out!"