Nice looking machine, you can't beat the old ones. I got a call today from an outfit in the mountains that has a 71B Bucyrus. Dad and I did a 19 week, all but total, rebuild on it about 10 years ago. They somehow managed to bend the butt section of the boom, and the front arms on the gantry, and they wanted to see if I was interested in doing the repairs for them. Needless to say I'm going to jump at the chance. Now if my customer in Chapel Hill could just get his finances right so I can put together his 190D Northwest and his 80D Northwest shovel and get them both back up and running.
Just thinking as I wrote this, what are you doing with all of the spoils your pulling out? I don't see any piles in the background and it just seems like ALOT of material to be hauling off even for as much as you've done so far, much less for the entire project.