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Hi all, hope your well in these crazy times , I recently spotted a old lawn mower for sale and I just had to have it , I feel a few purest will think it's been ruined but I didn't do the work to it , here's a few pics. I bought it from a shop that publishes a magazine on kustom art , pin striping , airbrushing etc and was told that the mower was part of a " Alice in wonderland" set at a kustom art show in 2011 in Lincoln.
Well, we all do what we do, enjoy your purchase!
Thank you, I didn't know I was in to old lawn mowers until I bought this one, and now seeing all the ones on here I feel a little collection coming along . Do you know what model Ransomes mower this is , struggling to find info on it , the blades have been painted red but everything is there and working , would love to learn how to sharpen the blades and actually use this as my mower and ditch my petrol one as my garden is tiny.
Hello welcome to the forum, whilst my preference is for originality, customising is down to personal taste & as the mower is not particularly rare, no problem with giving it a different look, also hopefully this has wetted your appetite to look more seriously at lawn mowers & their history
You have a Ransomes Conquest 1959 to 1965 according to Colin Stone's excellent article in our club magazine No.110 where you will find out all about them, a taster for you on the link below, & well worth the subscription to the club for the mags alone with loads of useful & interesting info, plus of course plenty of other support
I have seen a conquest decked out in RAF colours etc like a spitfire, so they are prone to an artful eye.
I was guilty of customising a Ford Anglia around 50 years ago, had I kept it original I see they are fetching thousands, but I don't think the Conquest will appreciate that much, Alice in Wonderland has less street cred than Harry Potter!
That is hilarious - I love it. Especially the Bhagavad-Gita (near) quote!
Seems funny that Ransomes suddenly discovered streamlining in the late 1950s - unless it's the continuation of an earlier style - when everyone else (trains, cars, toasters etc) was doing it in the 1930s.
ETA - just found this, in similar vein: https://myoldmachine.com/topic/1932-ransomes-conquest-launceston-steam-…