Jump to content
jimbojohn55

Pimp a 1962 Gaggia Minibar Orione

Recommended Posts

Sooo this landed requiring a complete strip down and pimp and it is a heavy blighter - 5Ltr classic gaggia lever built like a tank

 

here are the before shipping pictures

 

Gaggia-Minur-Minibar-60s-vintage-lever-espresso-machine-_2.jpg

 

Gaggia-Minur-Minibar-60s-vintage-lever-espresso-machine-_57.jpg

Gaggia-Minur-Minibar-60´s-vintage-lever-espresso-machine.jpg

Gaggia-Minur-Minibar-60s-vintage-lever-espresso-machine-_3.jpg

  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All that glitters is of course not gold apart from the 22ct gold plated trim which is ………..well gold.

 

The shippers / boarder force decided to see how tank like it was by giving it some extra dings, not that its anything that cant be fixed ;)

 

IMG_20190214_131104254.jpg

 

IMG_20190328_091554100.jpg

IMG_20190214_130920062.jpg

  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Inside its a straight forward 5ltr vertical boiler with with element coming in from the top, manual fill from lever on the side,the presurestat has been swopped out for something more modern as has the pressure wobbler weight that usually sits on top of the boiler - basically its had half a fix up at some point, it still works - time to get the spanners out - ive been aching to get to this project but the kitchen worktop and sink pimp got in the way :whistle:

 

IMG_20190317_172132992_BURST000_COVER.jpg Booooo !

Edited by jimbojohn55
  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

some grungy photos

 

IMG_20190328_091625758.jpg

IMG_20190328_091616596.jpg

IMG_20190328_091543398.jpg

IMG_20190328_091602651.jpg

  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As always Jim, a splendid looking project that deserves your attentions......and as much as I hate to do it, the quote is. 'all that glistens is not gold'. I agree with you, it should be glitters, but I remember the day well when my wife won that argument!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And the pimping music for the bunker from Memphis Slim 1962 to help get over the border force blues

 

[video=youtube_share;aQd1glS9B88]

  • Like 2

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
As always Jim, a splendid looking project that deserves your attentions......and as much as I hate to do it, the quote is. 'all that glistens is not gold'. I agree with you, it should be glitters, but I remember the day well when my wife won that argument!

 

I doth my cap to your wife :good:

  • Like 2

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I doth my cap to your wife :good:

 

You can if you want......I won't tell her, big headed thing she is......gets one argument right in 34 years

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let’s keepmour fingers crossed for a special first outing in around a months time!

  • Like 2

AKA Toffee chips

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will "keepmour" fingers crossed too

  • Like 2

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hurrah and much rejoicing another pimpy thready thingie me jim to follow along with much excitement with every update that hits these page's


It doesn't matter how you get there it's only the end result that matters

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great project.

 

Shame about the extra work that the courier / border force gave you


a grinder a lever and some beans

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

so a few more grunge pictures …. and possibly Memphis Slims ashtray

 

I also note the pikey job someone did by bending oversize terminal ends to make them fit

 

IMG_20190329_095017491 big.jpg

IMG_20190329_094604788.jpg

IMG_20190329_095123585.jpg

IMG_20190329_094055752.jpg

  • Like 2

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

and the first bump in the road - the 4 studs that hold the group on have rusted solid - you can get the nuts off then they just snap off after that - penetrating oil overnight and possibly some very delicate drilling tomorrow, in the mean time I did a quick pimp of the sight glass

 

IMG_20190329_165818698.jpg giraffe ?

IMG_20190329_170014762.jpg

IMG_20190329_165428627.jpg

IMG_20190329_165700690.jpg

IMG_20190329_092636064.jpg

Edited by jimbojohn55
  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing ive noticed is that most of the fittings under the gunge are nickel plated, quality touch :good:

 

IMG_20190329_174655100.jpg

IMG_20190329_170139333.jpg

IMG_20190329_170447793.jpg

  • Like 2

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still in the gunk but making progress

 

1st unscrewed the lever and adjuster nut - got the piston out - the orione lever group has no seals on the piston itself, instead the seals are in the wall of the cylinder

Edit just noticed the less than flattering hall of mirrors reflection hahaha

 

IMG_20190330_094749724.jpg

IMG_20190330_094434778.jpg

  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Next removed the liners that holds the seals - as this is a 62 ish early Orione it has seals unlike any that I kcan find on similar restoration threads - usually there is a really complex stack of seals and spacers but this is a straight forward couple of seals with two o rings inside the liner for the piston - I think!

 

IMG_20190330_133806361.jpg

IMG_20190330_132235301.jpg

IMG_20190330_132207798.jpg

  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The challenge of removing the rusted on studs lasted till this pm when finally with threats of a lump hammer it gave in and separated

 

IMG_20190330_133737311.jpg

IMG_20190330_133724220.jpg

  • Like 2

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love watching your resto threads. At this rate it'll be ready for the lever day!


Laissez les bons temps rouler

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Edit just noticed the less than flattering hall of mirrors reflection hahaha

 

Nothing we haven’t spotted before!!!


2019 L-R with hand turned Thuya burr handles and toggles / Monolith Titan Flat & Conical, MAX Flat on order  / HG-1 / Kalita wave / Stag kettle / OCD / Joey Skateboard Handle Pullman Big Step & matching stirrer / Wenge Handle Lev Tamp / Push Tamper / Puqpress / 15g & 18g vst / IMS 35μM / LDT / Barista Gear Titanium 12oz pitchers / LW Bean Cellars & Caddy / Decent thermometer / Acme Evo 150ml cups / Espazzola / Hottop / embroidered by me bar towels / in the cellars: Steampunk, North Star, Foundry, The Barn, HasBean, Coffee Compass / part-time LSOL participant / 6 gorgeous guineas / a dog / a very lovely husband 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok - ive got lucky by emailing the owner of a gaggia minibar in Spain and he has sent a diagram of the group and seals - apparently the Spanish Group is different to the Italian one. I was starting to question if the o rings were correct, but they are - as below

 

Did I mention he can supply all the seals ;)

 

group diagram.jpg

  • Like 2

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The boiler is in a bucket - its progress of sorts

 

IMG_20190331_102304149.jpg

  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
The boiler is in a bucket - its progress of sorts

 

[ATTACH=CONFIG]39779[/ATTACH]

 

Buckets are good for descaling though

Edited by coffeechap
  • Like 2

AKA Toffee chips

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

While the boiler gets a descale and clean up I turned my attention to the pressure gauge

 

It needed a quick strip and clean of the glass and face of the dial - the face is a rather attractive brushed stainless with red and white markings - set to it with a gentle earbudding - its a real word honest

 

The spacer that holds the glass off the dial is a mat black but the paint was flaking, so a clan up then some primer and satin black.

 

buffed up the gauge chrome bezel and the gauge case - pity its mostly hidden.

 

IMG_20190331_204214020.jpg

IMG_20190331_142757140.jpg

IMG_20190331_142803704.jpg

IMG_20190331_143342493.jpg

IMG_20190331_145416055.jpg

  • Like 3

keep calm and grind flat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • About:

    Coffee Forums UK is the UK's premier coffee forum Started in June 2008 by Glenn Watson, we now have more than 22000 mainly UK based members, and welcome more than 3000 members and visitors from around the world each day! With strategic investment and digital expertise from the Jackson Lockhart team (Tait Pollack and Adam Bateman), we are taking Coffee Forums UK to the next level, and are delighted to share the journey with you.

    New Members:

    We are often referred to as the friendliest forum on the web and we look forward to welcoming you onboard.

    Terms of Use

    Advertising

    Coffee Forums Media Kit

    Buy Advertising Space

    Donate

    Get Your Supporter Badge (per year)

×
×
  • Create New...