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How Suspension Works

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Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.

As we've noted before, General Motors put out a series of really great videos explaining the basics of how cars function, like the clip explaining how a transmission works. This short video is a great explanation on the basics of automotive suspension systems.


Of course, the car the video is based on is a 1950 Chevrolet, so don't expect anything much fancier than some leaf springs holding the whole thing up. Even still, watching this guy build an entire suspension system out of picnic supplies and what he finds in his pocket is pretty impressive. Less impressive, though, is the way his female companion just manages to throw in some casual self-deprecating sexism. Not cool.


Also in this film:

  • Exceptionally tolerant parenting
  • The use of cigarette smoke to demonstrate just how easy it is to breathe
  • A strange inside joke the couple seems to share, where she says "I'm not too easily pleased, as you've noticed," and he just goes "don't I know it!" and then they drop it completely. It's awkward.

Feel free to skip over the first minute and a half. Nothing really happens at all. They just drive to the picnic and... that's it. Old movies are weird.