Two projects currently in progress in our workshop.
One photo shows mystery machine No1 at first look inside before starting any work. Machine has some "nice" (and I believe quite acceptable if an older machine is to be placed back into service) mods under the bonnet where they cant be seen and therefore dont infringe on the original look. This one wont be "rechromed" or "newified", its condition is good enough that cosmetically it only requires a clean up and will look great in virtually as original form. The condition is as it was pulled from a fully working cafe environment about 8 years ago.
The second photo shows some "bare bones" work we have done to mystery machine No2 which is in "bottom of the harbour" condition. The brass bits are leaning on the machine's boiler, the over pressure valve is also lying there. The rest of the machine is all over the workshop in various stages of repair, and the body will need to be rechromed (unfortunately). I prefer good original if old condition, to "I restored it to within a millimeter of it looking as if it came off the production line this morning" condition, because the kind of finish you can end up with today is far superior to the original new look and can just make them look too new.....destroying the old world charm.
Dont take any notice of the rubbish pods at the back of the photo. A client supplied them for testing purposes of their notgoingtomentionthename pod machine that was brought in for repair work. It's income, and we dont turn hard earned away...