We hope they build it. We doubt they will. Moab Easter Jeep Safari is a honey pot for Jeep bees, and the folks from Jeep and Mopar always show up with some extraordinary concept that gets us, well, buzzing. This year it’s the Mighty FC.
In full editorial disclosure I must admit that I own a ’64 Jeep FC myself and am pretty fond of them, so I may be slightly biased, but how could anyone argue that this truck isn’t cool?
The Mighty FC is a modern version of the oft-scorned, slightly odd-looking, pug-nosed Jeep Forward Control built in the late ’50s to early ’60s. The design was to stuff as much cargo space on as short a chassis as possible with a bulbous cab atop a frame running just an 81-inch (FC-150) or 103-inch (FC-170) wheelbase. Though the trucks were great for cargo, they were spooky off-road, especially with the short wheelbase when going downhill.
The Mighty FC concept shares its name with those ancient cab-over trucks, but although the silhouette may be similar the guts of this new truck are far from what the Kaiser/Willys engineers were thinking back in 1956. The Mighty FC actually started as a two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (notice the windshield frame is all JK parts). Although the engine to rear axle layout stayed consistent to the two-door, the frame and front end were all pushed, stretched, and massaged into a truck capable of hauling loads across extreme terrain as well as rockcrawling, mud bogging and desert exploring. We have no doubt it could run with the best vehicles Unimog, Kamaz, Fuso, Rover, and Vovlo have to offer. Do we expect Jeep to bring this forward-thinking wondertruck on boulder-straddling portal axles to market? We assume the answer is still no.
Watch a video of the Mighty FC along with an interview with the head of Jeep Design, Mark Allen, about the concept at http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=C8FQGWmxqio
2012 Jeep Mighty FC Concept
Engine: Pentastar ’12 3.6L V-6
Transmission: ’12 Jeep Wrangler 5-speed automatic
Transfer case: NVG-241OR Rubicon Rock Trac transfer case with 4:1 low range
Front Axle: Mopar/Dynatrac/Axletech ProRock 44 Portal axle, 4.10 differential gears , 1.5 reduction box, 6.15:1 final drive, ARB Air Lockers
Rear Axle: Mopar/Dynatrac/Axletech ProRock 60 Portal axle, 4.10 differential gears, 1.5 reduction box, 6.15:1 final drive, ARB Air Lockers
Springs & Such: Teraflex control arms, King coilover shocks
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlocks
Steering: Steer Clear drop box to flipped right-hand drive JK Wrangler steering gear
Other Stuff: Gen Right aluminum fuel tank, Tom Wood’s custom driveshafts, Warn winch, Corsa exhaust, IPF lights, Burton snowboard bag fabric, Hanson bumpers, Tafco tray bed, Evo Manufacturing suspension components
Will We See It?
We hate to say it, but we doubt they’ll ever build a production version of the Mighty FC. The JK Wrangler is selling so well that the Toledo Jeep factory is running at capacity, plus the crash testing for a truck like this would be horrendous. That said, Jeep is now run by Fiat, and Fiat has a stake in Iveco, and Iveco has a small 4x4 cab-over truck in Europe called the Iveco Daily, and Iveco’s larger trucks won their class in Dakar in 2012. So would you buy an Iveco that was rebadged as a Jeep truck if it meant you could get something akin to the Mighty FC, just less mighty?