ryecarr01 Senior Member Joined: 2 Nov 2011 Posts: 44 Location: north east Expertise: Just starting
Posted Tue Feb 7, 2012, 2:53am Subject: Fracino Little Gem Restoration
Ok so I said I wanted to get more involved with the forum so here goes...
I am currently attempting to restore a Fracino Little Gem. It is a 1 Group machine. It is in a pretty bad way and has been stood idle for a few years however all the basic components looked good(ish) and new parts are readily available here in the UK, directly through Fracino.
The plans for the Little Gem are as follows; 1.Strip back to frame and repair. Needs welding in some areas. 2.Paint frame. 3.Fully descale all pipework, boiler and grouphead. 4.Deep clean and polish of all pipework, boiler and components. 5.Rebuild with new seals and gaskets. 6.Pray it works.
I thought id do a quick test run of the machine before I started on it to see if there was anything obvious that would need attention and this leads me to my first problem.
The machine is a vibratory pump machine, I have never come across one of these before I have only ever had rotarys. It has a water resovoir built in that feeds the machine.
Upon initial startup I filled the resevoir, then turned it on. I can see the relay making contact for a half a second, the same amount of time that the pump comes on but then nothing. It will do this each time I switch on. will run for about half a second. Sometimes not at all but most of the time half a second, never anymore. I have had the pump off and ran it with a direct feed and it seems to pump fine (although not very powerful, im guessing this is normal)
Does anybody have any ideas what will be causing this?
Also does anyone know how I post multiple pictures in the thread so that I can share the machines progress with you.
Hasbeano Senior Member Joined: 21 Apr 2012 Posts: 6 Location: Universal Expertise: Just starting
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Posted Tue May 15, 2012, 4:52am Subject: Re: Fracino Little Gem Restoration
Hi Ryan...where are you in the UK?
nice machine...did you solve the issues?
I was going to buy one cheap until I realised it was the Bambino1 ...the Little Gem and Bambino 1 look so alike in design, but the Bambino1 requires mains supply unlike the other....what price did you pay?
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