Time for an update. I spent the summer trying to polish some of the fittings and small parts. Then I started to polish the stainless. Kudos to all those who followed through with polishing all that shiny steel themselves. I tried, but decided I could never get the machine as bright as a professional. Then Paul did some work on his hand, albeit not while polishing steel, that convinced me to take it to get polished by a place in SLC. You'll see the results below. I tried to stay out of the shots.
I also ordered most of the replacement gaskets and some other small parts over the summer. Spent a few bucks buying these parts. A big thank you to the great people at La Marzocco in Seattle, their terrific service while I was ordering parts, and also to the people at EspressoParts.com.
And after starting to paint everything black I changed my mind and decided to have the black parts powder coated red. I think it was the right choice. The powder coating cost significantly less than the polishing at least in SLC. I'd love to have someone suggest a place for a good deal in SLC for polishing the rest of the stainless.
You can see some of the shiny stainless steel in this picture. The company that did the polishing couldn't duplicate Paul's circular burnishing on the front plate. This is actually just roughed up. Not sure I like it and would like some opinions. I figured that this would hide all the scratches that seem to end up on the front panel from banging with the portafilter.
Putting the brew boiler together was very easy. I followed Paul's instructions closely and had no trouble getting the two parts together. Torqued to spec. This shot was taken during the rebuild.
Decided to replace the drain cup because the old aluminum cup has almost been corroded through near the drain fitting.