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  1. So, I've picked up a Faema Due for an absolute song - the usual cafe closing down story. It came with 2 double basket PFs and a single. So far I've: taken the sides and top off so I could take lots of photos (here) wired it to a 32A switch plumbed in mains water and waste It fires up, seems to be getting up to pressure, and is already making much better espresso than my old Delonghi dual-thermostat jobby. The steam wand is a bit spluttery, but I'm working on it. I've sourced and ordered: new shower screens new seals a blind basket for backflushing some
  2. I didn't take a before picture (Doh!) but really pleased with the results of the sand blasting and powder coating on the Silvia chassis. Looks better than new. All the rust removed and a really solid powder coating to protect it into the future.
  3. Hi guys Just setting up this thread to track my rebuild of a QE two lever that I found abandoned in a guys cellar,in a state of disrepair and desperate need of either scrapping or a heck of alot of descale and 600grit!! Photos to follow
  4. Can anyone recommend where I can send my old Gaggia Classic for a good service/overhaul or rebuild please? Perhaps to include fitting PID and Rancilio wand. Cheers
  5. I bought a used (1980's) Gaggia E90 as I have always wanted a nice Gaggia. I bought it from a man who said it was working perfectly but he could not test it. I wasn't born yesterday so bought it on the assumption I would need to do some work to it....... What I didn't realise was how bad it was. It was basically knackered and needed totally stripping and re-doing. I may need a hand with some stuff so thought I would document it here. Peter from Espresso Underground has sourced all the parts for me. Peter is amazingly helpful and has helped me so loads. I have taken photos and
  6. Evening all. I've recently won a Fiorenzato grinder on eBay that'll be winging its way over to me soon: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302048036813?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT I'm fairly sure it is, but can someone confirm I have actually bought a T80? The plan is to refurbish as necessary, replace the hopper with something smaller and remove the doser. I have a 3D printer at home so will probably try make most bits entirely custom. I'm expecting to have to do the burrs and have read that Mazzer SJ burrs would also fit - can anyone confirm and
  7. Interesting project? https://www.gumtree.com/p/restaurant-catering-equipment/vintage-gaggia-coffee-machine-for-sale-/1174494193
  8. Got a great price for an Elektra MXAC on Gumtree, so just couldn't resist. Then I got it. I can only imagine that the coffee shop it came from was closed by environmental health. The amount of compressed old coffee clinging to every surface was shocking. Plan is to strip it down, clean or replace as needed. Will mod to support single dosing and stepless (it is a stepped version) and come up with some sort of a hopper. Haven't taken too many pics but here are a few. Here you can see the amount of coffee under the upper burr carrier. There are three v shaped chann
  9. I don't (or at least didn't) know much about espresso machines, but have been happily using a Gaggia classic for about 5 years until I saw a Rocket Giotto and loved how it looked. But I couldn't justify the cost for a cappuccino or two a day just because it looked nice. A day later, I spotted a faulty ECM Giotto on eBay, all I knew was that it tripped the power when you turn it on. 5 minutes of research told me it was a predecessor to the Rocket Giotto, and so, knowing nothing about how a coffee machine works, I snapped it up for £150 and crossed my fingers that it would be an easy fix instead
  10. So, I'm flying to Karachi, Pakistan tomorrow to sort out 8 Marzocco linea 2 groups - Some quite new (PID), some working "ok", some not. One ransacked for spares (so a rebuild), and one or two to convert to PID. Should be fun...and an interesting challenge! I'm going to try to post updates on twitter: @spressotech Wish me luck! All that to do in 5 days.....
  11. Hi guys! I'm currently restoring an ancient La Pavoni Professional, worse condition than I have ever seen on here, without contest. I already took everything apart to see what needs replacing, de-corroding , descaling and cleaning, but now I hit a dead end with the boiler nut. The bloody thing doesn't want to come off. I've started using a lever with the factory tool, didn't work. Then I saw that OE used a hammer in their rebuild, so I got a hammer. Didn't budge. The brass is already a little chipped from the hammering, even though I put wood between the hammer and brass, so I'm afraid
  12. Hi everyone. I'm stripping my Gaggia down to service to eventually sell. I thought I better document everything in a thread here, rather than stick a load of photos in the 'for sale' posting. Also thought the community might find it interesting. It's a 2008 model, I bought from gaggiamanualservice in 2016. Mark's words "stripped and cleaned internally with new seals and group gasket". Mainly use in hard water areas in Manchester and then West Yorkshire. Not descaled that often, maybe once every 4 months or so. Backflush with polycal every fortnight. Since pandemic started was getting
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