This will be a "As I manage too get it done project." In this project you need to have a solid reason and in that a solid plan. The first is to have a good tractor with good maintenance and relatively low hours. Only an older diesel can provide the HP and work weight as the newer models are pretty light weight and may need a lot of ballast to work properly. In this the newer models will consume less fuel with daily "light" work but there is no short cut to fuel usage/work time. The tractor is a Ford from the 80s, well maintained and yet it shows its years of constant use. A bit scruffy but only the left power steering cylinder weeps due to a seal's age. Along the way that will be replaced as I have the repair kit in hand. The steering wheel is aged and cracked so it's on the list of repairs. The seat was replaced last year and a kinder thing to my rear as the older seat would hold rain water and the stuffing was compacted. I received the Loader assembly last week and have studied the "assembly manual". The manual IS NOT an assembly manual for my tractor, instead it is a parts list with very few notations and is for a variety of tractors. Not exactly what I expected from a company that has been in business for nearly a century. What it does show is a lack of thought to the buyer's time to install. The manual lacks measurements, just something it would be nice to have to understand the best way to go about this project in a manner where you do not take the tractor out of service while installing the loader. The manual also lacks in its entirety any notations of OEM parts you may need to remove to install and discard to complete the work. A loader maintenance manual is part of the "kit" and is a must since the assembly manual/parts list leaves out a series of moves you must make. The first thing you need to receive the Loader kit is a LOADER. Imagine a 1200 lb package/pallet arriving on your road in a semi with no tail gate lift and you the new proud owner. Not unexpected and being fully aware of the hap hazard trucking industry since deregulation I was prepared with my smaller and newer loader. The first problem was the lifting capacity of my in service Front End Loader equipped tractor. Maxed out at 1000 lbs, and that is just the bare lift arms, I was out matched because add the fork lift attachment and no way could I lift and move my prize. NTL the driver was up to the task of breaking down the load and we unloaded in three units from the trailer to the ground and then inside my gate. On the ground and inspected I was happy too observe no damage. Then I noticed a disturbing thing, the front end loader was ordered with a skid steer attachment and the common skid steer bucket. Nothing to do but place the pallet, only the loader was still on the pallet, now easy to move in the planned location of under a large shed roof . Inventory began and so did the phone calls. More later, co fee time.