Knock box woes. - Page 2

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baldheadracing
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#11: Post by baldheadracing »

NicaDon wrote:Here I was looking for ideas on using a big block piston, maybe from a Mopar 440 for a knock box and seeing if anyone had done it. Then I saw your La Pavoni and did a major double take as I'd never seen one painted the same color. Beautiful drip tray grid you have, from where?
Your serial number, B6524, means that we have the same version (v1.6), a.k.a., James Bond's Europiccola - and thus, the best Europiccola :mrgreen:.

My v1.6 was refinished - I've never seen another black Aluminium base either. As I'm now curious, I've just sent a message asking what the original colour of the base was.

For drip tray grids, first, it is interesting that yours has the v1.4 square hole design. The v1.4 grid was made of Aluminium, but there are reproductions available. The usual design is round holes with a bigger round hole in the middle. I think the square holes look better.

The drip tray in the pics was designed by HB'er @sonnylowe and is available here: https://www.bplus.biz/products/la-pavon ... grid-plate

There are also these designs available: https://coffee-sensor.com/?s=drip+tray+ ... pe=product
- My espresso: Swirled, not stirred. My pourover: Stirred, not swirled.

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#12: Post by Kaffee Bitte (original poster) »

If you do manage to make a knock box like you are trying, please post some pics! I would love to see what you come up with
Lynn G.
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#13: Post by NicaDon »

baldheadracing wrote:Your serial number, B6524, means that we have the same version (v1.6), a.k.a., James Bond's Europiccola - and thus, the best Europiccola :mrgreen:.

My v1.6 was refinished - I've never seen another black Aluminium base either. As I'm now curious, I've just sent a message asking what the original colour of the base was.

For drip tray grids, first, it is interesting that yours has the v1.4 square hole design. The v1.4 grid was made of Aluminium, but there are reproductions available. The usual design is round holes with a bigger round hole in the middle. I think the square holes look better.

The drip tray in the pics was designed by HB'er @sonnylowe and is available here: https://www.bplus.biz/products/la-pavon ... grid-plate

There are also these designs available: https://coffee-sensor.com/?s=drip+tray+ ... pe=product
I bought mine already restored from a guy who bought it from a member here who documented the build. The seller bought it because it was cool but couldn't do anything with it. Good for me! This is the build thread on mine.
Jumped into levers with a 1972 Europiccola!

The grid is from Gabor- resistenza..60@gmail.com - who rebuilds the heating elements for our machines. I like the square holes much better. I would have liked to polish it but in Nicaragua that won't happen. In my primitive tropical environment it fits in well as is. I also have the original.

Last week I bought a V1.7 220v to take to India on my move there next month and leave 1.6 here for my visits to Nicaragua. I first considered a 220v heating element swap for the 1.6 or a converter but for not much more bought another Series 1. Because only Series 1. The new machine is bright red and a drip grid in gold is coming for it. There are relatively few home espresso enthusiasts in India and already have several members of a forum there who are eager to try it.
LMWDP #730

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#14: Post by baldheadracing »

Just to complete this thread, I messaged Francesco Ceccarelli, and he said that he's seen hammered black, brown, and blue bases, but most are grey up to v1.6, with brown predominant for later v1's and early v2's.
- My espresso: Swirled, not stirred. My pourover: Stirred, not swirled.