Restoration of a Faema Lambro - Page 5

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#41: Post by JohnB. »

Looks like it was brazed & had pretty poor adhesion.
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#42: Post by civ »

Hello:
JohnB. wrote: Looks like it was brazed ...
+1
It was definitely brazed, with brass being the filler metal used.
With respect to how it was done, the part I can see does not look bad at all.

But without the possiblity of a 360° look, cannot say much more than that.

A good, thorough wirebrushing all around the joint will show, on a close inspection, if there are any cracks.
If wirebrushing is not enough, some light/judicious sanding with a properly sized wodden dowel wrapped in 200/220 grit emery paper will reveal any issues.
I'd wager that it is in good shape and does not leak or have any cracks.

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#43: Post by JohnB. »

Must be all the black stuff?? on the braze & boiler surface made it look like the brazing wasn't well attached.
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#44: Post by IamOiman (original poster) »

My thoughts as well, this looks much better than I was expecting. Of course I will truly know only when I do a pressure test, but even in the original state there was no indication of a leak. The dried up water marks are from the wobbler weight on top actually.

I am cautiously optimistic no welds may be needed.
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#45: Post by IamOiman (original poster) »

I placed my big parts order with LFspareparts. I have not dealt with them before but I am curious to see how the process goes. I am still salty Ascaso migrated and left their old site :( . I think overall I made parts orders from 4 different sites as some of them only had specific parts for the best price that outweighed the additional shipping costs.


The pipes and fittings are all cleaned up, and are in a much better condition than before. My little Omega grinder runs at a very high rpm so I needed to be very very attentive to make sure nothing went flying or my hands got caught.





The boiler also got its first clean full up. I still want to see if I can remove the remaining fittings but I really do not want to damage or bend the soldering joints. I'd rather not leave them but if they fight me really hard I would consider it.
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#46: Post by harrisonpatm »

Beautiful finish on the pipes. I skipped that step on my last restoration because they weren't in terrible shape. Now I wish I had, it looks so satisfying.

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#47: Post by IamOiman (original poster) »

welp, I was scrambling today when the parts order failed to go through with LFSpareparts. They did not accept my family's business number as justification since we are classified as an end-store rather than a repair shop or distributor. It worked for Ascaso but not for them :(

I might just form my own business at this point to get that access back :shock:

I managed to get all but one or two parts from other sources fortunately for similar pricing.

I dropped off my first load of panels at my metal guy to polish up. I do not have the materials to polish stainless steel, and I know it will be much easier for him to do it with his equipment. It's still cheaper than rechroming! He will also be doing my chrome. It's about the price I expected it to be but it will still hurt (about 1k), but I understand why it can cost so much.


Check out the effort needed to get the portafilter apart! I had to take a big flathead screwdriver and rap the handle from above for shocking the threads, follow by a big heave with a wrench attached to the square shaft. The spout was even harder to remove. It was ruined already so I needed it to come off so I could replace it.



-Ryan
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