That is pretty much the plan. Hadn’t thought about needing to put some kind of shoes on the SSQA plate. My thought was to get the loader arms down to about 6-inches off the ground, and then let the plow float in front of it on shoes.
I bought the NOS loader valve, with the part numbers which match the one in my parts catalog off a guy on eBay yesterday, should get it next week. I figured $100 with shipping for a new valve is a bargain.
My loader has a tiny bit of down creep. And, I can’t locate anywhere in the lines or the cylinders it is leaking. So, it points to the original valve.
My thought is take the original valve off, and tear it down then measure everything with a micrometer to see if the bores are the same. If they are I can check to see if the loader lift spool can interchange with the bucket curl spool, and how much clearance there is between the spool and the bore. If they check out, I can fit the lift spool from the old valve into the new valve in the bucket curl bore. Then I can bolt the new valve into place and see if I have float on both functions.
Then I might reassemble and use the old valve to plumb cylinders on the top link and right side of the three point. I found a new two button Nimco joy stick on eBay for $105, coming out of Poland. I’d have to figure out mounting but that shouldn’t be too hard.