Conti Empress project begins again - Page 2

Equipment doesn't work? Troubleshooting? If you're handy, members can help.

Postby Madscrambler » Mar 14, 2019, 5:08 pm

thanks for the helpful Suggestions all for the seal I need ! I contacted Café Parts and they are checking to see if they have something.


Postby Madscrambler » Apr 15, 2019, 7:57 pm


The end plug gasket i think i can replace however the disk one is proving more difficult to locate.


Postby Swissbariss » Apr 17, 2019, 3:46 pm

Returning to a project 20 years later must bring back (hopefully) happy memories. Boiler looks amazing.

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Postby orphanespresso » Apr 18, 2019, 4:32 pm

These cool Empress steam and water valves are reasonably easy to rebuild using stock rubber sheet and cord from mcmaster carr. Make sure you use a high durometer cord on the end piece and specify "high strength EPDM" for the sheet to make the big discs. high strength has a higher temp rating. i used center punches to cut the discs. EPDM might work best since silicone rubber may be too soft. also, for those end seals I think the old Faema E61 machines use some that are a direct fit and really hard durometer, but a length of cord and a square foot of sheet do a lot of valves.
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