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1959 Jeep FC170

Base LS Swap


Build Points


  • Color: Custom patina
  • Horsepower: 300
  • Drivetrain: RWD

Vehicle Overview

I own a 1959 FC 170 Willys Jeep named Penny. She was given to me by my Grandparents who have owned it sense 1980. I plan to build this FC like it has never been done before. How am I going to do that you ask? Let me tell you. I slightly modified the Jeeps frame by boxing it in and extending it 22". This allows room for the mid engine LS and is treated with a TB SS intake, sloppy stage 2 cam and springs. The LS mates to the 4l60E trans that takes its commands come from the PCS push button shifter or the paddle shifters. The Trans transfers power to the 8.8 rear-end. The 8.8 is held in place using a triangulated 4 link. The suspension is cushioned with air bags and QA1 adjustable shocks. Speaking of suspension, the front squish frame work uses mustang ll components. The ruff bumps are cushioned with the use of Shockwaves. The Air ride is controls using Airride Performance management 3P/H. The Cab uses many top end feel good parts. Steering Wheel is made of walnut and aluminum. The steering column is a Ididit stubby that connects to a Flaming River V dog gear box. Boy is that a pretty gear box. The gear box transfers power to the power steering rack and pinion. The dog house was removed and a custom floor was built to house the benefits of a 2011 Grand Cherokee 2nd row seat. Heating and cooling is taken care of by Vintage Air kit. New glass was installed removing 60 years of pits and scratches. The Body was hand painted to look like it was weathered in a field all of its life. Boy dose it cause a disruption to those who don't approve. lol For those people, east assured that under that wicked paint job, the metal is in great shape. Great care has been taken to protect the metal years to come. Just to give you an explanation to why I would paint it like that, so I live in the PNW where it rains all of the time. On top of the rain I live on a dirt road. Keeping cars clean is not possible. But most importantly because I built it for me, I wanted to and I can. After 10 years of a on and off building my girl Penny, I finally got to drive her in Nov 2020. There is still a lot work to go. Check out Kluger's Garage on YouTube if you want to follow my build. Please consider subscribing.

Future Plans

I have to build my bed but 1st Detroit rims and tire need to be ordered. Sway bar, turbo and also on this list. Why not.

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