As retirement approaches (6-24 months), more time will be available for putzing with the morning coffee. I will have time to enjoy it rather than knocking out a vacpot or pourover, sipping it, and running off to the office. Right now I play with a PID'd Silvia on the weekends but a soft, recurring voice in the distance keeps calling me. <Lever...lever...lever>.
I blame (read 'credit') members STaylor and Warrior372 at http://greencoffeebuyingclub.com
for sending me down the lever rabbit hole. STaylor makes his PVL 2-group sing and Warrior dances a jig to it. About 6 weeks ago, I visited Dogwood Coffee in the Twin Cities for coffee on their 3-group lever Mirage. That's it. I was done. Right about then, Warrior says, "I have a 67 that I am restoring...interested?" Ka-bang. Sold.
Let me chronicle this rebuild, if I may. All the work is Mike's (Warrior). He has gone above and beyond right in the middle of a grad school program. But I am getting ahead of myself.
Most H-B are mechanical whizzes -- I am not. I have 4 thumbs and 6 toes. There are some of us out here who are MZs, mechanical zeroes. So I thought, let me craft a thread from the perspective of an MZ because it's a different vantage point. This thread is for those who "wouldn't tackle this project with a 10-foot pole." I learned a ton and would like to share it in the hopes that I might give something back.
On with the show. The starting point, '82 Olympia Cremina, OEM Red, 67