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