This year’s FC Get Together has a new location, moving from Tacoma to Olympia.
Hmm … wonder if he delivered any Wurlitzers in this? This article was published in the January 1958 issue of Willys News.
UPDATE: Still available.
(03/11/2016) Not running.
“Rough but Complete Jeep-FC150,four wheel drive,one ton pickup. Many years sitting outside so the engine is tight,and the body is rough but mostly straight. I dont know the exact year but it should be around a 1960. I am asking 2600 but I will accept the best offer if I cant get my price after two weeks.”
The green FC-170 pictured below is the one for sale out of Chicago. I have to say, this is one way to save on gas!
Lots of photos on eBay. This looks good from a distance, but the close up photos show it’s not so nice as it first appears. Along the front there are bubbles underneath the paint for example. The windshield wipers could use polish (for the price they are asking).
I’ve included part of the text of the ad, because there’s a lot and it’s a bit over the top. For example, “As we climb into the cab of this cumbersome conundrum, we quickly realize that the restoration wasn’t just an exterior one. Sliding into the newly restored leather seats is a pleasant experience, as your eyes can’t help but take in the view across the span of this giant windshield. Of course the lack-of-hood also helps increase your viewing experience, and also makes maneuvering this rig just a little easier (mind you, we’re test driving down one of the busiest streets in Chicago..). Grip the oversized steering wheel, wiggle the 3 speed gear shifter to make sure she’s in neutral, and take stock of this wonderfully done interior! So basic and raw, yet something about it makes you feel like a kid on Chirstmas, trying to wipe that goofy grin off your face for a good 5 minutes before you realize it’s actually yours to play with.”
It’s a barn find.
“This Forward Control 150 Jeep has been in protected storage for at least the last 25 years. While well protected, I don’t know much else about it. Highly recommend inspection before you buy. Located in Northern Morris County, NJ, this great old Jeep that has been patiently waiting for a loving restoration.
EXPERT’S AND ENTHUSIAST’S ADVICE WELCOME!
ENGINE: 4 Cylinders
TRANSMISSION: 4 Wheel Drive, 4 Speed Manual
VIN: Unknown, no plaque/label on passenger side ledge or under its seat
YEAR: Unknown, ditto
GLASS: Windshield, rear, driver, passenger, vent, and side windows are all intact.
EXTERIOR: Door handles, front and rear lights, side mirrors, are intact, Jeep emblems in place on both sides. Engine cover is in the truck bed
BODY: Doors open and close, as does the rear tail gate
INTERIOR: Gauges, sun visors, seats, and controls in place, Door panels both sides
TIRES: Includes, have not tried to fill
CONDITION: Used, rusty, was told a hand got it started about a year ago, but don’t know any other details. That said, this is being sold “as is” and “where is”
MILEAGE: Uncertain and unlikely, shows 50
To show details better, some pictures have been corrected, giving them a more “vivid” appearance than actual
Deposit of $250 needed with 14 days of purchase with full balance due before transportation”
It hasn’t been driven in a few years.
“Im Helping a Friend sell this. It is the First Year & Super Rare Jeep Willy’s FC-150 Narrow Track. I brought it home & Washed it & it turned out nice. Last time he drove it was in 2013.He said it ran great before he pulled the 6volt wiring & started with the 12 volt conversion. Motor has like 35,000 miles on it & its pretty Solid for its age. All 4X4 Gears work. He is asking $8000 or best. He said come out & take a look & make me an offer. You can email me,Text me or Call.”
No pics provided.
“HAS BEEN SETTING FOR ALONG TIME ENGINE WAS BAD. CAB A LITTLE ROUGH DRIVE TRAIN WAS GOOD”
This needs some work.
“Basket case in need of restoration. Complete drivetrain. 4cyl, 4spd. Has rust, needs windshield. Clean SC title. Currently stored 2 hrs from me so the only pictures available at this time are the ones posted. I will try to update soon.”
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.
It has a dump bed.
“1960 Willy’s Jeep Forward Control FC 170 with original Garwood PTO/hydraulic dump bed. 226 flat head 6 cylinder that has a spun rod bearing. Rebuilt T98a 4 speed trans w/new clutch and rebuilt Dana 18 transfer case. 4×4, Dana 44 front and Dana 53 rear axle, 4″ lift springs. Was running and driving 15years ago until rod bearing spun. disabled the bad cylinder and ran it on 5 cylinders for a few years(just to move it around the yard), but now it sits. No time and too many other projects, I know FC’s are rare, this one is one of a couple hundred factory cab and chassis made in 1960. Was a bought new buy Forest Service in Cle Elum. When it was surplus, it was bought by a gold miner that used it on his claim outside of Cle Elum until the late 1990’s. It is ruff, but complete and I need it gone! $2000 OBO. If you want to negotiate the price, then show up with a trailer and cash in your hand and we can talk.”
Nice looking FC.
“1957 Jeep Willys Forward Control For Sale. 40,300 actual miles documented by title work. No expense spared body off frame restoration. 200 miles since completion. Numbers matching drivetrain. Believed to be the nicest Forward Control of the era. 100’s of documented pics of the restoration, show poster boards of the resto and factory spec boards. $38,500/offer.”
It’s listed as a 1955. Has a PTO.
“1955 Willy’s Jeep model 170. 6 Cylinder standard. With winch, and also with PTO for plowing. Have all chrome. Vehicle is sold on an as is where is basis. Buyer is responsible for shipping. Vehicle must be paid for in cash within 10 days after auction close. Vehicle must be removed from property by buyer within 30 days of auction close. This vehicle is located about a half hour drive outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.”
Steve’s selling this FC.
“1957 FC-150 Jeep Pickup 4×4. No engine or transmission in this project vehicle. Electric/Hydraulic flatbed dump. The 7′ bed makes it seem longer like its FC-170 cousin with a 9′ bed. The original pickup bed in an FC-150 is 6′ long.
The condition of the cab is in the top 10% of the surviving FC’s in my estimation. The cab corners are solid. The only rust is along the front edge below the grill, see photos. It doesn’t look like it was repaired before a previous owner painted it. The doors close very nicely. No typical crease in the driver’s door. And the floors are solid.
It’s an easy project waiting for your engine/transmission combination. I have an original F4-134 engine and T-90 transmission from another FC at an additional cost. The truck still has the original 4 cyl. motor mounts. I planned to install a Ford Mustang 6-200 cu. in. engine adapted to a Willys T-90. I would sell the Ford small six with adapter & T-90 for what I have into it. Or use your own engine preference. A V8 is not recommended in this little truck. V6, yes!
If you don’t like the dump bed, I also have an original bed from a 1960 FC150 that needs the rails straightened and some rust repair, and can easily be adapted to the earlier frame if you prefer an original bed, for a little more cost.
Texting is not good communication, so CALL or EMAIL with your phone number please. When it comes to texting, I’m all thumbs. The phone is from OR, the truck is in Redding, CA. ”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $5900.
(04/11/2016) This former fire truck runs.
“1963 Jeep FC170 – rare Forward Control model. Ordered new as a fire support truck, low actual miles but then sat and engine froze up. Original engine in bed. Has all new rebuilt engine, with new pistons, bearings, clutch, pp, flywheel. Runs great. New brakes all round, new lines, new cylinders, hubs, bearings, gas tank boiled and sealed, etc. Good 3 speed trans. 4WD. Sticky shifter, needs linkage bushings, didn’t get to that yet.
Body is very good. Interior is honestly rough. Very rare utility body. No wannabes, please.”
Asking $3500, but will take offers. Lots of pics provided.
“Rare truck ready to build. 58 Jeep Forward Control 170 4×4. All there except for seats. Rolls and steers, Very solid Nevada truck. Not running. Good title. Have source for new windshield and rubber. Engine all together, Transport available, call or email.”
UPDATE: Still Available
(10/08/2015) Not the most helpful pics.
“For sale 1958 Jeep FC170. Currently not running. Perfect project for restoration. Drive-train is there. Solid frame. Body needs work. These Jeeps are becoming harder and harder to find.”
Seller notes this needs some work.
“up for auction is my rare willys jeep fc 170. This is a cabover jeep pickup made for only a few years. The truck starts runs and drives well but will overheat after a few minutes and the brakes need attention. You will need to tow or trailer it away. A chevy 350 engine and automatic trans have been installed. The front driveshaft has not been fitted. The vehicle needs work. The body is solid with minimal rust for the year. It has been a California car all its life. It is a very charismatic vehicle that gets smiles and waves wherever it goes.”
UPDATE: Still Available.
“For sale, a very rare (1 of 1,119) 1964 Kaiser Jeep Forward Control 170 3/4 ton pickup truck. 1964 was the last year of production for the FC-170 and the end of the Kaiser/Jeep era. This could be your only chance to ever buy a fully restored FC-170, no kidding they are that rare.
This Jeep was fully restored by a professional shop in 2010. Nothing was overlooked, full frame off restoration. Since restoration the Jeep has accumulated approximately 1000 proven miles and runs great. I has the original power train with the legionary Super Hurricane 6 cylinder engine.
Has PTO driven front winch
Custom fuel tank
Custom rear bumper with LED tail lights”
Might need some additional work? Seller doesn’t indicate what else is needed.
“I have a jeep fc150 for sale it runs and drives its a very rare pickup, most people say they have never seen one it is a sweet truck nothing special its not finished we re did it not all the way but to where it would be able to run and drive legally. Please text or call for more info”
Seller is parting out.
“I have a 1960 Jeep FC-150 that I am doing a quick part out on. The cab/doors/bed are all pretty rusted, and windshield and driver’s window are broken, but there are still parts on her that are worth saving including:
interior trim pieces
Passenger glass, rear glass, both quarter glass
If you need something, give me a call and I can see if it is still there. Unless it is something small, I don’t really have time to remove anything, so it will be on you to get it off/out. But give me a call and we can discuss availability and price.
Right now, the frame, tailgate side emblems and possibly the engine/trans are spoken for, and this weekend I am considering cutting her nose off to keep around the house. In a week or two, what is left will go to the scrap yard.”
No pics provided.
“Jeep Forward Control FC170 Has been in garage since the 1980’s poor condition (rusty). No pictures at this time. This is a rare find!”
It’s a project.
“1957 FC-150// First year narrow track FC// Sand blasted/ Powder coated Jolli Pop Flake Metallic inside and out. Frame has been sanded and bed lined. New Brake shoes/wheel cylinder kits/ bearings cleaned inspected packed and replaced//new differential seals/gaskets/oil. new wiring harness, tail lights //4 powder coated sky white rims//all parts there // no windshield but has new windshield seal// new turn signal indicator/ original optional heater / seat frames sand blasted and powder coated//lots of stuff/ ENGINE runs good, new mopar hemi orange gloss engine paint with flat black (high heat) engine paint for mainfold and valve cover. new cab mounts/ new bed mounts. lots of parts from walcks 4×4/kaiser willys. ** no title** waiting on DMV. Original tags from 1963 titled up to 1986.
Serious inquiries only, not interested in trades // Just CASH.”
Not sure if any run.
“3 – FC170 Jeeps — Very hard to find these anymore.
All three for one price — $4500.00 OBO
Serious callers only.”
Looks like a good price.
“1957 Jeep FC170 runs and drives, all lights work, call for more information.”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.
(01/25/2016) Includes a rear PTO.
“Hi all, for sale is a 1959 Willys FC-150 truck. It has the 3 speed transmission, 3 speed transfer case, and the hurricane f-134 f-head 4 cylinder. Clean title, solid bed, and solid cab. Does not have the typical windshield frame rust. Factory optioned rear pto. Includes spare tire. Passenger door window is broken bus is flat glass that can be cut. Windshield is not chipped or cracked and all of the hard to find parts are there. Has 39,000 original miles and engine runs well, but could use a tune up. Will need brakes and electrical work to be a driver. Willys only made about 3,000 of these trucks in 1959, so they are a pretty rare find. This is a true 1 ton work truck!
Would consider trades for an air-cooled vw (either bus, truck, beetle, or type 3 or 4), a few nice guitars and cash, nice amplifiers and cash, a newer truck, or a chevy corvair.”