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#27129 of 30869 Re: . [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 07, 2012 (3:53 pm)
That's one of those Jeep FC cab over trucks which, based on the pic, looks to be restored better than new. I don't remember the last one I saw but the very first one was just a pic in an old Country Journal magazine. Sent in by an old farmer, his Jeep FC had a 4-door cab, PTO and a 3 cylinder diesel (?) engine. He just left it parked in a field after parts became scarce.
Dec 07, 2012 (4:11 pm)
The FC near me is also restored--not "show" restored but pretty darn nice. They're kinda cute in real life---very unusual to see one anymore. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a lot of value, for all their rarity.
#27131 of 30869 Re: . [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 07, 2012 (5:09 pm)
I like them a lot, but can't remember when I've last seen one. Seems I saw a restored one in 'Collectible Automobile' not terribly long ago.
Made from '57 to '65 IIRC. The Erie-Lackawanna Railway station in my little hometown had school bus yellow ones that drove on the tracks.
The former owner of the Jeep dealer in my town lived in the same assisted living place as my mother. He had dementia. His son told me once that he liked company. I saw him in the hall one time and said, "Elton, I understand you were the Jeep dealer" and he replied "yes". I said, "I like those Forward Control Jeeps" and he said "FC, yes". This was a guy who had no idea what day it was or who was president, but I sparked a little bit of recognition in him. It made my day.
Dec 07, 2012 (5:45 pm)
stopped at a local repair shop to look at something out front, and when I was turning around in the side lot they had a 75ish (bumper) Gremlin. Black. Looked to be in original condition (not new, but what you would expect a '35 YO Gremlin to look like!)
classy touch though. It had a Mack bulldog hood ornament on it. I should have put one of those on the Gremlin I had back in 1982!
#27133 of 30869 Re: A couple weeks ago... [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 07, 2012 (6:40 pm)
Yikes! But they bring so much money nowadays, it could be done.
#27134 of 30869 Re: . [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 07, 2012 (8:36 pm)
I recall those Jeep FC (I think the earlier version may have actually been called a Willy's?) were not that uncommon of a sight at gas stations in the Chicago area back in the latter 50's and 60's. I think they were pretty maneuverable for plowing them out and also for going on runs to jump start cars. Funny thing is that the more regular Jeep looking pick ups could also be seen at gas stations back then. Sometimes you'd also see either of these plowing sidewalks and driveways in bigger shopping strips and malls (the big malls hired bigger stuff to plow the actual parking lots). I always thought they looked kind of neat. Maybe because they were a bit unusual.
Dec 08, 2012 (5:35 am)
Maybe because they were a bit unusual.
I agree. I think that's usually a good thing.
#27136 of 30869 Re: . [uplanderguy]
Dec 08, 2012 (11:52 am)
"The '55 Studebaker V8 developed up to 185 hp. The Chevy had 162 but I don't know if there was a Power Pack in '55 yet or not."
The '55 Checy with power pack was rated at 180 hp.
Dec 08, 2012 (12:15 pm)
Thank you. I knew there was a Power Pack in '56 and '57 but was unsure about the '55.