US 1602913 A
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Oct. 12 1926. 1,602,913
A. H. LEIPERT BUS BODY CONSTRUCTION Filed Sept. 23, 1925 INVENTOR patented Get. 12, 1926 UNITED STATES AUGUST H. LEIPERT, on NEW YORK, N. Y., ASSIGNO OF NEW YORK, N. Y.,
R TO INTERNATIONAL MOTOR A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE.
BUS BODY CQNSTRUCTION.
Application filed September 23, 1925. Serial No. 57,994.
This invention relates to body construction for vehicles and more particularly to a system of bracing the frame work of bodies for motor vehicles. The invention 6 has particular reference to bodies having a frame work comprised of uprights which are respectively continued as root bows. It is an object of the invention to provide means for connecting the respective uprights and roof bows which are associated with bracing and spacing devices therefor. More particularly plates are provided which conform to the curvature of the roof of the vehicle and serve to rigidly connect an upright and the end of a roof bow and these plates are connected respectively to longitudinally extending bracing means. A further object of the invention is the utilization of the bracing means to serve another purpose. To this end there is contemplated the provision of an advertising card rack as the spacing and bracin element. The
invention also relates to a construction as hereinbefore described which shall be practical from the standpoint of manufacture and use. These and other objects of the invention and the means for their attainment will be more apparent from the following detailed description of a preferred embodiment illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:
Figure 1 is view in side elevation showing a fragmentary portion of an uprightframe member of a vehicle body and a roof bow supported thereby, connected and braced according to the present invention.
Figure 2 is a view in side elevation looking from the left in Figure 1 and show ing fragmentary portions of adjacent uprights and a continuous brace serving as a spacing element therefor.
Figure 3 is a view in perspective showing fragmentary portions of one upright and roof bow and the spacing element servlng as an advertising card rack.
Referring to the drawings the uprights comprising the frame of a vehicle are indicated in the several views at a and are continued by roof bows b. Each upright a androof bow b are connected by a rabbeted joint shown at 0. Upon either lateral face of the uprights are connecting plates cl angular in cross section and curved to conform to the shape of the upright and roof bow. The connecting plates comprise vertical legs d secured in clamping engagement with the roximate ends of the roof bows and uprig ts, respectively, by bolts 6 and transverse legs (Z to which may be secured as by the rivets f longtudinally extending bracing and spacing members 9.
In the preferred embodiment the longitudinally extending bracing and spacing members 9 take the form of advertising card racks curved to conform to the curved inner surface of the body and provided as is customary with inturned ends 9', 9 adapted to overlie edges of advertising car-(its, not shown.
There are a plurality of roof bows and uprights distributed along the length of the vehicle or body and the card racks serve to space these roof bows and brace them with respect to one another and contribute to the rigidity and strength of the frame work as a whole.
Obviously the connecting elements for the proximate ends of the uprights and roof bows may take various forms and in some modifications it may not be found convenient to avail of the bracing elements as card racks. The co-operating elements hereinbefore described may take many forms and may be composed of a variety of materials although preferably the card rack may be formed of an aluminium alloy such as dnralumin while the angle pieces may be of cast aluminium and the roof bows and uprights which may also serve as window supports may be of either metal or wood.
lVhat I claim. is:
In a vehicle body, the combination with a plurality of roof bows and uprights, of angle pieces curved to conform to the proximate ends of the respective roof bows and uprights, means to secure one flange, respectively, of the angle pieces with the said ends, a longitudinally extending card rack bracing and spacing the roof bows and uprights, means to secure cards thereto, and means to secure the other flanges of the angle pieces, respectively, to the longitudinally extending card rack.
This specification signed this 18th day of Sept. A. D. 1925.
AUGUST H. LEIPERT.