Cold Water loader on Allis 5020
I bought an Allis Chalmers 5020 4x4 last month with less than 600 hours on it. Quite a change from my previous 108 HP, 6 ton Case 1070. This month I bought a Cold Water loader, $1800 delivered, through a used gray market tractor dealer in Sugar City, Idaho. Cold Water didn't have a pattern for the mounts, so they sent the loader and a small pile of steel. The first order of business was to mock up a frame out of old 2x4s. I bought an additional 5 feet of 4x2 square tube and 18 inches of 3x3 square tube to fab the mount brackets.
To attach the loader to the tractor, I built an offset bracket to clear the steering linkage. It attaches to the aluminum bell housing with 4 - 14 x 1.5 mm bolts each side. A piece of 4x2 square tube forms the front mount. 1-1/2 inch square tube struts connect the loader uprights to the front mount. A ladder frame connects the loader to the rear axle. Five of the 8 bolts that connect the fender attachment bracket to the rear axle housing were sheared off - they are 12 x 1.5 mm if you need to replace them.
Finished fab and install on Saturday, and put 7 hours on moving dirt with a box scraper and loader. The loader works great! Seems plenty strong.
I am, however, afraid that I overstressed the front axle - the bearings seem to be ratcheting. More on that later...