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pidjones

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Some people should not be permitted to have tools!

These are the 16 screws that were holding the float bowls on. Need to order some more Helicoils!
Where's Waldo for tonight - can you find the correct screw?
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irk miller

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There was a time I had like 5 spare sets of GL carbs. I don't remember ever selling any, so I may still have them.
 

pidjones

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Discovered the carb rack on this '78 is actually from a '77. Got the piston out of the rear MC and the rest looks Ok. Helicoil kit came in so I can repair the 15 out of 16 float bowl screw threads that had sheet metal or wood screws in them. Took the frame and a '79 frame to a buddy's who will cut the center stand mount cross member from the '79 and weld it to the '78.
 

pidjones

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Oh yeah! Rick did a great job on the frame. Cut the old bad section out and corresponding section from the donor frame (including the gussets) and welded them in. As soon as I got it home, I wiped it down with alcohol and hit it with some etching primer in the repair area. Took the front MC apart and was able to just clean it up and put it back together with the original pistons and such. Seems to be fine. Just had to make a new reservoir o-ring for it. While at it, made a new reservoir o-ring for the rear MC. Kit for the rear MC came in today, so I have all of the parts except for front brake hoses to do all of the braking system. Also have everything to assemble the carbs, but I'm waiting to see what the rack that a guy is giving me looks like. It is a '78 set so should work with the engine better. Been thinking about maybe a two-tone when painting the plastic weather gets here.
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pidjones

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Yesterday, I finished cleaning and assembling rear caliper, both front calipers, and the rear master. Also cleaned the contacts on the fuel gauge pickup, drained the tank, sprayed it with fogging oil, and stored it in the shed. Pieces slowly getting ready. Striping and painting still to do, but I'm constrained by weather since most of that has to go outdoors. Might dig out the harness and start on it soon.
 

pidjones

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Spent the morning cleaning, removing rust with the wire wheel in the drill press, taping off the motor in preparation for Gunk treatment (when it warms enough for me to take it outside for the hose-off). The clutch actuator cover on these is just a piece of stamped steel, which was missing from this one. Luckily, I had one from the junker, but had to add gromets and center tubes that make the bolts that hold it on like "setting bolts" - made from left-over bathroom plumbing parts. The rear tire on this is "just" a ten year-old Dunlop. I might just leave it, replace the front, and warn any buyer that a rear is due. I cleaned the rear hub and wheel. Still need to clean the rear drive and swingarm, which is always fun (you coat the splines with grease every time you change tires, and few remove the old grease - it gets ugly). I guess the wiring harness needs to get laid out and gone over next. Not much else to do until weather changes. That could be next week or four months the way East Tennessee weather goes.
 

Rider52

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Nice job on the frame repair. I'm a hostage to the weather too. I need to wash/paint a couple of frames but its' either raining or too cold for paint.
 

pidjones

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Nice job on the frame repair. I'm a hostage to the weather too. I need to wash/paint a couple of frames but its' either raining or too cold for paint.
There are advantages to a basement garage. But, I can't paint or do other stinky things in it (especially with the furnace, washer and drier in there).
 

3DogNate

"You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda"
There are advantages to a basement garage. But, I can't paint or do other stinky things in it (especially with the furnace, washer and drier in there).
I have to paint in the back yard during the months of May-Sep. It sucks... I need to find a buddy with a nice paint booth I can borrow.
 

pidjones

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But, in May - Sept, we only get about three days with humidity less than 75% I can back the wife's mule out off the barn out back, hang tarps, and run 75' of air hose. Not that bad really, but can only do it when the weather is right. I have been known to build a shelter of pipe and tarps behind the garage door and paint a frame hanging from it. Mainly for rattle-can through.
 

pidjones

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Was going to finish assembly of the carbs to the plenum halves, join the plenum halves, and hook up the linkages. Then realized that I don't have the carb-to-plenum air o-rings. So, brought in a spare right side plenum half, cut it in half, and worked at sealing up the cut internal fuel lines (not there yet) to use for leak testing indvidual carbs. Learned that there is a VERY hard steel tube in the casting to carry fuel. Also, the engine paint came today. POR-15 aluminum color engine enamel.
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pidjones

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Now that I have the rest of the o-rings, the entire rack is now assembled and leak testing. I use isopropyl alcohol for testing as the garage is in the basement of our home.
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pidjones

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Went to club meeting at the Time Warp Tea Room. Good guys there with a big collection of vintage bikes. We will have a show April 3&4 at Sevierville fairground, and one at Honda of Knoxville April 25th. Also, Pistol Pete is having a show & shine for GL1000s at Oak Ridge Garden Plaza Hotel April 27 - May 1.
 

pidjones

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Finally finished leak testing the carbs today and then rebuilt the fork legs. I'll put oil in them once they are remounted.

Root canal tomorrow. Yahoo!

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