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Publication numberUS1342843 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 8, 1920
Filing dateJan 20, 1917
Priority dateJan 20, 1917
Publication numberUS 1342843 A, US 1342843A, US-A-1342843, US1342843 A, US1342843A
InventorsClifford Ward I
Original AssigneeClifford Ward I
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Washbasin for motor-propelled vehicles
US 1342843 A
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APPLICATION men JAN. 20, 1917.

1,342,843. Patented J uhe 8, 1920.

lnvenror. Word I. Clifford bym M 35....




Application filed January 20, 1917.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, \VARD I. CLIFFORD, a citizen of the United States, and resident of Malden, county of Middlesex, State of Massachusetts, have invented an Improvement in VVashbasins for Nlotor-Propelled Vehicles, of which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawing, is a specification, like characters on the drawing representing like parts.

This invention relates to improvements in motor propelled vehicles and the object thereof is to provide convenient means whereby the occupants of a vehicle may conveniently perform desired ablutions.

In the use of modern motor propelled vehicles such as automobiles, motor boats and the like, it is frequently desirable to have a convenient means for washing the hands particularly where it becomes necessary to adjust or repair parts which are dirty or covered with grease. It is desirable not only to provide a convenient wash basin and a water supply but also means for delivering warm or hot water to the basin so that the grease may more readilybe removed. 1: Certain of the usual types of motors, particularly internal combustion engines, are pr0- vided with water cooling systems which include a jacket for the motor and a radiator for preventing vaporization of the water and maintaining it at an effectively cool temperature.

' One of the principal objects of the present invention is to provide a motor vehicle of the class described with a wash basin so arranged that warm water preferably heated by radiation from the motor may be conveniently delivered to it.

Another object of the invention is to provide means not only for delivering warm water from the water cooling system of the motor to the basin but also means'forsupplying cold water thereto in order that the water in the basin may have a desirable temperature. I

Another object of the invention is to provide means for supporting the basin in such a manner that when not in use it will be concealed within a suitable cabinet or compartment from which it may be withdrawn for use without detachment from the cabinet.

Means preferably are provided for automatically delivering hot or cold water or both to the basin when in certain positions Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented June 8, 1920.

Serial No. 143,497.

and for shutting off the supply of water when the basin is in any other position.

As illustrated herein the basin is contained within a cabinet which rests upon and is secured to the running board of an automobile but it will be understood that the cabinet may be located elsewhere or the basin supported within a compartment within the body of the vehicle.

A further feature of the invention resides in providing a basin supporting post having a conduit therein provided with ports adapted to communicate with the basin when the basin is in certain positions. This post preferably is located within a cabinet or compartment such as that above described but is adapted for general use.

Other objects and features of the invention will more fully appear from the following description and the accompanying drawings and will be particularly pointed out in the annexed claim.

The drawings illustrate my invention as embodied in an automobile of the usual type which is propelled by an internal combustion engine.

In the drawings:

Figure l is a conventional view of an automobile showing my invention applied thereto,

Fig. 2 is a view of the cabinet with a basin pivotally supported therein,

Fig. 3 is a plan view of the basin and its support, the walls of the cabinet being shown in section, illustrating also in dotted lines the basin in fully withdrawn position,

Fig. 4 is a detail view partially in vertical section of the upper part of the post for supporting the basin showing also a portion of the basin and the extension there from pivotally mounted upon said post,

Fig. 5 is a transverse sectional view through the post and basin extension on lines 55 Fig. 4:,

Fig. 6 is a detail view showing a locking device for retaining the basin within the cabinet or in withdrawn position.

The automobile illustrated in Fig. l is of a usual type having body 1, a wheel supported chassis, and a water cooled motor, preferably an internal combustion engine having a water cooling system which includes a radiator 2. The usual running board 3 is supported from the body of the automobile and the basin cabinet as illustrated is secured to the unning board at the end of the front seat. The cabinet as illustrated herein is rectangular in form and constructed of sheet metal, the ends 4 and back 5 being provided at their lower edges with flanges having bolt holes 6 to provide ameans of attachment to the running board. The .top 7 and the front edge of the cabinet also may if desired be provided with flanges to form an abutment for the door 8 which preferably is hinged to the running board atthe lower edge of the cabinet.

The basin 9 desirably is provided with a porcelain lining and has an extension 10 terminating in a cylindrical boss 11 which is pivotally mounted upon the conoidal up per end of a post 12 which is secured to the running board or if the cabinet is located elsewhere, to the bottom of the cabinet. The upper portion 12 of the post is provided with one or preferably two ports 14:, 15 which communicate respectively with conduits 16, 17 leading to suitable water supplies as will hereinafter more fully appear.

The extension 10 of the basin is apertured to form a conduit 18 opening at one end into the basin and at the other adapted to communicate with the ports 14, 15 in the upper end of the post 12. By reason of this construction the connection between the basin extension and the upper end ofthe post is in effect a valve operable to deliver water from either. of said ports to the basin when the basin is in certain predetermined positions. v

The basin extension may be removably secured upon the upper end of the post by a plate 19 overlying the boss 12 and secured in place by a screw 20 passing through said plate into the end of the post.

By reason of the conoidal form of the upper end of the post and the corresponding taper of the walls of the aperture in the basin extension, any wear which may occur may be taken up by advancing the screw 20.

The post 13 is so positioned within the cabinet that when the basin is in normal position, illustrated in full lines in Fig. 3, the conduit 18 will be closed from communication with either of the ports 141- or 15.

When, however, the basin is partially with.

drawn from the cabinet the conduit 18 will communicate with the port 14-; upon slightly further withdrawal it will commu nicate with the port 15 and upon still further movement will be closed from communication with either port.

' In order that both hot and cold water may be supplied to the basin the pipe 16 is provided with an extension 22 communicating with the radiator 2 of the motor. The pipe 17 desirably is provided with an extension 23 which communicates with a cold water reservoir 24 which may conveniently be located beneath the front seat of the automobile or may be placed at any other desirable position within the body.

A towel roll 25 may conveniently be supported on brackets 26, 27 projecting from the rear wall 5 and a suitable soap receptacle 28 may also be secured to the back wall of the compartment. Then the basin is withdrawn from the compartment the soap dish and towel will easily be accessible.

Suitable means are provide for locking the basin within the cabinet and in extended position when the same is to be used, a de sirable means which is illustrated herein comprising a latch 29 pivotally mounted upon an ear 30 projecting laterally from the side of the basin extension 10. A flange 31 upon the post 13 is provided with slots 32 adapted to receive the end of said latch when the basin is in the positions illustrated in full line and in dotted lines in Fig. 3. A helical spring 34: interposed between the outer end of the latch and the side of the basin extension normally holds the latch in one or the other of the slots 32.

When it is desired to use the basinthe port of the cabinet is opened and the basin swung around its pivotal support until the port 14 communicates with the conduit 18.

The basin will then be supplied with warm water from the radiator. If the water is too warm, further movement of the basin will bring the conduit 18 into communication with the port 15, thus permitting cold water to be supplied. When the water is of the right temperature, further movement of .the basin to. the dotted lineposition illustrated in Fig. 3 will shut off the communication of the conduitlS withboth ports 14 and 15 and the basin will be locked in.

the basin is in certain positions and for shutting off the supply when the basin is in any other position.

It will also be understood that I claim broadly means for delivering water heated by the engine to a basin located within a suitable cabinet or compartment and. adapted to be withdrawnv for use but not removed therefrom. f 7

Having thus described my invention what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

In combination with a motor propelled vehicle comprising a body, a motor and a water cooling system for said motor, a basin cabinet, a basin movably secured within said cabinet and adapted to be withdrawn without detachment therefrom, a cold water reservoir, means automatically operable when the basin is partially withdrawn suc cessively to connect the basin with said water cooling system and with-said cold water reservoir and to close said connections 10 when the basin is fully withdrawn.

In testimony whereof, I have signed my name to this specification.


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US5715549 *Aug 16, 1996Feb 10, 1998Asc IncorporatedSink assembly enclosed within drawer
U.S. Classification4/626, 296/1.7
International ClassificationB60R15/02, B60R15/00
Cooperative ClassificationB60R15/02
European ClassificationB60R15/02