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Publication numberUS1665469 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 10, 1928
Filing dateDec 21, 1925
Priority dateDec 21, 1925
Publication numberUS 1665469 A, US 1665469A, US-A-1665469, US1665469 A, US1665469A
InventorsBates Carl S, Carlson Artie C, Myers Lewis E
Original AssigneeHarold H Rockwell As Trustees, Northern Trust Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wheeled toy
US 1665469 A
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April 10, 1928. 1,665,469

L. E. MYERS ET AL WHEBLED TOY Filed Dec. 21, 1925 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 April 10;. I928 E. MYERS ET AL.

WHEILED TOY FiledDec. 21. 1925 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 (imm Patented Apr. 10, 1928.

UNITED STAT B PATENT OFFICE.

LEWIS E. MYERS AND ARTIE C. CABLSON, OF. VALPARAISO, INDIANA, ANDCABL 8.

BATES, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNORS, BY MESNE ASSIGNMENTS, TO THE NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY AND HAROLD H. ROCKWELL AS TRUSTEES.

WHEELED TOY.

"Application filed December 21, 1925. Serial 1T0. 76,597.

Our invention relates to improvements in Wheeled toys, and it more especially consists of the features pointed out in the annexed claims. 1

6 The purpose of ourinvention is to provide a three wheeled toy in the coaster wagon class, whose body simulates an airplane fuselagc or the form of an animal; that has a seat for the rider to sit astride of the body; that i has a direct connected two-pedal crank shaft rigidly attached to the one driving wheel and loosely connected to theother; that has the driving wheels located at the front, and the steering wheel at the rear end making a 16 reversed tricycle; that in the airplane form has a streamline fuselage, wings, rudder, landing wheels, and a steering wheel taking the place of a tail-skid; that provides an adjustable seat in the cockpit; that is sturdy in construction and pleasing in ap pearance; that has self-limiting stops in its steering mechanism; that in the airplane type combines the rudder with the steering wheel; that can be readily shipped in knock- 26 down shape; that provides a separate unitary wheel support on each side of the fuselage which makes provision for ample foot room above the pedals; and that also rovides the steering rod and hand wheel at a a'pleasing racing appearance. I

With these and other ends in view, we illustrate in the accompanying drawing such instances of adaptation as will disclose "the broad underlying features of our invention without limiting ourselves to the specific details shown thereon and described herein.

Figure 1 is a side elevation. Fig. 2 is a top plan view.

steering control, "showing the extreme adjustment in dotted lines. I Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the steering rod connection to the steering link.

Fig. 5 is an elevation of the steering wheel detached from the body-looking rearward.

' Fig. 6 is a front elevation of Fig. 1. I

Fig. 7 is an enlarged plan View, in section, ofthe steering rod ositioned between the two halves of the b0 "y.

Fig. 8 is a diagrammatic front elevation showing a central crank-shaft bearing.

Fig. 9 is a side elevation in section of the supports are bent outward at 34 and are resteering wheel structure.

conventional angle so as to give the ensemble Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic plan view of the.

Fig. 10 is a diagrammatic side elevation showing a simulated animal body.

Fig. 11 isa'diagrammatic front elevation of modified wheel supports.

Fig. 12 is a top plan view ofthe steering wheel structure. V I

In practically carrying out our invention we may use suchalternative expedients as the exigencies of hard use, and the necessities of manufacture may demand, without departing from the spirit of our invention;

We may construct our wheeled toy with any suitable shaped bodyl, which as shown in Fig. 1 simulates an airplane fuselage {and at 4-1 in Fig. 10, the body of a horse. In the latter case the wings 33 may be omitted unless it is-desired to have pegasus equipped with the wings of mytholo y; It is of course obvious that the body 1 may be shaped to represent difierent animals and almostan'unhmitedvariety of objects. The body has a seat 2 grooved 'on its underside and fastened withscrews 38 so that its posi-' tion can be adjusted by changing the screws into other holes 42, shown in dotted lines in. Fig. 1. The body is made in two halves,'as shown in Fig. 7. These halves are held together and in engagement with the wheel supports 6 by. bolts 9, and also by the bolts 20 at the rear end of the body.

The body 1, of whatever form it may be made, is mobile through the use of a driving wheel and aloose wheel 3 placed one on each side of the body near its front end. A steering wheel 10 supports' the rear end of the body and at the same time serves as a means by which the body is'turned 'side wise when the wheels 3 are rotated. This is'accomplished by a one-piece crank 4 rigidly secured toone wheel and loosely'con nected' to the other, and the pedals 5 mounted on the crank. Each wheel 3 has its own unitary support 6 connecting it with the body. These supports are curved down ward and slightly rearward terminating in crank shaft ends 7. The portions 6 and 7 form an arch, as shown in Fig. 6, that gives ample clearance for the users foot when a pedal 5 is at its highest )oint. The straight portions 8 of the whee supports pass vertically alongside of the body to which they are secured by the bolts 9. When wings 33 are attached to the body, parts 8 of the wheel inforced by braces 35 to form a support for the wings.

The steering rod 26 is located in grooves formed on the inside faces of the two-part body 1, as shown in Fig. 7. The upper end of the steering rod 26 is supported in a bearing 29 and the lower end is supported in a bearing 28 secured to the under side of the body, as shown in Fig. 4.. Cotter pins 30 located above the bearing 29 and below the bearing 28 hold the steering rod in its proper lengthwise relation, so that the steering wheel 32 and the steering crankf27 remain in their required. position. This rod and its attached hand wheel is placed at an angle so that the wheel will be more accessible to the user, and at the same time will alsohave a more pleasing appearance. To further carry out the matter of appearance in simulating an airplane, we may position a propeller 36 on a bearing pin 37 at the front end of the body. This propeller being free to ro-- tateon the pin 37 is easily set in motion as. the wheels carry the body forward at a greater or less s eed. e

As a matter 0 safety, we have provided arbitrary limit stops so that a inovementof the steering wheel 32 cannot be so great as.

to put the rudder hard over. This is accomplished, in one direction, when the steering link 16 pivoted to the crank 27 on pin 31 engages the steering rod 26, as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 3; and,'in the other direction, when the steering link 16 engages the steering fork 13, as shownin full lines in the right hand portion of Fig. 3. These limit stops prevent the upsetting of the device when a sharp turn is being made either to the right or to the left. l

It is of course understood that the steering mechanism is one of the important. features of our invention. The structure which is exemplified in the drawing comprisesa steering post 11 secured in the steering fork 12 against turning. Its lower end may be riveted to the steering fork brace 13, as shown in Figs. 5 and 9. On top of the steering fork 12 a bearing boss 14 may be placed, on which the weight of the rear end of the body rests. A steering link bracket 15 is secured to the steering fork 12 on its left hand side. In this connection it will be noted that the crank 27 of the steering A modified form of wheel supports is shown in Fig. 11, wherein these supports are-arched as indicated at 40, so as to provide additional foot room if extra clearance space is required. A further" alternative construction -is shown in Fig. 8 wherein a central crank shaft bearing 39 is attached to the underside of the body.

From the foregoing description it will be seen that our device is sturdy in construc-.

tion, unique inappearance and function and possessed of many recreational possibilities. It is to be understood that we may also make the body 1 of metal, approximating a round shape in cross section, or any departure from the flat form shown.

What we. claim is: 1. As an article of manufacture, a body simulating, a desired object, a crank shaft beneath'the body at its front end,'suitable separate unitary supports from the body to opposite ends of the crank shaft, a rigidly connected wheel and a free wheel onthe crank shaft, a trailing steering wheel pivotally attached to the rear end of the body,

an adjustable seat located on the bodybetween thefront and rear end, a steering rod and attached wheel. positioned in the body forward of the seat, andalink connecting the steering rod and the steering wheel,

105 2. In w 'eeled toys, .a one-piece body, a

respectivel on opposite sides of the body.

seat thereon, a steeringwheelforward ofthe seat,a pair of wheels beneath the bod at its front end, supports from the whee s to the body, a crank shaft positioned in the lower ends of such supports, said shaftbeing rigidly connected to one wheel and loosely connected to the other wheel, pedals'on the crank shaft, a trailing steering wheel pivoted to the body for horizontal movement, a steering rod for the steering wheel passing diagonally through the body, connecting .means from the lower end of the steering rod to the trailing steering wheel, and means on the steering rod and trailing steering wheel pivot adapted to limit the steering movement of the steering wheel.

3. In wheeled toys, a thin single member body positioned with its narrow dimension vertical, a pair of wheels beneath the body, separate supports from each wheel to the body, a crank shaft rotatable in the lower ends of such supports, pedals on the crank shaft for applying power to one of the IOU wheels, a seat on the body, a steering wheel for simultaneous movement on a horizontal forward of the body, a steering rod passing plane, and means for connecting said sup- 1 diagonally through the thin body and conport to the lower end of the steering rod. nected to the steering wheel, a vertical pivot In testimony whereof we afiix our signaat the rear of the body, a trailing steering tures.

wheel support movable in such pivot, a trail- LEWIS E. MYERS.

ing steering Wheel rotatable in the support, ARTIE C. CARLSON.

a simulated ru dder secured to the support CARL S. BATES.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification280/1.12, 446/290, 446/465, 290/4.00R
International ClassificationB62K9/00, B62K9/02
Cooperative ClassificationB62K9/02
European ClassificationB62K9/02