US 1652619 A
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A. FISS TOOL BOX FileFeb. 17, 1927 Dec. 13, 1927.
Patented Dec. 13, 1927.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
ALBERT FISS, 0F ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, ASSIGNOR TO THE A. FISS COMPANY, OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, `A CORFORATION- 0F MISSOURI.
Application filed February 17, 1927. Serial No. 168,852.
This invention relates to tool boxes for attachment to the running board and fender of automobiles.
An object of the invention is to provide a tool box of an improved construction de signed and shaped to fit upon adjacent portions of a running board and fender and provided with means for preventing rattling and for maintaining rigid connection with the running board and fender.
Other objects of the invention will appear from the following description, reference bef ing made to the drawing, in which Y Fig. 1 is a side elevation of my improved tool box seated upon the running board and fender of an automobile and showing the relationship of the tool box to the automobile structure, including a swinging door.
Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view on the line 2 2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a longitudinal vertical sectional view of the tool box showing the fasteners for holding the tool box in connection with the running board and fender of the automobile. f
Fig. 4 is an enlarged sectional view showing the fastening device and its connection with the tool box and the running board.
Fig. 5 is a vertical sectional view of the upper portion of one of the side walls.
Fig. 6 is a sectional view of a portion of the cover.
My improved tool box comprises a pair of metallic side walls 1, a metallic rear end wall 2 and a metallic front end wall 3. The abutting ends of these side and end walls are in rigid connection with vertical angle corner pieces 4, whereby rigidity is obtained. The lower front. corners of the side walls 1 are rounded in conformity with the curvature of the rear portion of the front fender of the automobile for which the device is constructed. Thus. the front end wall 3 extends downwardly only about one-v half of the vertical width of the rear end wall 2.
The enclosure formed by these side and end walls has a non-metallic lining comprising parts 5 for the side walls 1. a part 6 for the end wall 2 and a. part 7 for the front wall 3. The upper edges of the walls 1, 2 and 3 extend over the upper edges of the lining pieces and are attached thereto by' fasteners 8 driven through the inbent edges of the metallic walls and into the non-metallic lining. The lower edge of the Wall 3 is rebent as shown at 9 to form a channel confining the lower edge of said wall 3 (Fig. 3).
I provide a metallic bottom wall 10 formed with a depending flange 11 extending along its rear and side edges. This flange 11 extends downwardly to the plane of the lower edges of the rear end and side walls and forms a reinforcement strengthening the structure, and numerous tacks or other appropriate fastening elements 12 are driven through the flange 11 and into the composite wall structure of the box as described. There is no depending flange such as 11 across the front end of the bottom 10, but the front end of the bottom 10 extends upwardly against the inner side of the rebent portion 9 of the front metallic Wall 3.
A channelled strip of rubber or other elastic material 13 encloses the lower edges of the rear end and side walls and is attached thereto by fasteners 14 driven through the rubber and into the lining of the box. In use, this rubber rests upon the upper sides of the running board and adjacent curved portion of the fender and prevents noise that would result if the metallic parts of the box rested upon the metallic parts of the automobile and also prevents the box from defacing the polished surfaces of the automobile.
An angular metallic element 15 has one arm seated upon the rear portion of the bottom 10 of the box and the other arm extending vertically and rigidly attached to the. rear Vend wall. The bottom 1() and the superimposed arm of the angle piece 15 have holes therethrough. A fastening bolt 16 extends vertically through the running board structure 17 and through the holes in the bottom wall 10 and angle piece 15. The head of this bolt is at the underside of the running board while the nut is secured on the bolt in the box. Preferably a rounded head bolt is used so as to render it diicult to rremove the bolt from the outside.
A reinforcing plate 18 is attached to the front end Wall of the box and extends downwardlyrover the front end of the bottom 10, A bolt 19 passes through the fender 20'L and through holes in the bottom wall 1U and the plate 18, the nut of this bolt being on the inside of the box to prevent removal of the bolt from the outside. j
The front and rear end walls of this box have transverse strips 2l attached thereto supporting a removable tray 22 dividedv into a number of compartments by p rtitions 23 and designed and adapted to contain .small tools and parts, such as pliers, screw drivers7 small wrenches, spark plugs, etc. This tray is preferably made of wood to reduce noise.
The cover for my improved boxV as shown comprises a top wall 24 of wood or the like covered on the outside by a layer of rubber or other appropriate material and reinforced at the edges by metallic angle `membersf having horizontal flanges attached to theunderside of Y,the top and having vertical flanges designed and arranged to enclose the upper portion of the box when the cover vis cloed. The border for this cover comprises metallic angular pieces4 2T having horizontal iianges engaging upon the part 25and vertical flanges enclosing the er ges of the cover- Vtheautomobile to open without interfering with the box.
Themetallic outer walls of the boxare capable of being highly vpolished in conformity with the polished surfaces of the automobile and the wooden or nonmetallichning Vof the box prevents noise.
AThe space between the bottom wall l() .and
the fender and running board ofthe automobile is a noise .absorbinggspace Another Aadvantage in havingV the metallic bottoni wall 10` above and .out of contact ,with the metallic portions ofthe automobile exists in the fact that creakingand other noises are eliminated and the likelihood of corrosion and rusting oftheparts is diminished. VIt also permits this device to lbe applied readily toautomobiles having fenders ofthe type in y.which the longitudinal central portion is raisedor curved upwardly forming a longitudinaly crown.
I am aware that the device may be varied in particulars other than thosespecifically mentionedrand do not restrict myself unessentially, but what I claim and desire to secure 'by Letters Patent is l. A tool box of the character described comprising metallic outer'walls, a non-nietallic lining secured to said walls, ametallic bottom between said outer walls and above the lower edges thereof, a flange on said bottomextending downwardly against the inner surface of said lining, an elastic cushion enclosing the lower edges of said walls and said flange, reinforcing elements within the box adjacent to said .bottom wall, and fasteners passing through the bottom wall and through said elements and holding the box in rigid position.
2. A tool box arranged toseat upon the running board and adjacent curved portion ofthe front fender of anvautomobile comprising side and `end wallsl forming an enclosure and shaped at one end to conform to the curvature of the automobile fenderadjacent to the running board, a metallic bottoni wall forvsaid boxl having one end curving as aforesaid, metallic strengtheningelements within the box. adjacent to theends of the bottom wall, and fasteners passing through the fender and the running board respectively and through said bottom wall and said elements and holding the boXIigid.
3. A tool box arranged to seat` upon the running board and adjacent curvedl portion of the front fender of an automobile comprisingside and end walls forming. an enclosure4 and shaped .at one end to conform to the curvature of the automobile fender adjacent to the running board, a metallic bottom .wall 'for said box having one end curvingas aforesaid, metallic strengtheningele ment-s within the box adjacent to the ends of the bottom wall, fasteners passing through thevfender and the ruiming board respectively and through said bottom wall and said elements and holding the box rigid, and elastic cushions enclosing ,the lower `edges of .said side walls and one of said end `walls and bearing upon the ruiming board ,and fender.
LA tool box comprising side and `end .walls, a bottom wall betweenthe .side Aand end walls and above thelower edges thereof,an 'elastic cushion enclosing the lower edges of said side walls and one of said end walls, and clamping means passing through the bottom wall of the box` andsecuring the `box rigidly upon its support.