I was back at it again last night. Was up to 3:30am taking this "tank" apart and learned a lot. When you see some of the pictures you may understand that for a couple of moments I was contemplating just parting this out and getting another machine. I can only imagine how much I can get for the boiler alone (it's in decent shape - thank God!)
Lets take a look at some of the pictures I took last night. I have several questions I hope I can get answered
This is a picture of the bottom side of the base and showing the leg lug. The lug isn't perpendicular to the base so the leg won't support the machine correctly. Another problem is that two lugs are present two are absent.
Here is an area where the lug should be but its conspicuously absent. The area is bent as well. Anyone know where I can get leg lugs so I can have someone weld them in place?
Well this was a just a nice kick in the johnson! I said the tank was in decent shape but I didn't say anything about the HX! Isn't is supposed to be like that! Really hot espressos! The other HX seems to be ok but it is also expanded out. I have a dremel like tool so I will brobably cut it out because in the shape it is now you can imagine that it doesn't just slip out.
The frame is in decent shape but does have a little rust that needs to be removed.
I'm thinking about having all the frame materials, pump mount and other like items powder coated. Do I need to strip the paint and rust or is that something the powder coater would do as an additional service? Or does the powder coating process take care of it. I just spend 25 minutes getting the pump holder down to bare metal and I'm not entirely done so I'm hoping I don't have to do all these pieces.
This one tube just doesn't want to come out of the boiler. So I had a great idea and started wrenching on the lug attached to the boiler. After almost deforming the lug I decided that I just keep it there for now. Are the lugs meant to be removed?
Now this is the reason that I had second thougths about going full bore on this machine. It seems to me that the circuitry has enjoyed some espresso on occasion! It looks like some snacks as well
I'm hoping that there is nothing wrong with this board since they run about $375. Any way to check these? Or are these boards built to last?
If there are view that someone would like to see let me know. The entire beast is in parts and now begins the hard part, cleaning and shelling out hard earned money for parts.
Couple of parting questions/comments. I intend/hope not to go over $1k in the restoration. Does that seem feasible or realistic? That would put me in for $1600 for this machine.
What would cause the DX to deform like that and split?
Any pointers, tips, or other comments are always welcome.