|Year of production : September 1969
Country of Origin : Italy
Country where it was purchased : Italy
Serial Number : 4058
Power : 1000W
Closed boiler, Piston actuated by spring
Dimension of the tamper: : 58mm
1 double filter
|Translated by Enzo|
|This machine was the
result of a double opportunity that was presented to me, that is to say
that it was purchased at the same time than the Bruni. An opportunity
that I won’t have again in a while.
Moreover, to make Bruni and Kim travel head-to-foot …, I think that we are not that much who have been able to make them do that… Hum, well…
If purchasing the Bruni was more linked to an esthetic / passion impulse that I couldn’t contain, the purchase of the Kim was more out of curiosity, regarding its intriguing architecture. I wasn’t deceived.
|A bit dirty, hat damaged.
|The accessories, on the other side…
|The disassembly can start … for a first cleaning
spring was disassembled from the top, which means that I had to take
off all the lever/spring part by unscrewing the four nuts.
Italian socket and here we can’t see it, but the switch is just soooo huge!
|Inside, the spring compartment
with on the bottom the holes for water admission.
|The crazy fastener, very pressure
|The piston of the Kim (left) close to the one of the Bruni.|
|A little trip on the inside just to check that the basic electrical wiring is clean.|
|The gaskets seemed in good shape. Vintage and serial numbers as well are well readable, unlike many other machines.|
knew that the restoration wasn’t completed yet, but I had
succeeded in getting a first decent shot with it and laziness being
what it is, I decided that I would finish its restoration later
on… but at my second attempt to make a coffee, I had to face
boiling water coming up from the top where the lever pin is. So I
disassembled it to check the gaskets and that’s when I realized
that the nuts from the lever/spring group were screwing into space!
Ouch ouch ouch! Thread pitch was dead…
Pronto Armand? Huuuuuum, I have a new machine and… Well he just came, did reshape the threads, used bigger bolts to fix it and as it wasn’t enough, reshaped the small dent on the cover hat.
|… I should really buy him a coffee
one of these days…
I ordered the gaskets on the other side of the Atlantic and while waiting I polished it.
An other machine that leaves me amazed by its crazy esthetics and by the unique and exceptional quality
of the shots that I can pull out of it!
Finally I got the gaskets and now I can perfectly remove the spring/piston from the underneath. The tension is not that much and it allows leaving the screws quietly on their aluminum base. The reassembling is a tad harder, but I think it is the best solution.
I didn't have to wait long before I got the first shot and the result was awsome ! Woooou! And then the second shot was just as "woooooou" as the first =) and the third one, and all the following shots! I entered in a world of woooouu (amazing) shots.
This kim really deserves the 9 and 1/2 (out of 10) that she got a few years ago (somehow to me, she is just as wonderful as the other Kim ... the one from the movies =).