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Old 09-07-2019, 01:47 PM
raxxter raxxter is offline
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Default Tesoro Inca coil question

Hi all,

I recently purchased a detector that came with a 'bonus' Tesoro Inca thrown into the deal.
The Inca doesn't have a coil and the seller had no idea if it works, or not.
I like messing around with older detectors, and thought it would be fun to play with the Inca; however, I'm not sure what coil it will take.

Does anyone know if the Inca takes the Delta or the Epsilon series coils? Or something else completely?

Thanks!

-Raxx
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Old 09-07-2019, 09:48 PM
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The Inca will use ALL of the standard-series coils, such as those for the Royal Sabre, Golden Sabre's, Silver Sabre's, Bandido's, Pantera, Eldorado's, Sidewinder's, Cutlass', Conquistador's, Euro Sabre, Cortťs, DeLeůn, Mayan, Toltec's, Mojave, etc., etc.

The Inca, and those mentioned, do NOT use coils for the Lobo or Lobo SuperTRAQ, Tejůn, Vaquero, Cibola, Diablo's and the specific gold prospecting models at a higher frequency.

Monte

PS: How does the Inca look? That was the model that switched me over to using and dealing in Tesoro's when it was introduced in July of '83. I pamper every detector I own, and if it is a cream-puff and working, and you're interested in selling or trading it, let me know via e-mail. monte@ahrps.org

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Old 09-08-2019, 10:08 PM
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Default Inca arrived

Monte-

Thank you for the information!
The detector arrived today. I took the coil off my Bandido II and tried that on the Inca with a fresh set of batteries. Unfortunately, I got nothing. There was some corrosion on the battery connections and I didnít really have a time to do much more than a really cursory cleaning before trying it out.
When I get a chance, Iíll dig a little deeper into what may be going on and hopefully get it working.

I came across your site while searching for information on the Inca. Barring the manual on the Tesoro site, your site was pretty much it, when it comes to this detector.

Iím attaching a set of pics, as I could only find a few out there. Maybe this will help anyone else trying to find out more about the Inca.

P.S., as you can see from the photos, Iím missing the battery cover. Monte, do you have any resource for this? (Iím a little confused as to whether or not Tesoro is a going concern anymoreÖ.)

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Old 09-09-2019, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by raxxter I took the coil off my Bandido II and tried that on the Inca with a fresh set of batteries. Unfortunately, I got nothing.
Darn it! I guess I've been lucky because in all these decades of enjoying this great sport, I have only acquired 2 used detectors that didn't work, or didn't work properly, and one was an easy fix. Not bad for literally hundreds of used to nearly new detectors.


Originally Posted by raxxter There was some corrosion on the battery connections and I didnít really have a time to do much more than a really cursory cleaning before trying it out.
When I get a chance, Iíll dig a little deeper into what may be going on and hopefully get it working.
Usually it is just a battery wire, contact, or holder related issue. Sometimes you might find a loose wire inside the control box. Very seldom, with a Tesoro, have I encountered failed components. Good luck on tracking down the cause.


Originally Posted by raxxter I came across your site while searching for information on the Inca.
If you're referring to the Forums at www.ahrps.org that would be a good place to find some information or to contact me with any specific questions I might be able to help with.


Originally Posted by raxxter Iím missing the battery cover. Monte, do you have any resource for this?
Battery doors were some of the most often missing parts on Tesoro models. If I remember correctly, I have one new battery door like that in my detector Accessory Tote, just in case I came across a pristine Inca that needed one. These days I do not know of any reliable source for Tesoro parts.

I'll check and see if I still have that battery door, and I might also still have an Inca Owner Manual. I'll check later today and let you know.


Originally Posted by raxxter Iím a little confused as to whether or not Tesoro is a going concern anymoreÖ.)

Thanks,
-Raxx
Sadly, Tesoro Electronics is 'dead and gone.'

And with all the detectors I own, my 4 Tesoro's are working 100% and serving me quite well. I think I'll go out and play.

Monte

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Old 09-10-2019, 04:00 AM
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Monte-

Thanks for the reply.
I got a chance to clean the corrosion off of the battery holder today, and verify Iím getting good voltage at the holder terminals, as well as at the back side of the battery holder connector that feeds back into the body of the detector. I didnít have time to do much else. It didnít solve the issue, though. The Incaís still dead.
Either later today, or tomorrow, Iíll have to see if I can open it up. Iím hoping itís just something as simple as soldering a disconnected power wire.

If you happen to run across either the battery cover or the instruction manual, Iíd love to get them from you. If you do find either, let me know and Iíll email you so we can reach a deal. I appreciate your willingness to check for either, as Iíve had no luck sourcing anything on the internet.

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Old 09-10-2019, 09:22 AM
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