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  1. I can tell you from my small engine days that if you remove the blade from a lawn mower it will try to break your arm when you try to start it and will not run after it fires. The blade acts like the flywheel and damper on a car engine. Without the resistance provided by the blade, the engine immediately over revs over-riding the starting clutch and yanking on your hand and then dies. One of the first lawn mowers I rebuilt taught me this lesson. I was so excited to start it I didn't bother with the blade. I probably took years off of my shoulder trying to figure out what was wrong. In the end all I had to do was put the blade back on.
  2. Those can be quite expensive. We used to use them at an agricultural lab I worked at. They are calibrated to a much stricter standard that the units bought for prospecting.
  3. When I started I had no idea what it was supposed to look like. Let me tell you. One day spent at home testing will give you confidence in your operation when you are out in the field. The copper trick is good but I used small pieces cut off of fishing weights with some flattened and some just as is. Spend the day trying different angles and flows until you are confident with your sluice operation. Then drop some dirt in and make sure your test items stay where they belong, after that drop your test items in a bucket and make sure you retrieve them. Then when you go out to the field drop them in there before you start shoveling and see if you have it set up like you think you did. Do the same thing with your panning. Spend a day at home with some small pieces of lead or even buy a bag of dirt with some gold in it at your local shop or ebay. I remember my first bag of dirt I bought. When I panned it I had the lightbulb go of. OHHHHH.... that's how it works. Then I had confidence in my panning and all was well. This confidence in my equipment and my ability to run my equipment made my prospecting ventures a whole lot more enjoyable. You can apply some sort of functional test to almost any concern you have. And YES clean every crack and crevice in the bedrock as well as you can! Then clean it again!
  4. I would definately say it's worth checking out Garimpo. I'm using the imagination/logic method to come to this answer. I can imagine me and someone else using that method. I can see me having eyes so full of sweat and dirt that any gold under a gram will not be seen. I also see clay balls that hide what my eyes can's see and I am also seeing myself being much better at picking out nuggets at 8 am than I am at beer thirty. The pan suggestion is a good one but honestly if you want to know what a drywasher will get you need to put a drywasher to it. Imagine once you dig those piles down and drywash them you could easily spread the piles and look for any nuggets stuck to rocks and or caught up in clay balls with your detector.
  5. Nice, came out better than myself and spent less calories too. Maybe one day I'll afford myself a nicer detector and try it out with a little more fervor but for the time being I can't stick with detecting for more than an hour and I know that when I'm 10 ft down and the gold bug 2 says it's gold then it is. Were different creatures but at times I envy you detectorists.
  6. I've got a spot that needs some serious caliche bustin if you you are really looking for some practice! Hehe, I remember the look on your face when you came out this way and saw the holes we had going on. Make sure you speak up when you come this way again so I can get out there and say hello.
  7. I hope the best for your family. I only came out to meet Bob once but I remember thinking when I talked to him on the phone that he was a silly old guy. The truth is we all need to get as excited about the little things as he did. I went out there to learn about prospecting stuff from him. He spent most of the time talking to my daughters about the rocks in his yard. There interest was the fuel for his fire. He was a good man and I am truly sorry I didn't keep in better touch with him.
  8. I was thinking it looked like a starship from star trek but what do I know... Sure would like to look at it up close it's cool looking.
  9. Surprised I didn't see anyone else mention this. Your metal detector test might be influenced by the metal/paper combo often used in the caps to seal the cap to the bottle. I didn't know this when I started out and wasted some time setting up my detector on some gold in a bottle with a similar cap. And then there's this pic I uploaded long ago. Didn't ever get it assayed since a second trip to the site revealed that I could not find another rock like the one I had brought home. Mine crumbled when I crushed it with pliers but I did not have a microscope to see if it crumbled into cubic form or not.
  10. "Bob has rocks in his front yard and each one has a story. From the ones pulled from hard rock mines deep below the surface to ones with sea shells he found on the top of mountains, each one had a tale." I had the pleasure of standing in Bob's yard and hearing stories about those rocks. I asked for some help on the forums and Bob sent me his phone number. I talked to him a few times and took the family for a drive out to meet him. He told me lots of things and sent me home with a detector coil to try on my cheapo detector. He also sent my daughters home with several rocks and told me at a later time that he had some rocks set aside just for them. I regret not getting out there to collect those and chat with him again. I sure hope he thought of us all fondly in his final days. I hope his family get's all the comfort they deserve.
  11. Jeeze I was blown away that was available to the public. Got me.
  12. http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/chevy/70ss.html Ahhh yes this is the one I've always loved.
  13. Boy with that thing your going to stick out like a grain of sand in a sand dune lol. A lot of people were saying qzite was going to have a poor year as far as visitors go but it sure doesn't seem like it. I watched the La Posa visiting area double and then triple in rigs and then double again during one week. When you find out where your staying let us know cause we'll never find you looking for a pickup with a fifth wheel lol. Good luck and I'll try to get out for at least a meet and greet.
  14. Man, sorry to hear your back in there again. Hope it cleans up well and you get around better than ever.
  15. chains run down the swing arms in a case. Cams hydraulic Chain-drive 4x4, about 7 feet of up OR down motion on each tire: specs below Engine is a fuel injected Ford 5.0 V8 out of a '93 cobra mustang, c4 transmission and t-case out of an early bronco. 9" w/ 5.38 gears and ARB air locker mounted in the center (below driver) running chain gears on the ends where the swing arms pivot. Swing arms are hydraulically controlled individually or together, and there is coil spring and shock suspension as well. large chains running inside the swing arms turn hummer gear reduction (2:1) hubs at each wheel. tires are 39.5". The steering is linked through the swing arms as well and the steering box is mounted just infront of the axle below the driver. body construction is steel tubing (mostly DOM) and the total weight is 5900 LB. P.S. My mouth was wide open watching that.... couldn't believe it until I realized there had to be chains... Then I read the comments... man I agree with the above... what a mechanical nightmare.
  16. http://www.nuggethunting.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6827
  17. That is true AU Seeker, but once you zoom in then the picture is fine.Until you do though, it's all mines. Allen I love Google earth for a bit different reason than these guys. I do use the overlays for research and such but what I like is the detail and ease of navigation. Example, Recently a club added a claim and I was able to zoom in on it with Google earth and tell that one of the washes was pretty deep and had a lot of red material in it. Wow how cool is that. Also I can use it do decide where the gut of a stream might be or look for old tailing piles. It doesn't overwork your computer when your using it, it doesn't bother your computer at all when your not (unless your low on storage space) and it's free. Plus its fun to punch in your address and look at your house. I have no possible idea why anyone would say not to download it. It doesn't have to be your main research tool it's just a harmless program you have on your computer when you want it.
  18. What is number 5 cylinder doing wrong? misfire? smoking? knocking? I would do a compression and leakdown test before you take it apart. You want to take it apart to fix it, not to find the problem. A leakdown test can differentiate between cracked rings/ leaking valves/ hole in piston/ etc. Once you take it apart you will lose the ability to do several tests. The only reason I was concerned was that you mentioned new heads. I would bet on a mis adjusted valve in that case. Any cylinder damage should have been evident when it was taken apart. with a compression test and a leakdown you should be able to be 99% sure of what is wrong. It really sucks to take the heads off of an engine to find out that the valve was adjusted too tight.
  19. In my signature I have a qoute from Bedrock bob. It's my favorite.
  20. Happy birthday man, I hope things are as good as they can be. Good luck on the knee.
  21. I have a request for you heybeerman. Make people post more stuff in this thread!! I love the DIY section.
  22. Do not look down on club claims. There is gold to be had. If I had half of the gold I've seen come out of club claims in the past 1.5 years I'd be pretty happy. It's nice to KNOW you are on legal ground also and the friendly folks make it even more fun.
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