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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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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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