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Jeep Forward Control




The Jeep Forward Control was a truck produced by Willys and then Kaiser Jeep from 1956 to 1965.

The Forward Control Jeep (FC) was produced from 1957 through 1965. FC-170 Dual Rear Wheel has a heavy duty suspension and brakes. The GVW was increased to 9000 lbs.

Willis produced utility vehicles that remained almost unchanged since 1947. As the marketplace grew more competitive in the 1950s, management developed a new range of modern cab and body trucks. Designer Brooks Stevens used styling cues from full-size cab-over-engine trucks. Engineering was based on existing CJ-5. Power came from the Hurricane F-head and L-head 4-cylinder engines.

The Forward Control models were primarily marketed as work vehicles for corporate, municipal, military, as well as civilian use. Regular pickup box beds were standard, but customers were offered a large number of "Jeep approved" specialized bodies from outside suppliers. These ranged from simple flatbeds to complete tow trucks, dump trucks, and fire trucks.

Introduced in 1956, FC-150 models had a 81 inches (205 centimeters) wheelbase with a 78 inch (198 centimeter) bed.

Introduced in 1957, FC-170 models had a 103 inches (261 centimeters) wheelbase with a 108 inch (274 centimeter) bed. This model is significant as it was the first time the length of the payload box (9 feet - 2.7432 meters - with the tailgate up) exceeded the wheelbase of a truck. This was achieved by the forward cabin layout.

FC-170 DRW
This was a 1-ton dual-wheeled rear axle (dually) model with a 10 foot (3.048 meter) load bed.

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External Links

  • The Jeep Forward Control Page
    This site is dedicated to all who own and love Forward Control trucks built by Willys-Motors and Kaiser Jeep® from 1956 to 1965. Site has information about the forward control Jeeps, bulletin board, owners' registry, and links to related sites.
  • Forward Control Fire Engines
    The Jeep Forward Control, the 4x4 cab-over-engine truck built by Kaiser-Willys from 1957-65, was a natural platform for conversion to a small fire engine, and a number of companies took advantage of the opportunity. Take a look at an archive of information, Photos and more about the Forward Control playing the role of a Fire Engine.
  • History of the Forward Control - Read More
    The Forward Control story begins in early 1953 when Kaiser Industries purchased 100% of the foundering Willys-Overland Corporation and dropped their passenger car line. Kaiser focused on Jeep production and renamed the company Willys Motors. The new company started showing a profit as a result of restructuring and as sales of Jeeps and commercial Jeep products increased. Lucky for Kaiser that none of the "big three" had a piece of the light weight 4x4 utility market.
  • Fred Williams' Kaiser Jeep FC-170
    Fred Williams is from Denver, Colorado and is the very proud owner of this 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC-170. The FC is short for "Forward Control." Fred has this to say about this rare bird Jeep...
  • David Christie's 1958 Willys FC-150
    Check out this Fully restored FC-150 on
  • Forward Control Toys
    This page is here to appeal to those of you who might find the cost of a real Forward Control just a little prohibitive. Perhaps collecting toys and models of FCs is a little more agreeable to your budget.




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