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    Space Coast, FL
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    Metal detectin', Sluicin', Pannin', Guitar pickin', Motorcycle ridin'..

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  1. Swampstomper Al

    Gold in black rock?

    Hey Dan -- What usually causes the double posts is when hitting enter the finger does this involuntary little stutter-step thing hitting enter twice, especially when using a mouse, sometimes so fast as to not be noticed until the result is seen on the screen.. Swamp
  2. Swampstomper Al

    Ignored Users Feature???

    Ah.. Got it.. My bad.. The joy of premium forever editing without an "edited" flag showing up.. Very useful; makes for no confusion or awkward moments.. Swamp
  3. Swampstomper Al

    Ignored Users Feature???

    This is about as stupid as it gets.. Unless it's a violation of an in place "no contact of any type" restraining order, this would get tossed right out of court.. Matter of fact, it would never even make it into court since there's no one on this forum with the username "Slim.." Had BB not replied in this thread it could easily be argued that Birthday message wasn't directed toward you but rather Slim Shady.. Out of all the missles launched from both sides, this is the straw that broke the camel's back..? Happy Birthday??? Must be the new normal I don't know about yet: Paranoid cynicism.. I shoulda seen it coming.. This is a reason I never post my birth date anywhere -- I'd hate to have someone wish me Happy Birthday, only to watch it ignite WW 3.. Sheeesssshhhhh............. Swamp
  4. Swampstomper Al

    Got a New to My 1994 Chevy G20 van

    Even multimeters can be fooled in certain situations.. I'm not sure how or even if this could apply to automotive, but let me share a little story about my house.. One day a few years ago, out of the blue, I lost power to a portion of my house.. In total it was 3 or 4 outlets and two light switches that operated the same light from different sides of a room.. I checked the outlets and they all read 120v.. Called my buddy n had him come over with his meter to re-check and they all read 120v.. Plug something into any of the outlets and it wouldn't work.. We're sitting there scratching our heads n biching about the shoddy workmanship builders did 'back then' when he remembers there was a period of time during one of the building crazes when the electrical code allowed for outlets to not be "hard wired," as in not needing to screw the wires secure but just push 'em through the tabs to make the connections as a time saving move.. There's a term for that which I can't recall.. Welll, sixty-cycle hum n all that and twenty-five years down the road... So we started pulling outlet covers to look at the boxes and sure enough there were a couple that were literally hanging by a thread -- which allowed the meter to read correct voltage, but as soon as a load was applied................. Tightened things up and no more problemo.. Like I said, I don't know if this can or does translate to automotive, but there ya have it.. And there's Murphy standing over in that corner trying to act invisible too.. Swamp
  5. Swampstomper Al

    Got a New to My 1994 Chevy G20 van

    Does your van still have multiple belts or had they gone to single serpentine by then..? Regardless.. I don't know chit about a/c, but there is one thing I can tell you: The clutch does not necessarily need to cycle in order for a/c to blow cold.. N got a '99 Astro van a couple years ago.. The a/c was blowing cold at that time but slowly was losing its charge.. I got a can to add and noticed the clutch wasn't engaging and the on-can gauge was in the red.. I still finished putting the charge in, and the a/c got cold.. Since then I need to add a can about every six months.. The clutch hasn't engaged the entire time, the gauge is always in the red and the a/c always has gotten cold again.. Obviously something is broken, but it ain't broken either -- so I ain't fixing it until it won't work at all or stops blowing cold air.. Something else too -- you don't necessarily need to pull a vacuum on a system if it's just been out of 'freon' for a long while and hasn't been cracked open to be worked on.. At least that's what I've experienced.. May not be the "right" thing to do, but they've held the charge and blown cold air.. Slow leak but I could afford whatever a can cost back then.. What I couldn't afford was the at the cheapest $800 & up repair.. Swamp
  6. Swampstomper Al

    Got a New to My 1994 Chevy G20 van

    What everyone else said too, but odds are the original culprit was a touch of corrosion at the switch / wiring juncture.. It only took a tiny bit of moisture to set things in motion.. Pounding on the door panel early on would usually knock enough rust loose to let things work a while longer, but eventually you'd need to clean things up.. This fix used to be an easy task, untilllllll.................................... ..."they" started using plastic fake screws (push pin thingies) to hold the panels on and totally doing away with any hangers, replaced furing or metal connector strips to screw into with cardboard and began hard sealing the motor switches instead of being able to non-destructively take them apart, clean them up and put them back together again.. You could even usually drill them out at the pin early on to fix 'em, but then they totally hard-covered that indent -- so ya weren't sure where to drill.. Soooo, now instead of having a relatively easy and not-too-time-consuming repair where it was possible to get away without needing to purchase a thing, you now need to find and buy a bag of bulk expanding push screws (that may be an oxymoron,) replace the in-door holding strips (with the exception of any where the pins push into the door frame, which may be none) and purchase new door lock & window switch kits, odds being aftermarket by now and not the correct size for what's already cut.. I used to have a box full of old style switch junkyard pulls laying around strictly for replacement use or scavenging rebuilding pieces-parts.. It's pretty empty these days.. My advice is, after checking fuses and making sure the wire routing between the body and door isn't compromised, would be to pound the chit outta the inside door panel with a rubber mallet and pray you get lucky before starting to "unscrew" the panel to discover what a nightmare awaits -- because it sure ain't an 'old days' fix in there any longer.. Swamp BTW -- I have a '95 Ram Van 2500 with power doors & windows, so I am intimately familiar with what you speak.. Been pounding on the passenger door panel for over a year now to get the window switch going again, note the again, and again.. I've yet to have it not re-start and I'm not about to succumb to failure this time either -- at least not at this point.. EDIT: I previously had an '86 GMC 3/4T Vandura, which is what I had the majority of my door panel / switches / inner-workings-of fun times with.. If things were already chintz then you can rest assured they weren't upgraded any come '94..
  7. Swampstomper Al

    Gold detector!

    I got you covered..! Welll, I did, that is, up until the last part.. So when ya find one, lemme know what kind it is, 'k..? Cos I need one a dem dere de-tek-a-tor brands too.. Swamp
  8. Swampstomper Al

    Odd Meteorwrong Article

    ...because when a fast object moving at an angle plows into sandy ground it always stops daid and kicks out a 360 degree sand rim.. Swamp
  9. Swampstomper Al

    Odd Meteorwrong Article

    Tell the whole story bro.. Only the trailing half will be diamond; the facing half will be coke, possibly edged with charcoal.. Swamp
  10. Swampstomper Al

    Odd Meteorwrong Article

    ...because that's exactly the footprint a material that size leaves falling out of space crash-landing in sand.. Swamp
  11. Swampstomper Al

    Happy Birthday Old Tom

    Hey man.. Bummer we couldn't get together the last time you were through.. We have no control over the weather.. And besides, my beach snowsuit was at the cleaners.. Next time.. Can't wait to see that NOX 800 in action.. Swamp
  12. Swampstomper Al

    Could this be a 20K find?

    Oooohhh, that's a 'completely different' rock than the original pix.. I'd definitely shoot the juice to it checking for continuity.. Would probably slab and cab regardless.. Outside chance of leaving as is.. Swamp
  13. Swampstomper Al

    Hard Lesson Learned For A Little Nugget

    Well that pretty much says it all right there.. What good is "saving" about $325.00 for the $49.95 special of the week if when you seriously need a serious jump you get about one second of cranking amps out of a brand new freshly charged jumper pak and then the durn thing is deader 'n a used doornail, never able to take a full charge ever again..? I've been through two of the cheapo's, different mfg's., and they both failed in spectacular fashion.. Swamp
  14. Swampstomper Al

    No free lunch on Dinkville Rd.

    I was wondering what (else) is/was back there..? Are you thinking like I am the entire adit was yet a third mineral / conglomerate either outcropping or faced level with the rest of that cut /weathering..? I doubt they just dug into that layer.. Had to be some sort of indicator, wouldn't you think..? Swamp
  15. Swampstomper Al

    No free lunch on Dinkville Rd.

    That photo reminds me of the bull quartz vein wall at the Leviathan out on Stanton Rd.. You can probably find more Au at the adit entrance than in the entire wall though.. Swamp