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Sonoran Dave

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  1. Thanks. Seeing yours done was a big instigator to finally acquiring one myself. I'll post a pic when I hook it all up. I'm basically going to route it over to the driver's side wheel well. The mount I made for the heater elevates it above the metal apron so there is enough room to make the bend in the exhaust tubing. I'll also add some heat shielding to it...just in case. I'm thinking of building a 1915 for this one too. I am hoping that will be plenty of power. The 1600 still runs, so it is something I can do over the course of the winter.
  2. I started working more hours and haven't had much time for the Bug lately, but I finished the front winch bumper yesterday. I also got all 5 tires mounted in preparation for rolling it outside, and turning it around to start work on the back. The bumper turned out well. Nice and strong and will hold the 5000lb winch perfectly. I added a ring to the bottom of the skid for either an anchor point, or a place to clip the cable in double line winching. It's a strong enough winch I shouldn't have to resort to that very often. I pressed out all the ball joints and pressed in the n
  3. I'm not sure why, but you really have to look, to find any around here. I'm okay with that though. I think the stray cats keep the population in check.
  4. When Arctic Cat sold out, I quit buying them, and I've had several great Cats. It's sad to see an American company go down the tubes like that...corporate greed can be a killer.
  5. I hardly see any out here either. They are here, but seem to keep a low profile.
  6. Oh jeez, that would sure suck for the owner of said pants A friends home was built next to an old pecan orchard on the east side of Phoenix. The scorpions migrated en masse to their house, when a development company bought the orchard and starting cutting it down for houses. Her Dad would go out and collect a jar full every night just off the wall around their yard! They were in the house, they were in the yard...those little suckers were everywhere! The numbers finally came down after a couple of years.
  7. That uv glow really makes them look creepy!
  8. Possibly. I figured the only way to know, was try it and see. If that pin walks out I will probably weld it in. I believe it will stay though. IT was a snug fit before the epoxy. The majority of the load is in shear anyways.
  9. I posted those pictures of my project and the raised spindles I made yesterday, and I have heard several stories about broken left side spindles. Since I put all that work into those spindles... I figured some extra insurance would be a good idea. I sacrificed an 11/32" transfer punch as a reinforcement pin. I cut it to the proper length, smeared it with industrial epoxy and drove it into the speedo cable hole. I staked the end of the keyway over the pin for extra retention. I have absolutely zero proof this will help, but I don't think it hurt anything.
  10. Thanks guys Prospecting season is rapidly approaching and I'm pushing to have this up and running in another month.
  11. I haven't posted anything lately because I've been busy. Now the weather here in Arizona is starting to moderate, it's been fall cleaning time around here. I repaired and repurposed my old garage tent and moved the Bug inside it. It is dry, protected from the sun...and the birds. I pulled the bent front beam off of the car and disassembled and cleaned the good parts for re-use. I had bought a spare beam for 100 bucks and used it as the base for the new beam. Since that gave me two sets of spindles...I decided to make my own raised spindles the Blind Chicken Racing way. If you look at
  12. I would consider it very disrespectful, and like Clay pointed out, it IS illegal. Since not all hard rock operations chase down the float, you may be able to secure permission...if you ask.
  13. Hot rocks and hot quartz were both tossed aside if no gold was visible. I've learned some stuff since those days thankfully!
  14. Nice try! If it was anybody else, I might consider it. That half pound copper chunk I found?, it came from right over the ridge from that marker though...
  15. That's one of those things, that would have been funny to watch...chitty to have happen to yourself! That is a lot of scorpions. Glad you escaped puncture, as I've heard it's quite unpleasant.
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