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amb
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Posted Wed Oct 27, 2010, 11:38am
Subject: Parts for *Old* Gaggia Coffee?  (Or, paying the wages of sin...)
 

My trusty old Gaggia Coffee (the original, with solenoid, front steaming knob, etc.) is in need of a few small bits, and I can't even find an exploded parts diagram out there!

Anyone got a pointer, or otherwise any maintenance resources for these?  I'm assuming at this point that if I wanted, say, a new boiler (which is a different unit than any of the new Gaggias) I'm out of luck, but for instance I'm pretty sure that the new thermostat I need is the same DM1168 that all the other machines use, the boiler gasket is just a high-quality O-ring, the group gasket is generic, etc., and it seems weird that nobody has a page that says "here are the parts that we can still sell you for your old Gaggia Coffee."

Of course, what I'd really like is a whole new body, since the horizontal deck that the boiler sits on is getting fairly badly rotted with rust, but I don't for a second expect to find one.  (Perhaps I'll fabricate one?)

Finally, below is a pic of what you can look forward to if you're insufficiently diligent about descaling.  (Or, possibly, if you just run a Gaggia long enough.)  Links to more pics (externally hosted since there's a one-attachment limit) are above that:

link to pic of boiler
link to pick of pump and the remains of its mount

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Posted Wed Oct 27, 2010, 11:47am
Subject: Re: Parts for *Old* Gaggia Coffee?  (Or, paying the wages of sin...)
 

One more pic: here's the inside view of (what's left of) the horizontal surface inside of the machine.  This is viewed from the back of the machine, looking down and towards the front.  Yes, the flanges that hold the pump are completely rusted off, and there are several holes all the way through between there and the group.

The funny thing is that the rust was basically invisible until I had it apart, but now that I've seen it I feel compelled to fix it.  Also, aside from needing a good cleaning (and me being an idiot and breaking off the brew thermostat yesterday), the innards work perfectly.  Gaggia has built some fine machines.

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Posted Wed Oct 27, 2010, 12:55pm
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some projekt:) have you tried the gaggia google grup?
it might be wort a try
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Posted Wed Oct 27, 2010, 1:11pm
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Yep...Yahoo/Groups/Gaggia

Advice, tips, schematics, links to suppliers free to any Gaggia owner that joins.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 28, 2010, 1:54am
Subject: Re: Parts for *Old* Gaggia Coffee?  (Or, paying the wages of sin...)
 

amb Said:

My trusty old Gaggia Coffee (the original, with solenoid, front steaming knob, etc.) is in need of a few small bits, and I can't even find an exploded parts diagram out there!

Posted October 27, 2010 link

Did you look at the Parts Guru page?
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Posted Thu Oct 28, 2010, 6:36pm
Subject: Re: Parts for *Old* Gaggia Coffee?  (Or, paying the wages of sin...)
 

This old machine has parts that are no longer available anywhere, and some parts are available, but only from Electra-Craft.  The best source of info and used parts is the one mentioned above -- Yahoo!Groups/Gaggia.  I'm a member, but I generally sleep through all the chatter until someone mentions the OWC (Old White Coffee).  I have 2.5 of them myself.

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Posted Thu Oct 28, 2010, 7:58pm
Subject: Re: Parts for *Old* Gaggia Coffee?  (Or, paying the wages of sin...)
 

Thanks for the multiple recommendations of the Yahoo group; I'm just filling out the joining page now.  Also for the Electra-Craft pointer, which is the only outfit that appears to have the old blue gaskets on hand.  (They're also a few bucks cheaper than everybody else on the thermostat.)

I did also look at the Parts Guru page.  I've actually spent quite a bit of time looking at the parts lists for the newer machines trying to figure out which ones they share, but that "1970 Coffee Gaggia" schematic is something I never found.  (Their main Gaggia page has a picture of it, but there's no link and it's just tagged "Information only".

Thanks again, one and all!  Looks like I'm going ahead with the sheet metal work as well; I'll add pics of that when done.
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Posted Sat Dec 18, 2010, 9:55am
Subject: Re: Parts for *Old* Gaggia Coffee?  (Or, paying the wages of sin...)
 

It's been a few months - so you probably don't still need the info - but I have been working on one of these and can help you with the wiring if you still need it.

I'm very impressed with the steaming compared to the newer Gaggias - the wand doesn't swivel but it is a standard type steam nozzle instead of the froth aid that the newer ones have and the old style boiler really puts out plenty of dry steam.   The pump is noisier than the newer ones though.

There aren't many parts that are interchangable with the newer models.  The drip tray, the backflush tube to driptray, the water reservoir and the top cover with the fill funnel are about it - everything else is different - oh yeah, the new thermostats and thermal fuse will fit and "maybe" the switches.    --  and new portafilter, filter baskets and shower screen will fit.  can't think of anything else.
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Posted Tue Dec 28, 2010, 4:25pm
Subject: Re: Parts for *Old* Gaggia Coffee?  (Or, paying the wages of sin...)
 

Hi amb,

Have you found your parts yet?  I live in Seattle and have dealt with, http://espressorepair.com/ for years.  William is a great guy and does loads of repiars on Gaggia's. He can even sell you good used parts as well.  My Dandy needed a new boiler so I bought a used one in good shape, as well as a new plastic body, pump, AC terminal block, etc.  He can give you any advice you need. I have also sent you an email.
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