Metal Detectors Currently Used:
Minelab CTX3030
Minelab E-Trac

Diggers Currently Used:
Sampson T-Handle
Razor Edge Gator

Here’s a link to a video where one of my YouTube friends found some AWESOME stuff on the beach! The video is in Spanish, but he speaks English too! So be sure to comment on his video. 🙂

Intro Music:
Journey’s End: Adrian Von Ziegler

Happy Hunting!


70 Monaco 069A

70 Monaco 069A

My dad and I both had ’69 versions of this car from new. Unfortunately, with the gas scare of the early seventies, both got traded for something "more sensible". The Monaco always held a special place in my heart, though. About twenty five years ago I went on a national search to replace the nostalgia value. This ’70 was it! With low miles (still with under 47Kmi today) but in need of a cosmetic refreshening which was completed ten years ago. Engine is an untouched 383 c.i.d. Magnum V8 with 4V, 727 automatic transmission with gear selector on the column, and a 3:55 rear axle ratio. Dual turbo exhaust. Chrome road wheels and wide whitewalls done on a special tire lathe.
This is an absolutely perfect road car with a ride that cannot be matched by anything available new today (including the Rolls Royce). That comfortable feel comes from having heft . . . and designed weight distribution along with a long wheelbase. All the young whippersnappers of the MTV era will never know what they have missed.

This model was nearly identical for three years – 1969, 1970, and 1971. Then everything changed. Our brilliant gummint (with the demands and support of the insurance industry) mandated serious horsepower restrictions, emmissions controls, weight limitations, and ugly black rubber bumper cushions on all 1972 models. By the eighties all personal flair was gone and one make looked just like all the others. The nineties introduced ubiquitous gray or tan interiors for all cars industrywide. After Y2K it has become impossible to find an American-designed automobile with any degree of distinctive personality. All the makes and models look alike, with the same shades of colors. Black, white, silver, champaigne, red, blue. That’s it, folks.

Well, sometimes the kiddies are offered screaming limes, bannana yellows, or electric blues. But that’s mostly for the rice rockets.

If for nothing else other than automotive appreciation, I’m pleased to be an old school old geezer.

Posted by rajahdajah on 2012-06-28 22:02:29

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The History of Mountain Biking and the Schwinn "Klunker"

To many, the word, “Klunker” connotes a large, heavy, massive, and somewhat clumsy item. The “Klunker” was actually a bicycle model created by the Schwinn company in the late 1970’s to answer the desire for off-road biking or “Mountain Biking”.

Schwinn has a history of developing rugged, heavy, long-lived bicycles. The history of the Schwinn company dates back to just before the turn of the 20th century, in Chicago. The center of the bicycle universe was located there, and there were over 30 bicycle manufacturers making approximately one-million bikes a year from 1900 to 1905. Unfortunately for them, the automobile was becoming more popular as were motorcycles. There was a sharp decline in bicycle sales leading up to 1910.

Although many bicycle manufacturers went out of business, a few survived, including Schwinn. In the 1930’s, Schwinn designed a bike that purposely resembled the popular motorcycle. It had a steel frame, steel wheels, and huge, ballooned tires. It was rugged and built to last, and those characteristics were more important than being lightweight, at that time.

Schwinn continued to make steel bicycles, although Europe and Japan began to experiment with lightweight metals in their designs. In the 1970’s in California, boys began modifying the Schwinn Sting Ray bike and began holding off-road races. This style of off-road bicycling became known as “Mountain Biking” and the equipment used were called “Mountain Bikes”. Schwinn modified one of their Sting Ray bikes by adding a 5-speed shifter, and dubbed it, the “Klunker”. Because of its ballooned wheels and heavy steel frame, the Klunker became synonymous with heavy, clumsy objects.

European and Japanese bicycle manufacturers also modified their lightweight bikes to satisfy the new rage in off-road bicycling. Schwinn thought it was going to be a short-lived fad, and ignored the market, at first. When freestyle bike tricks, known as BMX became popular, Schwinn called it “unsafe” and “dangerous” behavior. Both mountain bikes and BMX were here to stay, and Schwinn began to adapt to late to catch most of the increase in bicycle sales throughout the 1970’s.

Today, the Schwinn bike is remembered for the Sting Ray, and the well-built, long-lasting bikes of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The younger generation has a different view of Schwinn, and hardly recognizes the name, at all. The “Klunker” is no long known as a word that is associated with the bicycle manufacturer. It is a term that the older generation can easily identify, and one that the younger generation has never used.

Schwinn declared bankruptcy in 2001, and their name and assets were bought by other bicycle manufacturers. Unfortunately, the quality and long-lasting attributes associated with that name no longer have any meaning in the bicycling world, today.…