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  1. OK, so yet another new project started during lockdown. Perhaps if we have a 4th or 5th wave I might get them all done... I started this one because it was something I could do while watching films with my toddler on Wednesdays. At least until I had to start doing tricky custom stuff in the workshop. My daughter returns to nursery for the first time tomorrow and I'm back at work full time, so no more Wednesday build days - that's good, because every Wednesday I'd end up with yet another cut body to paint, or new built chassis to find a body for, or, in this case, built truck chassis to mess around with. Anyway, the plan here is to build an automated tipper using a Grand Hauler chassis and day cab, Lesu tipper and electric lift assembly connected to the MFU's 5th wheel / remote leg actuator channel. Like all big rigs this will be a longer project, but it's been good to finally make a start - the box has been in my bedroom for a few years now. I haven't bothered to take a million photos of the build or the box or anything like that, if you're in here you probably know what a rig build looks like and there's a million other build threads if you don't. This is basically a journal of the ideas I've had, problems I've come up against, obstacles I've overcome, sidestepped, ignored or been defeated by, and stupid things that have happened along the way. There will no doubt be many. So, here we begin: with yet another stupid diff rebuild. Those of you who have followed my lockdown builds will see that I've been here before a few times over the last few months - all my TLT axles were built to crawl, so they were all locked. This one seems to have been locked with some kind of solidifying putty. It might be an axle I acquired built from someone else. Either way, I had to prize it apart with a scalpel blade. Not the best use for a scalpel blade, admittedly, but nothing else would slide between the gap. After destroying a scalpel blade and nearly losing an eye, I used a screwdriver to get it the rest of the way open and a lot of brute force to get the innards out. Now, as luck would have it (see previous threads on the subject), I already had some araldited diff internals sitting in a tub of IPA for around 2 months now. They are finally dissolved enough to be cleaned by hand and reassembled. These diff parts were damaged by a screwdriver tip while levering them out, but they're in the IPA cleaning themselves as we speak in case they can be repaired for another locked diff recovery later.
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