conti lever rebuild question

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Postby jeru » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:42 pm

Hi all-

I'm looking at purchasing a conti classica lever machine that may have a leak in the piston/chamber assembly. Does anyone have any opinions or information on how difficult it is to get parts and how difficult this rebuilt would be? This would be my second rebuilt (cimbali m20 was the first), so I'm not that faint of heart but I would hate to get stuck...

Thanks!

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Postby mogogear » Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:36 pm

There are a couple of Conti folks here. Bill , Dr Jim , Paul and Chiate. There is quite a lot of rebuild experience. Bill has some good contacts at Conti in Monace that can help. They should post soon.
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Postby mogogear » Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:39 pm

jeru wrote:Hi all-

I'm looking at purchasing a conti classica lever machine that may have a leak in the piston/chamber assembly. Does anyone have any opinions or information on how difficult it is to get parts and how difficult this rebuilt would be? This would be my second rebuilt (cimbali m20 was the first), so I'm not that faint of heart but I would hate to get stuck...

Thanks!


Just a FYI- Moschetti- a US Conti distributor has some used machines sometimes. Last I checked they had a Prestina ( not the same machine from their website) that was already refurbed for about $1,400 :oops:
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Postby jeru » Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:37 pm

thanks for the info, that's helpful.

I'll post some pictures if I go for it.

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Postby bill » Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:53 pm

Jeru,
Conti's current lever model is called the Classica. I assume this machine is the same. If you go to the Conti website you'll find it as well as a link to the parts catalog. The group on the Classica is the same one used on my Prestina, which dates back to 1980. Parts are readily available, at least from the Conti factory in Monaco. If you decide to go for it I'll get you the name and email address for my contact.
The group is very easy to rebuild. It comes apart in three sections, so replacing the rings, etc. is simple.
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Postby Paul » Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:55 pm

Hi Jeru,

Here is the classica group:

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You can buy parts for it direct from Conti from here: http://www.conti-spareparts.com/Site/index.php Just enter the site as a guest.

Conti are a great company to deal with. Overnight they confirmed the production year of my machine from a serial number.

good luck
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Postby jeru » Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:35 pm

awesome! Thanks for the help.

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Postby jeru » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:41 am

Hi all - just wanted to say thanks again. I went up to Portland on Tuesday and was able to strike a deal, so I'm the proud new owner of a Conti Classica PM (2 group). Of course, it went straight to the basement, I haven't had time to set it up yet. I'll post some pics when I get it situated. Now I just need to sell my current machine, a La Cimbali M-20 2 group (non-lever)! Any takers? :-)

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Postby mogogear » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:20 am

jeru wrote:Hi all - just wanted to say thanks again. I went up to Portland on Tuesday and was able to strike a deal, so I'm the proud new owner of a Conti Classica PM (2 group). Of course, it went straight to the basement, I haven't had time to set it up yet. I'll post some pics when I get it situated. Now I just need to sell my current machine, a La Cimbali M-20 2 group (non-lever)! Any takers? :-)


Jeru, in Corn Valley!!!

Howdy from Portland- So did you buy that machine from , I think Peter? He had a Conti grinder too that he sold a few weeks ago. A guy about 24 or so? I had taked with him before he put it on Craigslist. - it was way too big for me - but a nice looking machine. Good luck!!

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Postby jeru » Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:28 pm

yeah, I bought Pete's machine. It's really clean and new but it does need some overhaul on one of the groups. I'm not worried about it mechanically though, I tore down and rebuilt the cimbali M-20 and this thing is in much better shape than the cimbali was... I feel ridiculous having such a huge machine in my kitchen but it's fun to whip out your morning beverage in less than 90 seconds :) What machine do you run?

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