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Wheels in the Grass

Jeep FC-170 pickup, Lewiston, N.Y.

While passing through the Tuscarora Indian Nation the other day, I came upon this old Jeep FC-170 in someone’s front yard. This one looks like it was fashioned as a tow truck. The Forward Control was Jeep’s attempt at a more modern truck, which began production in 1956 and lasted through 1965. I always wondered how they kept from tipping over frontwards while going downhill. (Hmm… maybe they didn’t!) The Jeep FC came in two series, the 150, with an 81 inch wheelbase, and the 170 with a wb. of over 103 inches. There were many variations, including stake truck bodies and a dual rear-wheeled  fire truck; other versions were also used by the military. Not nearly as popular as the traditional Jeep, the FCs are a real rarity today.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

’62 FC full-line brochure art
early FC-150 brochure art