I will nominate my father-in-laws garden tractor. It is a 1982 Craftsman 10/36.
The story of this tractor starts about three years ago. I restored a little Rugg tractor for my wife and painted it pink because after attending tractor shows with me she was always disappointed there were no pink tractors. After I completed it her father asked if I would be able to do a Star Trek themed tractor as he is a huge Trek fan. That comment sparked the thoughts in my head and I started planning. At the time the Craftsman was my lawn tractor but the deck bearings were bad and it literally rusted off the tractor though the tractor still worked great so it became the base of this project.
I started by stripping the tractor down and painted the bottom a black metallic to look like "space" that would be around the ship. The part of the tractor that looked like the shape of the USS Enterprise (for those of you that know Star Trek) I painted a military gray color that matched the ship as close as I could. I wanted to replicate the thrusters that give the ship its iconic shape so for the thrusters on the back fenders I cut a piece of galvanized stove pipe in half then welded it to the top of the fenders and blended with body filler. The name on the hood was small brush painted with stencils and the USS Enterprise is vinyl letters. I made the dash look like the computer panels in the ship by getting printable bumper sticker material. The seat is a tractor seat from tractor supply. The rear lights for the "warp drive" are blue strip LED's and the headlights were replaced with red LED trailer lights so he could have "phazers". All the decals are clear coated over to help them last. The engine was painted blue and red to look like the "warp core".
It has no implements so it is just for parades, showing, and driving around his property. It is definitely one of the most fun projects I have ever done just because of the ability to let my creativity go.
Yes, the bumper sticker I made for the back does say "To boldly mow where no one has gone before".
Edited by cpg, April 02, 2015 - 10:23 AM.