Probat L5 Restoration Photos

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Probat L5 Restoration Photos

Postby Keith Gehrke on Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:15 pm

If anyone is interested in checking out photos of our recent completion of a 1986 Probat L5 restoration go to our flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/coava/ .

powder coating by:
E-Tech Powder Coating http://www.e-techpowdercoating.com/

roaster modifications and exhaust design by:
Steve Pardini @ International Roasting Systems
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Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

Postby Kevin Cuddeback on Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:02 pm

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.
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Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

Postby Keith Gehrke on Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:15 am

Kevin,

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.
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Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

Postby Sandy on Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:28 am

beautiful job guys. thank you for sharing!
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Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

Postby Oliver on Wed May 05, 2010 4:15 pm

Wow, really great.

You boys rock
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Re: Probat L5 Restoration Photos

Postby JackieBillings on Wed May 26, 2010 9:32 am

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!
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