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Publication numberUS1441453 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 9, 1923
Filing dateOct 21, 1919
Priority dateOct 21, 1919
Publication numberUS 1441453 A, US 1441453A, US-A-1441453, US1441453 A, US1441453A
InventorsGeorge H Rives
Original AssigneeGeorge H Rives
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined accelerator pad and heel rest
US 1441453 A
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Jan. 9, i923.

1,441,453 G. H. RIVES.


Patented dan. 9, 1923,


COMBINED .accsnnnn'roa Prin arm HEEL ausm.

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that a citizen of the United States, and a resident of vNew York, in the county of New York and State of N ew York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Combined Accelerator ofwhich the following is a full, clear,

exact specification. v n y. .This invention relates more particularly to a class ofdevices adapted to be used in conjunction with automobiles. v f My invention has for its object primarily and ' to provide a combined accelerator pad and of the pedal heel rest designed to be utilizedV on ve hicles, such as automobiles. trucks and the like so that the chauffeur of the vehicle may operate the'acceleratcr pedal with ther foot without requiring itscontact with the pedal direct, in order to enable positive operation at all times since formations of pedals of this class arefsuch that the foot of the chauffeur `often slips therefrom, v and the accelerator pedal, -furthermore, frequently becomes highly heated, the device also serving i vent theshoe of thechaufeur from wearing by avoiding frictional contactof the shoev with the pedal. y These advantages are attained mainly by providing a protective cushion element whichl is movably supported on the vehicle in normal engagement with the raccelerator pedal to allow the foot of the chauffeur' to be positioned thereon for operating the pedal by moving the cushT ion as occasion requires. l

Otherfobjects of the invention are to provide a rest sotliat the heel of the shoes of the chauffeur may be comfortably supported when the fore partofthe foot is'nositioned on the protective cushion; toassociate with the cushion and the heel rest means for permitting the cushion to be extensibly adjusted relative to the rest; to provide means whereby the heel rest may be hinged to the vehicle; and to provide an accelerator pad and heel rest of a simple, eliicient and durable type adapted to be made in any desired size and shape.

With these and other objects in view,'the invention will be hereinafter more fully described with reference to the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification in which similar characters ci1 reference.

indicate corresponding parts in all the l, GEORGE H. Rives,

Pad and Heel Rest,

the general to eectually` -pre-y Application med october 21, wie, y serial No; 332,195.

views, and will then be pointedout the,

claim at the end of thedescriptiolr.

In the drawing, Figure 1 is a fragmentary sectional view, partly in detail showing aportion of a vehicle with one form of my improved accelerator pad and heel rest applied thereto fer enabling the accelerator pedal to be operated.

.Figi 2 is an enlarged top planof the device. -v

Fig. 3 is a detail sectional view taken on the line k3 3 of Fig. 2, and

. Fig. a is a detail sectional view taken on the line a-a of Fig. .3.

The device has a heel rest 10 which may be of any suitable shape and size, though this rest preferably consists of a substantially semi-circular flat plate 11 with a flange 12 `protruding upwardly from its curved edge and extendingv from the central part of the straight edge of the plate is 'an'arm or lug or shank as 13.' The plate 11 is of' a size tofreely accommodate the heel of the shoe of the chauffeur or person operating the vehicle, and the flange 12 servestofprevent tendency of the heel to slip on the rest`10. Protruding downwardly from the side edges ofthe arm 13 may be two spaced flanges 14 and 15 to provide a groove 16 extending lengthwise of this arm of the rest. On the underside of the plate ll-centrally of its` flanged edge is bolted or otherwise secured, at 17,'one leaf, as 18, of

a hinge 19Vwhich may be of a commonly known form, and the second leaf 2O of the hinge extends somewhat beyond the heel rest 10. The second leaf 9.0 ofl the hinge 19r lmay be of any desired shape yor size, though the one illustrated is approximately oval or elliptic in shape, and the cushion is preferably composed of a plate 26 with `a `pad 2T made of rubber or other resilient material. The pad Q7 is removably held to the ics plate 26 by one or more metal clips, as 28, 29 and 30, which are provided on the pad so thatl their ends extend beyond the edge of the pad, and following the arranging of the pad on the plate 26 the clips are bent over the edge of the plate into engagement with its underside.

The protective cushion 25 is movably connected to the heel rest l0 so that the cushion may be extensibly adjusted relative to the rest whereby shoes of various sizes may be accommodated on the device, and serving as means to accomplish this, vextending from the plate 26 is a bar 31 which is in the form of a fiat plate `having downwardly depending spaced flanges 32 and 33. rIhe bar 3l with its flanges are disposed in the groove 16 between the anges ll and l5 of the arm 13 of the heel rest l0, and this bar is of a width so that it is freely movable in the groove. Through the central part of the bar 3l in proximity to its free end is' a slot 34 extending lengthwise of the bar, and .protruding through this slot from the undervside of the arm 13 of the heel rest is a threaded pin or Ybolt 35. The free end ofthe bolt lprotrudes below the bar 3l, and on the free end of the bolt is a thumb nut, as 36, adapted to be screwed .into engagement with the :bar for releasably locking the bar 311 with the cushion 25 and the heel rest to-V gether. When it is desired to extensibly adjust the cushion l25 .relative to 'the heel rest lOthe nut 36 is loosened on the bolt 35 and the bar 3l with'the cushion 25 are slidably moved back and 'forth with respectto the heel rest according to the adjustment of the cushion 25 as maybe desired for properly aocommodatingthe foot of the operator of the vehicle with the vheel positioned on the rest 10 'andthe fore :part of the rfoot arranged on the resilient vpad so that by moving the foot accordingly the 1accelerator pedal will be operated, as occasion requires. Thus a simple, eliicient and durable device is provided .whereby the chauffeur of an antomobile, truck and like vehicle may operate the accelerator pedal without tendency of the foot slipping as well as avoiding damage tothe shoes of the chauffeur from wear as well as 'from the heat when the accelerator pedal becomes heated.

Inthe foregoing description, I have embodied the preferred yform of my invention,

resinas but I do not wishto be understood as limiting myself thereto, as I am aware that modifications may be made therein without departing from the principle or sacrificing any .of the advantages of this invention, therefore I reserve to myself the right to malte such changes as fairly fall within the scope thereof. Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:`

In a combined foot rest and accelerator pedal, a heel portion having` an upwardly extending flange on the rear part thereof and downwardly extending flanges on the forward part thereof, the upwardly extending flange extending substantially throughout the path of a semi-circle so as to form a socket for the heel of shoe, `the yforward portions of the downwardly extending flanges :being parallel so as to form aguijdeway, a two part hinge having one lpafrt riveted to one side of the rear end of 'the heel portion, the other part of said `hingey bein'g adapted to be secured to the `foot board of an automobile, a. toe portion -adjustably connected to the heel portion, said toe portion having downwardly extending flanges on the rear part thereof adapted to slide within and to fit yclosely adjacent to zthe downwardly extending flanges on .the heel portion, a toe pad of resilient material mounted above the forwardend of said l:toe portion, upwardly extending flanges `on the forward end of said toe portion having their upper ends `bent down upon said tocfpad to hold it in place uponthe toe portion,;a strip of metal embedded in =the rear .part of the toe pad having its ends `passing through holes in said toe portion, said .toe :portion having a centrally and longitudinally extending slot on the rear end thereof between the downwardly extending Vflanges, a bolt extending lthrough the forward end of said heel portion, and a thumb screw on said bolt below the rear end of said toe port-ion for holding` the toe portion in any adjusted position relative to the heel portion.

This specification signed and witnessed this 20th day of Gotober, A. 13.1919.

\ GEORGE H. RIVES. Vitnesses:


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U.S. Classification74/513
International ClassificationG05G1/60
Cooperative ClassificationG05G1/60
European ClassificationG05G1/60