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pidjones

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Wiring harness is in-place as well as shelter frame and a few other items including center and kick stands and their springs.

A note about the center stand spring (kick stand is much easier and can be done with brake spring pliers): I did this on the CB750F and it worked well on the GL1000 - pennys! I've seen the trick listed before and it works great. Handfull of pennys (or othe local smallest denomination coin or in a pinch washers) jammed between coils using slip-joint pliers to lever them in all the way (easiest done with the stand down). I put them in spiraled around on the 750, but it worked great just putting them inline on the GL1000. This gives enough elongation to the spring that it just lifts off and back on with the stand in the up position. Once re-installed, place the stand down and pull the coins out with needle nose pliers.

I hope to get the rear brake all plumbed and mounted plus the rear fender mounted and rewired so that the rear wheel can be mounted this week. A new battery is to arrive tomorrow, so finishing up the wiring can be completed. Some connectors have been left off intentionally to allow correct lengths when installed, but they are all ready for installation. I think that wounds due to Scotchlok use have all been healed, and all damaged connectors are replaced. Had to splice in connectors for the clutch switch as the switch had been removed and connectors cut at their exit fro the left control box. Replacement perch from ebay and wires/connectors from a junker control box now on.

Next week is a ship's reunion, so there will be zero progress then.
 

pidjones

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More today. Rear brake hooked up (not filled), Battery box mounted and most wiring to it done. Decided to try the Prestolite ignition. If it works, that saves me from scrounging up another point set. Haven't done the hookups in the headlight bucket yet. Still need to add one lug to a new positive battery cable. New battery due tomorrow. Rear wheel mounted (Yes, molly on the splines). Starting to look like a motorcycle. Shocks still need cleaned up and new rubbers mounted before they go on.
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pidjones

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Nice, I forgot how huge the original tail light is on these things.
Well, a PO mounted a '79 light on it (poorly, drilling holes in the fender at the wrong places and really hacking the wiring). I've cut off the ears as I didn't want to spring for $$$ OEM - style signals. Made some adapters that go in the ends of the pipes that stick out of the housing to screw Chinabay lights into. Re-did the plug (luckily the left that, just patched in crappy wiring) by pulling all of the pins and putting new ones on the '78 harness ends. Came out pretty smooth. Of course, it is missing the grab bar for the seat. There has to be a pile of those bars somewhere. Taken off to permit K&Q seat or trunk installation. I plan to rip the cover off its K&Q, reshspe and add foam as needed, and recover with a standard cover.

New battery comes today, but with things going on soon it is doubtful if startup attepts will come before the end of the month.
 

pidjones

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More progress today. Did the headlight bucket wiring (had to splice in a new headlight connector as the original had been hacked off). Also had to turn and thread some adapter sleeves to go into the headlight ear sockets that the turn signal stalks normally fit in. I didn't want to buy original-type as I'm trying to keep the investment in this one minimal. Using Chinabay signals with 10mm stalks, so I turned and threaded short aluminum 14mm-10mm adapter sleeves. Battery came today, so I installed it and checked minimal things like lights. Wire wheel on the drill press made a world of difference in the appearance of the rear springs, so they are mounted now and I just pulled the dolly from under her. Need to put oil in the engine and install/fill the radiator. Then mount up the headers and muffler and see if she will fire. Hope to try that by early April.

So, Maritime thinks this makes my butt look big?
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pidjones

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Got home from the reunion (a great time with old shipmates) around noon. After a nap and some muscle relaxer for a sore neck, I went down to the garage, swapped the neutral switches, cleaned the horns to get them working, and cleaned the front brake light switch to get it working. Tomorrow I'll go to Honda and pick up a few crush washers, fill the oil back up, and hook up fuel lines.
 

pidjones

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SHAZBOT!!!! Put on new fuel lines, started adding water (water before antifreeze - just to check) to the radiator and water started pouring out of #4 exhaust port. Hopefully just a head gasket (but the compression looked good!) I have a couple spare head gaskets on hand, I think. Just hope there isn't a pile of rust in the cylinder from setting with antifreeze (hopefully) in it, but won't be surprised with whatever I find on this pig. It does turn over easily with the starter, so that is a positive. Not like I haven't seen similar things before. On the good side, the 1/4" fuel line that I picked up from NAPA fit nice and snug, and I haven't seen any oil drips this time. Water is drained, and I may just leave it there until tomorrow afternoon or Monday. Good thing I didn't mount the exhaust yet.
 

pidjones

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Aep. That be a blown had gasket alright. Rust in the cylinder was just surface and wiped out with a paper towel. So, tomorrow I get to do one of my least favorite tasks - cleaning off the old gasket and the surfaces. Might replace one head bolt (I have spares) due to rusty shank.
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Maritime

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that's the only crappy part, cleaning off the old gasket. I got my carbs out last night, then went to watch the Randakk's DVD and when I went to grab it from where it has been sitting since Xmass it's gone missing. tore the whole house apart and I can't find it anywhere. Going to just have to use the clymers and the Honda manuals I guess.
 

pidjones

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that's the only crappy part, cleaning off the old gasket. I got my carbs out last night, then went to watch the Randakk's DVD and when I went to grab it from where it has been sitting since Xmass it's gone missing. tore the whole house apart and I can't find it anywhere. Going to just have to use the clymers and the Honda manuals I guess.
Search a bit. There are some good write-ups on the net. One hint I took from (Nixson? Randakk?) Was to leave the garnish joining the two on each side. Really cuts out the hassle of reconnecting throttle and choke.
 

pidjones

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Cleaned and back together with a new gasket and torqued. Letting the shellac dry holding the gasket on the belt cover before it goes back on and getting some new screws for the points area. It's holding water now. Haven't done a compression test yet. Only one dowel was buggered, and I had a new spare for that.
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pidjones

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Filled and bled the front brakes, looking good. Tried with the rear, and the seal between caliper halves is leaking. I had hoped that the old seal could be reused, but no. The only remaining source that I can find is Randakk, so it is on order. Meanwhile, hauled the K&G out of the shed and began trimming off the parts that stick out too far. Wire wheeled the rust from the seat pan and put two coats of etching primer on it. Tomorrow I'll go to Home Depot and get some carpet padding to fill in the areas that are too low so that I can mount a standard aftermarket cover on it. This seat had the cover mounted with pop rivets, so I might need to pick some up while out.
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pidjones

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Some good, some not so. When I glued extra foam (carpet padding in layers with 3M 80) onto the shaved-down foam, I didn't have a stock '78 seat to go by, so I used the cover and test fit it several times. Thought I had it right, but should have added about 1/2" on each side to make it wider. The cover is baggy on the sides, but I've already pop riveted it on and I'm afraid drilling them (50 total) out will ruin the cover. So, this is how it is going to stay. The seal for the rear caliper came in and I got that together, bled, rear wheel installed, rear wheel removed, rear caliper removed, BRAKE PADS INSTALLED, caliper re-installed and bled, wheel installed. All buttoned up now and ready to roll outside, fuel, and try the engine. But, it's raining so hopefully tomorrow.
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Maritime

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Nice. I got carb # one brass all cleaned. Need to put all the new orings on and move to #2 etc. Man Im glad I got the kit. Lots of bad orings in the carbs
 

pidjones

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Not much progress today, but still something. The shelter door was in bad shape - naugahide peeling and bubbling up, door rusted, etc. Not spending a lot of time on it, but stripped the old cover off, cleaned and primed it with etching primer, went out the shed where I had some fresh naugahs that I had trapped skinned and drying. Used 3M 80 to glue it on.
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