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Closeup Photos of a Tender

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On Sunday Ann and I went to visit Rich and the “Tender” jeep wagon/truck he has for sale. The truck is in pretty rough shape, but the shell of it could be re used. However, there are lots of bees. The bees limited my ability to take pics, especially of the inside.  Yet, it was the inside of the truck that demonstrated the vehicle was definitely not a factory jeep.

My theory is that someone saw one of these Tenders in Israel. Inspired, when they returned to the states they built a few of these, hence the reason several look the same. They must have had some skills, because the top looks great on the top. It’s only on the underside of the ceiling that you can see the seam near the back. Moreover, it looks like a flat fender hood channel is used along the underside of the ceiling to provide support.

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On the outside of the back of the top, there’s a crack in what appears to be some bondo. The quality of the work is again good and matches the other side.

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It looks like the top of the sides of the former wagon has been capped. There appears to be cracks forming along the metal (see pic above … note crack about an inch below the top of the rear of the bed).

Other pics and notes:

The tailgate was not finished. The lip on the top of the tailgate was left as it was. The area underneath the tailgate window at the back of the cab looks like it might have been blocked with wood. I did not look too closely. This “Tender” was modified with a spring over axle, but the original spring perches were left.

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3 Comments on “Closeup Photos of a Tender

  1. COLIN PEABODY

    That would solve the lack of leg room that is inherent in those old Jeep trucks!.. With another spare tailgate welded in below the rear windows, that would make it weather tight and you could open up the rear glass for ventilation. An updated power train and interior and this would be one cool truck!

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