Jeep FC-170

by Eric
(Newtown, PA)

This is my 1961 Willys FC-170.

It was originally owned by the Newtown Fire Association in Newtown, Pennsylvania. It was their field truck/brush unit.

They were selling it in 1978, and when my father told me about it, I thought "what an ugly Jeep?" It was then sold to a fireman who used it to water trees at his home in the Pocono Mountains (PA).

A few years later, this gentleman decided to sell it, and I had told him to contact me if he ever decided to sell (I wised up and knew the value of the truck). I ended up buying it in 1982.

The truck was still equipped as a field truck and all original (9800 miles). I used it for antique car shows, parades and just driving around town.

Then the children came along, and I also owned another antique fire truck (1948 Mack pumper), and the Willys didn't get much attention. I kept it in a garage and ran it, but didn't do much other than that.

Last year I sold the Mack and decided to clean up the FC. A good cleaning, new tires, and a tune up had the truck looking and running as good as new!

It still has its original 6-cylinder, 3-speed, Ramsey winch, 300 gallon water tank and pump. Though it doesn't fight field fires anymore, it is still fully functional as a fire truck.

I plan on restoring it as original as possible.

Larry's Comment: You're a lucky man Eric. These FC Jeeps are getting rare...especially in good running condition like yours.

You have a nice one there. Something to be proud of!

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by: Steve Wilson

This is one beautiful truck. It's great to see how little mileage it racked up in all those years. Great seeing someone is keep the old Jeeps alive and well.

by: Richard A Ries

I wish I had one like this one. It looks great. I love it. Nice!

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