After long enough hiding within the forum, I felt it was finally time to start my own thread. However, before I get started, I just want to say a massive thank you to @jimbojohn55 for his incredible patience with my many questions, and to @joey24dirt for just being a general bad influence when it comes to getting lever machines and the accessories that are also defintiely a "must have"
Another thanks also goes to everyone on the forum for the many threads filled with information on these machines that have built up over the years.
So, I already have a Post Millennium Europiccola, which I have had immense fun making coffee with. I always fancied seeing what a pre millennium machine would be like, and then this Professional came turned up and I couldn’t help myself. It was in of a clean, but everything worked. So why not, even it meant carrying it back through a few tube and train journeys. That is all part of the story right?
I have tried my best to detail out most of the steps along the way. I also hope this formats ok.
Bit of rust under the drip tray, but I followed an old thread and gave it a clean up and will just keep an eye on it moving forward
To start with, I did the rounds in boiler with descaler. I decided to put off the disassembly of the base for another time (more on that later). Safe to assume it wasn't descaled often/ever.
While that was going on, time to clean up the group. Having cleaned the group on my other machine, I thought I was ready for what lay inside.
I was wrong.
I was so wrong.
I am not even sure I want to know what the last coffee made by this machine tasted like, or if the drinker survived it…
With that experience out of the way. All other the parts were cleaned. With the new seals and the new sight glass protector ready as well, I put everything back together and added grease where needed. Unfortunatley no buffing, so no polished piston. But still alot better than what I started with.
Assembly complete, it was time to switch the machine on.
It didn’t blow up on me, so that’s something, but there are still a few things left to do:
- Restore/replace the handles and knobs. The steam assembly in general was in a bit of a state and needed a fair amount of grease and adjustment to move smoothly again (once again, cheers for the guidance Jim).
- When hot, the boiler rotates, so its time to get the oil wrench on order and sort that out when I can.
- The wiring most likely needs an update. I replaced one of the connections, but given I may just take the base apart to redo all the seals etc and tighten things up. I might change all the connectors while I am at it. Especially as I think they are still the original ones.
When will I get around to doing it? No idea, depends where work takes me, so stayed tuned for another update at some point