Another GL1000 build..."Therapy"

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Another GL1000 build..."Therapy"

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Greetings!

One build was not enough for me, so decided to start another GL1000 project. I finished my first project a couple years ago (see 1st pic), and subsequently donated the bike to my brother. The link to my build can be found within this forum here:

http://ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=42370

My first built:
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The past 16 months have been a nightmare for me with the passing of my wife and two small children. I gave the bike to my brother because, well… I wanted (needed) to do something that would make me feel good, albeit for just a brief moment. The bike was originally his prior to rebuilding it, and felt he would like to have it back.

Anyway, flash forward to a couple months ago I was desperately looking for something to keep my mind of the tragedy. I loved working on my GL, as it was always a way for me to escape the reality around me and just be one man with his tools and motorcycle. Therefore I knew what I needed to do.

I shopped around on Craigslist and really wanted an early model (76’-77’). I always liked the styling versus the late models (my last bike was a 78’). I found one that was in pretty decent shape for about $900. It turned over fine, but the carbs were frozen shut so it would not start. I took a gamble (don’t we all with these bikes) and made the purchase.

My current project, after a good washing…
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4hrs later…
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Almost ready for painting…
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Currently everything has been disassembled and just about ready to paint the engine and get everything else off to powdercoating. I replaced the timing belt, installed a new Barnett clutch with EBC springs, and replaced the water pump. I am far from rich, but have already made up my mind that money (or lack there off) will not prevent me from doing what I want to this bike.

I am going with the dual Weber Carb setup. I have already purchased Randaak’s manifold kit and patiently waiting for their arrival. My priority is having a well performing bike, so everything will be overhauled (brakes, bearings, electrical, etc). Will go with new coils and electronic ignition.

It was so nice to work on a bike that I have come to be very familiar with. I learned a lot (sometimes frustratingly so) the last time around, so I am very confident in my skills. Of course you never know what is lurking around the next rusty bolt or screw…

I will keep you updated on my progress.
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Great to see you back. Good story on the previous build, good practice for this one to make all yours.
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shieldsm,

I cannot imagine the grief that you've been experiencing with the loss of your family. I'll not try to say words of compassion or sympathy as nothing would be appropriate so, I'll only say, I am truly sorry and I know that you'll find your way through this darkness.

I'll be watching this most recent build thread with great interest as you'll be expressing yourself through the decisions you make for this bike. I envy the fact that you're able 'let your mind go' on this. I'm not able to do that with mine, as I've dedicated myself to keeping it as factory correct as possible. Actually, it's very boring. Some day, if I can recover sufficiently from my most recent challenges and get my energy back, I'd like to do much the same as you and let my mind go' as well.
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Oh man, even though I do not know what caused your loss, my heart felt sympathy goes out to you. If you ever need help, or just want to BS about bikes, I am over in St. Michael...always willing to lend a hand one way or another.

Is your new bike a 77? Mine looks more like your frame picture now, but looked fairly similar to yours when I got it.
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As Placerville and wingrider have already said, can't imagine what you have been through and my thoughts and prayers are with you. We all think we have 'problems', but when you weigh them up compared to others, it makes you feel ashamed.
Although I and others are far apart, on here we are all only a click away.
Good that you have found another project to work on and look forward to following your posts.

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Thanks everyone for the kind words....

I started this project about 2 months ago and my very busy mind kept telling me to start tracking my progress (and story) on this forum. The very stubborn part of me did not want to because well...I have gotten very comfortable with "tuning out" and isolating myself from others. Not the answer I know, but with your kind words I am glad I posted my build. Some post their stuff for different reasons but I know now that it is much more than just the build. Its the camaraderie we all share and the kindness and good nature we provide for each other...
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Wingrider,

I am close by you as I live in Zimmerman. The new bike is actually a 1976. There were some very nice models on Craigslist that were probably in much better condition, but I could not justify $1500-$2000 when I am going to take it all apart anyway.
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Yep, saw you were in Zimmerman...Have a niece that lives over there. It is hard to buy one in real good condition when you are going to pull em down, and build them the way you want...that was why mine wasn't a beauty queen when it got picked up.

Did you pick up your Webers yet? I went the same route, so everything is in boxes waiting to go on.
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The Tank looks very nice. Good luck with this build.
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This is one I will be following very closely, your first build showed a lot of imagination, I suspect the same will be true on this one.

You know you have a large band of brothers/sisters here to support you, in any way we can. If you need parts, ask, I am sure we would all look into ours spares and come up with what you need.

Good Luck, Take Care.

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Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out after admiring your previous build. Go get em Mark.
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...just be one man with his tools and motorcycle
I'll be following for sure.

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shieldsm wrote:SNIP.... "but I know now that it is much more than just the build. Its the camaraderie we all share and the kindness and good nature we provide for each other..."
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Mark, my heart goes out to you brother. The strength of character it takes to get to where you are is amazing.
I salute your choice of "Therapy", I think the build and this forum will bring you much constructive distraction and support.
Wishing you we'll on this journey...
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Again, thanks for the great support. It means alot!!!

So, just put on 3 coats of epoxy primer after days (and days) of prep. Can never get that engine 100% clean, but the paint went on well. After much debate, I decided to go with 2 part epoxy which will be followed by a black satin finish. All just regular automotive paint vs the high temp stuff. I hate rattle cans... just can never lay it right. The only downfall of my last project was the crappy engine paint. This stuff will be so much more durable. If it flakes from the heat, oh well. Here is the pic with the primer.
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Tonight the black goes on....
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