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.... well maybe just one more ....

I still have one Bolens Ridemaster that isn't restored yet and I picked up a sickle mower for a ridemaster that isn't restored yet also.
I have a Ridemaster that does not have the correct implement on it and I want to put the sickle mower on it instead.
The sickle mower is complete except for missing one mounting bracket so I'm still hunting for that.

Last Saturday the 14th, as I'm searching thru Ridemaster listings on ebay in hopes that by some miracle the bracket I need is on there, I happen to notice a garden tractor on the right side of the page in the column where ebay shows other similar items.

I clicked on the listing and it showed about 45 minutes left on the auction so the first thing I did was check to see where it was located.

... If we were still living up in northern Michigan, this would have been too far away for me to consider but since we are now living in southern Indiana, it's within reasonable driving distance so we can make the trip there and back easily in one day.
The next thing is, I have no idea what it should be worth. At the time, two bidders had already bid a couple of times against each other to drive the price up to $320.
I decided to bid on it and did not really expect to get it for the amount that I bid so I was very surprised when I ended up being the winning bidder and we made arrangements to pick it up the next weekend.

The seller said that the tractor was really hard to move so he would have his dad there to help us load it.
I know absolutely nothing about these tractors so I got on the internet and talked with a guy that has some of these tractors and he said that the first thing I need to do was to remove the drive chain from the rear axle and the tractor would roll freely.

Here we are with the tractor jacked up and trying to get the master link off the drive chain.

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Once the drive chain was removed, it was very easy to move the tractor around and line it up with my loading ramps.

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I hooked the cable to the front and started winching it up the ramps.

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The mower deck got hung up at the top of the ramps so they had to lift the rear of the tractor a little to get it all the way onto the bed of the truck.

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Here she is all ready to be tied down and head back home.

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Ray I keep telling myself the same I am not buying any more bolens! Well you seen how that works out. lol

Very nice Panzer!!! I always liked to find a modal A for myself.
 
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Truck beds that high are OK if you have a fork lift to get heavy items on and off. A tilt bed trailer is much better and more versatile in my opinion. If you have other needs for a dully flat bed by all means go for it. Tractor appears to be in nice shape. Not real fond of that color though. To each his own. Great photos.
 

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Neat truck! With bed that high, you NEED a winch to get items on! Try that with BIG tractors! Have done a few on an Isuzu GMC I onced own, cause it wouldn't fit between the trailer wheels. Was big MM tractor. Luckily I found a driveway accross street that sloped and made it on with shorter ramps and less angle. No winch, drove it on backwards, tires hanging off side of bed a bit.

Anyway, we guys that want to quit should have some kind of contest to see who finishes first on getting rid of tractors or at least down to say 3 for keepers. Contest might take years tho, ha! :D
 

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Ray has a very long list a threads on that truck! When he see your guys post I bet he will post the links to them.

I have had the honor to ride in that truck a couple times.
 

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Can't wait to see the job you do on this one Ray. Glad to see ya back on the forum. Hope the new house and shop are doing well for you two. Roger
Thanks Roger

The footings are in and the blocks for the crawl space were laid last week.

I'll have some photos of the work to post in a few days.
 
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What is your hauler? from what little bit of the cab that I can see in pix, I'm thinking International?
Isn't truck a 55 to 57 Chevy or GMC?? IH? Naaaa! One ton axle dually, so big one for the age.
Ray has a very long list a threads on that truck! When he see your guys post I bet he will post the links to them.

I have had the honor to ride in that truck a couple times.
The truck is a 1959 Chevy 1/2-ton cab sitting on a 1985 Chevy 1-ton chassis with a 1990 Cummins engine.

I have been driving this truck for over 20 years now and put about 5 to 8 thousand miles on it a year.

This hauls my 25 foot gooseneck trailer loaded with garden tractors to shows.

For those who have not already seen it, here are the links to the post for putting the Cummins engine in:

1959 Chevy / Cummins

http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/13304-59-chevy-cummins/

-2 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/13700-59-chevy-cummins-2/

-3 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/13805-59-chevy-cummins-3/

-4 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/13863-59-chevy-cummins-4/

-5 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/14009-59-chevy-cummins-5/

-6 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/14147-59-chevycummins-6/

-7 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/14275-59-chevy-cummins-7/

-8 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/14418-59-chevy-cummins-8/

-9 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/14570-59-chevy-cummins-9/

-10 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/14736-59-chevy-cummins-10/

-11 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/15034-59-chevycummins-11/

-12 http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/topic/15154-59-chevycummins-12/
 

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Hey - I posted a link to that on- E-Bay C/L forum here . If I was closer to it you would have had to bid against me for it . I love that model - and would have liked to restore that one. Great find and Glad you got it.

I keep saying I can't get any more - but I am always looking around for that great deal or something special .
 
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Hey - I posted a link to that on- E-Bay C/L forum here . If I was closer to it you would have had to bid against me for it . I love that model - and would have liked to restore that one. Great find and Glad you got it.

I keep saying I can't get any more - but I am always looking around for that great deal or something special .
You can't stop now....this is just getting interesting...my wife is on to me to buy something vintage,,,,she has not seen the Panzers but when she does my right ear going to get a workout.
I know absolutely nothing about these tractors but I've always liked them and would look them over whenever I saw one at a show.

I have never seen a Panzer for sale before but I had also never actively looked for one for sale.

This one being for sale in Illinois got me excited right away. I'm very happy that I was able to purchase it.
 
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I don't know a lot about them either , I do the same thing at shows though . I always have to look twice at the Panzers . That is a great looking tractor - has a lot of 'tractor' style . I hope you get that thing fixed up good . It will be a beauty and worth the effort I am sure!

I am jealous - I really want one of those.
 
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Thank you everyone for all the comments.

Thanks to my trusty forklift, unloading the tractor was much easier than loading it.
I had built a platform that fits on the forks so I can use it for working up on the side of the building.
This worked fine for rolling the tractor back onto it.

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I fastened both ends so the tractor wouldn't roll off and set the platform down at the entrance to the garage.

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It was then easy to roll the tractor off and into the garage.

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For now it is setting in the back corner of the garage and will have to stay there until I get my workshop set back up.

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That thing is just so damned cute. :thumbs:
 

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Neat tractor. If the past is any indication it will be running like a watch before long.

How's the Cummins Treating you? Now that you have had some time to run it are you still happy with the conversion?
 
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