Dan spotted this one.
“his is a trailer sold through Willys jeep dealers from the late 40’s through the early 50’s.
It is made by “Spen trailer company”. This is NOT a Bantam trailer, but it is much like one. I bought it with hopes to restore it and use it with my CJ2A, but I don’t have the time. It is in poor shape.
Unfortunatly I dont have any paper work for it.
Please call only during daylight hours. lower cash offers in person only please.”
UPDATE: Based on this link I think this is a civilian Converto trailer. Roger has supplied some additional photos and information to document the trailer in the hopes it will help others.
Roger writes, That is a light on the finder it as Griffin NO. 103 cast on it (10th photo). The light bulb is in side the cast aluminum tee . The jack as a PAT. NO. 2184058 The front panel of the box bed is 16” tall on the in side and 19” tall on the out side it goes down over the frame. The finders are 9” wide. The tale gate hinge pipe is 13/16 OD &14” on center & it well hinge from the top or bottom. The frame going up to the hitch is 3”x1 1/4”chanel. The springs are 1 3/4” wide. There are some holes on each side of box bed near the back that could of had tail lights mounted at one time.
Looks like a nice combo.
“1946 Willys CJ2A with Bantam trailer: Jeep in Very Good condition inside and out. Trailer needs minor work. Runs good. Always Garaged.
Not necessary to purchase trailer with the Jeep, but the trailer will not be sold alone.
Jeep and Trailer- $10,000.”
This militarized CJ-2A has an f-head.
“1948 Willys CJ-2A and M416 military 1/4 ton trailer. Jeep is CA registered and street legal. Detailed service records from the previous owner since 1998. Great for hunting, ranch, or parade vehicle.
All original except for a laundry list of items.
“Original 1947 willys jeep with trailer. All original. Clean title. 3 speed transmission and 4×4. Great for outdoor use or weekend joy ride. ”
UPDATE: Still Available
“Great jeep all around… runs good looks excellent. .. looks stock.. but has POWER STEERING ….. Buick v6.. and also has rancho suspension WITH COMBAT WHEELS ALL AROUND…. INCLUDING TRAILER WITH brand new 7.50 x 16 tires stock look with a few upgrades… also has newer axles.. 44 and a 27… and 11 inch brakes…. all in all great reliable and fun jeep… with bone stock look.. u don’t know unless u know it’s not stock..”
Looks good for having been used.
“Purchased over 20years ago. . . pulled behind a Cub tractor on the farm.
Stored most of her life under roof
New tires were installed some years ago
Typical rust and dents
Restore or use as is
Will except PayPal”
Update: this was on eBay listed at $1399, but got no bids.
“Great trailer. Current reg and title in hand..
Signature converto tailgate that hinges at the top and bottom so it will swing either way… great for converting to a dump type trailer bc of that… perfect wheeling trailer..
Solid.. no rust whatsoever .. been gone thru… great rare conversation piece…. one of the straighter trailers I’ve ever owned… very solid.. straight very useable and regd titled and current…
Good tires.. rims not stock but i have a set u can have with it that are stock if you’d rather…..”
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Seller has a variety of trailers for sale. He lists four trailers below, but appears to have a David Bradley for sale that he doesn’t list below (which would be the fifth trailer).
“1. 1944 Bantam military trailer … 2150. Has thin lunette. . Is nice and clean useable trailer.. couple fixes inside.. has combat wheels and orig thin lunette… i have over 1000 in those alone.. so this trailer is priced very well… in fact u can’t even buy the lunette anymore.. and they are 500 if u can find one…
2. Converto military Airborne ranger trailer… has it all… combat wheels and thin lunette. .. new ndt tires.. 2250…
3. Converto civilian trailer made specifically for the cj2a jeep… 1850.. these are very rare…
4. Sterling Trailer 1950’s – also made specifically for the cj2a jeep… 1850..”
UPDATE: Still Available.
(03/25/2015) Includes trailer, buz saw, rear PTO and more.
“1946 CJ2A Willys Jeep – column gear shift, correct Bantam T-3 trailer and correct Buzz Saw with Belt drive and belt”
Here’s a neat trailer for a CJ-6 owner.
“Custom 1988 Jeep CJ-6 Trailer
Excellent AT radial tires
Recently rewired by professional
Pulls Straight, No vibrations
I bought this trailer 10 years ago and have used it all over Colorado especially in the San Juan’s.
It’s been over Yankee boy basin, Imogene Pass and many others without issue.
Hitch provides for Extreme Articulation, you can’t bind this one.
Perfect candidate for a pop up camper conversion.
It does not have the tailgate.
“Very cool Bantam T3C Jeep trailer. Used once or twice a year until 2007, then kept in garage. Serious inquiries only, please.”
At least it has the tailgate. I’ve heard those are hard to find.
“Actually it’s the back half of the truck – bed, frame, differential, etc. I know – sacrilege! I didn’t do this and the person that did probably had a good reason.
Regardless – the bed/trailer is for sale. If you’re into Willys Forward Control Trucks you know how rare this is. The condition of the bed is fair but in my opinion restorable. There are certainly some bends and twists and even a very limited amount of cancer but nothing that can’t be fixed. I’m posting lots of pictures so you can see the condition for yourself.
Complete your rare cabover Willys, build a very unique brute or have a very cool jeep trailer not to be duplicated by your neighbors.”
Glenn spotted this trailer for sale.
“I am selling my restored 1945 converto dump trailer.
It has been sand blasted and painted 319, has original reinforced combat wheels with new tires.
I put in new wheel Bearings, New Vintage wiring of Maine harness, new light switch, new dump lever, new dump pivot pins.
It comes with a document pouch but I have not installed it.
Has always been stored indoors since being restored and it tows great.
Asking $2950 or best offer.
Located in Cranbury, NJ 08512″
UPDATE: Pics provided. It’s not a 1943. It’s VEEP-like, but I can’t tell if this is a VEEP.
“1943 Model Willies Jeep Built New In The Philippines In 1980 on A Stock Volkswagen Drive Train. 1600cc Motor, This is not a vw conversion. This is the way it came stock from the factory. $2,000.00″
Runs and drives.
“1948 Military looking Willys CJ-2A and M416 military 1/4 ton trailer. Jeep is registered and street legal. Have owned this Jeep since 1998. GREAT hunting or ranch vehicle. All new brakes, drums, wheel cylinders, brake lines, master cylinder, axle bearings and oil seals…less than 10 miles on them. Many newer parts. “F” Head 134 CI 4 cyl engine, T-90 3 spd transmission. 12 volt. Has heater. 5 newer military NDT tires. Priced for imediate sale. Will entertain offers. Serious inquiries only please.”
Must need some work as it can’t be towed.
“1949 Jeep Trailer with tilt. Size 4 ft x 6 ft bed. Needs tires badly (cannot be towed currently).”
UPDATE: Still Available at $2500. Or pay $2800.
(02/25/2014) The dogs look in surprisingly good shape. The tires on the trailer aren’t so good. This may include an overdrive, based on the ‘4 levers’ comment.
“1941 WILLYS OVERLAND JEEP AND TRAILER, ORIGINAL 4 LEVER TRANY 283 CHEVY V,8 CAMEL HUMP HEAD. NEED FULLY RESTORATION. $2500 CASH OR PARTIAL TRADE,“
Cort wondered if anyone knows the manufacturer of this trailer. It appears to be a cross between a Ben Hur (the sides are Ben Hur-esque) and a Sterling Machine & Mfg trailer (note how the interior of the top rim slopes into the trailer).
From 1941-1945, the Ben Hur (G-518) trailer was built by numerous companies (according to this page), including American Bantam, Ben Hur, Century Boat Works, Checker, Dorsey, Gertenslager, Henney, Hercules Body, Highland Body & Trailer, Hobbs, Hyde, Mifflinburg Body, Naburs, Nash Kelvinator, Omaha Standard Body, Pke, Queen City, Redman, Steel Products, Strick, Transportation Equipment Corp, Truck Engineering Corporation, Willys Overland, Winter Weiss, Baker, Covered Wagon Co., Keystone, And Streich. When the war ended, some of the companies must have had extra trailer parts. My theory is that this could be an early prototype of the Sterling Machine trailer, but build from left over Ben Hur parts. After fiddling with designs and/or using up the leftover Ben Hur parts, maybe Sterling decided to make the trailer smaller (see the green example below).
UPDATE: The XM-384 seems to be both a Mutt variant prototype along with the trailer. Leo found these photos that include the Mutt variant with its trailer. He found the photos on G503.
Steve spotted this unique trailer. According to the seller, this is a one-of-a-kind trailer. It was manufactured by Detroit Arsenal and built from aluminum.
“This is the trailer built for experimental Vechicle XM384 1957 (Detroit Arsenal). Its one of one. No others where ever built.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $250. It went quickly.
“The floor has some rusts along the front, but overall the trailer is solid and useable. It needs fenders, and a hitch and new tires. But it has its original Bantam tag, which looks to be SERIAL 2xx6. According to the owner I bought it from, it hasnt been registered in decades. No title. Bill of Sale only. Sold as-is. You’ll need to pick up with a truck (full-size bed) or a utility trailer.”
Includes a trailer.
“Up for auction, 1946 Willys CJ2A Jeep with a Bantam Trailer BARN FIND. This little Willys is in good shape with some rust, she does run but a little rich, she will need the carb tuned up. The battery is no good, she drives, shifts in high low and all of the gears and stops. She needs a new home, you see I’m in the National Guard and will be attending a lengthy resident course, so she doesn’t need to be sitting in the Barn for another year. Someone needs to restore her and enjoy taking weekend rides in the summer. She is civilian, but has some military items that come with her, such as a Jerry can with spout, extra (3) non directional tires, shovel, fuel can mount, spare tire mount, machine gun mount, two military tool boxes and I will even throw in an old army field desk. I have an old school bus seat that I was going to cut down and use as a back seat that comes with her. All the tires are holding air and in decent shape. The Bantam trailer is also a restoration project, does have a new tail light and the tongue stand is with her. I always wanted to get this project going and put these two items together, I think it would be pretty fun, but out of time and my military career and retirement take priority.”
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This should have a slat grille. It’s a mix of parts.
“This was the first year of the Jeep .Only 1,550 made in 1941 . This jeep served in WWII in the European theater. This jeep was restored and some parts have been updated..The motor ,trans,transfer case and Axles have been rebuilt in the last 3 years .Trailer is missing the landing leg.”
We are hoping someone recognizes the type of camper on this Willys Truck. It looks like it was built for Willys trucks it fits so well. Below the color photos are a couple of black and white photos showing a similar but slightly different example.