dliptak is admittedly non-creative: d-for-denney and liptak is my last name. I'm in Fort Collins which will be quite convenient for visiting Maxey as was mentioned above.
I appreciate the detailed post and also the safety notes. I'll graciously take any safety recommendations!!
I've taken some photos and tried to heavily 'caption' each image. I believe this will be pretty helpful in discussion and to help my own comprehension. I won't say the pictures are fantastic...but not bad for just crawling around under the truck.http://picasaweb.google.com/denney.liptak/1959ChevyVikingPTOAndDump
I believe most of the sludge is blowby from leaking engine oil but I won't rule out transmission and hydraulic leakage. The sludge does mask detail from the pictures but hopefully the main things are visible. There are a couple other albums on my main page with more photos of the truck.
The truck isn't currently operational so I'm working on that now. Work on the lift will come later this Spring/Summer.
That makes sense about not disengaging the transmission from the trucks driveline! It didn't occur to me that you'd want to drive while the bed was raised...but the gravel pouring idea makes perfect sense. Seems that'd take some skill and practice!
I looked at the u-joints and the zerts appear to be ~90 degrees out of phase from each other...does that sound good?
I appreciate the clarification on PTO vs. pump. Thinking more about it, the terminology is apparent. For some reason I was calling both units power-take-off. The PTO is the drive unit on the transmission side. What's on the other end could be anything; music box for an ice cream truck, 1980's 'heavy duty' cell phone charger, or in my case - a hydraulic pump!
Here's a couple questions. Is the cylinder drain plug visible in photo #5? I suppose it would make sense that if you had the piston extended, this end of the piston would be at the lowest end of the system and would drain fairly well. I'm hoping that the 'cap' looking thing I see in photos 12 and 17 would be where I could add fluid, rather than by some other trickier means; does this setup look like it has a separate reservoir? It does seem that the bed would need to be raised to get easy access to this plug, if that is indeed what it is. This is where the 6x8's mentioned above would come in handy.
53moneypit, I'll send ya an email for the hoist manual you have...thanks!
Thanks again and if anyone wants me to clairfy or add detail to a photo, let me know! Hopefully this thread can be useful to other dump-bed newbies as well.