25 Feb '12, 3pm

Paul Pratts's restoration is wrapping up. Brightwork is back, assembly is next. Truly epic read for wannbe DIYers:

Paul Pratts's restoration is wrapping up. Brightwork is back, assembly is next. Truly epic read for wannbe DIYers:

This should more or less bring me up to date. I am basically still on a fact finding mission to determine what parts I need to order. In particular I need to have a look at the group, the boiler end plate and the heating element gasket. The steam valves are fairly standard so I think I should have stock for those on hand anyway. The group spring assembly basically unscrews from the main group body once you loosen the 2 set screws (aka grub screws). It was a bit stuck but came away in the end. And here we are peering down the group body. I had a real struggle to get the group off of the boiler. It should have been a case of undoing the 4 nuts that hold it to the boiler flange but even after removing them it was really stuck. I tried heating it, using a rubber mallet etc..and it still would not budge. I assumed the 40 year old gasket was glueing it all together. Paul in NZ r...

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