The 1100 is mostly complete including 30 years of grease. It had what appeared to be a new (or newly remanufactured) starter. First step, grab a good battery and jumper cables and see if the sucker will spin. Well, the starter spun like crazy but nothing happened with the engine (I had already turned it over by hand so I knew it wasn't locked up.) So I pulled the back cover off the engine to see if it had a starter gear or chain or anything else under there. Everything looked fine. So... spin the starter again, nothing. Just whirred. OK, I do have an accumulation of starters so I swapped it out for a known good but much ugglier unit from the bin. Now the engine spins. Next, compression: number 1-110, number 2-120, number 3-130, hey these are looking pretty good for an engine that has been sitting for goodness knows how long, number 4-75
Well, I was planning on GL1000 heads anyway, since I need to convert the ignition or saw out the cross member in my nice newly powder coated frame. Out to the storage shed yet again for a set of '78 heads. A quick water test with some handy windshield washer fluid showed three out of the four cylinders leaked and will need lapping ( I will probably do all four since I am such a perfectionist!) Before I quit for the day, I pulled the 1100 heads and confirmed the pistons and cylinders look good. A gasket kit for the 1100 is on its way.
A set of spoke wheels have been checked for true and bearings removed in preparation for powder coat. I plan to drop them off tomorrow.
NOW HERE IS A QUESTION for the experienced hot rodders among us--should I, can I, simply swap my 76 cams into the 78 heads? They are setting right there on the floor by the bench, easy??
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Bikes at present:
80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment