The Jeep and Trailer are both Sold.
It’s not without a bit of sadness and trepidation that I post this. After 6 years of ownership and a whole lot of blood, sweat and gears I’ve arrived at the decision to put both SSDutch—a 1964 CJ6—and my 1950 Bantam Jeep trailer up for sale.
Mostly this is due to our recent decision to go on the road for a year but I’ve also noticed that I’ve had a lack of interest in working on it for some time now. In preparing for our trip the idea of just having the Jeep, trailer, and related piles of parts gone is more peace-inducing than the notion of having to arrange storage for all of it.
Edit/update. Please - don’t email me beseeching me to keep the Jeep and “just set it up to be flat-towed and take it on your trip”. I do appreciate the intent and how people just want to be helpful in finding me a way to keep SSDutch and also take the trip. And the Jeep is setup to be flat-towed - I did it myself. But I’ve put alot of thinking into what we want to do on this trip, and what we’d need in a toad and the CJ6 just isn’t it:
- It’s not secure and we want to visit large cities.
- It’s not weather-tight and we’ll be driving in downpours.
- It has no AC and we’ll want to take long sidetrips in hot weather.
- It would need both fuel injection and an automatic transmission installed to be “wife-friendly”.
- Getting the kids into the back with the top on would be a constant hassle.
- It’s a conglomeration of parts - some of them more specialized than a small-town auto parts store will have. I’d hate to have to wait somewhere for parts to arrive via UPS just so we could get on the road again. And I really don’t relish the idea of doing repairs in a campground setting.
Trust me when I say that all of this has been well-considered and selling the Jeep is the best solution. I appreciate the intent of the emails I’ve had but am just tired of explaining this over and over.
Here’s the complete for sale ad:
The Package Deal
- SSDutch: 1964 CJ6
- 1950 BT3-C Bantam Jeep Trailer
- Spare parts & Pieces
- Located in W. MI.
- Will not separate
- Contact me with any questions
- 1964 CJ6 - all steel original body
- 4.3 Chevy V6 (normally aspirated)
- T18 4-speed Manual Transmission with 6.32:1 First Gear
- D18 Transfer Case
- D44 Rear axle, 4.27:1 gears, PowrLok, 11” Brakes
- D27 Front Axle, 4.27:1 gears, PowrLok, 11” Brakes, Knuckle-stud conversion
- 32” BFG MT’s on Stockton 15x7 Steel Wheels
- Newer Besttop Tigertop
- Power Steering
- Late model rear-mounted gas tank
- Cross Enterprises rear bumper & tire carrier
- Steel rear diamond plate corners
- Custom rollcage, seat mounts integrated
- Late model Wrangler seatbelts
- Reupholstered ‘66 & later front Jeep seats (passenger side folds & tumbles)
- Steelhorse fold and tumble aftermarket rear seat
- All seats moved back for additional legroom (Jeep is comfortable for me at 6’3”)
- Custom carpet
- Two fire extinguishers on custom rollcage-mounts
- Completely re-wired with EZ-Wire harness
- New dash / gauges / switches
- Heatercraft Heater
- Restored original Jeep steering wheel and Sparton turn signal unit
- Post-‘71 windshield for better visibility and wipers
- Custom onboard fresh water system with 3 gallon capacity and 12v pump
- Onboard Air with a Quick Air 2 compressor - front and rear outputs.
- Interior repainted a ‘69 Ford Champagne Gold Metallic
- Setup to flat-tow with Tomken towbar shackles and (included) homemade towbar
I’m probably forgetting a bunch but off the top of my head here’s what I have to go with the Jeep:
- Another set of repairable all-steel original fenders
- A military hood with shovel mount
- A rebuilt large-hole D18 transfer case
- All required parts for the fuel injection swap (computer, Painless wiring harness, distributor, TBI unit, manifold).
- Rear D44 / Front D25 (parts only, not complete)
- Some D30 parts
- A ‘84 CJ7 power brake setup (pedal/mount/boost unit)
- Off Your Rockers steel rocker guards (they match the rear corners).
- A set of 1” Rancho Springs and Shocks
- A set of front-seat upholstery kits that will completely recover the seats
- A full set of NOS 11” brake drums - I had intended to drill these
- Installed new rear bumper
- Repaired frame cracks
- Set the Jeep up for being flat-towed
- Swapped axles
- Moved gas tank to rear
- Rear diamond plate corners
- Had the rollcage & TJ seatbelts installed
- Swapped the early windshield for an intermediate-era version
- Strip/repair/repaint interior
- New dash/gauges
- All new wiring
- Installed a Heater
- Installed Onboard Air
- Install Onboard Water
- Steering brace
- Changed fender flares
- Replaced pedal pivot bracket and master cylinder
- Installed a w/s washing setup with JY Parts
- Installed two retractable Chevy underhood lights - one inside, one under the hood.
- Rattle-can repaint of exterior white
The Jeep currently runs, drives and stops well. It goes down the road well and feels very solid. Everything works. As I’ve worked on this Jeep I did everything with the full intention of owning it for life - and having to fight my kids for it when they became of age. Many of the parts that are on the Jeep came from the 1966 CJ5 that I owned for 18 years and bought from my father - so a fair amount of sentiment goes with this rig. I have not ‘wheeled this rig much - just a couple trips to the sand dunes. It’s mostly been a fair-weather beach runner.
What It Needs/Imperfections
- The clutch is very touchy - and seems to need adjustment often. I didn’t do the drivetrain swap—it was done by the PO - so I’m not sure if the right throwout fork, etc was used. I think it would benefit greatly benefit from a hydraulic clutch setup.
- The engine does smoke a bit on startup - I’m told this is normal for the 4.3’s. The PO said the motor was rebuilt but I have no receipts ect to know what exactly was done.
- Fuel injection installed - currently there is a 4bbl aftermarket manifold with a large Holley 2bbl adapted to it.
- Softop installed
- Outer body painted
- The body isn’t perfect - the passenger fender has a small mostly unnoticeable ding, there are the normal rust-spots behind the body side braces, and various dents and dings. The rear cargo area floor was repaired by the previous owner. I also made a number of repairs before repainting the interior. Overall it’s very presentable and definitely repairable.
- Suspension work - it’s tolerable now, but the rear springs appear to be original and I know it’d ride better with the 1” Rancho kit put on. I also wanted to do the Holbrook long-leaves at some point
- When I had the rollcage built the fabricator put some slices in the rear seat and passenger seat. The rear seat one is ~1.5” and is on the front-facing portion of the backrest. The passenger seat is on the seat back. Note that I have a new set of upholstery kits for the front seats
1950 Bantam BT3-C Jeep Trailer
- 1950 (estimated) Bantam BT3-C Jeep Trailer
- Uses CJ3A Jeep springs / hubs etc.
- Rebuilt 2003
- New heavy duty frame
- New Floor
- New Fenders
- New tailgate
- BGF MT tires on Jeep original 15x5.5 wheels
- Painted with POR-15 before topcoating
- Front spare tire mount
- Receiver-based hitch with long and short tongues
- Rear receiver
- Flush mounted tie-downs
- Herculiner bed liner
- New wiring
- Bike/canoe rack support (actual bike rack is gone)
- Custom tarp
Available on the Bantam Trailer Blog
This is a very handy & fun little trailer that tracks well behind any vehicle. The new frame I had made for it is constructed of thick channel steel and angle iron - much beefier than the original frames which were just sheet metal. I’d say this is easily a half-ton trailer - you’re more limited in size than capacity. Note that this is an older restoration and while it shines up well for photos is showing it’s age, but has been stored outside since completion. Attached to the Jeep (especially when I had the CJ5 to match) it’s still quite an attention getter.
What it Needs:
- The Herculiner is peeling in spots and should be stripped.
- I think I’m seeing some surface rust in the bed amidst the Herculiner.
- There is some Bondo in the trailer sides and that’s showing some small cracks.
- The tires are showing some weather-checking (but I usually have them covered with RV tire covers while the trailer isn’t in use).
- Overall it’s probably time for a small re-do with the bedliner geting stripped out, a bit of bodywork, and a fresh paint job - but is still completely usable as-is.
Again, I’m looking to sell everything as a package deal. I’m not in a hurry to sell - so I’m not interested in low-ball offers etc. I’m not sure yet what our needs will be as far as vehicles go so can’t really look at possible trades yet either. Obviously I’d like to see this setup go to someone who has a love for old Jeeps - and isn’t looking to create a hacked-up rockcrawler but would rather keep the approach of “spirit of originality with modest modifications” that I’ve gone with.
Thanks for reading!
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