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Gaggia Tell 2 Group and Reserve Rebuild
As a new fan of levers I'm loving my L1 and have greatly enjoyed the various lever restoration threads. This brute appeared on ebay last week and I decided why not.
This machine was in use in a commercial environment up to about 10 years ago. Picked it up this morning and I am currently in the process of pulling it to bits. Interesting observations so far. It appears to be in a relatively good condition. The groups came off easily and it appears the boiler and element bolts shouldn't be a problem. Only one of the levers has free movement. Bearings appear sloppy and double gaskets have been used between the boiler and the groups. I may be missing the wobbler weight but I don't know enough about these yet. The mercury switch appears to be in a good clean condition. I do need a replacement steam wand and also a sight glass cover.
At this stage my plans are to sandblast and powder coat the frame and body panels. brush finish on the stainless and rebuild and rechrome the groups. Not sure if I will clean up the reserve group yet. If I can get another lever group then I would prefer to make it a three group.
Not sure what I will do with the machine when its complete. Its way too large to replace the L1 in the house. Also apparently it needs 32Amps. I may replace the elements so I can run it off 15 or 20 amps.
More photos and info to follow.