Keep Moving Forward: 1958 Willys Jeep FC-150

'58 FC 150 rt rear

We have featured the FC-150 before, the last time was back in July and it had a BIN of 10K more then this one. This 1958 Willys Jeep FC-150 is listed here on craigslist in Terre Haute, IN for $4,500.

'58 FC 150 front

According to the owner, this was a barn find that was found with the cylinder head off. They reassembled the engine and it smoked too much, so they then went back in and replaced the rings and now claim that it “runs great now with very little smoke.”

'58 FC 150 int.

The interior looks great and some of the new or replaced items include:  water pump, converted brake master cylinder to a dual circuit system, motor and transmission mounts, door seals, hub lockouts on front axle.

'58 FC 150 bed

There appears to be some holes in the bed and there’s rust still left to be dealt with.

'58 FC 150 rear

The seller claims that this FC runs and that you can drive it.  Work that still needs to be done: brake lights, turn signals, emergency brake needs adjustment, PTO cable in frozen, fuel strainer gasket is leaking, the wipers are not connected yet.  The next owner may need to work on or replace the radiator.  If you drive this FC over 50 mph you will notice that the engine is running “hot”.  If you are interested you are asked to give them a call to schedule a test drive.  At this point we’d suggest you stay at 50 or below…

Motor-on,
Robert

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Comments

  1. francisco

    Where’s the link?

  2. JW

    Love these trucks but I need one that is more like the Red one you posted before.

    • Robert Member

      JW,

      Here’s one in green that may be closer to what you are looking for?
      It is 12K: http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/5304018838.html

      • JW

        Thanks for the link Robert, it is a nice one but it’s way out on the west coast and I’m in Missouri also it’s manual and the wife hates manual trans and if she can’t drive it also I’m cooked buying it. I could change it to a automatic but with shipping here it wouldn’t be worth it. Thanks again for the link.

  3. John K

    Can’t recall the last time I saw one of these in the flesh, but there is just something so charming about a cab-over jeep. The price seems quite fair, even considering the work that will need to go into it. Parts are generally available. I’m not an off roading enthusiast but if this were closer I might have to go take a look at this one.

  4. Mark S Member

    Just replacing piston rings is what I have always referred to as the poor mans rebuild. I have done this myself on at least two Hondas and a Toyota. If your going to do it your best to use cast rings as they will wear in faster. The up side to this you can stop the engine from smoking for about two years. The problem is that without reboring the cylinders there will be taper wear at the top of the bore, this will cause the rings to flex in and out as the piston travels up and down and will brake the compression rings over time. Not an ideal solution for long term ownership and a bit shady for fast sale. I did it to keep my old commuter cars going as I was to poor to do it right.

  5. Scotty G

    This seems like another great deal and it would be a fun, winter project; nice find!

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