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It's not really a turd but you have to question who in Pavoni decided on brown. I wanted to pull one of these apart that wasn't the one I use daily and I found this one. It's in pretty good knick. The plan is to fix the electrics, change all the seals, give it a good clean and de-scale and get it powder coated. My original idea was to change the colour to a light blue or orange but it's an old machine and now that I've seen it I'm thinking of keeping the original colour. Anyone have an opinion on colour? Any suggestions of what I should do to it? This is especially aimed at the forums restoration king @jimbojohn55
I joined the forum a couple of weeks ago and asked if I should start a thread chronicling my attempts at rebuiding a 30-year old La Pavoni Professional. Several people said yes (and no-one said no!) so here goes... Here she is as purchased - Having ascertained that a new element was needed I started by removing the wiring The badge was only glued in place and I removed it by sliding dental floss behind it. Three pieces snapped before I succeeded but at least the room had a minty scent... I removed the three Allen bolts and the element dropped out I thought I would check the replacement element fitted - no problem, just needs shorter bolts as it is thinner than the old brass one The pressure pipe broke as soon as I took a spanner to the nut - I was going to replace it anyway Now to remove the group It looks like the end of the siphon pipe has been broken off at some point - fortunately there was none of it left inside the group so someone must have been here before me! Something else to add to the spare parts order. The steam wand mechanism comes out if you keep turning beyond the point where you feel you should stop A ring spanner removed the safety valve. The ball bearing made a bid for freedom but I was expecting that and watched where it went! End of part one - continued in next post.