I've been working on restoring this VFA Expres Elite 2gp the past few weeks, and I ran in to an issue. During reassembly, the boiler drain plug had sheared off as I was tightening it in to the boiler. No big deal, I ordered a replacement.
Today the replacement came in, so I set to work removing the old plug.
When I did, the whole bung hole nut broke apart in to brittle, "mushy" pieces.
Attached is a picture of my boiler, now without the drain nut.
I've finally gotten everything else in this machine working, but now this makes me question the integrity of the boiler.
I only have about $200 total in the machine.
Should I get a copper or brass bung and braze a new one on?
Or should I cut my losses and part out the machine?
New boilers cost about $800 plus shipping from Europe to the US.