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    Posted: 04 Nov. 2017 at 7:15pm
Hi all,

I bought this trailer about 20 years ago to tow behind my 1945 Willys MB. It has been used hard off and on road and finally enough welds had busted loose that it needed to be repaired before the body fell off the frame. I decided to see if any info was available on the Internet before I hacked it up worse than it already is. I found this forum and the Bantam T3-C page in the first few hits. Nice job! I already have a lot of answers that I was going to ask on the forum.

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Welcome aboard from a fellow PA resident. I'm near York. What kind of info are you looking for?
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Hi Wheelie,

I am looking for parts sources and info on what is original and what is not on my trailer. I have been searching the posts and have already found most of what I need.

I already found and ordered parts that are missing on the Fulton coupling. They are not original but a whole lot better than what I cobbled up 20 years ago.

The tail lights that I thought were original obviously are not. I will keep them until I collect enough parts to install more correct tail lights. I want them on both sides because our local cops are having some kind of campaign to balance their budgets and are pulling people over for all kinds of stuff lately.

Someone replaced the deck with plywood many years ago. I found replacement floors but they cost more than what I paid for the trailer so I purchased a 4 X 8 sheet of pressure treated plywood and that will have to suffice for now.

I got stopped for safety chains. The cop took issue with the repair links and padlock I used to attach the chains. How the hell he saw that when I passed him going 45 MPH is beyond me.

I tried to post pictures but I am not having much luck. I have sent pictures in to the guy who runs the T3-C page.

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David:

Go to this website to post your pictures.  It's absolutely FREE!!!


Works for me, that I know.

Would love to see your trailer so please post some pictures of it

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I like. 
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David:

I like it! but just to point it out and I know you know this but it has the taillights in the wrong position.  The original Arrow taillight was located on the left lower whole but I'm sure it's an easy fix if you have some welding skills or a welder to cover those two holes where the taillights are on right now.

Over all, it's a great candidate for restoration.

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Yes I know they are wrong but this modification was done a long time ago. The lights are combination tail light / brake light. They are so old that they do not have DOT or SAE markings on them anywhere. Everything I worked on from the 1960s has either DOT or SAE markings so I think they are 1950s vintage or earlier. 

I will start collecting parts to install more correct lights but for now the wrong ones will suffice. I thought they were original when I bought the trailer. The Ford Model A tail light swap I looked at on the T3-C website looks good to me. I will have to add the right side light.
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David:

My fully restored Bantam T3-C has the mentioned Model A taillights that  you are talking about.  Here are some pics of it.



What color scheme are you going to restore yours?  I have no idea why I chose red.  I don't have any vehicle to match it to but at the time I thought it would be a really good idea, lol. Wink

The safety chains are from a M416 and the only reason I used them vice the original ones is because the original chains didn't reach my towing vehicle.  The hitch is also a civilian hitch and the original I sold it to someone here on the site.  I did forget who it was but I know it was someone here on the site.

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Very nice! I like it. 

I purchased the trailer to tow behind my 1945 Willys MB so I planned on painting it Olive Drab. I decided to purchase a civilian trailer instead of a military because not having a tail gate would be a pain in the arse. I do like the Navy blue color it was originally painted though. Coincidentally my Willys was also painted Navy Blue at one point. The guy I purchased the MB from said it came from Dover AFB. I think that Navy blue was a color the Air Force used in the 1950s. OD is easy to paint though since it is all overspray. I have overspray down to an art form.
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Thanks David!

Can you post some pics of your MB?  Would love to see it.  I would love nothing more than to purchase one but I'm afraid I'm not mechanically inclined.  I can do many things but when it comes to mechanics, I can not defend myself but the interest is there, nonetheless.

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The Willys has to be one of the easiest vehicles I have ever turned wrenches on. Parts are available and usually pretty cheap. It is very reliable. If the battery is dead a quarter turn on the hand crank usually has it running. It is stock appearing but has a prototype Tera 3.15 to 1 transfer case gear set in it. It also has differential lockers front and rear. It has won several competitions against heavily modified much newer Jeeps. I rebuilt and dynoed the engine out to 63 HP at 4,000 RPM.
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David:

Very nice MB indeed.  Again, someone with some skills, like yours, can get that Jeep running smoothly in no time but I do not process those skills.  But I'm not loosing hope.  One of these days I'm going to end up with my dream Jeep.  A 1971 M151A2, Marine Corps version...hopefully Clap
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