I recently joined the forum having seen a few extremely useful and well documented Elektra machine rebuilds from the likes of mhoy
; whose topics provided and generated a huge amount of great information, so thanks to them and all those who contributed to their posts.
I recently purchased an Elektra T1 Deliziosa from a restaurant in Paris (France) that is closing down. I figured that the asking price (€300) was somewhat of a bargain, particularly given it included a stainless steel DVA LT8 water softener. When I went to the restaurant to inspect, I expected it to be in pieces or at least not working; however when I arrived I could see that it was still sitting on the bar, all plumbed in, switched on, and still providing coffee to the patrons. This (together with the fact that there was a water softener installed in the supply line) I thought is a good sign; however there is no doubt that it will need a full strip-down, clean, and some repairs/replacements at the very least).
First pics, in the "as purchased" state.
Luckily, the beautiful logo is in good condition; although I notice some small bits of red paint splatter (hard to see in the pic) that may be tricky to remove.
Like other posters on this forum, the portafilters are in a completely rancid state, and will take quite a soaking and a heap of elbow grease. I'm not even sure if I will be able to get them back to a decent state. I also notice a crack in one of the portafilter handles. Not sure yet what I might have to do about this if anything.
First view of the inside. Lots of dust and muck.
Now all I need to do is find somewhere in the house I can set up to start working. It may take me some time; however I hope to contribute some useful information as I progress.