Introduced in 1957, FC-170 models had a 103 inch (260 cm) wheelbase with a 108 inch (270 cm) bed. This was achieved by the forward-control layout.
A 1958 concept version of the FC-170 featured a 108 inch (270 cm) wheelbase. This was required to accommodate a new 272 cu inch (4.5 L) V8 engine (based on the Ford Y-block) with a new transfer case. A new 3-speed automatic transmission (based on the Ford Cruise-O-Matic) was only available with the inline-6 due to possible driveshaft angle issues. A T-98 4-speed manual was available with both engines. This model had a gross weight of 7,000 lbs.