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Pimp a funky 1970's Aplimont aka (gaggia mini)

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Sooo the last of the pre kitchen/bathroom pimps is a quick pimp of what is often known as a Gaggia mini

 

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Its an open top squarish boiler with a central piston and spring lever , single 800w element with a thermostat

 

and in pretty good condition, so an easy pimp in theory

 

date wise its not marked but was launched in 1972 so im taking a liberty with the pimping music for the bunker and going with

The Temptations Papa was a rolling stone as a soundtrack

 

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and on with the teardown

 

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You had better leave no stone un turned on this one


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You had better leave no stone un turned on this one

 

ouch ;)


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ouch ;)

 

Indeed, this will be the star of the lever day show!


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IMG_20190213_102910935.jpg push fit shower screen

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Indeed, this will be the star of the lever day show!

 

in theory it should prove to be a thermally stable spring lever


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IMG_20190213_103105924.jpg a quick hone of the cylinder and its good as new - this machine has had minimal use over the last 45 or so years

 

IMG_20190213_103140236_BURST000_COVER_TOP.jpg remove the leg brackets with four bolts

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IMG_20190213_103454016.jpg the only sign of any corrosion is the lower end of these 2 brackets

 

IMG_20190213_104336396.jpg half and hour in Rustolium should sort them out


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It looks so fresh!

Do we know how much they charged back in the day?


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After repainting those brackets, descaling and replacing seals mine was as good as new.

You simply put a thermometer in the boiler to know your brew temperature.

To avoid sucking coffee grinds in the boiler when returning the lever you could put an aeropress paper filter on the coffee bed.

A bowl is handy to flush the douche screen of empty the boiler when you're done as the tray underneath is really tiny.


Carimali UNO || KINU M47,M68 || Aeropress || Feldgrind,aergrind || Mini Gaggia || ROK hand grinder || Chemex || Kalita 185 || Clever dripper

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It looks so fresh!

Do we know how much they charged back in the day?

 

Yes it cost exactly the same as a pink jumpsuit and 5 pairs of platform wedge shoes ;)


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Yes it cost exactly the same as a pink jumpsuit and 5 pairs of platform wedge shoes ;)
Thanks Jim.

How come I get the feeling that this is quite a frantic guess... but it makes sense, somehow.

 

You wearing these now? Where's the workshop tie gone to?


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Deep Thought says 'tight wiggles' is the answer. @Scotford

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Thanks Jim.

How come I get the feeling that this is quite a frantic guess... but it makes sense, somehow.

 

You wearing these now? Where's the workshop tie gone to?

 

my bunker now looks like this

 

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Ahahhaaa, I see... Jim performing the Lever Dance


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A few more stripdown pics

IMG_20190217_135929413.jpgsingle seal brass piston

 

IMG_20190217_135919329.jpg a quality touch - bronze bearing in the lever mechanism

 

IMG_20190217_135938733.jpg again a quality SS spring

 

IMG_20190217_135953066.jpgLIVELLO ACQUA - this is stamped onto the fill level indicator LIVELO stands for Live Life Less Ordinary I think and ACQUO - I think was a charity heavy metal single that ACDC and Status Quo did...….

 

IMG_20190214_133248165.jpg Chassis legs sorted with a matching red primer

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As is now a tradition -super buffed piston

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These threads are my heroin

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@jj-x-ray getbyour name on the forum day at rave to get a dose in person
True, I am very close would be a shame to miss it.....I'll try and keep it free and provisionally put my name down

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seal arrived for the piston after support from espresso solutions who raided their parts bins and came up with a twin lip piston seal - better than the original :good:

 

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The case is a one piece plastic casting that has quite a bit of surface scratching and abrasion, Its problematic to remove every scratch as some are quite deep so I settled for an honest clean but used look

 

the right area has been buffed

 

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there was a rust stain in the case under the feet that came out with some fine wire wool

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It's great to see how you give these a proper resurrection!


Carimali UNO || KINU M47,M68 || Aeropress || Feldgrind,aergrind || Mini Gaggia || ROK hand grinder || Chemex || Kalita 185 || Clever dripper

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The case is a one piece plastic casting that has quite a bit of surface scratching and abrasion, Its problematic to remove every scratch as some are quite deep so I settled for an honest clean but used look

 

the right area has been buffed

 

[ATTACH=CONFIG]39147[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]39150[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]39151[/ATTACH]

 

there was a rust stain in the case under the feet that came out with some fine wire wool

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Obviously you needed to buff something...

 

btw: haha, your signature :D :D :D


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