Hello everybody and please welcome me to this awesome forum. My name is Stan, my first post here and first espresso machine ever.
This is a 1971 Faema E64 - 2 group machine coming straight out of a basement after more than 10 years of exile. The plan for it is to get fully restored and partially upgraded if necessary. It will service a small cafe shop we are working on opening soon.
I know the basics of the machine but not much more about it as I couldn't find any user manuals out there. Any suggestions where to find/buy one are highly appreciated. All I managed to find are parts manuals. Fortunately, there are still a lot of spare parts available and the machine is looking quite promising from the inside.
It is already disassembled and I should begin descaling it in the next few days. It came apart really nice, there were only several badly stuck pieces that heat gun and some penetrating fluid broke easily. Nothing like steel and aluminium stuck together - copper is a different thing.
There are few things I completely do not understand and need to know more about.
First of all it has no pump - what should be a good option for this kind of a machine? They told us it's a three-phase machine, what makes it so? Is it the element? If we replace it with 220V (we are in Europe) is it going to work?
I can see both mono-phase and a three-phase cable coming out of the wires box? I'm not really confident with electricity but with extra caution and good advice I can get that done too.
The next thing is the manometer readings - the arrows are crossed at their above maximum values.
The only spot with some green patina is around the bottom of the HX. It looks like a gasket there was leaking.
And finally, before I post some bad pictures of it, I need your help regarding what parts are a must to change and what could possibly be updated without going too far away from what it should be.
We are planning on keeping the original mercury pressostat as long as it's working fine.