Rebuilding a Single Group Astoria Lever

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bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:02 am

Bought a used Astoria single-group lever machine on eBay for $130, plus $86 shipping. Here is the photo of the machine from the ebay listing:
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I'm using that photo because I didn't think to start taking my own photos until I was several steps into disassembling it. More pics to follow...

bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:05 am

A pic of the front of the machine:

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and another, just as overexposed:

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I just love the curves on that group. Weighed it after taking it off completely; it weighs 12 pounds.

bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:07 am

Left side:

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bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:08 am

Right Side:

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bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:09 am

Top view:
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bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:11 am

Sight glass:
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Incidentally, I cracked it while removing it. Not that I was surprised by this turn of events. I'll order 2 replacements, so I can crack the first one of those also.

bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:14 am

Dispersion screen. Out of focus because I shot this while the group was still attached to the frame, and I didn't have much room for the camera:

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note the little light bulb hanging limply to the right.

bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:19 am

Boiler end:
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Several items of note:
1) I'm guessing that the element was manufactured in March of 1995, due to the final "03/95" on the stamp.
2) Check out the polka dots on the wire sheaths. Not sure what it is, but pretty sure I'll be replacing the wires.
3) Plenty of scale and copper corrosion to work on...

bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:21 am

Heating element. Came out pretty easily, actually:
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bushnell_a

Postby bushnell_a » Apr 10, 2006, 1:22 am

Element hole:
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