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Old 06-12-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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Bantam trailers, and Willys if you find any. WWII

Hosting pics of my trailer reconstruction. Not a rebuild it's been modified too much, by the previous owners.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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It is a 1942 Bantam trailer!

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Old 07-07-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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I'm a Bantam fan.

What are your plans for this one?

How's the floor?
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:49 PM   #4
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It was used as a generator trailer in the military.
A five holes in the floor, mounting and drain hole.

The civilians cut the back off. Then welded in some channel steel to make it a dump trailer.

They overloaded it so bad that the tire pulled off thru the lugnuts!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:55 PM   #5
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I've had a couple with a civilian installed tail gate. Absolutely perfect design for any Wrangler sized hauling I've wanted to do.

I've seen lug holes wobbled out by not having the nuts down tight enough. Takes considerable effort to ignore the warning signs though.

Good luck with your project, be sure to post photos.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:41 AM   #6
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My primary plans are to turn it into a camping/husking trailer. Tent on top.

I really want to enter it into next years anything that floats races.

It meets all the criteria for the races; man made materials, non powered, not a boat.

Just a few things to fix, like the entire back missing!
Or a new body.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:11 PM   #7
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Will get pics of my 48 willys on here later.....
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:33 PM   #8
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Nice find. Here in the UK Bantam trailers are in good supply - I guess your guys left a lot of them over here - but are expensive. British trailers are like gold-dust; they were mostly wooden bodied and anything useful was worked to death after the war.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:48 AM   #9
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Have any combat rims?
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:44 PM   #10
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Mine has the bolt-together 'combat rims'. The local tire shop really ain't too happy to see me bring them in.
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I am In need of a combat rim in ok to good condition. I found one that is rusted POS. The one rim the lugnuts pulled thru, the PO overloaded it.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:41 PM   #12
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Unless you are truly making a 'retro/historical' build that requires authentic parts, the cost/hassle of such doesn't serve much functional purpose. They junked most of them out decades ago. I don't have any extra. And low cost drop center steel rims are easily obtained.

Some try to mount same trailer/Jeep rims for practicality in spares. There is different hub pattern to consider. How solid is your belly pan?
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:44 PM   #13
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M101A2 Trailer Dallas TX $1200

I don't know anything about them but looks good to me.

M101 trailer A2 version

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Old 10-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #14
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That's a great trailer but way too large for use with Wrangler.
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It would be a great trailer if you had a larger truck. The problem comes when the max recommended towing weight of your TJ is 1000 lbs and the M101 trailer weighs over 1300 lbs empty.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:56 PM   #16
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I'm a loser. The 8-lug wheels should have been a clue.
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The best military trailers for Jeeps are the WWII Bantam and Willys MBT trailers, the Korean era M100 trailer or the Vietnam/cold war era M416 trailer.


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Old 10-12-2014, 04:44 PM   #18
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Well, in for a penny, in for a pound.

Also on Craigslist I noticed a new trailer that resembles the flat fendered M416. (That's the kind I towed around in the 1971 Reforger Exercise in West Germany.) So, if a person has deep pockets ($3,000) and a burning desire for a full featured, modern retro-styled military Jeep trailer, there is the Morris Mule.



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