Thanks Jeremy...Yes, she has the Ford engine which smokes a bit when started but runs fine..Ok, I have bought the workshop manual and had to fix a brake straight away...parts sourced for a tenner from local breaker (3 miles away)...Aside from the fuel gauge not working and the bucket ram seal leaking, (which I think I can sort myself), she is a bit sloppy on the slew...by this, I mean she tends to creep to the right a little bit when the boom extended...she does this no matter what position you have the table...ie 90 degrees, 180 degrees etc...it is very slight and only noticeable when hammering in posts, loading trailer etc...
I am learning to work with it as want to get a bit done before it turns too wet...when I get finished ditching I will house her and look at problem...could it be...
Hydraulic Filters (three of them)
Spool valve O rings and seals
Cross relief or main Relief valves
If it doesn't get any worse, I think I can manage with her
btw, problem is same, cold or warm
Thanks in advance