well I noticed when I pulled the blown hose from the steering cylinder that the nose cone is loose on it...
so hopefully that's a sign that I can leave it a little loose on the lift cyl too so that I can reach the fittings and not have it leak.
the spare I got from EPay, I see that I'm gonna have to have a ram made like Markski did with the one that came with the tractor if I ever wind up needing another cylinder. and that cap was not even snug/ hand tight either. so I guess that that is how they are supposed to be. there is an O ring on the outside of that cap.
I had a new hose made today, price didn't seem too bad, $17.50.
also got a new battery for it. Got the new hose on and put a new (used) dash panel on, as the old one was bent, I thought maybe that might be the reason the hood would not close, it looks better but the hinges are hitting the side panels up front, have not figured out why yet. I loosened the hinges under the exhaust heat shield thinking they may have been slotted and needed pushed up, but no.
I hope to try and fire up the engine tonite or tomorrow now that I have all the removed/broken hoses back together.
Edited by dodge trucker, October 31, 2014 - 06:08 PM.