TOH, in a previous post, told me "good luck" regards fabricating quick-detach for 8N Dearborn front end loader (http://www.ntractorclub.com/forums/nboard/messages/252614.html), and today I drove my tractor up to where implements are stored, so I could contemplate TOH's meanings while examining front end loader vs my tractor.
I figured it was a good time as any to start taking measurements and drawing sketches, since I had both fenders off the rear tires removing dings and dents. My preliminary assessment was that it was going to be simpler than I had first thought to create quick disconnects on 8N's rear axle.
It's not entirely clear what's going to happen to the front mount as yet, & one worry to be figured out, is how best to deal with headlights?
Having fleshed out a few basic concepts, I headed back and began reading through the different front end loader manuals in the library section, hoping to determine my model, since I hadn't been able to locate an ID tag as yet.
What I found was a bit surprising. Rather than Dearborn front end loader, closest match appears to be Wagoner FEL designed to fit Ford N series tractors.
Looks like my next step is going to be taking FEL pictures, and comparing manuals to nail down model/manufacturer, before anything else happens.
It is rather a bit amazing to consider how many different varieties of manufacturers & models of FELs there were back in the day, as reflected in the number of FEL manuals Library contains. :-)
Some manuals showed cutting away part of 8N's grill for FEL installation, which I am loathe to do. Thinking there's got to be a better solution?
URL shows quick detach concept; weight and balance of Wagner rig is way different than what's shown in URL video, but the concepts are similar, even though weight and balance/support leg's positioning will be completely different, I think video conveys idea of quick-disconnect well enough.