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An idea for a new challenge: Build a machine that can do an archaeological dig. This involves more than digging, as when you get close to what you're after, you have to be a lot more careful.

I was thinking that the setup could be something like this: Dig a hole that is 2 meters/yards by 2 meters/yards by 2 meters/yards, and seed it with several "artifacts" from the junkyard, i.e., clay pots or a dinosaur skeleton that someone welded from some of the metal in the yard. Cover with a foot of dirt, then a layer of chalk. The chalk is to provide a sharp contrast to help the contestants know when they get close to the "artifacts." Then, fill up the rest of the hole with dirt and pack it down a bit. (You could also do several layers of differently colored chalk to give some anticipation of how deep the team has gotten). When you get to the chalk near the bottom, you would have to switch modes on your digger to unearth the "artifacts" without shattering them. Say from a digging shovel to a sifter. I was also thinking that an interesting digger could be an Archimedes' screw, but hey - I'm not a contestant. :)

What'cha think?

- Brett

-- Brett Paul (brett_paul@mindspring.com), November 29, 2000


3 boring

-- jim howlett (byte.me@sympatico .ca), December 06, 2000.

'Careful' isn't really in the spirit of Junkyard Wars. Now, unearthing a steer, butchering it, and barbecuing it--THAT'S in the spirit of Junkyard Wars.

-- Derek Jensen (djensen@kconline.com), December 11, 2000.

It sounds like a good idea and the moderen day equivolent of the screw is an auger but a machine that digs that carefully I don't think egsist even in moderen times but here's a thought along the same lines how about a movable heavy lift device and build a monument like stone henge mabe even use cars for stones

-- Shawn Stout (stardust282@juno.com), February 13, 2001.

Chevy henge! How cool.

-- Waddy Thompson (cthomp3851@aol.com), February 13, 2001.

I remember somebody that planted a '59 caddy and some other 50s iron a few years ago,but I can't remember where it was.Anybody see that one? Funny.

-- Matthew Kenney (abbynrml@tcsn.net), February 13, 2001.

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