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Thanks Paul;

you and Norvic remember-no biting, kicking or any knives....good luck with it all.

Minelab- we all want to thank you for becoming Paul's Guardian Angel!!!


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Crikey Fred your a hard task master, but I sent him a new pair of flip flops and a pick sharpener as a peace offering. I`m also sure that strobe light on his vehicles dash is flashing indicating BBs drone has a lock on him.

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8 hours ago, Norvic said:

Good stuff, Trent, just a word from Qlder to Qlder , you can loan Paul whatever no drama, just don`t loan him your Z. He`s misplaced Zs all over the US I believe, misplaced em in QLD, he`s probably the only bloke in MLs history that has a direct contact that will mail him a Z overnight  wherever in the world he is, gratis no questions asked.

Plus I don`t want him to use a Z as we`ve got a challenge going for 18 to see which one of us scores the biggest. Give him your SDC, your X anything but your Z.😓 

Refer to rule No.1 mate, must be an expert on the dolly pot and pan before being promoted to professional tools 😉

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Follow up from yesterday...

I had been noticing a vibration in the drivetrain and decided to have it checked while I was in Mt Magnet. 

(I thought it may be me vibrating after all the 5800 kilometers I just drove )

But alas my old mechanic ears did not fool me..I had both u joints going out AND the left rear wheel bearing.

The guy's here jumped right on it, had it on the rack in 4 minutes,  and ordered parts from Perth immediately...they did all this while taking about two other jobs they had to take care of that evening. 

My car was off the rack,  and they were on there way to there other obligations,  leaving me to go suss out some property Trent steered me to 

Yeah, if I'm sitting here waiting on parts, may as well be detecting, eh mates...

While I was out yesterday evening with the 19  I realized I am not up to speed with it yet... My shoulder was killing me in no time. Not the perfect starter coil for the season.

Think I will break out the ZEQ 800 today and see how she goes....

Life is good and thanking God the mechanics of the car held together until I rocked up here in MM.


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Crikey, that certainly was very fortunate to get over there without that bearing failing, just let me know when the starting shot is fired,  I can hear a bigun callin me, got the taste for it.........😈

Trent on ya, keep him occupied away from the Z.....................

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Go get em Paul

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Paul, the Swing-arm and the Hipstick are essential to using the 19 inch coil.....don't go out without it!

'cause we are not the manly men we used to be...good luck


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Paul was the fellow that introduced me to the Hipstick, in fact sent me one. Since then even with the 14 it is always on the belt, like the pick it is a necessary MD accessory of nugget hunting. Thus I`m going to reinforce what Fred says, Hipstick & Swing-arm is the go with the 19, Paul. 

Back to our friendly big nugget challenge, my batteries are charged, just spending a few quality days with the grand kids a Deus, a CTX and a Nox chasing a few coins in their parks and having fun in the big smoke. Now that exposure to the big smoke no doubt will get me longing for the bush and into nugget chasing mode. 

May the biggest nugget win and may we have a few drinks and a good old brag wag around a camp fire to celebrate and repeat it all again in 19. Regardless is going to be a red hot, no pulling punches, blood & sweat challenge. For the first NQ punch put the toys away, grab the Hipstick & Swingarm and go with the big gun Z.

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