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aeroplane
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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 6:58am
Subject: Adventures with a Brasilia Century -- From start to finish...
 

Howdy all! Havent been posting for a long time, but this should be worth it. I am currently tearing my Brasilia Century Cappuccino apart for de-scale and de-gunk, and have a few pictures.

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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 7:02am
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Someday I will learn how to focus...   :)

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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 7:07am
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Yes, I should be flogged for this...

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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 7:10am
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Further apart, more gunk;

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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 7:14am
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Further apart, this it the back of the machine.

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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 7:21am
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Ok, here is the boiler in the sink, along with the heating element, various potrafilter parts, and a bunch of scale. Most of the scale is in the drain, but you can see it. The amount was nowhere as bad as I thought it would be.
The bright copper patch of the boiler is where it touches the group -- the boiler heats the head by convection to keep it hot.
That's it for a while, I am putting it back together right now. (Sunday Morning)

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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 7:41am
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Looks pretty rusty.  Hope you got a good deal.  Is this a weekend challenge?  Michael
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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 8:02am
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mgwolf Said:

Looks pretty rusty.

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Actually, there isn't a speck of rust on it anywhere. That's just coffee/milk/whatever gunk. As for the boiler, it's copper and bronze, so rust really isn't a problem.
I would like to have it back together today, but the shell might not be done, it's getting painted.

--jim
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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 8:59pm
Subject: Re: Weekend project -- Gutting my Brasilia Century -- PICS!
 

SO here are some after pics - if it were any more re-asembled, you wouldn't be able to see much.

Oh, and I did lie about the rust --  there is some, namely the bit on the big clamp that holds the boiler. But that's it!

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Posted Sun Jul 16, 2006, 9:01pm
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You can see in this photo that alot of the stuff that looked like rust cleaned off really well.

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