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1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base


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Old 11-16-2018, 10:32:16 AM
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11-09-2018 I got the call. Dad-taking offers let's go look .
11-10-2018 7:00am We looked , and so did others during the day.
11-11-2018 We got the call in the AM-come and get it .
11-11-2018 PM we dragged it out.
11-11-2018 Got it home in the dark .
11-12-2018 Son had to work a long day.
11-13-2018 Checked our find over.
11-14-2018 Got it to fire-sounds good.
11-15-2018 Just fussed with it, and it runs nice .
11-16-2018 Left out "ALL" the gory-"FUN" - details-finding it-tree cutting-
rutted/muddy path, missing generator, laughs, oops, flat tires, etc's, etc's. . JUST "NEEDS" a bit of TLC ……...
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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

Oh my ! An "FC" .... always loved em !

Nice find Paul !

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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

Short wheelbase should be an FC150. Is yours a four cylinder? If so it is built on the chassis of the more commonplace military style Jeep Willy. The longer wheelbase FC170 uses the chassis and engine from the Jeep pickups and station wagons.

I bought an FC170 many years ago in not running condition. I can't recall now why it was not running but I suspect the previous owners wrecked the engine somehow. Whatever the reason, it sat around my place for a while until I realized it was so rusty I'd never go through all the work to fix it properly so I sold it. The guy who bought it made it into some sort of AMC hot rod. Was that a better outcome than simply scrapping the thing? I honestly don't know. But hey the buyer was happy and I was too as I freed up some badly needed space.
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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

Back then a gas station had a 150 as a plow truck. We'd get 3-4 guys jammed into the cab, get it going about 35 mph, jam the brakes and do what we called Chinese wheelies. All fun and games until one time it wrecked the front plow mount doing it. Goddamn kids I tell ya.
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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

The badge on the side says FC 170, and it has the 6 cylinder engine. It could have been modified over the years .
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"...It could have been modified over the years..."

Ain't that the truth, for so much of what we own. I was suspicious, because the 150's had a very narrow track front axle. The wheels are way back in the wells, and yours are not. But those are not original wheels either, so who knows. Seems to me the 170's had little fiberglas fenders that protruded a couple of inches from the body. Any evidence of yours having had those?
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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

Paul. nice find! ya don't see many of the 150s. they are fun to drive in the snow. I had a 170 that I plowed with back in the late 80s. if you ever need parts, check out walcks 4 wheel up there in Lehighton/bowmanstown PA area. ive delt with him since I was teenager. Keep us posted on your progress. S100, yes your right, the 170s had fiberglass flare outs on the front whel

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Paul, id imagine pretty wet and sloppy in your neck of woods. what you use to pull out the ol girl?
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s100-No signs of fiberglass fenders on it.
Firewoodguy-Thanks for the contact. Chain saw for the trees, a friends Chevy 2500 4 X 4 and a HF-HD tow strap got her out and down the narrow-greasy lane about a 1/2 mile from hard surface. It was missing the generator(taken out to get rebuilt ), but they found it two days later, and brought it to us. It still had the rebuilders name, phone #, and price on it (lucky us ). Got a ride in it this afternoon .
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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

USUALLY... the FC-170 had heavier axles... typically, the 170 was heavier GVW and frequently a longer wheelbase. My neighbor's had a Dana 60 DRW rearend... and was originally a four... and had a fire pump connected to the PTO. It was a tanker truck fitted with a turret nozzle for brush fire fighting.
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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

Usually being the operative word. Jeep would build anything you would buy. A fellow in Oklahoma City has 2 170's he had ordered with 2 wheel drive with I-beam front axles and had the transfer cases. He wanted the variety of speeds and the right turning circle. His business was parking lot striping so bad no need for 4 wheel drive. They also made some with backhoes mounted right out of the factory. Also made a dual rear wheel version.
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Default Re: 1959 Willys FC170 Jeep short wheel base

hav'ent seen one of them in years, nice find...
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