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#1 Clint OFFLINE  


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Posted April 05, 2016 - 01:57 AM

I dropped my girlfriend off at the airport toward the end of May and on my way home I took a different route than usual. I came upon an intersection and up ahead I saw a small trailer parked in a yard. There was a blue tarp covering something the size of a riding mower or garden tractor. As I approached the house I saw the rear end of a Panzer poking out from the bottom of the tarp. My jaw dropped and eyes got big! I turned around in a nearby parking lot and parked. I walked across the street and knocked on the door anxiously. No answer. I tried the back door as it was obvious the front was seldom used. Still no answer. Disheartened, I left a note under the vehicle's windshield wiper and one in the mailbox hoping at least one would be found. I went home and searched the address hoping for a home phone number to be listed. BINGO! I called and left a message as well. Then I waited patiently hoping the call would come in. All the time wondering could it be for sale? Will they call? Did I overstep or seem pushy by leaving so many notes and a message? Will they feel violated by my presence on their property without permission? All I could do is wait! Days go by and I hear nothing. Then, while out in the shed working on one of my many projects, my phone rings with an unknown number on the caller ID. Is this it? "Hello" I said. "Hi there. I'm the guy with the mower on my trailer." Hot damn I thought. We spoke briefly and then he told me they had been out of town and just returned. He said the mower was a T50 Copar Panzer. It had been sitting for a few years but had been stored inside and he used it to maintain his lawn for about 30ish years. He said he was 74 years old, the second owner, retired and ready to part with it to free up some room in his garage. He said he had bought it from his brother-in-law in the early 80's who was, at one time, a Panzer dealer! He said it had served him well and was complete but had a few minor issues he no longer felt like dealing with. He said it was complete with the original diamond tread pattern rear tires. The front right spindle was worn where the steering attaches and it didn't have spark right now so it would not start. He assured me the engine was still good and all in all just minor stuff as the rest seemed solid. He added he had replaced the front wheels and tires over the years. The deck was in good shape and still had the pto mounted on the side. He said years ago he had taken the cover off of the pto and drilled a hole in the top to add a grease zerk. He said it had a leaky seal and his brother-in-law said to, "Fill'er up with a real good grease." He shot me a price and I jumped! He then said there were 2 or 3 more stored in a barn at his sister's place that were part of his inventory that were traded in on newer models of mowers over the years. I am going to try and buy those as well if all works out. We made arrangements and I went and picked it up without any issues. I did a quick magic trick and made some cash disappear and became an owner of yet another Panzer. ​Here are a few photos. As always comments are welcome.

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 04:16 AM

Nice score! And great story!

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 04:17 AM

    Nice score rtie there, just the fact you got it is cool.  keep us informed how you make out with the rest.


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Posted April 05, 2016 - 05:17 AM

Very nice  :thumbs:   Love that rear tire tread too !

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 06:39 AM

Yeah man, you did well nice ride.
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Posted April 05, 2016 - 06:48 AM

Great deal on a nice looking Panzer. Love the looks of those tractors. Good luck on getting the rest of the stash.

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 07:24 AM

You don't see Panzers very often in IL.   You are going to end up with 3 or 4 of them!!   I used to like you!! :mad2:


  Great story.  You better thank your girl friend for putting you in the right place and time.   Good luck getting the rest.   Rick

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 07:28 AM

Some times it pays off to take a different way home.

Nice tractor.    I like those diamond tread rear tires also.

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 06:36 PM

Looks like I'm going to pick two more up tomorrow. A T707 electric start and another in pieces but looks mostly complete. Neither of these are running right now.

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Posted April 05, 2016 - 08:00 PM

Good find,enjoy
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Posted April 07, 2016 - 07:33 PM

This story is almost a word for word account of how I found my T-758 that I now use for pulling, shown in the avatar pic I use for this web site (see the story in the March/April-May/June issues of LAGC). Looks like you did good on this one and it seems to be in pretty good shape considering how much use it got and how long it sat idle. 

  I'd like to see a full blown restoration on this one since it's rare to see a resto on this model. There is also something to be said about leaving things in their natural state too.

   Just goes to show, that sometimes the best things pop up when you're not even looking for them.


Big AL

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Posted April 19, 2016 - 04:22 PM

A well written story and a great find too. It looks superb and if it were me I would leave it in its original condition.

Maybe one day I will get a Panzer myself as I just like the look of the,
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Posted July 31, 2016 - 05:44 PM

I just recently acquired a T70 a PTO and a deck for it but I'm missing the clutch that runs under the frame that engages the PTO belt. I would really appreciate a good picture of the set up. I'm guessing I'll have to fab something. Would love to know how it is set up. Great Story and great find for sure.