1964: Jeep M-676, M-677, M-678, M-679

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The Jeep For­ward Con­trol pickups de­buted for 1957 in a short-wheel­base half-ton FC-150 and a long­wheel­base one-ton FC-170, both four-wheel-drive. They were in­no­va­tive cab-over trucks but didn’t set the light truck mar­ket afire. Sales were never bet­ter than ad­e­quate and had be­gun to ta­per off in the early ’60s. About that time, while try­ing to land a big contract for a new light tac­ti­cal mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle, Jeep learned the Ma­rine Corps was look­ing for a non-tac­ti­cal all-wheeldrive rig with diesel power. They pro­posed a mil­i­ta­rized ver­sion of the For­ward Con­trol, de­signed and built it, and got a contract. Start­ing in 1963 they be­gan build­ing the M-se­ries FCS pow­ered by Cerlist 3-cylin­der, 2-stroke, loop-scav­enged diesels that made 85 hp from 170 cu­bic inches. They were built in four con­fig­u­ra­tions, the M676 pickup, M677 four-door pickup, M678 and M679 Am­bu­lance, and around 400 units of all types were known to have been built.

Cerlist Model 3, 170ci 3-cylin­der

1964 M-679 am­bu­lance

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