so it is time - looking at my '78

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so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #1 by rcmatt007 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:31 am

Most of you know I have had my '78 since... well 1978. The past few years it has mostly sat, as I been working elsewhere. We are now consolidating everything in one place and it was time to take a look at my first "child" which has sadly gotten long in the tooth. But first a little history from my log book...
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the first page
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1995 when the bike turned 100,000
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the last entry--YIKES nearly three years ago :shock:
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and in the compartment, a little friend I picked up in 1979. I heard this click, click, click as the nail hit the swing arm... through the sidewall, but not into the tire/tube
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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #2 by rcmatt007 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:34 am

but here is the reason it needs some TLC... the outside still looks great, but it is all the nooks and crannies...
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #3 by rcmatt007 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:37 am

so beginning the process...
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it is amazing how different it looks at this stage.... almost similar to Beth's softail when the rear seat is off
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #4 by 5speed » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:59 am

awesome..another build thread. :)
love the colour.
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Post #5 by rcmatt007 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:39 pm

that actually is something I am going to change. It was painted 25+ years ago.... I still love it, but it was three stage, two tone candy lacquer. I was thinking of pacific pearl blue (an HD color) which is a little darker, and add back in the original pin-stripes. The other reason is the frame and sub-frame parts needs work so it will last another 40 years (I will be 104).
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
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76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #6 by FrontRunner » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:10 am

I like it.
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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #7 by rcmatt007 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:05 am

I had been thinking of re-doing this bike for some time, but almost three years ago I had a carb flooding, and now that I am living in one place... anyway, recently rebuilt the carbs (with a Randakk kit) and now that my tools are here. I powder coated the bowels,
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and a couple of extras
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
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78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #8 by rcmatt007 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:05 am

the carb tops were painted with silver engine paint when I had them all apart
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Post #9 by RAT » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:14 pm

Your carbs have bowels ?? :shock:

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Post #10 by rcmatt007 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:23 pm

and ulcerative colitis..... then there was the paper I wrote in seminary which referred to angles....
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #11 by sunnbobb » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:40 pm

Cool beans. Interesting to see how the MPG slowly increaed on average until about 15K. Thinking that log is a good read on how these engines break in.
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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #12 by rcmatt007 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:17 am

starting to look nekkid - the heads are off as I am sending them off to robin for new valve guides and the work over. One of those jobs I could no doubt learn, but why not send to an expert

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while I am at it... lots of powder coating and painting


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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #13 by rcmatt007 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:19 am

I have heard if you look up OCD… there is my picture... but little details... no one will ever see the timing belt pullies, but after 40 years there was a dusting of surface rust...

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all it takes for evil to prosper is the want of a few good men to do nothing-Edmund Burke
The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
"One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation." Fred Rodgers
"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
78 constantly modified/customized since 1978, BOTM June 2015 de-evolving this very moment viewtopic.php?f=30&t=65511
76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
79 project, finished,
'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: so it is time - looking at my '78

Post #14 by 5speed » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:54 am

looking good.
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1976 GoldWing. running but not on the road
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Post #15 by Track T 2411 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:40 am

Nice!
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