1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Quarter-ton trailer series, Wanted, USED PARTS FOR SALE NO EBAY or COMMERCIAL SALES., and Knowledge Base
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1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Mendivil26 » Fri May 08, 2020 8:35 am

Hello,
I recently purchased this trailer for me to modify into a camping trailer without knowing it was a WWII and not a civilian trailer.
After contacting Art from bantamt3c.com and Chuck Lutz, they informed me about the value it might have for the people in this forum so instead of modifying it into a modern camping trailer, I'll consider selling it to someone who will appreciate it and pull it behind his WWII jeep and I'll just use the money to modify something different.
Condition is good, restorable but roadworthy, we pulled it behind a Tacoma on a 50min drive home with no issues. Looks like a previous owner recently replaced the shocks, it handles very good.
See attached pictures. And let me know if you'd like to see a more detailed picture of any specific part of it.
Asking price is 3000 or best offer.
Located in Riverside, Ca.

Antonio M.
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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by gpwmke » Fri May 08, 2020 10:09 pm

Nice trailer. Hope someone buys it.

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by signsup » Sat May 09, 2020 6:02 pm

I'm the guy on the other end of these deals. Saw two trailer salads for sale and passed on them both. M100's with handles cut off, combat wheels and thin lunette installed. Re enactor grade. One buy bought both and listed one for sale on Facebook and I saw the ad and messaged him to see if he had any interest in joing the MVPA as he purchased a military trailer. He no more wanted a military trailer than the man in the moon. Wanted to cut a tail gate, get rid of the axle, all the lunette stuff and make it a overland camping trailer with the tent on top of a rack set up.
We met with him and traded his military trailer for another M100 frame and tub that we have with a Bubba tail gate already installed. We will weld him up his rack assembly for trade for the military parts, including tail lights and fenders as they are all being replaced.
The gentleman he sold the other military trailer to contacted us as all he wanted was a trailer to pull behind his 65 CJ 5 and go to car shows. He no more wanted a military trailer than the man in the moon. We traded him a civi Bantam T3C with the tail gate and will give him a neat, vintage trailer to car show with without sacrificing a military trailer. So I've got two on my driveway and a few weeks worth of trailer projects.

Maybe the OP can find someone to trade something with a tail gate already in. I'm extending the tongue for the overland trailer so the lunette and casting and landing leg is not needed.

$3k for a project trailer, IMO is wishful thinking. That's fully restored motor pool or factory class price IMO.

Hope someone can save it. Too far for me to transport.
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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by signsup » Sat May 09, 2020 6:04 pm

PS. Have you considered the Ben Hur trailer for your needs? If you are towing a trailer behind a jeep, the M416 might be a better choice. If you are towing with something larger, the WWII Ben Hur 1 ton trailer has a factory tail gate and taller clearance and taller tubs and has stake pockets for a racking or stake sides.

Good luck with your project.
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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Mendivil26 » Sat May 09, 2020 11:15 pm

signsup wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 6:02 pm
I'm the guy on the other end of these deals. Saw two trailer salads for sale and passed on them both. M100's with handles cut off, combat wheels and thin lunette installed. Re enactor grade. One buy bought both and listed one for sale on Facebook and I saw the ad and messaged him to see if he had any interest in joing the MVPA as he purchased a military trailer. He no more wanted a military trailer than the man in the moon. Wanted to cut a tail gate, get rid of the axle, all the lunette stuff and make it a overland camping trailer with the tent on top of a rack set up.
We met with him and traded his military trailer for another M100 frame and tub that we have with a Bubba tail gate already installed. We will weld him up his rack assembly for trade for the military parts, including tail lights and fenders as they are all being replaced.
The gentleman he sold the other military trailer to contacted us as all he wanted was a trailer to pull behind his 65 CJ 5 and go to car shows. He no more wanted a military trailer than the man in the moon. We traded him a civi Bantam T3C with the tail gate and will give him a neat, vintage trailer to car show with without sacrificing a military trailer. So I've got two on my driveway and a few weeks worth of trailer projects.

Maybe the OP can find someone to trade something with a tail gate already in. I'm extending the tongue for the overland trailer so the lunette and casting and landing leg is not needed.

$3k for a project trailer, IMO is wishful thinking. That's fully restored motor pool or factory class price IMO.

Hope someone can save it. Too far for me to transport.

Thanks for your insight, please read "$3k or best offer".

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by dwesol » Sun May 10, 2020 11:12 am

Mendivil26,
I just sent you a PM. The email link to you is not working.
I am interested in the trailer.
Thanks,
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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by signsup » Sun May 10, 2020 2:19 pm

The OP is new to the forum. I thought there was a few days delay in PM's or linking emails and this may be the case for the link not working.
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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Mendivil26 » Sun May 10, 2020 4:19 pm

I apologise for the late response, I was off grid camping. I did receive all messages and have contacted Dan personally to discuss.

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Mendivil26 » Wed May 13, 2020 10:08 am

Trailer is still available.

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Bart1015 » Wed May 13, 2020 11:04 am

To bad your 500 miles from me.

I have a m416 in great condition with a nice tailgate that I would offer to trade plus some cash for your trailer.

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Greencom » Wed May 13, 2020 10:37 pm

That us a really straight trailer! A person could spend years looking for one that nice. If the floor is decent it would take very little to restore it. Just finding one not hacked up with a tailgate is a rarity.

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Mendivil26 » Fri May 22, 2020 2:01 pm

Sold to dwesol.
Thank you to everyone for their interest, I'm sure it went to a worthy buyer that will restore it appropriately.
Dan was great to deal with even from hundreds of miles away.

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Hammerhead » Sat May 23, 2020 6:05 am

Mendivil26,
Thankyou for reconsidering your original plans and selling this excellent example of a WWII Trailer to someone that will restore it back to it former glory.

A few months ago, an auto body friend of mine called me to look at a trailer a customer had brought in. It was a 1942 K-38 in incredible condition! Absolutely complete in it's original paint and markings. It literally looked like it had been stored in a Museum for years. The owner wanted the body shop guy to turn it into a rolling Beer Cooler, painted a bright red and white so he could pull it to the river! I pleaded with my friend to BEG him to reconsider and that this piece of history needs to be preserved. I offered to buy it and told him I would help him look for a replacement for his project. The guy said nope, it would make a great Beer Cooler and that what was done! A great piece of history lost!
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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by Schneider » Sat May 23, 2020 6:31 am

Nice trailer!!

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Re: 1943 1/4 ton WWII Bantam Trailer

Post by signsup » Sat May 23, 2020 9:54 am

I guess it's none of our business, but based on this thread, can we now presume that a project but nice WWII trailer is now worth $3k? Does this make a restored, but original WWII trailer now worth $4K? If it is, that's great for the hobby, but I was seeing a lot of nice restored trailers in the $2500 range just a few months ago. Before the economy went south.

Interesting. . .
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