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I just picked up a GL650 with the Interstate Kit. It’s not the GL650i but it is an early model of the GL650, serial number 15. It’s been sitting in a barn for 10 years and my winter project is to bring it back to life. First I need to find out if it runs before I spend other money. Change the oil, flush the cooling system, clean the carbs and a new battery and then we shall see. There doesn’t seem to be a cooling system drain. What is the recommended method for flushing?

Assuming I can get it to run, it needs tires. While I have the wheels off, I thought I’d pretty them up. I’m also going to have to repaint the black engine. I saw a reference to Plasticote Silver Radiator Paint being good for the engine. I’m guessing that there is black available that probably probably also work on the wheels. Then polish the aluminum edges. Are the heads aluminum that will polish up? How about the clutch housing? Might I be better off just painting them Silver?
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.........



Don't paint the aluminum.....it CAN all be polished out to a beautiful shine.
IF you remove all the clear coat first - darn stuff is everywhere and it takes a really strong stripper to remove it, same with any of the paint they used.


On the radiator frame and the valve covers I simply sanded with rough paper, then finer paper, then finer paper, then even finer paper, then 000 steel wool......then polish with Mothers Mag polish ! Not that big of a deal !



Look at my pics in my signature....IT CAN BE DONE QUITE EASILY !
If you are truly doing a "restoration" project, nothing was polished from the factory.


True because most of the aluminum had that clear coat on it right ?



If so however, the only way to make the aluminum look "good" NOW is to sand it down and either polish or paint.



Edit: Well I guess you actually COULD sand all the old nasty clear coat off then put new clear coat back on and that would be a "true" restore.
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