Feed truck update
Got the feed body moved over to the new truck last Thursday with the help of the guys from Agriland FS. They brought their forklift out and we were able to put the feed body on the new truck. In the process, however, it tipped over and dented a couple of the compartments, but I should be able to hammer them out in the future.
Started mounting the hydraulic tank Monday when I noticed it had a leak in it. I was going to Des Moines on Tuesday, so I got a new aluminum tank for it. I got it mounted on the truck last night right before dark.
Today, I plumbed up the hydraulic lines, put oil in the reservoir, and started it up.
I realized that the rotation of the pump was reversed from when it was on the old truck, and therefore, it was sucking when it should have been pushing, and vice versa.
So, I spent the afternoon re-plumbing everything, switching the lines from side to side. I finally got it finished around 6 PM. Loaded some feed on the truck, and off I went to deliver some DDGS to a customer who was past overdue needing it.
I got to the farmer's place and started unloading. Everything was OK, but then I noticed a fairly good stream of hot oil coming out of one of the many joints in the plumbing. Then, the PTO stopped working. My guess is that the set screw on the U-joint to the PTO slipped out. It was too hot to work on it tonight, so I got a ride back home from my father.
So, after working on this rig for the last three weeks outside in the heat, sunshine, and mud, and a limited number of tools, I finally got something to work. Sort of.
Does anyone know if a special pipe joint compound is required for high heat demands, such as hot hydraulic oil? I'll research on the 'net, but any advice would be great. Thanks!