Let’s look at a few more oddities of the late 50’s and early 60’s. I was a young tyke during this period but I clearly remember Jeep’s FC-series trucks – they were fairly rare and certainly distinctive. Most were pickups but I also remember one configured as a wrecker, with faded paint and battered body, doing yeoman work at a neighborhood small repair garage. Jeep advertising highlighted the many third-party, after-market manufacturers that could supply custom bodies for the FC. However, there are always those more inclined to “do-it-yourself.”
Let’s start with a third-party after-market model – I’m not sure who manufactured this camper/motor home but it looks very well done.
A little scruffy now but in its day, this looks like it was also professionally done, though it may be more of a mini-bus or jitney than a camper. Perhaps it was built in one of the many foreign markets where these FC’s were also assembled.
I’d say this is a custom-built slide-in, but with some home-built modifications…
This one’s a toss-up to me – could be an aftermarket build or maybe a back-yard project.
Pretty clear this one came together in a driveway after a few beers, though I admire the builder’s creativity. Would be interesting to know if it is front-drive-only, or if the rear axle is powered.
This is obviously not an FC – the picture labels it as a 1950 “flat-fendered” CJ, but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s definitely an oddity. It must have had some interesting handling characteristics…