Back in April I was offered a chance to have a Panzer GT given to me if I were to restore one for a friend of my fathers. Trust me when I say nothing in life is free, I am a living testament to that. In the process of getting the friends and mine home, Dad suggested (strongly at 75 years of age ) while you're doing his do mine. So now 2 became 3. Then Dad says "and by the way son, the friend needs his before the first Monday of August for a county fair and tractor show".
And so the work began. Dad's tractor and his friends tractor were sand blasted after being completely dis-assembled. In the process of tearing them down I found different colors of paint on the friends tractor. Remembering our one conversation when I took this project on I understood what I was seeing. "Bill, you can get the paint that is a pretty close match in spray cans" ! Yeah right, using a spray can as a restoration would get me about as far as the edge of the shop before my father would have me shot.
Several hours of hammer and dolly work repairing the fenders, hoods, and the pans covering the sprockets the old women were nearing a point of being ready for sealer. As soon as they came back from the sand blaster they were primed with a self etching primer to keep the humid air from creating rust. Let me say the old iron was thirsty as the 2 tractors swallowed 3 qts of self etching primer before they surface had been completely covered.
I used a Naisons 2 part urethane sealer with catalyst, follwed by a custom mixed Tantalizing Turquoise 2K Ful-Thane urethane paint. I am an old Centari Painter and this stuff lays down better than Centari ever dreamed of laying and covered the areas very well.
Needless to say the paint booth was filled with parts hanging from everything possible to get the 3 coats of paint on all of the surfaces. 48 hrs later parts started going back together and on July 27th dad came to Kansas City and picked up 2 Panzers. His and the friends.
The friend got his on the 29th and he called me upon getting the tractor and I was relieved that he was happy. For an older gentleman well into his late 80's he was very satisfied. Something to the effect better than it ever looked before. The only thing I did not get do was rebuild the bearing towers in the top of his mower deck. It is complete, and with a belt it could be used. I wouldn't want to use the mower myself and I am certain he wont ever use it for mowing. He wants to use it at the small tractor shows and just have it for parades.
Now as time permits I will start on mine. Having done 2 now, I have an idea how to re-assemble this one faster than I did putting these 2 together the first time.
- Jan 01, 2015 09:35 AM
- by Petenpole
Here are a couple of pictures of our " his and hers" panzers. I found the first one, a 1965 Pennsylvania Panzer T-75 and rebuilt it. It is the one with the white steering wheel. My wife said she liked the way it looked and she wanted one too! Never passing up on a reason to buy another tractor I looked for quite a while to find a second Panzer tractor near Wisconsin.
I did find a 1963 Pennsylvania Panzer T-70ES that was very rusty. The only paint left on it was under the carriage bolt that held the seat on! I did get it restored and repainted and it runs like new. My wife and I go to tractor shows together and get lots of compliments on our pair of Panzer tractors.
1965 Pennsylvania Panzer T-75
This tractor was an easy restore project. It was in good condition, ran well and only needed to be disassembled and painted. The tractor got new tires all around and as I am an old farm boy I usually have to put ag tread tires on my tractors. The Panzers use a narrowed Dodge car rear end and keep the brake drum with one brake shoe in it so the tractor has individual turning brakes just like the farm tractors do.
The transmission is a three step pulley setup for your forward speeds. For reverse you pull back on the lever and instead of tightening the belt to go ahead, the lever brings the flat part of the pulley against a rubber drive wheel on the engine crankshaft and it spins the pulley backwards and you get reverse.
1963 Pennsylvania Panzer T-70ES
My wife wanted a Panzer also so after about a year of looking I found this one. Panzers are hard to find in Wisconsin. They where built in Pensylvania and West Virginia and didn't have a real strong national distribution. This Panzer was complete, not beat up or dented at all. The engine had been gone through at some time in it's life and didn't need much except a carb rebuild to get it running again. The tires were shot and were replaced. As you can see it did suffer from a lack of paint and an excess of rust. Lucky for me it was fine surface rust and had not pitted the metal so a good sanding, several coats of primer and paint got it looking good again.
The next picture shows the Panzer torn down for painting. You can see how heavy the frame is built. The pipe frame is welded directly to the narrowed Dodge car rear end. The brake pedals extend forward from the brake drum and activate a single shoe on each side. You can see a large sprocket on the front of the pinion shaft. The three step belt pulley drives a shaft with a small 10 tooth sprocket. This small sprocket drives the large sprocket on the pinion shaft which gives the tractor it's gear reduction.
1963 Pennsylvania Panzer T-70ES after restoring. This became my wife's tractor and she enjoys taking it to shows. At tractor shows the color really stands out among other garden tractors. Both of these Panzers have the optional rear fenders
There is a good amount of information in the Pennsylvania Panzer and Copar Panzer tractor forums and also quite a few Panzer manuals and brochures available in the manuals section of the site.
- Jan 01, 2015 09:27 AM
- by tractormike