I just bought an 85 VN700A1 when I got it home (trailered) I started it and let it warm up, then put it in the garage. When parked, a watery/oily substance began leaking badly from the lower left portion of the radiator. See more about this in my prior post in the "newbie check in thread"
I began disassembling some things today. Took off the gas tank, air cleaner, and such. Found the following:
Oily/gas type substance in air cleaner (can also be seen running down behind cleaner on platform). Also same substance in the rubber boot behind the air cleaner.
spark plugs, blackened with oily/watery substance on ends
detached de-celerator cable (like that when I got it, was wedged between the engine V
coolant is mainly clear, inside of bottle has oily/grimy substance inside on walls of bottle
the left side with fuel lines undone. the one line with a screw in it was already like that
coolant leak from last night on floor, the leaking substance on my finger appears to be mainly oil but it is extremely thin for oil still watery as evidenced by the dried areas on the cardboard
I haven't drained the coolant yet, I will do that tomorrow. I checked the oil (there is no dipstick like on my honda nighthawk) and it appears completely dry to the naked eye. I'll look up more in the repair manual tonight on how to do that.
What am I looking at here? Blown head gaskets? cracked head(s)? blown bottom end? How easy are these engines to rebuild and work on? When running the bike did not blow smoke or anything. It had a fuel leak between the V and idle varied but those were the only problems I picked up on until the big leak occurred putting it in the garage last night.
Thanks in advance.