So this is what €157 will get you from my parts distributor (more or less). I got two original piston racks, a spring (the only one they had on them), boiler gaskets, teflon heating element gaskets, water valve gaskets, and original brass shimmies. I was etstatic at meeting this man, Franco, and I personally asked him if I could send other HB-ers his way and he was ok with it. If you pm me for his contact, I will be giving you my Italian number (but my US number in July) so he remembers who I am when you say how you found him. He has everything from heating elements to the piston for Faema and Gaggia. YOU MUST CONTACT HIM WITH WATSAPP. He will not respond in any other form of contact.
Other parts I will need I can access elesewhere for not much more than what he charges, but I may go back one more time for things like the teflon group-boiler gasket. I cannot understate how helpful Franco was, and is willing to work with you through the process. As an aside, I also cannot understate how helpful my Italian skills have been when conducting espresso business in Italy.
I also managed to take off my groups after some effort. The bolts for the machine look fine but will inspect them more closely when I do a full dissasembly. Without the portafilter one group weighs a massive 23 pounds!