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2009 Top Truck Challenge Competitor: Wayne Sheeley's 1963 Willys Jeep FC 170

Posted in Top Truck Challenge on November 1, 2009
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Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
Now here's something you don't see every day. No, we're not talking about the Sheeleys in matching bright orange T-shirts. We're referring to their Durabak polyurethane-coated rig that's rolling 44-inch Boggers on 15x10 steel double beadlock wheels. Other eye-catching mods include the bed-mounted spare, the front-mounted Warn 8274 winch, and the rear-mounted Warn M8000 winch.

Here it is, folks-the number one vote-getter this year by a wide margin. Not only is this '63 Willys FC-170 mega unique, it's being piloted by Wayne Sheeley, who was the co-driver for his wife, Addie, when she competed at TTC two years ago in her TJ. Now they're back for more, only this time it's his turn to drive. Sheeley says this rig was built over the course of "one cold winter." The result? A rare truck with a fascinating mix of old and new tech that apparently many of you really like.

Owner name/city: Wayne Sheeley/Walden, New York
Occupation: Self-employed
Vehicle model: 1963 Willys FC-170
Estimated value: $27,000
Engine/aspiration: 383ci Chevy LS6 V-8, EFI, BBK intake manifold, Hooker headers
Transmission: B&M TH400
Transfer case: Atlas 4.3
Suspension (f/r): 6-in-lift coil springs, Fabtech shocks, Bilstein hydraulic bumpstops/6-in-lift coil springs, Bilstein shocks
Axles (f/r): Dana 60, Detroit Locker/Dana 60, Detroit Locker
Axle ratio: 5.13:1
Wheels: 15x10 steel, double beadlock
Tires: 44-in Super Swamper TSL Bogger

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