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#1 NeedMoreStuf OFFLINE  

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Posted April 29, 2014 - 08:54 AM

I posted this on Smokstak and also wanted to post it here.

 

Since my brother and I were quite young, up until 1995, my family would visit my Great Uncle Joe and Great Aunt Rosie in Cole Camp, Mo. They owned 400+ acres full of woods to explore and a pond to fish from. Lotta Rock Ranch it is called, these were some of the very best years of my life. With all that acreage is was quite a modest homestead, a cinder block house built with there own hands starting back in 1946 at $8 an acre. Fast forward to the 1990s. My Aunt passed away early on and my Uncle passed away in 1995. I was the last one to take a deer from that property in '95 before he passed. As kids we would sometimes ride on and play on this Panzer tractor, Ive got pictures of us somewhere. The story goes that back in the 1960s an acquaintance of my Great Uncles was lent some money and after some time passing and unable to pay back my Uncle the acquaintance gave my Uncle this Panzer. Years after my Uncle had passed away I would now and then inquire to his oldest son Joe Jr. about the Panzer, he always thought he would get to work on it and get it going again. He passed away this last Dec. but not before we had spoke again a few times, he then said he would speak with his two sons and daughter about the Panzer, he passed away less than a week later. Some time had passed after the memorial and I spoke with his oldest son about the tractor, he recalled his dad mentioning it and me. Fast forward to a couple of days ago and the Panzer, my personal Holy Grail is now home. Below are the photos of that day, the tractor had been sitting in the corner of that barn for close to 40 years. I am extremely proud and look very much forward to getting this rare Panzer up and running again, I cant wait for that first ride. It is a 1962 model T-707ESL with factory duals and hydraulic bucket loader. Thats my brother in the white shirt and my cousin Joe III.

Patrick

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Edited by NeedMoreStuf, April 29, 2014 - 11:04 AM.

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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:10 AM

Glad you were able to bring it home. Good luck with it!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:13 AM

Great story!!! An what a neat tractor that is I'm sure you will
bring it back to its glory!
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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:14 AM

Congrats!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:15 AM

Wow, What a great story and a very nice Panzer. :thumbs:  I will be following along to see you get her up and running. Are you going to restore it?


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:28 AM

Awesome tractor. That is one Model Panzer I really wish I had. According to a buddy of mine there was only 200 hundred of the T707esl Panzers built.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:30 AM

Im debating whether to do a full restoration, which would make it pretty much a show piece (trailer queen), or leave it as found but give it a good cleaning and a complete mechanical restoration to where I could actually use the tractor if I wanted but still be more than proud to show it.  I wouldnt mind hearing some opinions.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:39 AM

Im debating whether to do a full restoration, which would make it pretty much a show piece (trailer queen), or leave it as found but give it a good cleaning and a complete mechanical restoration to where I could actually use the tractor if I wanted but still be more than proud to show it.  I wouldnt mind hearing some opinions.

It's only original once. In rust we trust I say! I'd leave it alone, give it a good power wash then work on the mechanics, then be done.

 

Use it and enjoy it!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:52 AM

That thing is SWEET!  Love the story too.  I'm a sucker for stories like that involving old iron.  Great way to hang on to the memories!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Nice Panzer. I've never seen that front loader arrangement before. I would do a restoration, not to make it a trailer queen, but to preserve it from further rust while I used it. It's strictly your call. Whatever you decide it would be nice to see the repairs or restoration documented here.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:20 AM

I agree with Brian, I would restore it and use it.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Nice old rig. Can't wait to see it restored.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:24 AM

I have only seen one other like that with a loader and rear duals. It was all restored and looked awesome. Personally I prefere the " In The Work Clothes " look for my tractors. I also use my tractors. We have three Allis Chalmers farm tractors, two WD and one WC. As we get them going we are going to leave them as we got them, ready to work.  My opinon is cleanit and make sure it is mechanicly sound and preserve it that way by using it and showing it. Nothing says you can't have a show ready tractor that is also ready to work. I would think that your uncle would be proud that you are going to redo this tractor to useable status.  Congratulations on getting it. Please keep us informed as you go along with it. It has a history of you and you have a history with it. Good luck. Can't wait to see it cleaned up and ready to run.   Thanks for sharing with us.                                                                                   Roger.


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:27 AM

Thanks for sharing the pictures and the story!!  Glad you were able to finally get it!!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 10:38 AM

I'm glad you were able to get it.  I like tractors to work and wear working clothes.  It sounds pretty rare, so if you don't use it, you may want to show it off. 

 

Keep us posted.


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