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Postby wachuko » Mar 17, 2017, 6:26 pm

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Postby wachuko » Mar 17, 2017, 8:26 pm

Got home just now. Will clean it on the outside and inspect the internals.. was this not supposed to have a plastic tray insert? :?:

It was never used since new... The story is that their aunt passed away and this was found in her home when they were collecting her belongings.
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Postby max » Mar 17, 2017, 8:34 pm

You'll be very happy with the machine!

Congratulations on getting what seems to be one of the old enough models to not have sidewards lever play!

I've seen enough machines without the plastic tray to think they weren't (always) shipped with one. You can find them at $4-5 new. The old ones from around 1980 did look better, but pretend like I didn't mention it and you'll never notice :wink:

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Postby drgary » Mar 17, 2017, 8:37 pm

Congratulations! PM me and I'll drop a newer than 1980 drip tray in the mail.
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Postby wachuko » Mar 17, 2017, 8:40 pm

max wrote:You'll be very happy with the machine!

Congratulations on getting what seems to be one of the old enough models to not have sidewards lever play!

I've seen enough machines without the plastic tray to think they weren't (always) shipped with one. You can find them at $4-5 new. The old ones from around 1980 did look better, but pretend like I didn't mention it and you'll never notice :wink:


Thank you again for all the information shared!!!

Wife is finally calmed down (she was not aware of the purchase until now)...

I will remove the bottom cover to see what is the condition of the wiring. Want to take a look inside the boiler... need to clean the decomposed foam from the wiring harness as well...
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Postby wachuko » Mar 17, 2017, 10:07 pm

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Postby wachuko » Mar 17, 2017, 10:13 pm

Cleaned the cable. Cleaned the rubber mat. Took photos.

Plan is to clean the boiler since it has what looks like surface dust or mold from storage... will try to take a photo. If I pass my finger over the group pick up tube, I wipe it clean... there is white mold like dust over it... Here is the only photo I was able to take of the inside... the nice and clean area in the pick-up tube is what I cleaned just passing my finger over it...

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I want to also change all the rubber seals... so ordering a rebuild kit for the piston.

What else?
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Postby wachuko » Mar 17, 2017, 10:24 pm

drgary wrote:Congratulations! PM me and I'll drop a newer than 1980 drip tray in the mail.


Thank you! Sending PM.

And was going over your thread and Rich's and OldNuc, and DanoM... hummm :)

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I want to find those pins (I think made by pimpmypavoni.de) to replace the ones in there with the circlip... but I like your idea of using a bearing to minimize/avoid wear on the machine...

What other upgrades I should be looking at?
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Postby redbone » Mar 17, 2017, 10:35 pm

Congratulations and welcome to the L.P. lever club.
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Postby wachuko » Mar 17, 2017, 11:27 pm

redbone wrote:Congratulations and welcome to the L.P. lever club.


Thank you! I was surprised by how compact it is.

I went ahead and removed the piston...

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