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Recovering a T102 Copar Panzer tractor

This is a vintage tractor from the 1950's, It's slightly larger than a riding lawnmower (basically just longer) but looks more like a farm tractor. The rear axles are shortened axles from Chrysler cars! - Dec./31/2005

The Panzer in the weeds

This is basically how I found the tractor. Obscured by a lot of weeds and blackberry bushes in upstate New York. It was actually pointing to the left but right before this photo I lifted the front end and turned it toward the camera. These are fairly light tractors. Now I can tow it straight out the brush.

The Panzer tractor in the brush

Here's a clearer view of the tractor in the weeds. If I'm not mistaken it's been here for about 10 years after being abandoned here awaiting repair or something. Time went by and nothing happened until I came along to clean up the yard of the literally TONS of scrap metal strewn around.

A view from the rear

As you can see in this rear view these tractors use traditional tread style tires.

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The Panzer's grill

Here's the grill. It's basically just a cast iron plate. According to my research, the company name COPAR is a combination of the words "college" and "park." Since the company began in College Park, Maryland, USA.

Notice the single wheel in the front. Later models were built with two wheels in the front but I like this style since it reminds me of those farm tractors with the two smaller front wheels 2 inches from each other.

The text on the drive plate.

Here is what I call the drive plate. It's a cast iron brace that holds some sections together and supports the gears and pulleys.

The motor

These little tractors use small cast iron motors of about 5 horsepower. 5 horsepower is enough since the gearing ratio gives a huge torque increase and the torque is what moves the tractor and allows it to tow, push and pull things.

Towing the tractor with my Jeep Wrangler

I used my Jeep wrangler to pull the tractor out of the brush and weeds. It ripped the tractor out the weeds so easily that I was surprised, even with all the tractor's tires being flat and sunken into the ground. I just hooked a chain to my Jeep's steel rear bumper and wrapped the chain around the front of the tractor.

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The left tire is ripped open

As you can see the tires need replacing. This left one is totally ripped open and an ant colony was in it. Most of the colony fell out during the towing. I guess they experienced "the end of the world" for them.

The steering wheel

Here is the steering wheel after I "fished" it out the pond with a stick. Some ding-a-ling tossed it into the pond which the tractor was near and I just happened to notice it. I guess you can say it was sheer luck that I discovered it.

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