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  1. Well not exactly a big welcome back to the gold but the Monster did not disappoint! My first trip back out since my knee injury and 2 hours was enough. Oh ... Almost forgot ... the nugget was a whopping 0.24 grains! LOL! Paid for the gas to get out of the driveway but that is about it! Bigger and better next time!
    6 points
  2. I bought a 1969 FJ-40 about 20 years ago. I restored it and gave it to my son. A few years later he traded me for a 1976 that I had. I sold the '69 for $23k. I paid $3500 for it. I had a couple of the FJ-55 Iron Pigs. They ran excellent but the rust had completely destroyed them. I sold them for $6000 each. I have owned seven Toyota FJ series LandCruisers. I have sold every one for much more than I paid for them. They are super solid and easy to work on. My old standby has been my favorite ride for 36 years. It is a 1976. It has over 650,000 miles on it and runs like a top. I take it out all the time. There is almost nothing it won't do. I'm going to restore it again this fall. I completely restored it 25 years ago. Took it off the frame and replaced every moving part. Since then I have bounced it off of every rock in New Mexico. It has outlasted two new pickups and a couple Jeeps. When the forces of nature have weathered the mountains to dust I will drive my Landcruiser in the flats.
    4 points
  3. Ok there are a lot of wierd comments in this big ol write up! If you are running discrimination while you are hunting nuggets, i want to follow you with my " Cutting edge, overpriced" GPX5000 or my even my GoldBug2. Like most great detector prospectors on here, i have found nuggets that one detector will find and the other will not! And vise versa! Everyone here knows thats why, if you can afford it, then you own at least 2 different styles of detector, a PI and a VLF. And to be honest with you, if my detector wasn't picking up the tiniest of fly dookie sized metal, i would be worried!! All detectors pick up METAL TRASH. There is no getting around it! For one it keeps me from getting bored and for two, you know if you are banging the tiny metal trash, you know there is still a nugget there in that patch. Its been proven. As far as the benches in California being "too deep", i have friends over there that are banging nuggets on the benches every weekend with all sorts of different machines. Anything from the old GP Extreme all the way up to the 7000. And everything in between!!! And for the sake of saving the question being asked on the detectors i have, i run a GoldBug2, GPX5000 and a Equinox. Every detector i have has a purpose on different gold!
    4 points
  4. Ive always liked the FJ but not practical for me instead I have a 2nd gen 4 door Tacoma Trd sport-its always gotton me from point A to point B with no issues at all very dependable (knock on wood) and they hold their value quite well-Max enjoy your new toy PS- Forgot to add-Max your going to have to rename your FJ-seems Pepe La Pew has been deemed in the same category as Dr Seuss amd Mr Potato head
    3 points
  5. I've been detecting since I got out of the Army in 1976. I know a little bit about detecting gold in Arizona, and I know enough about Bill Southern, to listen when he speaks. If Bill says the new 6000 is his go to machine for nuggets, then 'nuff said.
    3 points
  6. Everything is stock. I have a Holley 2bbl. Carb, headers and a bit larger valves in ported heads but otherwise it is all factory. It's snappy. Off road it will really sling the dirt. It will pull 36" of snow with the tires all chained up. So it has enough power to do whatever you need off road. It will go 80-85 down the highway but it is foolish. I never drive it over about 60 mph. and that is pushing things. But it will accelerate as fast as you can shift through the gears. The Chevy V8 conversions are popular. So is the Buick V-6. I have always ran the stock 2F engine in all mine. The old 69 was an "F" engine that only made 100 h.p. but it still roared down the road pretty good. Mine is probably cranking out 135 h.p. with a pantload of torque. Honestly... I drive a 1998 Jeep Cherokee with a 4.0 litre 6 cyl. and auto trans. It is a MUCH better 4WD than the Land cruiser. But it isn't nearly as cool. It climbs better, is faster, gets better mileage and is INFINITELY more comfortable than the FJ-40. Safer too. But the old loyal Toyota has always been my favorite ride
    2 points
  7. Slowly getting restarted into prospecting. Started with a cherry 2010 FJ Cruiser that was a daily driver and had never been off-roaded ( until me ). Had it checked out by my favorite mechanic who is an old Toyota man and he said it needed nothing , no codes no defects , just the factory recall for airbags most have. I have had an still have a Sienna Van , one of which I used in my former business escorting oversize trucks nationwide + Canada accumulating over 600 K miles and was going strong when I sold it to another escort business in 2008 having went through many tires and windshields and one timing belt. I have had two Tacoma,s , both I used in Baja when I lived there for 15 years off and on. Sold the first one to a guy who wanted it bad , brush marks and all from off-roading all over Baja Gold Prospecting and following the Baja 1000 races. Missed it so much went and bought a brand new one, never had a problem with either other than tearing off the rear bumpers. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a more serious off road vehicle , I have tested it locally and it will go places and do things I won't attempt. It has an inclinometer built in and I have already accidently got it to the point that if you stuck your arm and hand out the window you could feel it was at the balance point. It came with full time 2 or 4 wheel drive , rear locker, high and low 4wd, Rear camera , Sonar Backup alarms, ARM ?, tow hitch, socket wired and ready, ABS ? , Smittybilt 10000 LB winch in a Warn bumper, roof rack , TRD alloy wheels w/ BFG Baja specials on 265/16/LTs, AC 400 watts, Subwoofer, Am/FM/Tape/Sat./48" LED light bar. I changed the 3/8 " steel cable on the winch to 100 " of synthetic rope with twice the breaking strength of the steel and it has no stored kinetic energy. My first good deed with it was to winch a Razor 100 back up to the road after it had skidded off into a canyon and overturned. That man had his helmet on and the Razor had its spare mounted on top of a good roll bar or it would have been a body recovery. I am ready to move boulders! Anybody on the Forum have one ? I see 3 of them around Wickenburg but have not been able to meet them yet , one is Tan , One is Yellow, One is blue, mine is black w/white top , Daughter named it "Pepe La Pew' Thoughts , remarks ? Max Gilaoro2 ,
    2 points
  8. Looks like GOTAU finally got a GOOD prospecting rig ! Anyone who reads this forum knows my history with Toyota's and Samurais and Geo Trackers and yes Killer jeeps! Maybe I didn't post the story about my jeep? When I still lived in Morristown I acquired a little jeep, don't even know the specs but it was old and had the single front seat and small bed , no top. I still had the group of claims including "Fault Intersect" which the west edge bordered the old stage road and has a nice wash the full length. Testing it out I found a stretch down off the road and in a deep drop spot . I drove the jeep down the hill and parked with the front wheels on the edge of the wash since I was using my self built copy of a Beck Drywasher with a 12 volt motor it was convenient too use the Jeep battery. About the second day still by myself I was in the gold from deep cracks in the bottom of the wash after getting all the other stuff out of the way my Vac would get most of the deep cracks and a little hammer and bar work would open them to the rest, all pickers and a couple of near gram size , I was feeling good! Working just about head high to the bumper with 2- 12 volt clip on wires to power the stuff I felt I did not have a good connection to the dry washer so reaching up I wiggled the wires to the battery and they jumped off and and instantly shorted something the engine started and here came the Jeep down into the wash with me ! If you have ever had the feeling that you are going to die and alone at that you know what went through my mind! The only thing that saved me was that I had the full length off the dry washer between me and the jeep and was facing it. I pushed back as hard as I could and as it came down and forward it tilted on to the dry washer raising me a little bit up the other wall. The jeep had a tendency to flood and it died just as the 4 wheel drive as starting to dig in the front. I was able to wiggle up and out off behind my dry washer which was folded in half! This was the second time one of my 4X4"s tried to run over me! If you have any ideal of how hard it was to find and assemble a BECK from his original parts and wood you would cry with me. Charlie Salwasser in Randsburg had bought Beck's building and a all the parts and let me use his shop and built it , the bearings were WW-2 surplus aircraft , the wood was solid Maple from old bowling alleys , they were Hand cranked but I put a gasoline motor on mine on my later copys I put 12 volts. The original I had assembled right from Becks shop and used his original red paint on it . I later succumbed to an offer from two guys at Stanton for 4 brand new Mine Labs in the boxes unopened. regret it every since! I have made several copies but the originals sell for many peso's. Max
    2 points
  9. Those are great vehicles, I really thought about getting one as I love the FJ series, especially the classic FJ40’s. I opted for a truck though for camping and hauling more gear and bought a Tacoma instead. I really like it, but get sad when I see a nicely equipped FJ Cruiser or an older one go by. It’s too bad they stopped making those, Toyota now puts in a 4-wheel independent anti-slip system in their 4x4’s they call “crawl control” that is unbelievable how well it works for improving traction on slippery climbs and descents, and in soft sand and mud, having that as a backup to its good old fashioned stock rear lockers and limited slip differential is nice. Still, that FJ has a place in my heart for sure! Congratulations on finding a nice one Max! -Anthony
    2 points
  10. Here’s a few little guys to look at. The ones on the coil were found in an old patch with the 6000 was surprised because I had worked it with a gm 1000,gpx 5000 and a gpz 7000 . Was very happy with the 6000 did pretty good for its first time out. Now all’s I need is an extra battery and my cover to get in from docs. stephen,
    2 points
  11. Hello All, I have now owned a Minelab GPX 6000 for about 3 weeks or so and my opinion on this light weight PI detector is I think it is another game changer from Minelab, but then we are used to that. I am literally pulling nuggets out of flogged patches as well as hitting some in new areas (to me anyway) It is just fun to be able to get out and expect to score instead of hoping to score. See my videos at Nugget Shooter Journals section here at the forum or YouTube to see it as I learned to use it as well as my finds. Yep all the older and other gold detectors out there will still find gold, but this one my friends is simply amazing. It takes a little patience when first learning to keep it stable, but like any other PI the right combination of sensitivity and ground settings make it purr like a kitten. Yep the price is 6000, but the detector does what Minelab says and that makes it worth it to me and many others buying this "new deeper beeper" to quote a friend. Feel free to ask any questions about it in this thread, yeah I am a dealer so some say my opinion does not count, so ask the folks that have bought one and they will tell you the same. This is now my go to detector when I am gold nugget hunting and it still blows me away that I can hear tiny pickers like the Gold Monster, but deeper and also hear large stuff at the same or better depth that one would expect from a Pulse Induction detector. The best part is way less hot rocks are heard with this detector than previous PI detectors I have owned. Simply my honest opinion dealer or not, this new GPX 6000 is a serious game changer for those serious about nugget shooting and after all it is cheaper than a bass boat Oh and I currently have some in stock (Thursday) with no waiting time, 623-910-0345
    1 point
  12. This is a fundraiser authorized by Bill for the Nuggetshooter website. I am the only one responsible for the sale, neither Bill nor the website have anything to do with it. $60 to start bid, auction ends August 15th at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). Your entire payment goes to the website in your name. The standard suggested subscription to the website is $40 per year, so please be generous as you’re getting a lot of prospecting references here! Also, all those awful advertisements are gone now from the website and it costs money to keep it up as a result, so Bill will be needing more memberships to cover it. The winner must send me their contact info to arrange for payment details. I will pay for shipping the magazines to the winner by USPS media mail after the donation payment clears. Thanks! This auction includes all of these 48 issues. They are all in very good condition. Please note, only the 2021 issues were from a subscription and have the mailing label on them, all of the other issues were purchased off the bookstore shelf and have no labels on them: 2013 Volume 82, Numbers 10, 11, 12 2013-2014 Volume 83, Numbers 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 2014-2015 Volume 84, Numbers 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 2015-2016 Volume 85, Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 2016-2017 Volume 86, Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12 2017 Volume 87, Numbers 3, 8, 9, 2018 Volume 88, Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 2020 Volume 89, Number 5, 6 2021 Volume 90, Numbers 5, 7, 9, 10, 11
    1 point
  13. He’s fairly new to relic hunting, but Robertson says it’s been just as fun as duck hunting.
    1 point
  14. Tractor Supply here in Wickenburg sells them like hot cakes and buyers are old guys too not kids , they will get you there but I had an aversion to helmets. I had the folding handle bar Honda and the bumper carrier for a while when I was full time RVing ,liked my old floppy aussie hat better than a helmet. About the third time for stitches the wife threw a fit so sold it for more that I paid for it but but it didn't cover the Dr Bills , one day a bumble bee flew up the sleeve of the short sleeve shirt I was wearing and got me in the armpit I was on a paved forest road, spectacular crash witnesses told me. In my younger days I owned a 1943 Harley Army MC I converted it to the 4 speed transmission , I also had a 1938 Indian Chief, would give pretty penny for them now. No more two or 3 wheelers for me! Now I have a pride wheeler electric wheelchair and a new "Zinger" electric scooter , 40 miles range , 8 MPH speed, will climb a 11% grade with help. it drives with two levers.
    1 point
  15. There is a super charged one on the FJ forums used as a chase for the BAJA 1000 and other off-road races , Awe-sum performance and that cool sound!
    1 point
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  17. If you see one for sale take pictures and send them to me! If you see one for that price you even think is genuine by it for me!
    1 point
  18. Mike C, Well since it is now in my daughters name I will let her deal with the name ! I have even told her I would let her drive it some day, she is 58 and when she has as much off-road experience as I do I will consider it! !!! I can't find my previous post about Toyota's in general and Tacoma's in Particular. But have had 2 Tacoma,s both of which I used in my Baja Mexico operations. I have went 1000's of miles off-road and the only weakness I ever found was the back bumper/towing arrangements. I took my newest at the time in to the Toyota dealer in Yuma,AZ for its first check up at about 1500 miles with the rear bumper in the bed ! WOW the service manager said, how did you do that ? Well I told him my towing arrangements : I tow the Tacoma behind my Motor Home , behind the Tacoma I tow my Samurai or Geo Tracker behind the Tacoma. When the Motor Home can go no further I take the Tacoma towing the smaller 4x4 and proceed until the Tacoma gives it up then proceed with the smaller 4x4. Coming back I use my 200' Samson Double Braided ships towing rope to tie on to it Tacoma and take off at the highest speed possible instructing my co-co driver to help when the stretch is recoiling . Do he same with the Motorhome using either one and get it out never failed me and I went places no one would believe, Lost all my pictures when my house burned, had over 6000 sides and prints. kinetic energy is the key ! That said the first thing I changed the 100" steel cable that came on the winch to synthetic. Having over 25 years experience on various US Coast Guard construction ships with all kinds of cables , chain , double braided nylon, and the injuries and deaths they cause I am a great fan of this new stuff we never had. The dealer had no problem with reattaching the bumper and reinforcing it ! Especially since I shared a townhouse with the sales manager and paid cash for it . When we left Mexico I sold it for essentially the price I paid for it . I also dove a Tundra for the Motorcycle group as the support truck everywhere it was needed and it was mostly off-roading training trips/Pre runs and it carried everything, welder, spare MC's and parts, tires. gas, BEER, food, kids and wifes who had to come along on those trips , it was also a beast and would go anywhere you pointed it , loaded or unloaded, wet or dry, salt or fresh. My present daily driver Toyota is a 2008 Sienna LE with 200,00 +miles. Max
    1 point
  19. Those are great vehicles. Are you keeping the stock engines on those? Why do so many people put other types in, the stock ones are so good.
    1 point
  20. Wow, you sound like a cat Max! Hope you saved a few more of those 9 lives for the future! Those old Willy’s jeeps were awesome, even with their little motors you could still get them to pop a wheelie so high they could flip over backwards in 4low on dry pavement without even burning rubber. High school idiots and their cars… (Dads) (me and my friends)
    1 point
  21. Talk about holding their value, a friend of mine paid $20K for a ‘87. If you have one parked in your backyard, it’s a nice little golden goose egg that is doing better than most stocks. Those FJ’s are holding their value too, a very good investment!
    1 point
  22. Yes. A "red" streak is any hue of red from light pink to dark chocolate. A "grey" streak is from light grey to coal black. "Purple" is a hue of red. Remember that rocks are combinations of minerals. They will give you the streak color of any minerals that touch the streak plate. So a single mineral will yield a true color. A rock may reveal a combination of colors depending on the minerals it is comprised of. No matter what color you perceive the streak to be, if it leaves a streak it is not a meteorite. If it is magnetic and leaves a streak It is an oxidized terrestrial iron.
    1 point
  23. Fishing', The 7000, SDC, and now 6000 are all hyper sensitive detectors. You will be digging plenty of trash with any of these choices. Most of us know, If you want to work the heart of the trash pile they were never good choices to begin with. Find yourself the less trashy areas, and they will shine!
    1 point
  24. If the streak is black..chances are it's magnetite. If the streak is reddish brown..chances are it's hematite.
    1 point
  25. Hello folks thanks for the responses and trying to reach me. Still having a few problems from the Covid I had last year. My taste and smell has returned, lost 19 lbs, wasn't overweight to begin with so my weight loss is all in my muscles. Haven't heard of any more arrest of prospectors by the Federal Police since about last April or May. Most of the prospectors here have moved about 1,500 miles North. The gold buyer got out of jail but he opened a new shop but he doesn't buy gold any more. I need to visit him to see how much he wants for the GPX 6000. Bill will my GPX 4000 coils work on the GPX 6000? I have about 8 different coils. The little Joey mono is hard to beat on a worked out patch! Mac I didn't know you had returned to Brazil, are you staying or visiting. Stop by any time. My email is still the same: d.goldmartin@uol.com.br, cell phone: 55-62-8541-0545 that's my "whatsapp"number but it only works if I have a wi-fi connection.
    1 point
  26. It did well Mike and the 17 inch coil seems to not have any major EMI issues at least at LSD. Just to much brush and shallow where I hunt so went back to the 11 until in an area I need a big azz coil like gold basin or Quartzsite etc.
    1 point
  27. Got to try the 17 inch coil on the 6000 today for about 20 minutes before it started pouring down rain. Very stable and lighter weight than expected and it hears test targets I had very well at depth…. More to come….
    1 point
  28. Sold to a great customer! Thanks anonymous buyer!
    1 point
  29. Wow...a ring baker!!! Nice finds. Tom
    1 point
  30. She got belligerent and foul-mouthed when told to stop posting rubbish/non-proven "facts" (her facts) so she was Banned, all of her posts are still here only hidden from members's view, we do this so other staff members can see what transpired and as an example of what to look out for from some members who may be in their own little world. We can un-hide them if we get bored and need some entertaining reading!
    1 point
  31. Looks like the garbage comment was deleted, thanks, Mods. Hopefully that user was deleted as well.
    1 point
  32. That's a great specimen Bill. Well done. Can't wait for doctor to release me to do more outside ... aka desert walking. Been able to walk about a mile on the flat lately without lots of knee pain so doctor says August 1 I can do short 'over-land' walks. For me that means I get to swing my Monster again!!
    1 point
  33. Sorry, but you are wrong. Judging something before trying it is like saying a duck can not swim without seeing it. I have simply told as well as showed my experiences so far and no one is forcing you to try or purchase one. If you owned one and were saying the same I may be paying attention, but.... Anyway it is cheaper than a bass boat. I have now found over 30 nuggets in the few weeks I have owned this detector and most are from areas worked with the machines you mentioned as well as other PI detectors and the gold was still there! But now it is mine and a couple are pretty darn nice ones. The 6000 will hear gold the 7000 missed and there are plenty of Aussie and US users showing just that at YouTube and elsewhere if you take the time to look. In the mid and small nugget range the 6000 hears what the GPZ 7000 could not and yes I own both and know this by experience. Discrimination on a PI is not doable with any accuracy on a PI detector and that is why it is not on this one or the 7000 due to the technology, they had a sort of discrimination on some early Minelab PIs but it was just a breaking threshold type and was not reliable and even discrimination on a VLF can cost you nuggets if using it while hunting. Cheers and good hunting, Bill
    1 point
  34. I have dug several deep trash targets and showed a couple of them I think the 7000 will have the edge on large deep targets, but the 6000 hears small to medium nuggets much deeper than the 7000 in my experience so far. I am not hunting deep ground right now because it is just too hot to stray out very far, but will be in the Mother Load country with Chris Ralph in a few weeks. What do you mean by deep? I dug a .22 short slug at 18 inches and a shotgun slug at better than 20 inches, but I don’t carry a tape measure. Also lots of deep iron targets… I will post more as I go. Also I have a 17 inch mono coil that goes much deeper than the 11 inch and I will be using it more in the near future...
    1 point
  35. Not a bad idea! I did a sale on here once for some extra Jim Straight books I had and asked the buyer to just send the check to the Randsburg Museum. I could donate something for the cause here too now that Bill removed all those ads, will have to think of another something to auction to raise some dough for this forum.
    1 point
  36. I've got two of the hardtops here. They are for sale. Rough ride but they will go anywhere except at speed on the freeway. More likely to go end over end than tip on their side so the soft top can be an adventure in a crash. Like Slim says the big thing to watch out for is rust. I has a friend lose the rusty body on his just going down the highway.
    1 point
  37. I have a source for a good one , The owner was daily driving it when water poured out off the back of the engine , so he parked it and stated on total restore. He became disabled and is on oxygen and is hard to deal with or I would have bought it he wants $5000 for it. I haven't talked to him for awhile but I would submit an offer in your name if you where interested but he was set on 5 grand and said it would rot where it set before he would take less not much rust and complete glass.
    0 points
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