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RedShoeRider
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 7:38am
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Good Morning, All:

A bit of a lurker here, but now, I lurk no more.

Iím pretty green when it comes to espresso. I have a crappy Krups machine and was looking to upgrade to something a bit more solid. Solid I ended up withÖthe damn thing weighs almost 100 pounds! That  ďthingĒ is a Formula machine, made in 1994 (if Iím reading the data plate right). I did a little bit of digging on Google and on here and have found relatively little information about it. It seems that it became the Wega MiniNova at some point in the past.

Itís been sitting dry for about a year, so I know it needs a really good cleaning inside and out. General condition is good, though! Itís a 110V unit, so at least I donít have to run in 220 for it. Do still have to do the water lines, though. Any specific suggestions for cleaning it?

So, my question: does anyone have a manual (technical/repair or otherwise), or is the unit sufficiently identical to the MiniNova that I can use its manuals? And, well, any tricks/tips to this particular unit? I realize that itís a pretty straightforward machine, as it has no electronic controls or programming. Canít wait to get it up and running!

Thanks a lot!
-Red.

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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 7:39am
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The data plate:

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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 8:54am
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Grats on your buy! I am sure it is a rebadged machine.  It looks awesome in spite of the dust.  Do your research and if you can't find info here is some advice.

Take lots of photos while you take it apart to put it back together again. Put all the parts in a fishing tackle type slotted box and label where it came from on each slot.  Take your time and make sure you have metric tools and don't be afraid to tap hard to break nuts but support the part with another wrench because brass and copper bend easy.  Get food safe lube and pipe sealant. You should probably insulate the boiler while you are in there.  You will probably need o rings and gaskets but I can't tell you the sizes needed.  Look at my photo story in my sig file link to see what we did just to get an idea of what it entails.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:03am
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Ah, a rebrand. I didn't think of that, but yeah, that does make a lot of sense. At least the manuals and parts for the MiniNova are pretty easy to get. I'll post new pictures when I get it cleaned, or at least de-dusted!
It seems like it has the rather-well-spoken of e61-type group head, and everything is just made *heavy*. Makes the Sylvia I was looking at feel like a paperweight. Of course, the Sylvia is half the size, too.

Thanks for the advice on rebuilding it! Though you may have said it in your linked page, what would you insulate a boiler with?
-Red
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:07am
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Actually check out any documentation related to the Wega Airy.  The Formula looks a lot more like an Airy than a Mininova.
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