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1950 Wagon/Tender Grand Rapids, MI $25,900

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/12/2017) Cool build. It’s by far the nicest “Tender” build I’ve seen.

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For most of us the classic car world is about standing out with some attitude, and it doesn’t get more custom or unique than this. After all a 1950 Willys Jeep Pickup is already going to draw a crowd, but when it has been fully custom built with a new V8, overdrive transmission, upgraded suspension, custom interior, A/C, and much more, then you will always be the coolest custom everywhere you go.

The handsome, upright body says Jeep as loudly as any CJ, and it’s a familiar face the world over. But this icon is also instantly recognizable as a fully built classic. After all, a rare unibody pickup with an extended cab is a cool sight. Plus, it’s the purple and beige gives this nearly 70-year-old steel a healthy dose of modern luster and shine. The gloss does a great job of highlighting all the ribbed details that came in the panel stamping (they were originally for strength, but now just increase the cool factor.) The old and new world styles blend on the brightwork where the grille, trim, and bumpers combine nicely with the 15-inch Boyds alloy wheels and bright exhaust tips. Plus, the rear bed has both form and function with the color-matched tonneau, marine-grade carpet underneath, and bright LED taillights. In total, you can tell someone spent extra time and effort creating this cool Willys.

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1955 “Tender” Scottsdale Auction Mid-January

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Turns out we discussed this back in early 2016. http://www.ewillys.com/2016/03/13/1954-wagon-tender-garner-nc-ebay/

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Very cool, but not an original 1954 truck (it is listed at Barrett Jackson as a 1954, though the text suggests it was a 1955 model).

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Scott Gilbert alerted me to this upcoming truck to be auctioned at Barrett Jackson.

Over the years, following a discussion with an Israeli jeep fan named Or, I’ve applied the designation of “Tender” to this style of truck. At the time, he’d sent me a copy of brochure and translated the model as a “Tender”.

Since then, I’ve been searching for an original US version of the Tender, but have not found one. So, while not beyond the realm of possibility, I highly doubt this is an original 1954 Tender for the following reasons.

1954-tender-truck-jackson-barrett-auction7The seller of this truck is describing it as a 1954 Truck and the serial number is claimed to be 55168 10001. However, as of 1954, the serial number system used was the 654 XX2 prefix system (the “X”s standing for various letters) to describe 4WD Willys trucks. It wasn’t until 1955 that Willys Motors adopted the 55168 system, but that year that prefix started with 55168 5001. At some point, there was a 55168 10001 produced, but that would have been late into the1955 year.

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Consistent with a 1955 build, the 1955 55168 trucks model was defined as a cab only version of the Willys truck accompanied by the Super Hurricane engine, same as the truck herein. The “bed” of the truck could have been built from a wagon, so that might be consistent, too.

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However, the speedo shown wasn’t produced until late 1956ish. The Willys emblem used on the hood and on the glove box looks more like an Aero emblem than a jeep emblem. The hockey-stick styling of the external chrome didn’t appear until 1960(?). Meanwhile, the two piece windshield was discontinued in 1960. So, there are major inconsistencies.

I’m sure there are other issues that folks can add to this list.

Here’s the listing: https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1954-JEEP-WILLYS-4X4-PICKUP-225070

Here’s the Tender’s description:

“This 1954 Willys was built as a 1955 model and is Serial #0001. A piece of Willys Jeep history, this example has 2,122 original miles and is equipped with 4-wheel drive. It’s powered by a Super Hurricane 226ci 6-cylinder engine backed by a T90 3-speed manual transmission and Dana 18 transfer case. The exterior was repainted in its correct shade of tan.”

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Extra Long? Bed Extender Columbia, MO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

The bed extender seems longer than others I’ve seen. Might be custom.

“This is a vintage accessory to extend the cargo bed for a utility Jeep. It fits a CJ2, CJ3, CJ5, and Cj6. It installs easily. Just unbolt your tailgate, and bolt this in its place. No drilling is required. Your original tailgate moves to the end of the box extender.”

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1951 Wagon “Tender-Like” Riverside, CA $1000

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I’m sure I posted this one, but not sure what happened to it. Thanks to Dan for pointing it out.

“This has been in the family since mid 1960s. Yes, it is in pathetic shape. It underwent a hack job to make into a pickup. Still has some decent body panels. Last ran ~2006 after getting new (non-stock) wiring, rebuilt knuckles/wipers, a Chevy 305 V8, and a bell housing adapter. Still has original 3 speed with lever overdrive. A new gas tank was installed at some point. Not sure if this is a parts car or if someone wants to bring it back to something functional.
Body style is 4×473 SW.
Serial No. is 12123.”

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/6427213543.html

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1954 Wagon “Tender” Garner, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000.

A great example of how a “Tender” might have looked had Willys Motors built one, though the bumpers would have been chrome. As we’ve learned, these appear to have been modified wagons. The best way to tell would be to remove the material under the top and look for a welded seam.

“1954 Willys Jeep four wheel drive Super Hurricane straight 6 cylinder motor pick up .Very rare uniside bed sides probably one of very few left in existence. I was told this could be one of very first 1954 willys off assembly line due to 0001 vin number

Frame off restoration including all mechanics and body restored done about 15 years ago but still looks and drives great, some pitting on chrome and a few scratches and chips on paint not perfect but real nice.

At time of restoration 15 years ago
rebuilt motor
rebuilt trans
frame off restored
new paint
new interior
This truck is center of attention wherever it goes , most people have never seen another one”

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Tub Extender Wellsville, PA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $250. The buyer has seen one other. Unclear if they were produced commercially.

I’ve never seen this model of tub extender. Maybe it is custom?

“I have a Willys Jeep CJ2A CJ3A CJ3B CJ5 Military MB38 Tub Extender to give you an extra 2 feet of Tub. This is in good shape with a nice set of Tail Lights”

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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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1956 Wagon (Tender?) Phoenix, AZ $7000

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This might be a Tender, but it is more likely a modified wagon. It looks like it’s been cut at the very back.

“this willys is in excellent shape .It has all new glass ,new wiring new fuel cell ,fuel line ,carb,electronic distributer , elect wipers,towbar and new exhast.it has the super hurricane 6 cyl , 3 speed tranny with over drive.
The trailer is a 2014 gatormade it is powder coated not painted has brakes on both axles and is made of high strength steel. it has 2 5/16 heavy duty hitch led lights and spare tire this trailer was special ordered. it is 16 foot long and has hideaway ramps.
i am asking 7000.00 OBO or i will trade for a 4 wheeler or side by side of equal value. call me i like to wheel and deal
this jeep runs excellent”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/5060597783.html

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1955 Wagon & 1947 Truck (Tender?) DeSoto, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

I find the black truck interesting. It reminds me of a few other ‘Tender’ trucks I’ve seen around. I have one brochure from Israel that identifies them as a model type at some point.

“$3500. for both, They both run. I have 1 title and 1 number plate. “55” Wagon is original. “47” Truck has a 5.0 out of “91” Lincoln, Frame is “91” Ford F-150.”

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Koenig Bed Extender Falcon, CO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350.

This ad is for the bed extender and braces only. Jeep and tailgate are not included. 
Add cargo space to your old CJ! Shown on a 1967 CJ5.
Will fit tailgate opening 36″.
Dimensions 36″ wide X 24″ long X 14″ high. All rust is surface only, there are no thin spots in the metal.

Compare prices and conditions here: http://www.ewillys.com/?s=bed+extender
Some original product info here: http://cj3b.info/Tech/BodyExtension.html

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Koenig Tub Extender Frederick, MD **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350

Wayne spotted this bed extender.

“For Sale an original Koenig Tub Extender for sale. If you’ve ever seen one before, you’re squarely in the minority. You take the tailgate off your CJ 5, plug this piece in its place, then put your tailgate at the end of your tub extender and viola…2 more feet of cargo space. Pictures are as it is. It’s a very simple restoration to match with your classic. Email with any questions or interests! Would like gone asap!”

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Bed Extender on eBay

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Marc spotted this unusual bed extension. I think this is a non-newgren extender that’s been customized.

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” ***I had this listed 2 weeks ago. It attracted almost 50 watchers but no bids at $400. I have nothing to compare it to. So I will let the market set the price at $200 and above.***
Extension bed or extension body for vintage Willys CJ Jeeps. During the Jeep craze following WWII, Willys and several other companies were making all sorts of Jeep accessories. One of the coolest was the Extension Body or Extend-A-Bed. Some were made “knocked down” for assembly by the owner. Others were made “welded up” and ready to bolt on. This bed extension is “welded up” and installs with only 8 bolts. I do not know who, when or where this bed extension was made. There is no maker’s tag present. The floor and sides are formed from one solid piece of heavy sheet steel turned up at the sides. It took a heavy metal brake to form this steel. The body is braced and welded. All bolt holes to mount to the jeep are present.

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1957 Pickup (Tender?) & 1958 Wagon Buhl, Id Make Offer

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The seller refers to the wagon as a ‘panel’, so this is either not a panel wagon or it might be a Parkway Conversion Panel.  Can anyone clarify that?  Frank pointed out the truck might be a Tender.

“I have 2 Willy’s Jeeps for sale 1 is a 57 pick-up and the other is a 58 Panel, Both run but each has it’s own issue’s…They both have the flat head 6, the panel motor purrs like a kitten…The panel body is in excellent shape the floor is in great condition and it has the PTO ..The pick-up runs and is driveable ..But I was goin to use it for parts for the panel I can explain the reason’s for this ..I am selling them as a pair … will not split them up …I don’t have a shop to work on them and Would like to get them to somebody that has the means to do with what is needed ..for additional information give me a call 208-410-7676…Scott”

http://twinfalls.craigslist.org/cto/2901735528.html

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Bed Extender Boise, ID **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $200

“I have a flat fender bed extender I would like to sell. I’m not sure if it was manufactured by a company, military, or some home made job but its well built and riveted together. I’m sure it would look great on the back of somebodies jeep.  The inside opening/storage area measures about 19″ deep by 35 1/2″ and about 14″ tall.   I would really like to see it to a good home.”

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1951 Tender? Mounds View, Mn eBay

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Here’s the Tender that started it all.

It was this Tender that came on the market by the previous owner that got me asking the question, what is this thing?  So, it is with some irony that Bob forwarded this Ad to me and asked whether this isn’t a modified wagon rather than an actual Tender.  The thing is, there is one other just like this that was for sale.  You can view it here. So, I’m not as sure that it was a custom job.

“1951 Willys overland panel wagon that has been chopped into a pick up. Runs and drives, needs master cylinder, and front fenders bolted back on, needs new tires or tubes, 26,000 original miles, 4 wheel drive all fully functional and tight. Has currant registration and title in hand.”

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