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A Signal Most Would Have Passed Up

By: Anonymous

I got permission to detect a 1947 home of a friend of my parents. I went slow and basically dug everything that sounded good and some things that were questionable.

Close to the road, I got a signal and my pin pointer found a nail and a piece of copper wire. Thought that was it after my pointer said nothing else was in the hole. I stood up and re-scanned again with the E-TRAC and it said there was still something sweet sounding there.


Although the sound was sweet to the ears, the E-TRAC numbers were not so nice to the eyes. Since it was such a strong signal and so deep and the pinpointer was not picking it up, it had to be a large piece of junk.

It was so hot out that I was about to pass out. This target was under the shade of a tree so decided to dig for no other reason than to stay in the shade. I ended up using my hand saw to cut a 4" root out of the way and then my larger shovel to start pulling away three buckets of dirt. At around 15", I saw a red piece of metal looking up at me.

Even though only 2 inches of the item was showing, I kind of knew what I thought it was. I thought it looked like a fire truck, the home owner said it was probably his water meter. I did not give up and after an hour, I was about to coax the item out of the ground. It ended up being an Antique Toy Fire truck, 10 inches long and included a cast iron driver.

The truck was stamped on the bottom Metal Masters Made in the USA. It measures 10 inches long and a search online shows the company made these from the late 1930's to the early 1950's.

Just goes to show, not every junk signal ends up being junk.

Good luck and hapy hunting