Jeep’s Blast from the Past — the Mighty FC concept

Between the years 1956 and 1965, Willys (and subsequently Kaiser Jeep) built a vehicle called the Jeep Forward Control. Its cab-over design allowed it to have a full-length cargo bed, while keeping its overall length to a minimum – this made it more maneuverable than would otherwise be possible. Jeep and Mopar have now teamed up to revisit the Forward Control, in the form of the Jeep Mighty FC concept.

The Mighty FC is based on the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, although the cab has been moved up and ahead of the front axle, the wheelbase has been lengthened, and an eight-foot (2.4-meter)-plus drop-side cargo box has been added.

Some of the vehicle’s other features include a Katzkin leather interior, Mopar’s new heavy-duty offset Portal Axles, King coil-over reservoir shocks, Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch, a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system, and 40-inch tires mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch wheels.

The Mighty FC is one of six concept vehicles that the two companies will be officially unveiling at the 46th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, taking place in Utah from March 31st to April 8th.

Cripes. I used to be in Moab every 6 weeks. Great place for a truck like this. And the drop-sides makes all the sense in the world.

The Swiss post office had custom 4WD vans built on the FC chassis. They were still using them when I was there on a hillwalking trek in Switzerland in 1971.

2 thoughts on “Jeep’s Blast from the Past — the Mighty FC concept

  1. GPW says:

    Apparently the ‘Mighty FC’ never got beyond the concept vehicle stage, which isn’t too surprising.
    Worth noting perhaps that the U.S. military is in the process of looking for a replacement for the Humvee that’s currently in service, in part because of the limitations on it’s use that result from its size.
    As for the old Jeep Forward Control, unfortunately the utility of the cab over design was also something of a liability since placing most of the weight on the vehicle’s front axle made them prone to flipping end-over-end when braking on a steep downhill grade when traveling with an empty bed or light load. Also the early FC’s narrow track, combined with high ground clearance (raised center of gravity) and a short wheelbase, made them prone to roll-overs, particularly when fully loaded.
    Re: other utility FWDs see Pinzgauer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinzgauer_High-Mobility_All-Terrain_Vehicle) and Unimog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unimog

    • KB says:

      Most of that analysis only fits the 1970’s production – although the Swiss PTT never had the problems of American drivers. Between ABS and electronic stability control even a grunt newly recruited from the ranks of unemployed NASCAR fans could drive a 21st Century FC with little worry.

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