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Probat L5 Restoration Photos

PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:15 pm
by Keith Gehrke
If anyone is interested in checking out photos of our recent completion of a 1986 Probat L5 restoration go to our flickr page .

powder coating by:
E-Tech Powder Coating

roaster modifications and exhaust design by:
Steve Pardini @ International Roasting Systems

Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:02 pm
by Kevin Cuddeback
It looks great. What did you find to be the most difficult part of the project? Anything you'd do differently next time? 'Just curious.

Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:15 am
by Keith Gehrke

Hard parts were:

-Finding the right roaster to buy and restore = These roasters are sometimes hard to find especially if you only have ebay and craigslist as your only resource. I was tipped off about this one by a friend in the coffee industry. (Thanks Isaac!)
-Deciding how much money to spend = What is the value of a used roaster? How bad do you want the roaster?
-Deciding what modifications to do and how many = I didn't go too crazy on this. Some small changes were made that would go unnoticed, like changes to grease points and the addition of one. Also some added bracing and adjustment guides.
-Choosing a color = I saved money by using colors that are always in stock or leftover from another job.
-Moving the roaster = I got nervous on shipping so we drove it in a rented U-Haul ourselves.

I did the easy part of taking the roaster apart. The rest I left to the professionals. I think that made my life a whole lot easier and the roaster came out that much better.

Learning how the roaster works by taking it down to the very last nut and bolt was the best part of the project.

Looking forward to the first roast. We are still in the process of hooking up the exhaust system.

What would I do differently:

First make the roaster function exactly how you want it to. Then you can talk about painting it.

Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:28 am
by Sandy
beautiful job guys. thank you for sharing!

Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:15 pm
by Oliver
Wow, really great.

You boys rock

Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 9:32 am
by JackieBillings
Beautiful Restoration! I'm so glad that you guys found the L5 of your dreams. I agree that it's a great thing to know your roaster down to every nut and bolt.

Good luck with your opening!