Last week I started a tread on my recently purchased MTD 860 and I promised to tell about the seller’s GT collection so here goes.
I was admiring two Tiger tractors at the Little Guys show a few weeks back and struck up a conversation with the owner. He came over later and saw my 990 and mentioned the 860 he was selling. In the conversation it came up that he had a lot of Panzers and while he doesn’t sell Panzers he might be willing to let go of a deck for a Meteor. He also said he had well over 300 GTs and he told Nutndun he had quite a few Bush Hogs including an HD-12. George immediately said I needed to take one for the team and purchase the MTD so I could see the guy’s collection and confirm the Bush Hog story.
I made arrangements and visited the guy's place Sunday a week ago.
I'm not one to embrace modern text abbreviations but it's fitting here. All I can say is OMG!! What a nice guy (and his dad as well) and what an incredible collection. It was on an old farmstead that appeared not to have been farmed in quite some time. But as with all old farmsteads there were multiple outbuildings and every building was crammed with tractors. Inside, outside, underneath, in the fence rows, in box trucks, in semi trailers, you name it, GTs everywhere. I didn't see an outhouse but if there had been, I bet it would have had a Bantam in it. Even one prized possession, an WH RJ-58? (I think - not real familiar with WH models but he said it was a first year,) on the back porch.
It was GT overload for me as I can't begin to remember everything I saw and I might not get everything I mention 100% correct. Of the stuff he collects I'm only very familiar with the Panzer stuff so assume I'm unaware of the significance of items for the other brands and might not mention them. Until I hear otherwise, I'm going to assume this is the biggest Panzer collection in the country? He did say he has the second biggest Tiger collection and he was closing in on number one.
I figure it's easier just to list it:
over 130 Panzers focusing on earlier Copar models
several College Park produced Model A Panzers
I believe he had at least one of every Panzer model produced
3 of the front end loader Panzer T70s
an NOS Woods front deck for a Panzer
multiples of just about every Panzer attachment
a saw attachment for a Panzer
a T70 with every available option
around 40 Tiger tractors and tons of attachments
I'm not familiar with tiger models but he had a larger one (think Gibson size) that was one of seven known to exist
maybe two dozen Bush Hogs
multiple Bush Hog attachments
approx. 10 D4-10s
an HD-12 (don't remember if he said he had an HD-10 or not)
a Bush Hog dump cart
several early Economys
3 Jaques Mighty Mites
a couple early Bolens Ride-A-Matics
5-6 Cub Originals and several 70s & 100s
I saw only one JD and don't remember the model but might have been a 112?
1 or 2 of the late '60s Gilson built machines sold under various brands
1 or 2 Beaver tractors
several Speedex tractors
a Gibson tractor
He had a thing for small riders also:
3 or 4 Simplicity Serfs
several WH RJs
3 or 4 Mustangs
several small Fords (model 70 - 75 - 80 ??)
a small MTD built Squire
a Bantam or two
Again, I can't stress enough that I'm sure I'm forgetting some rare stuff here.
I saw some of the rare Panzer literature and it sounds like he had a huge collection of sales and service literature for multiple brands. He said he tries to get as much of that type of stuff as possible to go with each tractor. He had at one point bought out a Panzer dealer stock so had pretty much every sales and service bulletin they put out along with stacks of sales brochures and op manuals. He had a least a dozen brand new copies of one of the Panzer brochures he showed me. There's a picture floating around on the internet of a Panzer plowing snow at the White House. He had the original poster size picture. He also had two large, maybe 10 -12 ft long, Panzer lettering / signs for the front of a Panzer dealer's building.
I ended up with the MTD 860, a mower deck for my Meteor, and a small Meteor sales brochure that he had doubles of. Plus one heck of a good time meeting him and looking at his collection.
I of course mentioned GTTalk but he didn't seem very interested. I'd love to see his knowledge base available to the hobby and boy would I love to spend a day at his place with a scanner.
I'm sure some on here know this guy but he's trying to keep somewhat quiet so I'm not mentioning any names or locations and I didn't want to slap any pictures all over the internet so you're out of luck there ....
Edited by Canawler, June 11, 2014 - 10:26 AM.