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10 years 10 months ago #3447 by daniel61
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Hello,

I just found, I kid you not, in the garbage by the curb a Feama Family machine with grinder and base. Which looks just like on picture but older.

Pictures at www.dvdp.ca/feama

Took it apart. Of course it was filthy and disgusting inside. The bottom of the aluminium boiler is cracked. It was half full of lime. The boiler has '94 stamped on it so I figure the machine is from 1994 or the boiler has been replaced in 94 but I doubt that seeing in what bad state it was I figure nobody ever but any TLC on that unit.

My question is: is worth seeking another boiler (perhaps made of brass or steel if possible) and replacing gaskets and a few overheated connectors? All the switches and pump seem to work. The outside looks OK after a quick cleaning, would look great after a major cleaning.

Further more while I am mechanically capable my only work with coffee machines has been to overhaul two Pavonis which are really simple compared to this one. Would I be getting in over my head?

And where I to proceed where would I get the parts??? I know Faema in Montreal but they are very expensive and they hate to see people repair machine themselves. I got the overhaul kit for my second Pavoni on the web for half their price.
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10 years 10 months ago #3448 by Norman_C
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I have a late 70's Faema Family which makes great espresso (much improved since I followed this site's advice and purchased a decent grinder). I think it's got the original brass boiler.

There is a great posting on the renovation and modding of a Faema of your vintage on one of the Australian sites.
coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1130542649/0

I can't speak for the cost of repair parts as I've always gone to Faema Toronto - their latest service was a reasonable price and turnaround.

Good luck, I'd say. Go for it.

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10 years 10 months ago #3450 by daniel61
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Thanks for the info

The cheap aluminium boiler is really holding me back...(what a stupid design idea).If I could get a brass boiler that would fit I would not hesitate but several web searches have not been succesful finfind any info...I will just go to Faema Montreal and see what they have to say.

Also, checking out the link you mentionned, this machine has all copper or reinforced tubing, my garbage queen is all rubber...not so good...

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10 years 10 months ago #3451 by colin
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They were nice machines in the beginning - the aluminum is the hold back...

If you have access to Faema Montreal - by all means let them rebuild it to within its former glory.

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6 years 10 months ago #4692 by SGOUD
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daniel61 wrote: Hello,

I just found, I kid you not, in the garbage by the curb a Feama Family machine with grinder and base. Which looks just like on picture but older.

Pictures at www.dvdp.ca/feama

Took it apart. Of course it was filthy and disgusting inside. The bottom of the aluminium boiler is cracked. It was half full of lime. The boiler has '94 stamped on it so I figure the machine is from 1994 or the boiler has been replaced in 94 but I doubt that seeing in what bad state it was I figure nobody ever but any TLC on that unit.

My question is: is worth seeking another boiler (perhaps made of brass or steel if possible) and replacing gaskets and a few overheated connectors? All the switches and pump seem to work. The outside looks OK after a quick cleaning, would look great after a major cleaning.

Further more while I am mechanically capable my only work with coffee machines has been to overhaul two Pavonis which are really simple compared to this one. Would I be getting in over my head?

And where I to proceed where would I get the parts??? I know Faema in Montreal but they are very expensive and they hate to see people repair machine themselves. I got the overhaul kit for my second Pavoni on the web for half their price.


Hi,

Just this week somebody offered me a Faema probably similar to yours with a base but without a coffee grinder. I don't know if I should buy it!!! Could you tell me what color is yours?

Thanks

Serge

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