Hey there, I've been lurking around here reading about panzers for a while now. My dad owns a few of them and I grew up riding them around thinking they were the coolest thing ever (still think that). I'm in college now and am finally getting a chance to work with them (only 1 of them runs at the moment) myself and am trying to get a T75 running again (this particular one last ran about 10 years ago last).
He told me none of them had the original engine which disappointed me a bit. I got to looking at this T75 though and noticed that the engine is a Briggs 170402 which I know is correct to some of the T75s. Unfortunately this particular Panzer's identification plate appears to have been painted (there's still a trapezoid type shape sticking out in the paint) over or is gone, so I don't know if this engine is original or just a correct engine that was swapped onto it. The things that tell me it was swapped on are that it doesn't show any signs of turquoise anywhere and the code on it is 7009241. According to what I've seen that would date the engine as a 1970, however most of the codes I've seen are 8 digits not 7, the only place I've run across other people mentioning 7 digit codes was on panzers here. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that some of the Panzers were scrapped together with parts laying around in the later years. Curious as to what you guys think of this?
Picture of it from when I was wrenching on it.