When I first got the truck, the bed did function as a dump. Although the connections in the hydraulic lines were wrapped in cloth – my guess was to stop the leaking! Of course this didn’t work at all. Every time I engaged the PTO to prime the hydraulic pump, the lines would start to slowly leak, and drip long afterwards.
Finally while removing the bed to do other work, I broke one of the 90 degree connectors at a piston. That put an end to “playing” with the lift – the function of my toy I liked to show off the most. The fitting broke off inside the piston, and I drill it out using an extractor – it came out pretty easily.
Ultimately I will be replacing all the lines and fittings in the lift system. But for the short term I want it working, at least for the first “Kanata Cruise Night” first week of May.
I took it to a local shop in town, Robs Truck Service. Knowing the owner certainly came with perks, he had all parts I needed on site, hydraulic fluid dispensed by the litre like fuel at a gas station, and he gave me free range of his toolbox! He also informed me that two of the lines had brass fittings and not acceptable as hydraulic lines by todays standards. I’ll be bringing the truck back to RTS to have new proper lines fabricated. But for now, its back together, leak free, and fully functional.