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Author Topic: 78 GS1000 restore  (Read 6649 times)

Offline crackerman

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    • 79' KZ750 builds
78 GS1000 restore
« on: Dec 06, 2013, 11:21:48 »
Picked this up the the other day. 78 GS1000, 41,000 miles, runs good, new tires, electric ignition, title, and she's pretty much all there. Drove it around the block, seems ok. I'll be keeping her mostly original.

Currently rebuilding the brakes. Most likely the orginal brake lines, so those are trash and the master cylinders are full of crap. Not sure how the brakes worked at all.

I took a ton of pictures are I figured I can reference them when I can't figure out where something goes.

4 Weeks ago:





Brake needed a major overhaul. Lots of brown dogshiet in these calipers. Good times:


The new brake lines are in just need a new front brake master cylinder. I could rebuild the old one, but I think it would cost me more money then getting a new one.


Offline Z2Z

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Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #1 on: Dec 06, 2013, 11:41:36 »
Nice, looks great just the way it is.
1977 KZ1000
2006 ZX14
2-430 AE

Offline crackerman

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    • 79' KZ750 builds
Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #2 on: Dec 06, 2013, 12:42:34 »
Nice, looks great just the way it is.

I agree as well. I've torn it down to the frame and I'm going to build it back up using most of the same parts. Any thing worn will be getting replaced but for a bike with 41,000 miles, she's in really good shape.

Offline bikeboy

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Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #3 on: Dec 16, 2013, 06:05:09 »
Nice project. Did the same for a friend a little while ago:

http://www.ianfox.net.au/projects/gs1000/gs01.htm

Ours had the mag wheels and twin disks up front. I prefer your spokes ;-)

Is the double-disc set-up an option for you? because these things take a while to slow down :-O

cheers
ian

Offline crackerman

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Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #4 on: Dec 16, 2013, 20:11:09 »
Nice project. Did the same for a friend a little while ago:

http://www.ianfox.net.au/projects/gs1000/gs01.htm

Ours had the mag wheels and twin disks up front. I prefer your spokes ;-)

Is the double-disc set-up an option for you? because these things take a while to slow down :-O

cheers
ian

Great link. I'll def reference that. Did you send you engine out for cleaning or did you do it in house?

It's only a single disk up front, but it's a pretty easy setup up if I want to go dual. I'll leave it the original single for now.

Offline crackerman

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    • 79' KZ750 builds
Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #5 on: Dec 16, 2013, 20:20:17 »
Frame, swingarm, triple tree, and other bits are at the powder coater. Should have them back soon. In the meantime I've been going through the carbs. They were actually weren't bad at all. I'm shining them up, replacing the gaskets and O-rings. Everything else looks good. Here's a shot of the before.



Here's after a soak and wire wheel.




Offline bikeboy

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Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #6 on: Dec 17, 2013, 23:20:49 »
Great link. I'll def reference that. Did you send you engine out for cleaning or did you do it in house?

Yeah, did it myself.

Those carbs came up real nice.

cheers
ian

Offline chirpy998

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Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #7 on: Dec 19, 2013, 14:43:22 »
Hi, nice finish on the carbs . What do you mean by soak and wire wheel? Soak in carbcleaner and wire wheel on a dremmel type tool?

Offline ApriliaBill

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Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #8 on: Dec 19, 2013, 15:08:36 »
Man do I wish I still had mine. It was one of the most comfortable bikes I've ever owned, and get those things towards redline and they hit warp speed. My friends called mine "the couch". Don't let that get away from you, you'll regret it as most of us who've owned them do...
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."

Offline crackerman

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    • 79' KZ750 builds
Re: 78 GS1000 restore
« Reply #9 on: Dec 19, 2013, 15:24:10 »
Hi, nice finish on the carbs . What do you mean by soak and wire wheel? Soak in carbcleaner and wire wheel on a dremmel type tool?

Just soaked them in a bucket with some degreaser and water. Didn't really work too well but the carbs weren't really gummed up at all, just dirty on the outside. The fine wire wheel cleaned them up nicely. I need a small wire wheel brush for the dremel to get into the tight spots, but this work well on most of it.