So I picked up the machine and it is in really great condition. I won't list the price but will say, that I got a great deal, if this works as well as I think it will.
The group screen is unfortunately loose and had a slight tan color to it. The boiler, while surprisingly very clean, smelled a bit funky, but after filling it up several times hot water and vinegar and dumping it out repeatedly, it smells much better. The boiler does have a black matte coating on it so I assume that means it is aluminum but I cannot be sure.
As you can see from the pictures it powered up fine. I wanted to make sure it worked before getting too far into pulling it apart.
Everything about the machine appears as though it has barely been used, it just seems to have sat on a counter for many years and then went away with water in it, into storage. There is a small amount of scale or some other gunk sitting at the bottom of the spring.
The spring on this lever is really much harder to pull than I expected. Is that normal?
As you can see from the pictures the case is actually in pretty decent condition.
I tested water flow and steaming and what do you know, it worked!
It has a three hole tip which seems to move the water slightly so i suspect a 2 hole or single hole might get better performance.
Can someone tell me how to get out the group screen? Do I just pull? It is loose and spinning around. What chemical should i use in this machine to descale? Citric or vinegar?