I did get it restored and repainted and it runs like new. My wife and I go to tractor shows together and get lots of compliments on our pair of Panzers.
This tractor was an easy restore project. It was in good condition, ran well and only needed to be disassembled and painted. The tractor got new tires all around and as I am an old farm boy I usually have to put ag tread tires on my tractors. The Panzers use a narrowed Dodge car rear end and keep the brake drum with one brake shoe in it so the tractor has individual turning brakes just like the farm tractors do.
The transmission is a three step pulley setup for your forward speeds. For reverse you pull back on the lever and instead of tightening the belt to go ahead, the lever brings the flat part of the pulley against a rubber drive wheel on the engine crankshaft and it spins the pulley backwards and you get reverse.
1963 T-70ES in as found condition. My wife wanted a Panzer also so after about a year of looking I found this one. Panzers are hard to find in Wisconsin. They where built in Pensylvania and West Virginia and didn't have a real strong national distribution. This Panzer was complete, not beat up or dented at all. The engine had been gone through at some time in it's life and didn't need much except a carb rebuild to get it running again. The tires were shot and were replaced. As you can see it did suffer from a lack of paint and an excess of rust. Lucky for me it was fine surface rust and had not pitted the metal so a good sanding, several coats of primer and paint got it looking good again.
The next picture shows the Panzer torn down for painting. You can see how heavy the frame is built. The pipe frame is welded directly to the narrowed Dodge car rear end. The brake pedals extend forward from the brake drum and activate a single shoe on each side. You can see a large sprocket on the front of the pinion shaft. The three step belt pulley drives a shaft with a small 10 tooth sprocket. This small sprocket drives the large sprocket on the pinion shaft which gives the tractor it's gear reduction.
1963 T-70ES after restoring. This became my wife's tractor and she enjoys taking it to shows. At tractor shows the color really stands out among other garden tractors. Both of these Panzers have the optional rear fenders
Edited by tractormike, April 03, 2010 - 08:43 PM.