Where do I start....
Well after the lever day I’ve had this urge to have my own. I’ve always wondered about lever machine, but since that day I’ve been on the hunt daily.
Finally one came up that looked like a perfect candidate for a mini refurb.
The description was that it was working, but on its way back from its service, the box was dropped and the steam valve got kinked over, and so it was being sold as spares. I had fully prepared myself for a duff machine with the intent of doing whatever I could to bring it back to life.
Speaking to [mention=2844]coffeechap[/mention] about the machine, I found he was watching it too. So we worked out a bit of a deal between ourselves. He ended up getting the machine, and after a few tweaks and the seal of approval from Dave, it is now in my hands.
So after a knackering day of building decking (aka child saver) I thought I’d get the kids to bed and spend the evening with the Pavoni. I’d done some prep work and ordered up a group seal kit so I was ready to go.
I’ll admit in the excitement I didn’t take enough photos. So the strip and rebuild is pretty scarce.
Had some decent scale in there anyway when checked. Also the piston seals had firmed up, but not totally shot.
So basically I used that severe formic acid descaler to get it all cleared out. Didn’t need long, only around 15 mins. Had to do it a couple of times to get the rest from the elements.
Then I moved onto the group head and just gave the piston sleeve a quick scrub over with some fine wet and dry
The piston had to receive the[mention=12284]jimbojohn55[/mention] treatment though. It was 11pm by then but I had to head down the workshop to fire up the buffing wheels. Would’ve been rude not to
New seals, bit of grease and new screen, and were ready to go back on.
What a beautiful machine these are. So proud to finally own one, and especially one that is as old as it it. As for the colour, I quite like how it looks. May just give it a buff up and keep the natural look. We will see.
So after the mini refurb it fired up lovely and gets up to temp quicker than I imagined.
Time to make coffee.... oh crap.... I don’t have a tamper to fit. Me of all people [emoji23][emoji85][emoji106]
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