Jeep FC Blog

  • Driving My FC-150: Interior POV Fall drive in my Willys Jeep FC-150 truck. Still experimenting with the GoPro mount and field of view.
    Posted Mar 13, 2016, 9:01 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:36 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • 4×4 Command Car – Pop Art T-Shirt T-shirt features keywords from the 1940 “Invitation for Bids No. 398-41-9” by Quartermaster Corps for a light reconnaissance, 4×4 command car.  Available in white.  Made in ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 3:10 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • New Tires for FC-150 I went with POWER KING SUPER TRACTION II.  A bit aggressive, but fits the "look" of the truck. SIZE LOAD SPEED SYM TYPE DIAM S.W TREAD DEPTH RIM WIDTH ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:17 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Front & Rear Shocks Replaced My brother helped me change all four shocks on the old Forward Control.  They were well past their prime.  Ride is much improved. Hoping to get new 7.00 x ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:20 AM by Denise LaJuett
  • Jeep FC Concept Grills by Brook Stevens I found these images in the Brooks Stevens Archive, Milwaukee Art Museum website: http://archive.mam.org/brooks-stevens/
    Posted Sep 8, 2014, 7:05 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Got a Mention from Mobile Air Conditioning Society Blog Check out the article by Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor. He talks about the climate control system of the Jeep FC."Sure, this climate control system is rudimentary. But what ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:04 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • "Wild Willys: A Heap of Jeep." In December 1956, writer/reviewer Bob Scollay took photographer Colin Creitz and the newest Jeep Willys model out for a jaunt in the hills above Los Angeles. His story on ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2014, 6:19 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Jeep FC-150 & Jeep FC-170 #tagboards I created a couple of new FC tagboards.  Some cool owner submitted photos floating around out there.https://www.tagboard.com/fc150/https://www.tagboard.com/fc170/
    Posted Nov 19, 2013, 1:54 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • FC-150 Infographic I created a simple Willys Jeep FC-150 infographic: https://infogr.am/Willys-Jeep-FC-150/Made using https://infogr.am
    Posted Oct 25, 2013, 9:41 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Backyard Chores for My Jeep FC-150 That time of year again, needed to pull the boats out before water levels dropped. I backed the FC-150 down to the dock and hooked up a steel cable ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2013, 10:45 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Vintage Newspaper Ad for "Tomorrow's Truck" Vintage newspaper ad for "tomorrow's truck" the FC-150Appeared in the Mexico Independent (Upstate New York)Thursday May 9, 1957https://plus.google.com/104770420975645206982/posts/hVeEqrhU2aL
    Posted Sep 12, 2013, 6:20 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • New FC t-shirt from Gearheart Shirts
    Posted Aug 16, 2013, 7:51 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • FC designer Brooks Stevens on auto design post WWII In 1942, visionary Forward Control designer Brooks Stevens imagined for Popular Mechanics magazine what the consumer auto market might evolve into after World War II.Note his take on the ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2013, 7:42 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Summer 2013 Been a little behind on my posting here.  I've had the pleasure of driving the old FC a dozen times or so.  The weather up here has been rainy ...
    Posted Jul 3, 2013, 4:47 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • FC Gets Emergency Brake Cable & NYS Inspection Finally got around to replacing the front handbrake cable (purchased a quality replacement from Walcks).  With that being done, I took the FC up to PRR Automotive to have it ...
    Posted May 22, 2013, 6:59 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Vintage Jeep FC Advertisements I added a few "new" vintage Jeep forward control ads to the growing library.
    Posted May 11, 2013, 6:05 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Press Release 1957 Willys FC Trucks Posted by Brian Lohnes, copyright BangShift.com.Found this page, cool FC photos I haven't seen yet:http://bangshift.com/blog/cool-old-press-photos-57-willys-fc-trucks ...
    Posted May 11, 2013, 6:06 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • How to survive the zombie apocalypse (FC style) I designed this a while back using Adobe Fireworks and forgot to post.
    Posted May 11, 2013, 6:07 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Out of Bounds Jeep FC I'm waiting (rather impatiently) for winter to end so I can drive the old FC. I took some time to try my hand at OOB (out of bounds) photo ...
    Posted May 11, 2013, 6:08 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Face Forward Stylized photo of my Willys Jeep FC-150.  I'm longing for a nice day so I get the old FC back out on the road.  Hopefully soon...darn upstate ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2013, 12:59 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • New FC Community page now on Google+ Check out the FC Community page on Google+:https://plus.google.com/communities/102545819347311378712Join the community by signing up for a free Google+ account.  Share your FC photos, videos ...
    Posted May 11, 2013, 6:09 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • My Quick Google Drawing of a Jeep FC-150 Tried out Google's drawing app. Fairly easy to use. Does real-time auto saves which is a great feature.
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:06 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Cool Paper Model FC This paper model has 3D wheels and is a 2-page PDF. Available in blue. Price: $7.00Some other Willys vehicles available here.
    Posted Oct 2, 2012, 11:09 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Take Me Out to the Ballpark...in a Jeep FC A beautiful early summer day out at the ball fields.Is there a better "All American" combo? Willys Jeep FC + Baseball
    Posted May 11, 2013, 6:04 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Jeep FC favicon Created a simple FC favicon for the site...OriginalGoogle Chrome In 3D
    Posted Apr 30, 2012, 11:41 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Mighty FC - Concept Vehicle Jeep Mighty FC: Original IllustrationJeep Mighty FC: Concept Storms Moab - Video
    Posted Apr 30, 2012, 11:44 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Back In Time to '59 Stumbled across a list of Willys Jeep serial numbers: http://www.kaiserwillys.com/willys_jeep_serial_numbers#12I was surprised to see my Jeep FC's serial number listed ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2013, 6:44 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Early Jeep Forward Control News Articles Found these vintage Jeep FC links out on Google's Newspaper archive site:FC-150 Newspaper Article - Lodi News-Sentinel - Dec 11, 1956(link full newspaper spread)FC-150 Newspaper ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2012, 7:13 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • New Videos Added I added a couple of new videos of my 1959 Jeep FC-150.  Thanks dad for the great cinematography and narration. 
    Posted Feb 12, 2012, 5:35 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • My Second Attempt at HDR I figured out how to take multiple exposure photos with my Kodak Z980.  Then ran it through a program called: Luminance HDR.  Not as good as the pros, but I ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2012, 5:00 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • My Attempt at Tone Mapping a Photo of My Jeep FC Saw some cool photos on the Web, and had to experiment a bit using a photo of my Jeep FC-150.  Should use multiple exposures, but I only had the ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2012, 6:36 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Early Winter Ride in my FC 150 Jeep  Nice clear Upstate NY winter day, so I took the old Willys Jeep FC out for a quick ride into town. Let it warm up a bit, and ran great ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2012, 11:38 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • New FC parts  Ordered and installed some new parts from Rock Auto:Thermostat (Stant)Radiator cap  (Stant)Thermostat housingSpark plugs (Champion RJ8C)
    Posted Jan 5, 2012, 11:36 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Let It Snow... First real snow of the season.  No salt on roads yet, so I took the FC out for a run.  Need to let it warm up for a while (33 ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2012, 11:39 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Jeep FC Merry Christmas Family took the FC out to the tree farm.  Figured this would make a good Christmas card.  Only thing missing is the snow.
    Posted Dec 9, 2011, 9:05 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • FC Test Drive After Tune-up On the Road Again...We replaced the cap, points and rotor, set the timing and dwell.  F134 Hurricane idled fine, but was hesitating a bit when under a load.  Especially ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:11 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • It's a Jeep FC Thing... My daughter drew a picture of my FC for my birthday.Also got a clock from my parents.  It's FC time!
    Posted Oct 31, 2011, 12:30 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Timing Issues Adjusted timing to factory specs...idles fine but hesitates at higher RPMs.  Ordered new distributor, points and condensor from Rock Auto.  Hoping this smooths things out.
    Posted Oct 31, 2011, 12:40 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Night Cruise  Had the Jeep out last night for a drive.  Headlights were fine, amazing view of the road through the curved glass.  Still trying to figure out best RPMs when downshifting ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2011, 10:11 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • NYS Vehicle Inspection - PASSED! Took my rig up to PRR Auto for a check-up.  Other than a few leaky gaskets, she's good to go (officially)!
    Posted Sep 8, 2011, 7:28 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • FC150 First Ride Took my FC-150 out for it's first ride on the road today!  Took it down to corner gas station for a drink of fresh gas.  Top end at ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2011, 7:02 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Pickup Bed Wall Decided to screw in the new sheet metal until I have time to remove bed and do it the right way. 
    Posted Jul 16, 2011, 9:00 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Passenger Side Floor My brother welded in the new sheet metal with some help from dad.  Good fit, probably more solid than new off the assembly line.
    Posted Jul 16, 2011, 8:57 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Windshield Replacement Ordered new windshield glass for my FC-150 from SSG.  $285 plus shipping.www.ssg-glass.com   |   1.800.552.3905 
    Posted Jul 22, 2011, 4:49 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Engine Cover Took the engine cover out of my Jeep FC-150 and prepped for painting.  Decided to try a 50/50 Rustoleum and mineral spirit mix.  Worked out pretty well.  Layered ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2011, 9:01 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Interior Work Removed windshield & gasket.Wire brushed and primered around frame.Used spray and brush-on rust stop throughout.Cleaned up driver side floor.
    Posted May 14, 2011, 4:15 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Vacuum Wipers WORKING! See video below...Verified good vacuum (15 psi), but still no luck with the wipers. Dad cleaned up the grease inside the motor. I figured out that the center linkage ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:18 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Installed Hygrade Carb Kit Removed carburetor and throttle body.Cleaned and replaced worn parts.Discovered a few parts missing.Installed and tested.Runs better than before. No hesitation.Need to get on the road ...
    Posted May 14, 2011, 4:16 PM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Carb Rebuild? Replaced new spark plugs.Still getting hesitation when I hit the throttle.Float gets stuck intermittently, which cause minor flood issues.Looking for rebuild kit to see if it smooths ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:13 AM by Patrick LaJuett
  • Fuel Pump Swap / Vacuum for Wipers Trying to stay true to original.Removed electric fuel pump.Purchased new dual diaphragm mechanical fuel pump (Airtex 4032).Bought replacement hoses/clamps for fuel and vacuum hoses.Fuel Pump ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:15 AM by Patrick LaJuett
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This site is dedicated to documenting the process, labor, and love of restoring my 1959 Willys Jeep FC-150 pick-up truck.

Driving My FC-150: Interior POV

posted Feb 4, 2016, 7:38 AM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Mar 13, 2016, 9:01 AM ]

Driving Jeep FC Video
Fall drive in my Willys Jeep FC-150 truck. Still experimenting with the GoPro mount and field of view.

YouTube Video

Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:35 AM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 11:36 AM ]

Merry FC Christmas 2015

4×4 Command Car – Pop Art T-Shirt

posted Dec 10, 2015, 3:09 PM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 3:10 PM ]

4×4 Command Car – Pop Art T-Shirt
T-shirt features keywords from the 1940 “Invitation for Bids No. 398-41-9” by Quartermaster Corps for a light reconnaissance, 4×4 command car.  Available in white.  Made in USA.

New Tires for FC-150

posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:07 AM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Jul 30, 2015, 9:17 AM ]

I went with POWER KING SUPER TRACTION II.  A bit aggressive, but fits the "look" of the truck.

SIZE LOAD SPEED SYM TYPE DIAM S.W TREAD DEPTH RIM WIDTH SLR RPM WEIGHT
7.00-15LT 105/101 L TL 29.40 8.00 19.0 5.5 14.00 715.00 33


Front & Rear Shocks Replaced

posted Nov 12, 2014, 3:54 PM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 7:20 AM by Denise LaJuett ]


My brother helped me change all four shocks on the old Forward Control.  They were well past their prime.  Ride is much improved. Hoping to get new 7.00 x 15 tires in the spring.

Jeep FC Concept Grills by Brook Stevens

posted Sep 8, 2014, 6:46 AM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 7:05 AM ]

I found these images in the Brooks Stevens Archive, Milwaukee Art Museum website: http://archive.mam.org/brooks-stevens/
Jeep FC grill concept drawings by Brooks Stevens



Got a Mention from Mobile Air Conditioning Society Blog

posted Aug 6, 2014, 12:11 PM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 5:04 AM ]

Check out the article by Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor. He talks about the climate control system of the Jeep FC.


"Sure, this climate control system is rudimentary. But what really do you need? Sure, the comfort and convenience of today’s modern automatic HVAC systems are superb comparatively, but when you’re out on the farm all day, you’re not spending your time in the truck; you’re out working. At least it’s got heat to keep you warm during those cold winters!"

He also mentions both my website and the "Map of Know FCs". Read full article here: 

"Wild Willys: A Heap of Jeep."

posted Jan 3, 2014, 5:35 AM by Patrick LaJuett   [ updated Jan 3, 2014, 6:19 AM ]

Jeep FC-150

In December 1956, writer/reviewer Bob Scollay took photographer Colin Creitz and the newest Jeep Willys model out for a jaunt in the hills above Los Angeles. His story on the Forward Control Jeep carried the title, "Wild Willys: A Heap of Jeep." The Table of Contents tagline stated: "The new FC-150 Jeep goes where even motorcycles fear to tread."


GooglePlus Community post

#fc150 #jeepfc #cabforward #willysfc #forwardcontrol

Jeep FC-150 & Jeep FC-170 #tagboards

posted Nov 19, 2013, 1:54 PM by Patrick LaJuett

I created a couple of new FC tagboards.  Some cool owner submitted photos floating around out there.


Created a couple of new FC #tagboards : https://www.tagboard.com/fc150/ https://www.tagboard.com/fc170/  #fc150   #fc170   #willysjeep  

FC-150 Infographic

posted Oct 25, 2013, 9:41 AM by Patrick LaJuett

I created a simple Willys Jeep FC-150 infographic: https://infogr.am/Willys-Jeep-FC-150/
FC-150 infographic
Made using https://infogr.am

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