Well, its well on its way. Found this $300 GL1100 Interstate a few weeks ago on Craiglist and decided it needed resurrection. Hooked up the trailer to the pickup and drove to Mocksville, NC to pick it up. These before pictures didn't show that it had slowly sunk into the mud and we had to use come-alongs tied to a chain on my trailer to get it to move. Tires were nearly flat, kick stand heavily rusted where it had sunk halfway into the mud. Fortunately, there wasn't a great deal of rust on the rest of the bike. Just on the chrome parts where it wasn't convenient to clean it because of bags or fairings or what have you in the way.
Anywho, here are the before pictures:
The owner had a clear title and kept everything that he had taken off the bike, including the carbs, Oh, oh, a previous owner carb rebuild project. No telling what I'll run into here:
Gas tank was full of grunge and about half full of a gas and rusty water mix. But no leaks, so that is a good thing:
This is about the worst of the rust problems, saddlebag racks and the passenger pegs were a mess:
Before we began tearing it down I bought a battery and checked out the electrical system as much as I could. I was encouraged that most everything seemed to work. Couldn't test the starter as there was none but the headlights, turn signals, running and brake lights all worked. Couldn't tell much about the instrumentation because not enough of the bike was assembled. We'll have to work that out when we begin putting it back together.
After completely disassembling the bike and cataloging everything in clear plastic bags the rebuild begins. Sent the tank and radiator out to a radiator shop for cleaning, sealing and painting. Very pleased with the results.
While the radiator was out I cleaned repainted the fan shroud, fan motor and hose springs. This is the reassembled unit.
Well, the wife is bugging me to take her out to dinner, so I'll continue this thread when I get back.
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