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crazy4espresso
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Posted Wed Jan 13, 2010, 11:47am
Subject: La Pavoni Europiccola Restoration.  Pics. Early machine example.
 

]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]This is my first attempt at a restoration of an espresso machine.  When I originally purchased the machine, my intention was to just simply use it as it was, seeing as there was no evidence of any leaks and the heater element seemed to work fine.  However it was recommended to me that I at least change the piston gaskets, to ensure that I would be able to properly brew/pull an espresso shot.  During the tear down, and upon inspection of all gaskets, I determined that they all needed changing, and with that the project began.  I'm sorry that the first pic was taken after the tear down began, and so I will attempt to document each step which occurred since inception.
 The first pics show the machine with the piston, lever, and element already removed.
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 Here is the view from underneath.  As you can see, this particular machine has the screw on type brass/copper element which is a real pain to remove!!  It took a bit of penetrating fluid, a strap wrench, and a few cuss words to remove, but it finally came off. I believe this machine to be from the early 70's or perhaps 60's, judging by the two position switch, element, and early style boiler cap (same as the Co-fer machines).
Take note of that heavy duty brass retaining ring.  It was by far the hardest piece to remove and took a hammer and screwdriver (not best method I know) to do it.
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Base on it's own:
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 Now some pics of the inside of the boiler and group.  The boiler had quite a bit of scale but an overnight soak in citric acid solution (Dezcal) brought the nice copper colour out.
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Now here is the element, which was completely covered in scale, which had turned quite dark and was coming off in chunks even.  Not something you want in your espresso! These pics show the element after cleaning and shows one pic of the outer brass condition before I went to work on it.

Before:
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After:
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Element, after:
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Now here is a pic of the steam valve, early style boiler cap, some gaskets, brass piston with new seals already installed, new portafilter basket, and original screen.
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Now the boiler after a first clean (still not done though), for which I quite pleased with the results so far:
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I'm now waiting on some more new gaskets/seals, courtesy of orphanespresso, as well as having the base professionally powdercoated in grey.
The only thing I'm not touching is the sight glass.  I figure it doesn't leak, so I'm not going to risk breaking it.  I'll keep posting with updates.
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Posted Fri Feb 12, 2010, 11:25am
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Europiccola Restoration.  Pics. Early machine example.
 

]]]]I just finished up the restoration.  Here are some pics.  Now I have to learn how to use this beautiful machine.  I'll be more than happy to answer any questions to those attempting to restore a La Pavoni lever. Cheers!

Base after powdercoating:

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Completed machine:

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Another angle:

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Next to Silvia!!

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Posted Fri Feb 12, 2010, 2:32pm
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You are to be commended on a job well done.  I have the same exact vintage pavoni, except Euro voltage of 220.

Len

 
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Posted Fri Feb 12, 2010, 4:54pm
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Europiccola Restoration.  Pics. Early machine example.
 

CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

You are to be commended on a job well done.  I have the same exact vintage pavoni, except Euro voltage of 220.

Len

Posted February 12, 2010 link

Thank you! Would you place this model in the early to mid 60's, or was this a later machine?
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Posted Fri Feb 12, 2010, 7:11pm
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Europiccola Restoration.  Pics. Early machine example.
 

Based on the drip tray design and the two-position switch, it seems likely to be a 1960s machine. Based on what I have seen (mostly at Dr Pavoni's site), they changed the drip tray design and the switch in the 70s.
http://pavoniexpress.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=3

 
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Posted Fri Feb 12, 2010, 7:42pm
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crazy4espresso Said:

Thank you! Would you place this model in the early to mid 60's, or was this a later machine?

Posted February 12, 2010 link

60's, just like mine.  Yours even has the same type switch as mine (that being a standard old toggle").

Len

 
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Posted Sat Feb 13, 2010, 8:23pm
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Europiccola Restoration.  Pics. Early machine example.
 

cool thread !

I am about to start a full restoration on a similar vintage Europiccola, but yours has much better chrome

there is a really thorough website that outlines dating info and model changes to La Pavonis throughout the years here:
http://www.francescoceccarelli.eu/index.htm

i'm not sure if the site's always consistent or clear, but your machine looks like a late 60s or early 70s machine to me..
it has the removable dispersion screen, stainless cup tray with round holes, and later style portafilter among other things..
maybe check the serial number ?

compare these two pages:
1967 machine
1970 machine
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Posted Sat Feb 13, 2010, 9:07pm
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Europiccola Restoration.  Pics. Early machine example.
 

Thanks for the link! I bought the drip tray new because the original was missing so can't really go by that, but judging by the numbers on the group, B6497 (though not mentioned on the site), it would seem it's from the early 70's? It appears that the B series started in 1970?  My portafilter seems to be from that era, though it may not be original to the machine either.
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Posted Sat Jun 26, 2010, 6:23am
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I apologize if this is not the proper place to post this question. I am new to this forum. But, has anyone ever fit a pressure guage on a europiccola? Is it possible?
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Posted Fri Jul 9, 2010, 12:14am
Subject: Re: La Pavoni Europiccola Restoration.  Pics. Early machine example.
 

Hi all,
i'm a new member and i'm from italy.
I've an europiccola of the same kind, i think it's from the end of the '60 firs '70 like you said.

Now i want to restore, but the first problem is:

how to unmount the base element?
i think it's impossible without the original tool, but i'm wrong....

i'm sorry for my terrible english, but this is a way to practice it, thank you for all the possible correction...
:)
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