# 1 upgrade. Convert positive ground to negative ground.
# 2 upgrade. Install a real detent type remote valve.
# 3 upgrade. Pull the gear shifter, build up the tip till it won't shift, then file till it shifts. Stop binding gears.
# 4 upgrade. Ditch the Lucas, install a SI-10 Delco alternator
# 5 upgrade. Ditch the OEM glow plug, retapp and install a thermostatic glow plug from the 1000 series Ford tractors that has fuel and heat together. If you are installing a key starer, good time is then.
# 6 upgrade. Clean the battery box, install an optima. # 7 upgrade. Install 00 extra heavy duty battery cables, with soldered connections.
# 8 upgrade. 13.6x28 vs 12s and 10s rears
# 9 upgrade. Dump those headlamps, install something brighter and cheaper. Use them.
#10 upgrade. Havent done this one yet, but gonna. Replace the radior filler inlet with smaller stant size filler, use pressure tester to find leaks. #11 upgrade. Dump the idiot lights and install gages, oil and battery voltage (not amperage) #12 upgrade. Inconcert with starter, alternator, thermal glow plug and negative ground, use the start switch from 1000 series Ford, Off-accy-spring heat-glow, spring start switch.
#13 upgrade. Dump the seat, and install a spring seat with side arms that is comfortable.
#14 upgrade. If you are doing a lot of mowing, predominately, dump the 3 rib fronts and replace with 7.50 bias ply truck tires.
#15 upgrade. 100 series Ford bumper.
#16 upgrade. ROPPS. I scrouged scrap and built a roll bar for one of mine, and I like it. next comes light on the roll bar.
#17 upgrade. Pull the air inlet and install a Donaldson. It is amazing how much dirt and dust my Donaldson(s) catches that doen go into my oil bath.
#18 upgrade. Power steering. I bought a PS kit for Dextas years back. never installed it, but it will be mount here soon, as this is the first tractor I have rebuilt the gearbox. Will report good or bad.
#19 upgrade. Probalbly closer to the top. Steering ball on the steering wheel. A must.
#20 upgrade. Load the tires. Weight equal traction. Before I load tires, I clean the rims, wire brush them and POR-15 them. I use simple ethelene glycol, used from flushing my cooling systems.
You are welcomed to share your opinion of my suggested upgrades. But remember these are my tractors, and they are used and will likely never see a show or museum. Now that I am reviewing the list, some of the last should be first, if this is a priorty list. I did not count maintenance as upgrades.