Chevrolet explains how a transmission works in this amazing 1936 short film

Updated Jul 2, 2013

Chevy transmission video 1936This video find from 1936 should interest gear heads and the layman alike.

In it, Chevrolet sets about explaining how a transmission works. The video builds upon very basic principles, establishing what a lever is by showing a can opener and then a seesaw, before explaining how the gears in a car are really just series of interlocking levers.

In the course of the video, a transmission is built part by part with a careful explanation of each. The explanation of the synchronizer, which did away with noisy gear shifts, is especially interesting. Give the video a watch below.

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