After looking at the bunch of photos of the rear axle I'm using, this time, I remembered WHY the project went sour with me back in 2006!
I'd done a lot of junkyard crawling that Spring to find, "the perfect axle". Subsequently, after spending many hours talking to different owners at multiple recycler yards, they gave me the same opinion. If it don't sell parts anymore, it's crushed. The little rear wheel drive cars from the 70s-late 80s were gone. In 1998, when the CB900 custom trike was built, there were all kinds of axles available. At least as my aged brain wishfully recalls, that is.
Early 2006, I thought I found an acceptable rearend from a late 70s Volvo sedan. I paid the parts department somewheres around $85, total price for the whole deal, to have it removed and loaded in my truck. The guy that was going to remove it, the next day (Tuesday) when the yard was closed
for "housekeeping", said he'd remove it and they'd call ME, Wednesday-- don't call us. Anyway, Wednesday came and went. No call. i called Thursday morning, and inquired if was pulled. No, not yet. Come over in 3 hours and it will be waiting.
Fast forward 3 hours later, I went into the office with a big smile, and the office manager, knowing full well who I was and the nature of my business, avoided acknowledging my presence. Finally, sheepishly he told me the car had been crushed Tuesday, with the rearend still in place. Knock me down dead!! GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!!!!!! I'll not be coming back. That's what turned me off the project in 2006. sad but true.......
The GL1000's odometer reading was strangely low.
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After getting really involved with the engine and its quirky nature earlier last year, I theorized why this 1975 has a 1976 carburetor set. And all 4 plug wires inner insulation was a shredded mess and wouldn't engage into the spark plug caps and hold. The Martek ignition made it "run"(????) like crap and the plug wires were in turn repeatedly being yanked off, was my take on the evidence.
After posting my need for any and all Martek info last Spring, Robin tried his very best to give me a lead on the installation instructions, but all avenues were dead ends. Therefore, I installed the used points plate last summer I'd won off, where else, eBay, back in 2006 speculating it might be "useful" at some point. It took a few hours to clean up the points' contacts and work with severely mangled screw heads in the process of setting gaps and timing the system. Subsequently, it did start and run fairly well, afterwards. Then, while idling, there came a ticking sound. Upon investigastion, I found the #3 cylinder exhaust valve lash adjuster screw and nut were missing. After posing the question how will I find the nut, several fellows told me to remove the strainer cover. There it was! beesharp helped me out with some very good used lash adjuster screws and nuts. THANK YOU, JIM!!
Now, to the axle I finally purchased, knowing full well that if I didn't get something, soon!, the project would fall victim to my apathy again! I junkyard crawled in early July, found an axle in the suitable ratio window (3.55 or 3.73) and paid $100, removed and onto my tailgate. Although "huge" in comparison to what I'd wished to find, it was clean and modern, and parts would be readily available.
It's a GM Eaton locker, huge 8.5 inch ring gear, 3.73 ratio. The stock disc brakes set-up was added value.
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Very clean, and relatively little wear on the internals.
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Now, comes the brainstorming; how am I going to make this work? Remember the CB900 Custom project I still gush over? The same mods apply to this shaft drive bike, too. OK get the Honda's rear gear box pinion shaft AND the GM pinion shaft, and to mate them together is the plan.
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I'll end this post now and leave y'all hanging wondering what happens next?
BUT, I'll collect more photos and text for another in the series of this build, and continue, soon.....
keep your eyes and ears open and you'll learn something new, everyday.
'75 GL1000, triking in process: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=39996
1953 H-D Servi-car, naked, 1969-1978 (serial#53G1559 still committed to memory!)
1980 CB900 Custom (triked) 1997-2003 .... R.I.P.