From 1957 to 1964, Willys (then owned by Kaiser Jeep Corporation) produced a series of military trucks based on the Forward Control FC-170 commercial truck. The four military variants were:
• M676 - Cab plus open cargo body
• M677 - Four door crew cab plus shorter cargo body
• M678 - Van body with windows
• M679 - Van body without windows, ambulance
Over the lifetime of the FC series, Willys built an estimated 1000 military FCs in the four variants, primarily delivered to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in 1964. Most of the military FC trucks were M677 with the crew cab.
Restored M677 owned by Timothy Burk, front view. The six slot grill has one wide slot for mounting lights, a feature only found on the military FC trucks. Photo courtesy of Timothy Burk.
Today in WW II: 24 Nov 1944 First B-29 Superfortress bombers originating from Tinian, in the Marianas, raid Tokyo, 1550 miles away.
Willys Forward Control Military Truck Characteristics
87 to 94 inches, depending on model
4240 to 4750 lbs, depending on model
Cargo bed (M-676)
3 cyl 170cid Cerlist 85hp 2 cycle diesel engine was typical, but some were equipped with the 105hp gasoline Continental 226cid 6 cyl L-head "Super Hurricane"
Warner T-90A 3 speed was typical, but some units may have had a 4 speed
Spicer 2 speed
Spicer 44-F 4.89:1
Spicer 53 4.88:1
The Nomenclature and Federal Stock Numbers of the military FC trucks are:
M-676 Truck, Cargo, Pick Up FSN 2320-889-2004
M-677 Truck, Cargo, Pick Up w/4 door cab FSN 2320-889-2005