1. Registration trouble? Please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom right corner of the page and your issue will be resolved.
    Dismiss Notice

How Tall Of A Driver Will An Fc Accommodate?

Discussion in 'Jeep Truck and FC Tech' started by fesser, Dec 16, 2021.

  1. Dec 16, 2021
    fesser

    fesser Napa, CA 2024 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

    Napa, CA
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2014
    Messages:
    541
    Years ago, during the height of my Corvair phase, I dragged home a rampside pickup that I had high hopes for. When I finally got to really play with it, I found that I could not comfortably sit in it as a driver. What I mean by that is that my head cleared the roof sheetmetal, but my line of site at the window was impaired by the comparatively low height of the windshield.

    I keep thinking how cool it would be to have an FC with a modified Alaskan camper mounted on it. However, I suspect that being a small FC cab, there might be similar driver fitment issues. Since there are none around here to test fit, I thought I would through it out here for input. FWIW I am not a giant (6'1") but I can't drive hunched over or my back will make me pay for it.
     
  2. Dec 16, 2021
    boopiejones

    boopiejones I can’t drive 55

    California east bay
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2020
    Messages:
    550
    I would think you could make it work. Biggest issue might be the seats. I’m only 5’11”, but I have a long torso - I’m taller than my 6’4” brother in law when we are sitting down at the dinner table.

    when I bought my cj, my line of sight was literally over the top of the windshield. I replaced the seats with aluminum kirkey buckets, and I still had room for seat sliders.
    I can’t speak for the FC specifically, but all the pictures I see online show very thickly padded seats. So I’d guess you have at least 3-4 inches of wiggle room both downward and backward just by swapping the seats for something thinner.
    5482BC10-4B70-4E5B-B2B4-378F0B6F281A.jpeg
     
  3. Dec 17, 2021
    jeepstar

    jeepstar Well-Known Member 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

    Sheboygan
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2006
    Messages:
    2,791
    I'm 5'11", have a bone stock fc, and I'm not pleased with the sitting position. plenty of headroom, but if I sit up straight I can't see out the windshield fully. I find myself slouching and slumping. over the course of pleasure cruising my back starts to hurt towards the end. it's not a daily driver so I deal with it.
    just remember, smiles per gallon is important too.
     
    Twin2 likes this.
  4. Dec 17, 2021
    duffer

    duffer Rodent Power

    Bozeman, MT
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Messages:
    4,551
    Hmmm. Only 5-9 but I don't recall the FC 150 being that uncomfortable and I logged a lot of miles on one, both on and off road. It was certainly a lot better in that regard than the 2A that proceeded it. And the heater actually sort of worked------

    I don't think it would be difficult to position the seats farther back. Way easier than notching wheel houses. Head room should not be a problem.
     
  5. Dec 17, 2021
    jeepstar

    jeepstar Well-Known Member 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

    Sheboygan
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2006
    Messages:
    2,791
    to be fair, I was in a climbing tree stand accident a few years back, haven't had a good back since. I usually go on 100 mile loops, all on pavement. my other complaint is looking through the curve of the windshield. I get headaches from that as well.
     
    kenny78 likes this.
  6. Dec 29, 2021
    jeepermc

    jeepermc Active Member

    Western WA
    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,198
    At 5'9", I slump over the wheel to drive mine too. Just kind of the nature of the beast I guess.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2022
    fesser

    fesser Napa, CA 2024 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

    Napa, CA
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2014
    Messages:
    541
    I am in the same boat. Have had back surgery in the past and I am usually fine, but sitting a little slumped over for a while is sure to cause a flair up. Sounds like from what most have posted that there is a likelihood that my noggin will clear the roof but my line of sight will be a bit impaired, same as the Corvair FC. I guess a custom seat pan might be the only possible cure. Luckily I haven't found any affordable (meaning cheap) FC's around here anyway.
     
New Posts