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Another weird yard find

Strange objects were always popping up at our previous house, and here too we have some mystery objects from time to time.

This metal plate was under the gravel edging the front yard. At 12.6 ounces, probably came off of some heavy duty contraption? It’s about 5.5″ by 2.5″and a half inch thick. The main bit has t shaped wings, and the thin metal plate on the (back?) looks like it originally could slide off where that pin in the middle is. I might try to WD-40 the snot out of it and see if that will come off. The thicker plate on the other side is chipped.

I am going to put this on Reddit, someone on there will probably know right away, “Oh, that’s a ’54 Packard trunk lid counterweight! Someone probably slammed the trunk too hard, ejecting the counterweight and making the trunk lid not stay up anymore after that”

UPDATE: Duh, it’s a brake for a car or truck. I guess it’s been a long time since I have tackled that job.

Better bury this before mom sees it

Found this handy dirt-strainer with my metal detector, in the woods behind the house. I imagine years ago some kid was messing around in the dirt with his mom’s good strainer spoon, and then realized that if he was caught with it she might hit him with it, so he quickly buried it in the dirt. That child’s name? Richard M. Nixon. I am kidding.

I reckon it will be handy for sifting out all these coins and rings etc. I am supposed to find with this contraption.

First day with metal detector

Ordered a Garrett Ace 300 for a sort of Fathers Day present, it came today so naturally I put it together right away and started snooping around in the back yard.

Unfortunately I didn’t read the manual, had the sensitivity way too high, apparently that will give you false readings in certain environments; Some hits indicated coins, but nothing there. Hopefully I will do better this weekend.

I did find some parts belonging to old farm equipment, I think. My wife says they are pieces of a swing set, but that L shaped red thing in the ground (A) is at least five feet long (I didn’t dig it out…yet) The tubular bit (B) with the screw in the end (C) is about 2 feet long, I could see it being a crosspiece on a swing set. But who knows. I also found a nail. (D)

Teresa is baffled that I am excited about rusty things buried in the back yard.