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Publication numberUS1036164 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 20, 1912
Filing dateMay 5, 1911
Priority dateMay 5, 1911
Publication numberUS 1036164 A, US 1036164A, US-A-1036164, US1036164 A, US1036164A
InventorsJoseph Teppert
Original AssigneeJoseph Teppert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Brace for vehicle-tops.
US 1036164 A
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J. TBPPERT.

BRACE PoR VEHICLE Toys.

APPLICATION FILED MAY 5, 1911.

1,036, 1 64, Patented Aug. 20, 1912.

ENTR@ STATES PATENT FFQE.

JOSEPH TEPPERT, or BUFFALO, :NEW YORK.

BRACE FOR VEHICLE-TOPS.

To all whom it may concern Be it' known that I, JOSEPH TEPPERT, a subject of the Emperor of Germany, residing at Buffalo, in the county of Erie and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvement-s in Braces for Vehicle- Tops and the Like, of which the following is a specification. l

This invent-ion relates to braces for vehicle tops or the like, and more particularly to a joint for a brace adapted to fold or break downwardly for folding the top, as described in my Patent No. 968,894, dated August 10, 1910, the advantages of which are therein noted.

One of the objects of my invention is the provision of a joint for braces of vehicle tops and the like having means to retain the brace in folded or broken position, and also to retain the same in open o-r extended position.v

Another object of my invention is to pro-- vide a joint of this character which is simple in construct-ion, comparatively inexpensiveIl and which is adapted for use on a brace which breaks or folds either downward or upward as may be desired, but is.particularly adapted for use in braces folding` downward.

Wit-h these and other objects in view, my invention consists in the construction, arrangement and combination of part-s to be hereinafter describedy and particularly pointed out in the subjoined claims.

1n the drawings,-Figure 1 is a side elevation of a brace constructed according to my invention.- Fig. 2 is an enlarged transverse section taken on line 2--,2, Fig. 1.. 3 is a horizontal section taken ony line 3-25 Fig. 1. Fig. t is a side elevation of one o-f the arms of the brace. Fig. 5 is a side elevation with one of the caps removed and the pivot pin shown in section.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, like numerals of reference refer to like parts in the several figures.

The reference numerals 6 and 7 designate the two arms o-f a brace and 8 the joint by means of which said arms are connected, parts of said joint being formed integral with said arms. The arm 6 has a single dat offset circular joint-member 9 provided with an axial pivot-hole 10 and a segmental slot 11 having its axis coincident'with the axis of said pivot-hole and having opposite Specication of Letters Patent.

Application filed May 5, 1911.

Patented Aug. 20,1912.

Serial No. 625,221.

ends enlarged or notched inwardly toward said pivot-hole, as at 12, 13, for a purpose tc appear hereinafter.

The arm 7 has two flat circular jointmembers 14 offset thereon and spaced apart so as to straddle the joint-member 9 and they also have axial pivot-holes 15 through which and the pivot-hole 10 o-f the jointmember 9 a pivot pin 16 is passed, thus pivotally connecting the two arms ofthe braces. The said circular joint-members vhave their .peripheral edges extending slightly above 'the outer edge of the brace, as at 18, and the joint-member or members of each arm curve gradually into the upper edges of their respect-ive arms so as to provide an outer smooth surface for the brace without projecting parts. The joint-members of the arms 7 also have alined radial slots 17 through which and the segmental slot of the single joint-member 9, a st-op-pin 19 is passed; said pin extending from opposite sides of the brace and having annular grooves 2O at its projecting ends. At the outer side of the jointmembers 14 V-shaped springs 21 are arranged which have their bights fitting the grooves of said stop pin and their extremities in contact wit-h studs 22 projecting from the sides of said joint-members. Said springs serve to retain the stop pin in place and also act to force said pin toward the axis of the joint so that upon opening the brace, the inner wall of the segmental slot travels in contact with the pin and upon the enlarged portion 12 of the slot being reached, the spring acts to draw the stop pin inward, thus causing a quick final movement of the two armsv and assisting in stretching the vehicle top. When in open position, the pin is held against the inner wall of the said enlargements 12 by the springs 21 and assures t-he brace being retained in open position.

Upon breaking or folding the brace, sulficient manual force must be exerted to overcome the tension of the V-shaped springs so as to cause the pin to ride up the inclined wall 23 formed by the enlargement' 1,2 of the segmental slot; andas the opposite end of said segmental slot is brought in line with the lock-pin, the V-shaped springs tend to force the lock-pin into the enlargement 13 at the opposite end of said segmental slot, thus retaining the brace in folded position.

Between the arm 7 of the brace andthe 11.0

peripheral edge of the single circular jointmember 9 a clearance space 24 is provided and between the arm 6 and the two circular joint-members l0 of the arm 7, clearance spaces 25 are also provided, thus permitting the brace to be painted, enameled, or otherwise coated and preventing one arm from injuring or scraping the coating from the other during the act of opening or closing the brace.

At one side of the brace, a cap Q6 is placed thereagainst so as to vcover the spring on that side and the studs co-acting therewith, also the adjacent projecting end lof the stop-- pin. Said cap has a peripheral rim 27 to provide an annular space 28 in which the adjacent V-shapedspring is eoniined. The pivot-pin 16, is also passed through said cap and a spacing collar 29 interposed between said cap and other joint-proper, and has a head bearing against the outer face of the cap. Said pivot-pin projects a suitable distance beyond the opposite side of the joint, and on it is placed a spacing collar 30 against which a second cap 31 is held which-is lpassed over the opposite proj ect-ing end of the pivot pin, said cap having also a peripheral rim 32 providing an annular space 33 in which the spring on the same side of the joint is confined. A washer 34 is placed over the extremity of the pivot pin and bears against the outer face of said last-mentioned'cap, and the pivot pin 16 is 'upset into the washer so as to securely connect the several parts of the brace.

Having thus described my invention,what l Cllllh iS,-

l. In a 'brace or the like, two parts pivotally connected together, one of said parts having a flat circular joint-member provided with a segmental slot and the other having a pair of flat circular jointmembers spaced apart and straddling said first-mentioned joint-member, said pair of joint-members having 'radial slots alined with said 'segmental slot, a pivot pin axially connecting said joint members, a stop-pin passin'gthrough said segmental slotand said radial slots and projecting from opposite sides ot the joint and a spring tending to force said stop pin toward the pivot ot' said joint-members.

2. A brace or the like comprising two arms, one of which has a flat circular jointmember off-set thereon and `provided with a segmental slot having enlargements at opposite ends, and the other having a pair of spacedv flat circular joint-members straddling said first-mentioned j oint-member and having alined radial slots formed therein, a pivot-pin axially connecting said jointmembers; a stop pin passing through said segmental and radial slots and projecting .from 'opposite sides, and means acting against said stop pin to cause the same to enter the enlargements of said segmental slot when the brace is in extended and in folded position.

8. A brace or the like comprising two arms, one of which has a fiat circular jointmember ott-set thereon and provided with a central pivot hole and a segmental slot having saidv pivot hole as its center and being provided with enlargements at opposite ends extending toward said pivot hole, and the other arm having a pair of fiat circular joint-members straddling said lirstmentioned joint-member and having central pivot holes and a pair of alined radial slots, a pivot .pin passed through said pivot holes, a stop pin passed through said segmental and radial slots and project-ing from opposite sides of the joint, springs acting against the projecting ends of said stop pin to cause the latter to enter the enlargements of said segmental slot when the arms are in extended and in folded position.

4.. A brace or the like comprising two arms, one of which has a flat joint-member provided centrally with a vpivot-hole and having a segmental slot with its center coincident with that of said pivot-hole, said slot having enlargements at its ends extending toward said pivot-hole,'the other arm having a pair of spaced fiat joint-members f provided with radial slots, said spaced jointmembers kstraddling said first-mentioned joint-member and having pivot-holes centrally therein alined with the pivot-hole of said iirst-mentioned joint-member, a pivotpin extending through said pivot-holes, a stop pin passed through said segmental slot and said radial slots and projecting from opposite sides of the joint, a pair of studs at each side of the joint, one of each pair being arranged at opposite sides of said pivot-pin, and V-shaped springs having their bights in contact with the projecting ends of saidv stop pin and their extremities in contact with said studs.

5. A brace or the like comprising 'two arms, one of which has a flat circular jointmember provided centrally with a pivot hole and having also a segmental slot provided with enlargements at opposite ends extending toward said pivot hole and the other arm having a pair of flat spaced circular joint-members straddling said iirstmentioned joint-member and having a pair of centrally arranged .pivot holes and alined radial slots, a pivot-pin fitting the pivotholes of said joint-members, a stop pin extending through said segmental slot and said radial'slots and projecting from opposite side of the joint, said stop pin `having an annular groove at each end, aV pair of studs at each side of the joint with the studs otl each pair on opposite sides of the pivot pin, and V-shaped springs having Vtheir bights fitting the grooves of said stop pin yll 5 and their extremities in contact with said studs.

6. Al brace or the like comprising two arms, one of which has a flat circular jointmember provided with a segmental slot and the other having a pair of spaced flat circular joint-members straddling said firstmentioned joint-member and provided with radial slots, a stop pin passing through said segmental slot and said radial slot and projecting from opposite sides of t-hejoint, a spring at each side of the joint acting against the projecting ends of said stop pin, a cap at one side of the joint having a hub and a peripheral rim separated from said hub by an annular intervening space, a pivot pin passed through said cap and said joint members and projecting from the opposite side of said joint, a spacing collar surrounding the projecting end of said pivot pin, a cap fitting on the projecting end of said pivot pin and bearing against said collar and having also a peripheral rim providing an annular intervening space between it and said collar, and a washer at the extremity of said pivot pin into which the pivot pin is countersunk, said springs being located in said annular intervening spaces.

7. In a brace or the like, two parts pivotally connected together, one of said parts having a fiat circular joint-member lprovided with a segmental-slot and the other having a coperating fiat circular jointmember provided with a radial-slot alined with said segmental-slot, a pivot pin axially connecting said joint-members, a stop pin passing through said segmental slot and said radial-slot and projecting from opposite sides of the joint, and a spring tending to force said stop pin toward the pivot of said j oint-members.

8. In a brace or the like, two parts pivotally connected, one of said parts having `a flat joint member provided with a segmental slot and the other having coperating flat joint member provided with a radial slot alined with said segmental slot, a pivot pin connecting said joint members, a stop pin passing through said segmental slot and said radial slot, said segmental slot having a notch in one of its walls, and means to force said stop pin into said notch when the latter is brought in line with said radial slot.

In testimony whereof I have axed my signature in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.

JOSEPH TEPPERT. Witnesses:

EMIL NEUHART, ELLA C. PLUECKHAHN.

Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. C.

Referenced by
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US3432193 *Aug 14, 1967Mar 11, 1969Oxford James GSpring hinge structure
US3574372 *Feb 16, 1970Apr 13, 1971Oxford James GSpring hinge structure
US3941340 *Sep 9, 1974Mar 2, 1976Rankins Leon BBoat flag holder
WO1999063235A1 *Jun 3, 1999Dec 9, 1999Michael SlasinskiAngularly adjustable coupling
Classifications
U.S. Classification403/98
Cooperative ClassificationB60G5/04, B62B7/008