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Now I promised myself the next machine I bought would be something a super vintage, early 50's chromed Gaggia or Faema lever, but I succumbed to an opportunity that I was not expecting initially: a 2 group Faema Zodiaco from the late 70's that was no more than 10 minutes from where I live for a very fair price. It works, albeit the heating element gasket leaks and caused some rust on the frame but is nothing serious. I also had to drain the boiler of old water but everything is there and it is also gas powered. The ANCC number is 119077, but like my Tell it is missing the 7th digit, or 1,119,077. This means (likely) that it was made after 1979. I will need to find a date on the machine to confirm this.
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It was listed since early November but I waited to see if someone else wanted to buy it since I already have other machines, but after checking the machine out in person the seller told me nobody was seriously interested in it. She was the original owner whose father bought it new for a bakery before it sat in the kitchen for a while. Besides the rust there is no serious damage on the machine. There is a missing corner piece on the plastic cup holder wall and the springs need replacing. Originally I wanted the machine to use for parts but here is what I will be doing. Since the springs need replacing anyways I will take apart the groups and borrow the lever fork and shaft for the President when I get around to restoring that to replace the damaged forks. When I am done with the President I will then buy replacement forks and shafts for the Zodiaco. Whether I switch back the parts with the original machine will remain to be seen but no matter what this will be a fine addition to my collection.
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Here is a comparison of the portafilters and levers. The President's lever is chromed and has a curved base on the base of the thread while the Zodiaco is more boxy and I think made of Stainless Steel.
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The left portafilter is the President, the middle portafilter the Zodiaco, and the right portafilter a modern reproduction. It appears the latter tries to copy the President style in the handle more.
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One final comment is the Zodiaco, though bigger in size than its predecessor, is much lighter than the President or Tell. I estimate it weights a little more than my Bosco, or 50 kg give or take.

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 My word for this “wow”. That is impressive ?

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Fantastic! I’m looking forward to this restoration very much ? 

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Nice. Wonder how reliable something like this would be in a commercial setting once it's all done up, would look great in a vintage themed cafe. 


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I think among the machines I have the Zodiaco has the most potential to be commercialized. It already has a modern-type p-stat, has only a single boiler gasket (for heating element), and can have the auto-level electronics added. It is a streamlined President with a box-ier look to it.

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Nice. Wonder how reliable something like this would be in a commercial setting once it's all done up, would look great in a vintage themed cafe. 
one day...

thing is, you need a second one sitting out in the back. just in case

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Giving this some thought I actually decided to do this: I will refurbish the Faema Zodiaco as practice for the President, as they use similar components and the exact group. If I mess something up it will be easier to fix it on the Zodiaco I think. The current state of the Zodiaco is also better as it was running (albeit leaking) before bringing it home, so it should not take as long to clean up.

I wrestled off all the pipes and boiler from the frame. I had a much easier time than with the Tell as the biggest prior issue I had was taking off the boiler lid. This boiler only has two bolts to connect the heating element, which I took off without effort. In fact I could take it out by hand once the bolts were loosened. Nothing was stuck, though I applied heat to some larger fittings just in case. The inside has very little scale, so the water used was very soft or the machine was not used a terrible amount.

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One of the poles was actually snapped off when I unearthed the element from the grommet cap. I am not sure how the machine functioned with this issue but I am ok with this as I was going to use a smaller element anyways (2kw or 2.4kw) compared to this 2.8kw element. 
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The only issue so far is the rusted portion where the leaking gasket sputtered water over time. If I need to media blast it and powder coat it I will need to drill out the rivets that hold the back panel onto the machine, which would make it a little more complicated to do.
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The p-stat did function and I was given a spare gasket for it. It appears the gasket was already replaced at an earlier point so if it works when I test the machine I will leave it alone for now. Note the Nema 6-15 plug, meaning it was used on American 240V. It also had no switch, just a plug so to turn it off you needed to unplug it or put a timer switch on the outlet.
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I guess a final question for now would be should I remove all of the remaining threaded parts on the boiler, or can I leave them on if they do not leak?
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great stuff again!

I know a few places that leave their coffee machines on 24/7 as they take so long to heat up in the morning staff would need to be in over an hour early.

Re boiler attachments, what’s your intention with boiler? just soak and put back in?

or repair/buff up? of course then it would be easier to work on if everything is off...

 

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The boiler itself is actually sound. It only leaked from the heating element gasket as it was busted, and that leak is what makes the last boiler pic look so gnarly (from sizzling water and scale deposit). For now I will keep the thermosyphon loops attached and if they leak I will work from there. 

Disassembly is basically done and the cleaning phase is beginning. So far nothing has been stuck. The groups could be taken off by hand, no heat, mallet whacking, or penetrator oil required. Nothing is rusted on the groups and a little clean up will make them look new. There was an odd grease on the groups that was more viscous than expected. It honestly looked to be vegetable oil  ?

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I had an issue with one of the valves and it resulted in a small mistake. This was the one time I needed the mallet to take loosen a nut on a valve. It was really stuck, and after some heat I tried the mallet. I thought I was loosening the nut but in reality I was moving the whole valve, which left a mark on the front panel. This is an example why I am doing the Zodiaco first so I can learn to take precaution next time. The good news is the marks will be covered by the valves when I put them back on.
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I am pretty tempted to take the gas assembly and use it on the President to make it complete since I do not intend to use it and insert a switch where the lighting mechanism for the gas sticks out on the front skirt. 
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Some of the pipes are plated in nickel, which I am still debating to leave on or not. The boiler is starting its soak, which I will flip over so I clean the whole thing after a day or two. Since I have no heating source to have the citric acid work well I am using vinegar instead. I can tell the initial period will be a flurry of work then I will need to wait a bit to tally what parts I will need to order then wait for shipment. I am trying to confirm a subscription with Ascaso (under Repuestos-Holsteleria) for wholesale pricing so we'll see how that turns out. I am looking at the 2400W element used by the Faema Compact for home use. It is quite close to the 20A 110V limit but it should be fine if nothing else is running on the circuit.
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2018 Bosco Sorrento, 1964 Faema President 2 Gr, 1963 Faema Faemina, 1977 Faema Zodiaco 2 Gr, 1979 Gaggia Tell 2 Gr, 1991 La Pavoni PRG & Elektra MCAL, Eureka Olympus 75E, Quickmill Omre, Lido E, Virtuoso, 30+ Moka Pots, Chemex 8 cup, Siphon 5 Cup, French Press 1L, 75 espresso cups, a basement to hold my bits n' bobs

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Another day, more stuff done. The frame is completely stripped except for the front panel and skirt panel. I will likely need to drill out the rivets holding them in place to address the rust in the back of the frame. The boiler is still soaking away in its bucket.
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The burner was held in by two small metal flaps bent into the frame (burner is upside down to show this). I am likely not going to use it but I will still clean it up. 
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The drain was not original, and instead an interesting custom box fitted to the machine. 
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Most pipes are cleaned up after a day of hot citric acid followed by some polishing. I kept the pipes that were plated in original condition, but I noted the caps are a different material than brass.
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For comparison I took off the upper groups of the President to see how good (or bad) condition they were compared to the Zodiaco. I will tell you it took much more effort to get the pistons out of the sleeve. There was some corrosion or build up of crud that caused this, and the shutoff valve/flow control are completely stuck at room temperature, so I will eventually need to buy something with more heat than my current heat gun.
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I also found out the date of the machine, May of 1977 (text on flange says 220V 2600W B 5 77), stamped onto the heating element. At least this is the age of the element. It is a little strange if the machine is this old as this would mean the Zodiaco was made before my Gaggia Tell, which has a lower ANCC number than the Zodiaco (1,107,459 versus 1,119,077). Common sense would dictate the Gaggia should have a lower number but so far this says otherwise. I guess the other possibility is this is the part number for the element but I cannot confirm.

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I am quite happy I found a shelving unit in the basement. I would have run out of space otherwise to put stuff on!
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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

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Not seen anything like this before but is very good to see, its almost like restoring an old car! Wow to have the space in kitchen for one of these! 


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Who says I have space in there ?? I got relegated to the basement for machines like this.

The frame is now completely stripped except for one stubborn foot soaking in penetrator oil in the back. Now instead of going to the powder coaters and paying them the equivalent of about 300 quid for the media blasting + coating I decided to learn something from this experience and do it myself. It will involve some wire brushing and then some rust protector spray you can buy at an auto store. I will try to make sure the frame is rust free when I do this but since I do not intend to use this in a commercial setting I am ok with making mistakes (but would prefer not to).

The panels were riveted to the frame, and I removed by using a 3/32 drill bit to loosen them then took a small flathead and did some light tapping to take off the head with no scratches involved. There were 4 rivets on the upper panel and 2 on the lower panel that needed to be removed.

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The brown and beige paint job is pure seventies, reminds me of old Ford Granada's, Cortina's and Escorts.

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Not too much to update. I am going through the process of cleaning and descaling valves right now. The gaskets on this machine are far more painful to remove than the president. I cannot peel them off in one go and instead have to chip away at the fibrous gaskets. As per usual presuming they are asbestos I keep a mist bottle nearby to keep everything wet as I go along.

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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

2018 Bosco Sorrento, 1964 Faema President 2 Gr, 1963 Faema Faemina, 1977 Faema Zodiaco 2 Gr, 1979 Gaggia Tell 2 Gr, 1991 La Pavoni PRG & Elektra MCAL, Eureka Olympus 75E, Quickmill Omre, Lido E, Virtuoso, 30+ Moka Pots, Chemex 8 cup, Siphon 5 Cup, French Press 1L, 75 espresso cups, a basement to hold my bits n' bobs

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I am still working on this machine even as I start reassembly of my President. I was caught up by a foot screw being rusted into the frame that stopped me from powder coating it. I completely forgot until today that I had a pipe wrench to get it out, which did the job. This was only done after a week being soaked in evaporust and repeated heating. It was quite stuck in there but I can understand why since the heating element gasket was leaking on it for a while before.

I will be able to adhere the bolt back onto the black foot and use it again once everything is cleaned up.

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Groups are apart now and am waiting for the rain to go away outside to degrease them in GUNK engine cleaner. I ordered new lever forks that will arrive in late May, so I may use these forks for the President if I am impatient. The piston rod, forks, and bearings are in good condition and are identical in sizes to the President so I would not switch them out.

These groups are covered in a really viscous brown grease that is just nasty to deal with and gets everywhere. It's not vegetable oil but I am definitely not using this stuff. I will be using the same grease I used for my Gaggia groups, Kynetx Food Grade Grease, White, NSF H1, NLGI #2 (MD FG26), 14 Oz Cartridge. Not sure if it is offered on the UK site. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079LH7P1B/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A friend from Home Barista first discovered it and I'll be trying it out for the Zodiac group. It works great with my Gaggia Tell.
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The original spring is thinner in coil diameter and has one extra coil. It felt very weak and has a little rust so they will be replaced. For reassembly I devised a homemade spring compressor with a 1/2" threaded rod and fender washers + nuts. I will compress the spring and keep it compressed with zip ties then screw the piston in by hand. If I compress the whole spring length taking off the zip ties afterwards will not be an issue. I need to compress the spring by 1.5" from 6.5" to about 5" which is doable. If this is not safe I will devise another method or just suck it up and pay the €111 w shipping for a tool made specifically for this process that was not available directly from Ascaso at the time (part F.266) but retailers do have.
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Do not unscrew the spring without zip ties or something to hold the spring as you unscrew it. I tried it out just to see what would happen and I sent the brass piston 4 feet across the ground from the force. Just a reminder these springs can be dangerous and to take precaution when dealing with them compressed.
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I used a c spanner found on Amazon that worked very well for me in this process. I just needed to file down the head width as it was too wide originally.
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One of the pistons have viton seals. They are still very malleable so I will see if they can be used as I have never used them before and they cost 7-9 quid per single gasket if I want them new.

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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

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I made some progress with the lever groups. They got reassembled with the new forks I ordered from TSE parts in Austria. I worked on the boiler some more but sheared an element bolt off and will need to weld a nut to it for proper removal.

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Unfortunately I did a goof and got distracted driving into work today from some items falling into the passenger front seat. I ran into a telephone pole from swerving over and the telephone pole won.

Before anyone gets crazy about it I am personally fine, no injuries outside of soreness from the airbags deploying and a bent pair of glasses. Sucks a bit as I only had the car since January and was the first one I ever had. Now it's likely totaled but insurence (I have USAA) will be good about it but God help me for the rate increase as a new driver 😬. I am posting this because I will definitely not be focusing on coffee repairs for a bit, minimum one-two weeks, as I sort things out and start looking for a potential replacement vehicle. I learned a lesson to better secure my work stuff at least.

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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

2018 Bosco Sorrento, 1964 Faema President 2 Gr, 1963 Faema Faemina, 1977 Faema Zodiaco 2 Gr, 1979 Gaggia Tell 2 Gr, 1991 La Pavoni PRG & Elektra MCAL, Eureka Olympus 75E, Quickmill Omre, Lido E, Virtuoso, 30+ Moka Pots, Chemex 8 cup, Siphon 5 Cup, French Press 1L, 75 espresso cups, a basement to hold my bits n' bobs

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Well I find myself going back to project sooner than anticipated as I already found two replacement vehicles to pick from presuming it's a total loss and this helps me vent my frustrations through vigorous cleaning/grinding. My Honda Fit may be demolished but I emerged essentially unscathed. The claims process was not as fast as I anticipated and work basically said take your time coming back as you go through this.

I got the boiler stud fixed. I tried the MIG welding method first but there was not enough thread sticking out for the nut to grasp it so the drill method was done instead. I did this at my local auto repair shop and they charged me 30 minutes of labor, ~$40. They also got the top elbow fittings off, and that required a 2 foot torque wrench with an impact socket to successfully loosen the gunked threads. And that is after they had been soaking for weeks in penetrating oil...

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The new hole takes a 3/8" bolt that my replacement heating element can fit without hassle (it can take up to an M12/0.47" bolt for reference). The new heating element flange bolts look a little lopsided now but I am just happy I can screw in the element now.

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I decided to soak the pipes and boiler again in my bin as I inspected the internals and still saw scale. Today I took everything out and polished up the pipes again. I will be using two replacement elbow fittings as I hate how the old ones have so little of a hex head to grasp with a wrench and is a primary cause of my headaches with them. One of the fittings also has very caked on hemp so I do not feel like dealing with that right now. In the process I noticed a small crack in the soldering for a fitting at the bottom of the boiler, but I believe this to be superficial and not actually a crack that would break the boiler integrity when under pressure. I guess I will find out one way or the other.

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I dropped off the frame today + the water sight holder and gas pan at the same place that did the Faema President frame. They charged the same price, which was very nice. I also got some valve parts for a boiler drain since there is a fitting I can put on the bottom of the boiler at a specialty hose place. It was the first store I found that dealt with BSPP fittings that was near me, which is not used as much in the US over NPT threads, and I found it from the recommendation of a bolt/fastener store. 

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I got some bolts to work on the steam valves. The chrome nut caps are very stuck, and I needed more leverage when dealing with them. I tried a basic 2x4 piece of lumber, but the wood was too soft and I cracked it without the steam cap yielding. I guess some heat is required at this point.
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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

2018 Bosco Sorrento, 1964 Faema President 2 Gr, 1963 Faema Faemina, 1977 Faema Zodiaco 2 Gr, 1979 Gaggia Tell 2 Gr, 1991 La Pavoni PRG & Elektra MCAL, Eureka Olympus 75E, Quickmill Omre, Lido E, Virtuoso, 30+ Moka Pots, Chemex 8 cup, Siphon 5 Cup, French Press 1L, 75 espresso cups, a basement to hold my bits n' bobs

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Love watching your restoration threads so much (even though I don’t often post or 'like') it’s great seeing these marvellous machines brought back to life - thanks for sharing 😁 

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Dealing with a totaled car involves extra steps I did not realize exist. Stuff like transfering the car title, confirming the settlement from the insurance, etc. 

I picked up the powder coated frame + bits today. They did a great job just like last time. It looks pretty good even where the rust was heavy, just some pitting is all that remains of rust evidence. I cleaned up the gas burner and then fixed up the torn foot with some super glue and it worked very well. I may not put the gas assembly on since I do not plan on using it but it's good to keep the fixed up pieces on hand in case I ever let go the machine to someone who wants to use the gas burner.
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I also got the upper groups assembled with the zip tie + homemade spring compressor. Once I figure out the wiring method I'll proceed further with assembly. In terms of polishing I did not do a full sanding cleanup as the zodiac groups were in much better condition than the President's, as were the brushed stainless steel panels.
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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

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I cleaned up the p-stat today. It's a first gen modern Sirai meant for two-phase operation. I am unsure if it is 16A or 20A rated but for 1800W 120V I should be good with 16A. The terminals look pretty beefy nonetheless. I took apart the membrane assembly and replaced the internal gaskets. The degreaser I used gave some pretty grungy water.

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There are eight screws that compress the gasket and membrane. An additional four screws attach the upper metal piece that holds a piston. There is a diaphram that rests against this piston which in turn rests against a pin in the p-stat. That pin rests against a spring assembly that will cause a circuit break when enough force is pushed against it. This is the pressure setting you have it set to that defines this threshold. It is incredibly convenient that the frame has a built in bracket to hold the p-stat. The President used a different design with the mercury bulbs or none at all if gas powered like mine is and as a result has no similar bracket. 

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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

2018 Bosco Sorrento, 1964 Faema President 2 Gr, 1963 Faema Faemina, 1977 Faema Zodiaco 2 Gr, 1979 Gaggia Tell 2 Gr, 1991 La Pavoni PRG & Elektra MCAL, Eureka Olympus 75E, Quickmill Omre, Lido E, Virtuoso, 30+ Moka Pots, Chemex 8 cup, Siphon 5 Cup, French Press 1L, 75 espresso cups, a basement to hold my bits n' bobs

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I got a good idea on how I will wire the machine. I will put a toggle switch on the bottom front where the gas igniter normally resides and proceed from there. I decided to not install the gas system on the final build but it can always be added afterwards if needed.

I did a dry fitting for the pipes today with the boiler and front panels on the frame. I need to make sure all the valves and pipes will fit before I apply liquid gaskets, especially for the thermosyphon fittings. I am taking more precaution this time as the boiler does not secure itself to one spot and can be adjusted on its two resting braces from the frame, which can affect how the pipes will fit to their connectors (or not). Once I am satisfied I will apply the Red RTV silicone liquid gasket and seal the fittings that need it. I also needed to confirm the powder coating did not block or reduce the size of the rivet holes that secures the front panels to the frame. I will use the rivet gun when everything else is attached for good but the rivets will stay in their holes until then. The replacement manometer pipe and water fill pipe are great fits. All the stainless steel and its brushed finish will remain as it originally was. 

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I got replacement screws for the manometer. The little metal pieces that secure the #4 screws in the back are called speed nuts, and I used a 4-40 size for those who may be looking for ones themselves. I just realized I did not buy any 3/8" BSP male caps for the replacement aluminum drain pan so I need to go out and get one. 

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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

2018 Bosco Sorrento, 1964 Faema President 2 Gr, 1963 Faema Faemina, 1977 Faema Zodiaco 2 Gr, 1979 Gaggia Tell 2 Gr, 1991 La Pavoni PRG & Elektra MCAL, Eureka Olympus 75E, Quickmill Omre, Lido E, Virtuoso, 30+ Moka Pots, Chemex 8 cup, Siphon 5 Cup, French Press 1L, 75 espresso cups, a basement to hold my bits n' bobs

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After some choice words and heat everything got disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled. The machine is ready for testing but I am waiting for a new table to arrive as my test bench is occupied by the President right now, so it's going to hang out for a bit. I still need a 3/8" bsp cap for the drain and the exterior brown panelling that simply exudes that 70's brown needs a wash inside. Wiring was pretty straightforward but I needed to be creative for a ground as the boiler nut had no extra thread to stick the ground contact on. I used one of the bolts that hold the group to the frame as a replacement. I intend to find a covering for the switch to protect against potential water spillage but right now I am pretty happy in its current state. We'll see what happens with the boiler integrity and is likely the biggest chance to emit an unintended leak followed by the thermosyphon boiler fittings.

This was not a restoration but more of a refurbishment as I did not do much polishing or rechroming for the exterior in my opinion. I considered it in good enough condition to show the aged scratches. On the contrary the interior was cleaned up well and needed some work to clean the rusty frame + boiler bits.

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"Using a spice grinder violates the Geneva Convention"

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