Famous “Lasts” in Cars

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A fun read for anyone interested in automotive history. Specific to Wranglers:

Last car with front drum brakes: 1985 Jeep DJ-5M

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1978 Jeep DJ-5E

Drum brakes are still found on the rear wheels of some vehicles, as they are cheap to make and don’t have to provide as much force as the front brakes—but what was the last vehicle with drum brakes on the front?

The great thing about drum brakes is they cannot warp, but the trade-off is they fade quite easily. While most cars use disc brakes now, the drum brake system is perfect for parking brakes. It is common to find disc brakes that have a small drum brake inside them exclusively for use as a parking brake.

The last vehicle to use front drum brakes was a 1985 Jeep CJ-5 specially made for the United States Postal service. It most likely was a cost-cutting measure, as this would have reduced safety greatly for the well-used trucks.
 

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Loved the vent windows in my Bronco, of course I was still a smoker back then.
 

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The wrangler has to be the last passenger vehicle with a live front axle.
 
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