The Allen keys finally came - so something quick was put in the oven for dinner and we where off down the workshop for a few hours to get the engine out! We now have a frame with just a front wheel on! She looks rather sad for herself now! Need to get some money together now for blasting - in between trying to buy management for the mini !! We are suckers for projects!
Did a bit more today stripping wise, but got stuck when we wanted to take the swing arm off due to not having the right size allen key. They have such beautiful frames, I can't understand what possessed Honda to cover them up! Did a bit more today stripping wise, but got stuck when we wanted to take the swing arm off due to not having the right size allen key. They have such beautiful frames, I can't understand what possessed Honda to cover them up!
Turns out it did start life with a fairing but after being shipped to the US (I assume for some kind of riding holiday) it was dropped and sent back. The fairing was removed and it was put back on the road, no serious damage. Soon after the headgasket blew, twice. It turned out that the cooling fan wasn't cutting in causing it to over heat. Probably an electrical problem caused when the fairings were removed. And thats how it was left! So, the first thing I'm going to do is get both heads checked and skimmed if needed. Then test/replace the electrics and put it back together! Only real expence is going to be the exhaust as the one that was on it was to far gone. So, she is a well travelled girl!
We have just acquired a 1981 Honda Goldwing. The last time she was taxed was 1987 - so has been off the road for a good 20 years. Her right hand side head has been removed previously due to a suspect head gasket failure - however we cannot see any evidence of this ourselves. The good things are that all the parts are there as far as we can see, and that the engine still turns over by hand and builds compression.