Bantam Trailer Blog

Dataplate Restoration

The original Bantam BT3-C dataplate gets a facelift (or a mask, depending on how you look at it).  The original dataplate was still on the trailer, but half-painted over and quite faded. 

A search for reproduction dataplates found that they’re available for the military versions of these trailers, but not for the BT3-C civilian version.  So I worked with Frank Sanborn - of Sanborn Signcrafters in Charlotte MI - to create a decal that overlays the original dataplate.  It has a window to allow the original stamped serial number to show through.  Probably not the approach to win shows with, but it passes the “does it look good from 5-feet” test quite nicely.

 

I’ve run out of these decals, if you’re in need of some contact Frank directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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  1. Bob OBrien on June 01, 2005

    Thank you for the information on the Bantam trailer.I am begining a restoration on acivilian model,and I can just barely read my data plate.If you still have any of the decals ,I’d like one. Could you tell me how the stamping at the top reads,as I can only read my serial number.Thanks.Bob Obrien 7 Third Ave.,York,Me.03909

  2. Bob Mikel on July 03, 2005

    Hello Mike,
    Thanks for doing the web page on your Bantam, I just finished painting mine today,wanted it olive drab ended up looking s**t brown but better than the 100 % rust it used to be. I’d also like one of the data plate decals as I can make out the stamped id and serial #‘s but the BANTAM is weak.
    You are right the purchase price is the least expense.

  3. KEN KURKJIAN on March 02, 2006

    COULD YOU TELL ME HOW AND IF YOU CAN TELL THE YEAR OF THE TRAILER BY THE SERIAL #. OR DOES THE SERIAL # ONLY TELL YOU WHAT # YOU HAVE. I’M IN THE PROSESS OF AQUIRING A BANTAM . THANKS

  4. Richard on January 07, 2009

    Greetings Mike.

    Thought that you and others might be interested in this new Bantam T3-C site that Art just put online yesterday resurrecting the data from John Hubbard’s database from the Yahoo Group that you previously listed.

    http://48cj2a.com/bantamt3c.htm

    Be well,
    Richard

  5. Richard on January 07, 2009

    FYI: There is also a fellow from Poland that’s selling reproduction Bantam dataplates that are nicely done on Ebay. He has them for Early and Late T3s, MBT and T3-C also. Just search under Bantam.

    Be well,
    Richard

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