After only 6 years of messing around, getting new parts, trying to figure out wiring, etc., my Rancilio Z9 two group head lever espresso machine works! it isn’t quite ready for public shots; I need a cart and more to take it anywhere out of my basement. And it’s a little finicky; I have to experiment to figure out how to make better coffee than I’m getting right now. But these old lever machines can make great espresso.
Rock on Rancilio!
Here are some pics from before I started the rebuild. At right, lime scale–about 5 pounds of it–in the boiler, from using unsoftened water. How the machine worked at all with that junk in the boiler, I’ll never know. And finally, at lower left, a clean maching.