I really need another project so I can post the full restore here. For now the one I would like to nominate is the Blue Money Pit a.k.a. BMP.
As it was, I just completed the restore on Hulk II (Craftsman II) and my Grandson was showing a lot of interest in using tools, and overall "pap where does that go and what does that do". While at work a co worker mentioned that he was cleaning out a neighbors barn and found a riding mower that he was going to take to the scrap yard, but remembered that I was restoring another mower and asked if I wanted it. Well I said yes, but depended on the price and condition. I couldn’t afford a lot (Funds used on Hulk II) and I didn't want something that was missing major parts like a deck or engine.
The next day he brought some cell phone pictures (wow)! Um.... what are you asking for it? He figured it would bring $60.00 in scrap. I offered $60.00 and he said OK, and agreed to load it on his trailer and let me take it home.
9 months and $2,400.00 (and a worn out Grandson) later. BMP was done. I did 3 test mows on 2.5 acres to iron out the bugs, then used BMP twice to do full 2.5 acre mows, and a recent Pull off with Hulk II.
BMP was the latest restore project, and the most extensive to me. New to me hydraulics, and Hydro transmission. Lots of time spent with my Grandson.
Presenting the 1983 Ford LGT 145 09JC3311
Great restoration! You and your grandson should be proud!