New forumite here.
Stumbled upon this La Peppina at a flea market / swap meet here in South Africa a few weeks ago. It is in pretty terrible shape, missing its grate and the normal kettle lid.
When i found it, i had no idea what it was, other than it was an espresso machine of some sort. So, being the coffee lover i am, i bought it, not even knowing how it works etc. I paid 35 South African Rands for it, which is roughly $2.50. Yes, $2.50.
Granted, it is very grubby. Nothing a bit of elbow grease and descaler wont fix tho.
So i did some research, and ended up on this site. I must say, its been very informative. So armed with operating instructions found here, i tested the machine. It heated up in no time, and attempting to pull a shot just didnt work. No water was reaching the portafilter. Water was also pouring out the bottom, where the hinge / mechanism is for the lever / piston.
So, the other night i stripped the machine to check seals etc. I found that the piston seal was flat against the piston.
So, my actual question is this - Are these seals of a generic nature? If i take the o-rings and seals to a shop that specialises in seals, will i be able to get what i need to rebuild the La Peppina to working state?
I know there is a seal kit from another site, and its relatively cheap ($20), but postage to South Africa is the real killer.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Here are some pics of my, hopefully soon to be resurrected, La Pappina.