Here is what I have accomplished so far:
New battery installed.
Changed the oil and filter. (*1)
Replaced all the turn signals with some aftermarket ones. (One was broken. Not sure how. So I replaced all of them.)
ALL THE LIGHTS WORK!
Blink as they should. Turn on. Switch from low to hi and vice versa. YAY!!!
Onto getting the bike started....
I know the starter button and motor works because I can hear it crank and the engine spin with the oil cap removed. I'll take this as a good sign. Now its time to check the 3 things you need for an engine to run:FUEL
.... I removed the old gas that was in the tank. The inside of the tank is clean. I was very pleasantly surprised. So I've added some new gas back in. When I get home I'll get to see if the petcock/fuel tap will give up the precious cargo behind its filtered wall. My way of testing this is to turn the petcock to PRIME and some fuel should come out. If not, petcock is bad I would assume. QUESTION 1
- Would you recommend a rebuild kit for the petcock or just replace?
Once I know fuel is flowing to the carbs or able to flow, I will clean the bejesus out of the carbs; maybe even rebuild them; per the instructions provided from a Designated GS site I belong to.
.... I have no spark coming out of #1. I know this because I could not see a spark when I pulled the plug, laid it on the engine and hit the started button. (Did not test the rest, yet. but will tonight.) NOW I do have power going to both coils but nothing nothing coming out of the cable, (per using a test light). I have not checked the points gap. It's been forever since I've messed with points, but will do this when I get home.(*2) HOPEFULLY, the wife won't have a million little honey-do's for me.
.... I have no idea how dirty the air intake is. Once I know there is spark and the carbs are receiving fuel, I'll look at the air intake because I'll have to remove it in order to clean the bejesus out of the carbs.
So you know this thread will be updated by me as I have time and $$ you throw at the bike. So be patient. Also, thank you in advance for you input, words of encouragement and/or insults.
*1 - After changing the oil, I was putting the the nuts back on to hold the filter cover on. I still had the old oil catcher underneath, when one of the nuts slipped out of my hands landed in the old catcher and rolled into the tank compartment. UGH! I went got my telescopic magnetic pick up tool and rotated around until I felt it hit the nut. Now I don't have to use a filter funnel to drain the catcher basin. YAY ME!
BTW - 2 of the 3 had 10mm fine threaded nuts and the 3rd was a 11mm course thread which I didn't realize at the time of removal and luckily enough I had a spare 10mm nut in my jar or spare screws, nuts and bolts. YAY ME!
*2 Purchasing new feeler gauges today. Cannot find my other set which was old as dirt and I could barely read the measurements. So its a good thing.