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Publication numberUS1446945 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 27, 1923
Filing dateAug 16, 1922
Priority dateAug 16, 1922
Publication numberUS 1446945 A, US 1446945A, US-A-1446945, US1446945 A, US1446945A
InventorsEmory Sunderland Leonard
Original AssigneeEmory Sunderland Leonard
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Rest or creeper for automobile mechanics
US 1446945 A
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' Feb. 27, 1923. 1,446,945.



FILED AUG. 16, 192'2.

LEGNARD EMORY SUNDEELAICTD', OF CLEAREIEL'D, PENNSYLVANIAQ I Application messa s: 16, 192a s -ra ,ii ssaeee,

ments. in Restsor; Creepers for Automobile Mechanics of which. the followin isa specification, reference being bad to the-accom-pane i g drawings This-invention rela to at r k e n.

as creepers, that is body rests which are adapted to be disposed beneath an automobile when a mechanic is working on the.

oar, these creepers being. ordinarily provided with wheels so as to permit the creeper to be readily shifted to any point beneath the car or into or out of position under the car.

The general object of the invention is to provide a creeper of this character which is of such shape to conform to the body of the user and is, therefore, relatively comfortable, which is provided with a head rest for the worker, and is providedon each side of the body portion with trays in which various tools may be disposed.

A further object is to provide very simple means under the control of the worker whereby this creeper or rest may be prevented from skidding after it has been placed in position.

Other objects will appear in the course of the following description.

My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a top plan view of my improved creeper;

Figure 2 is an end elevation of the same;

Figure 3 is a longitudinal section thereof;

Figure 1 is an enlarged end elevation to show the manner in which the anti-skidding device is held in its adjusted position;

Figure 5 is an enlarged end elevation of the head rest and adjacent parts;

Referring to these drawings, itwill be seen that the body of the creeper consists of longitudinally extending slats 1O illus trated as five in number, though any number of slats may be used, these slats being more or less elastic and being. spaced from each other. The slats are held by transverse cross pieces 11 of strap metal. On the ends of these cross pieces are mounted caster wheels 12 whose spindles are rotatably mounted so that the wheels may r0- tate into; parallel; relation and in thei direc s tioninwhich it is desied; to .e

creep-en. p I j g fdounted u p n, these strap irons and sup pelted by eased-, .s deetth bvdr it! the creeper are the longitudinally. cart d5 s- 3, ch her-ins ewelly e'xr ma flange {14; thtsfitrays "as 1 illustrat wi e" fiancee 5 esiieeentet the e s. o the reen r and extend n r -118 there n nd p efe le he r y nd; n i or a rta :distanceh zontally and/then downwand; asat v 16, so that smalltools laid in thev trays w' n ura -1r rellea estthei fl n e ,5 andlh... in convenient position to be found by the Worker. Three of the slats 10 are extended at the middle portion of the creeper and support the head rest 17.

In order to prevent the creeper from skidding or shifting after it has been placed in" position, there is disposed between two of the middle slats 10 a longitudinally extending shaft 18, the shaft being provided at intervals with angularly extending teeth or studs 19 and the shaft at the end adjacent the head rest having an angularly extending handle portion 20 This shaft is held in a position with the studs or teeth projecting downward or in a position with the studs or teeth projecting laterally by means of a latch plate 21 formed with an angularly disposed corrugation 22 over which the handle has to pass and by which the handle is held in its adjusted position. The handle is normally prevented from dropping below a certain point and held in engagement with the corrugation 22 by means of a spring tongue 23 attached to the under face of the middle 95 slat. The shaft 18 is supported by means 1 of straps A which are formed to provide-a bearing for the shaft and which are attached by screws or any other suitable manner to 1 one of the slats 10.

It will be seen from Figure 2 that the body of the creeper is transversely concave so that it conforms more or less to the shape of the body of the worker, keeps him from slipping off, and so that the shaft 18 is brought into sufficient close contiguity to the floor that the studs or teeth 19 will engage the floor when turned down. By making the body transversely concave, the worker is brought close to the floor while yet supported therefrom, thus giving him plenty of room beneath the car, and at the same time the margins "of the body are spaced from the floor agreate'r distance than the/middle or" the body thus accommodating the caster rollers or wheels 12. H g

' This creeper is very' convenient, is easily shifted to any desired point, and readily held in its shifted position and at the same time provides vforthe support of tools in convenient relation to the worker, thus saving a greatgdeai'o'f time. By making the bodyoi' slats resilient-support is given to the body of the worker and at the same time the slats permit dirt and foreign matter to drop through thecreepe'r'onto the floor.

I claim ILA creeper comprising abodytransversely concave and having supporting'caster wheels, one end of the body being provided with a head rest, means for preventing skidding of the creeper comprising a longitudinally extending, oscillatable shaft havmg a handle at one end, the shaft being 7 formed with radially extending studs and being disposed at the lowest portion of the intents creeper, and means for holding the shaft in its oscillated positions with the studs'projecting downward or laterally said means comprising a plate having a corrugation and disposed in the end of the body with which the handle of the shaft is adapted to engage, and a tongue limiting the downward movement of the handle.

2. A creeper comprising a transversely concave body formed of longitudinally extending slats,- cross bars adjacent the ends of the slats and supporting the same and projecting beyond the slats a head rest support ed upon certain of the s-latsat one end of the body, trays supported by the projecting portions of the cross bars and extending longitndinally of the body on each side for nearly the entire length of the body, each tray having a marginal flange the bottom of each tray adjacent theinner flange being downwardly inclinedp In testimony WliQleOl l1 hereunto aiiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification280/32.6, 188/5
International ClassificationB25H5/00
Cooperative ClassificationB25H5/00
European ClassificationB25H5/00