US 1196643 A
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Patented Aug, 29, 191@i z. L` BEDFORD, M. F. HIGGINS, 1R. @L c. c. mams.
' v APPLICATION FILED FEB.26\1916. Llg.
WTE@ @flamme PATENT flfdfdl@ v ZELA L. BEDFORD, .MORRIS F. HIGGINS, 'J' R., AND CARLO. HIGGINS, 0F LIMA, OHIO.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Aug. 29, limiti.
Application filed February 26, 191,6. Serial No. 80,724.
vtor vehicles and has particular reference to constructions 'for supplying a motor fluid to the engine.
` An object of the invention is to dispense with the use of gasolene and Substitute natural or artificial gas therefor and to this end there is provided av supply tank or tanks mounted upon the vehicle and connected to the intake manifold of the `engine by a suitable supply pipe.
rlhe inventive idea involved is capable of receiving a variety of mechanical expressions7 one of which, for the purpose of illustrating the invention, is 'shown in the accompanying. drawing, in which the `figure illustrates, in side elevation, a motor vehicle with the `invention applied thereto.
Referring more particularly to the drawing the numeral l indicates a motor vehicle of any preferred construction having the usual engine 2 provided with the, intake manifold 3.
Preferably at the rear of the machine the same has mounted a pair of superposed supply tanks 4 and 5 connected by a short length of pipe G, the upper tank having an inlet closed by a suitable cap 7 for the purpose of filling the tanks. The upper tank 5 is also provided with a gage for indicating the pressure in the tanks while the lower tank 4 has a safety blow-ofi' valve 9 for permitting the escape of the gas from the tanks should the pressure therein become too great. The'lower tank 4 also has leading therefrom a supply pipe 10 which is provided adjacent said tank with a pressure reducing valve 11 for the purpose of allowing the gas to pass from the tanks at an even pressure. Adjacent the valve 11 -the pipe is provided with a stop cock l2 for regulating the amount of gas passing through the pipe. At the other end of the latter there isshown convention ally an air intake 13 and gas control 14, for the purpose of providing the proper mixture, said gas control being operated by a rod 14 which leads to the steering wheel of the machine.' The pipe l0, at its extremity, is connected to the intake manifold 3 yof the engine in order that the mixture may be fed thereinto.
It will thus be seen that the invention provides a structure in which naturalV or artificial gas may be substituted for gasolene and the same properly mixed with air in order kto supply a motive fluid for driving the engine.
That is claimed is: y
In a motor vehicle, the combination With an engine having an intake manifold, superposed gas containing tanks mounted in the rear of the vehicle, aconnection between said tanks, a ga'ge mounted on one of said tanks, a blow-off valve carried by the other tank, a supply pipe leading from one of said tanks to the intake manifold of the en gine for feeding gas thereto to accomplish a continuous operation of the same, a pressure reducing valve mounted in said pipe adjacent said tanks, a stop cock also mounted in said pipes, means for admitting air to ysaid intake manifold, and means operable from the drivers seat of the vehicle to control the last-named means.
ZELA L. BEDFORD. MoRRIs F. HIGGINS, JR. CARL o. Hieoins.