For the first time ever I would like to nominate a tractor.....haha
I would like to nominate my old tractor Lucy, she is the perfect ugliest/operable tractor I own. Unfortunately she just got even uglier. She being an old survivor was great for the short time I have own her but I knew the Tecumseh days were growing short. Being that this tractor is a daily user for her strength, durability , and nimbleness. My wife and I decided to re power her. I did the work to get the new engine in and found that the old front clip was not going to fit. This was expected so I was ready with another old grill I had (tried to give away once on this site) and decided to cut into that one. Immediately it was ugly , what was once a nice patina-ed look was now looking like a hack job with white shiny paint and let me tell you it was scary, we had a cool old tractor now looking like a Frankenstein that someone painted up trying to make it look better. Now comes a point where I am done with my job anyway so I am cleaning up the shop putting tools away and my wife takes over to blend in the new grill so that it don't stand out so bad.
OK so I know I lose points for a re-power as much as I didn't want to do it I needed to for the 100's maybe 1000's of hours I am going to put on this tractor. This is our main go to tractor for every job around the house during the spring, summer, winter and fall. However is you can find it in your heart to consider engine choice and install job into that factor I will be great full.
This is Lucy when we first got her she came with two junky tractors and a pile of parts.
With some work I was able to get the engine going and have been using the Tecumseh for the past two years, with a few hick ups here and there the mass consumption of oil I could not complain about this tractor. So this is where it gets uglier.
With the new engine in and the new grill cut and installed it lost its charm , this is where we were both not liking it , you can see where it looks like someone with a rattle can tried to make it look better so it makes it look worse.
The photo above is where my wife requested to get her hood and grill back so she could touch it up.
This is what I got back
I had to weld a plug in the gas tank hole on the hood to close it up per her request , I am glad I did she did a great job doing the body work and then junking the hood back up.
My wife took my weight tank off the rear that I was mocking up for the winter weight because she needs to make that look old too. Last year I was running around with a cast iron radiator strapped to its back for the added weight it worked well but was way to bulky , but its what we do when we are in a pinch and need it now.
The above photo should make up for some of those points I lost ....haha
Anyway its been fun thanks for the fun event and wish yall luck try'ing to be dis ugly.