In Reply to: 8N quick-disconnect loader planning posted by Brad on April 10, 2020 at 22:18:19:
Certainly a lot of challenges to overcome in making N series tractors do things that Henry and Harry hadn't seen coming back in '39.
My pet project for when or if I ever get the time is to adapt a hydraulically driven 4x4 pickup front axle to the 4600 loader tractor, which we lovingly refer to as the Pig on Ice. Not a high priority since there are others here with better traction.
Even modern loaders are difficult to line up and reattach. Bad enough that one is dissuaded from performing the job often enough to develop proficiency. Major vice is clearing the rear mounts with the front axle.
From what I can tell by mere experience, the designers of modern agricultural loaders carefully placed each element of the framework to block access to the service points on the host tractor, and then laughed maniacally imagining some poor farmer trying to do any work on the machine.