La Cimbali Junior/R - Restoration

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

#1: Post by Black-Wolf »

Hi all,

I've gotten this machine locally for 250€. Haven't opened it yet, she was forgotten for at least 6 years in a garage. Besides some minor visible rust, spider webs and the missing knobs the lights turn on when plugged.

The restoration that some of you guys in the forum have made on similar machines are amazing. I hope to be able to do the respectful honors you deserve for the knowledge shared.It seems that most of the models there are D/1. Are there any significative differences to this R version?

Is there a list of all the gaskets I should start to buy to replace the dried ones?

Here's the pics:


#2: Post by AllenBW »

Off the bat, grouphead gasket for sure, checkout the gasket on the heating element, if your lucky its teflon n awesome n not need in replacement... oh yeah and then the one that goes inbetween the hx and the boiler... hopefully that holds water, HOW EXCITING! i remember my first Cimbali Junior, yer in for ah lotta rewarding fun, send pictures of the brain box! (that thing under the drip tray)

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Black-Wolf (original poster)

#3: Post by Black-Wolf (original poster) »

Today I had some time to start working on it. Just to clean and do a checkup.

Everything looks good on the "brainbox"

Here's the group head with the desintegrated gasket with and without the shower screen. The hex screws on the group are stuck I was unable to remove them gently.

Now for the spider's hotel and the heating blanket

The tubes of the reservoir also seem alright but I think I should replace them.

The heating element and the boiler (there was some water inside)

Even though I haven't plugged it in yet I feel rather confident that I will be able to make it work. No big concentrations of scale in sight :)

List of parts as of now:
  • Group head gasket
  • Heating element gasket
  • The water dispenser on the front
  • Heating blanket for the boiler
  • Blank basket
Anyone recommend a good european shop where I can get these parts?

Black-Wolf (original poster)

#4: Post by Black-Wolf (original poster) »

So I got back from my vacations and started working on the machine again.

Here's some more pics:

The group head is kinda of disgusting

And the boiler after removing the destroyed heat blanket:

Any recommendations about the best material to replace the old blanket?
Also found this site from Netherlands that sells replacement parts . Is it a safe site?
Sorry for all my questions but I am kinda of a newbie on doing this type of work.

Thank you for reading me :)


#5: Post by Sander1981 »

Congrats on the find, and look luck restoring it!
Also found this site from Netherlands that sells replacement parts . Is it a safe site?
I have ordered from them multiple times, as they have some hard-to-find gaskets, and I would again.

Kind regards,