Thinking of a redesign of the hydraulic system on my 1976 Ford LGT 145 open-sided "Dream Machine" project. Currently has a in-line hydraulic fluid filter, which I want to change to a spin-on filter. Also, would like to change the single spool control valve to a 2 spool valve, which would be mounted on the right side fender.
Question: Why are steel lines used from the hydro to the control valve and from the control valve to the filter and back to the hydro, yet rubber hoses are used from the control valve to the lift cylinder? Can hoses be used for the entire hydraulic system?
Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.