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Publication numberUS1731327 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 15, 1929
Filing dateMar 30, 1927
Priority dateApr 9, 1926
Publication numberUS 1731327 A, US 1731327A, US-A-1731327, US1731327 A, US1731327A
InventorsHenri Terr Antoine Alexandre G
Original AssigneeHenri Terr Antoine Alexandre G
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Closing arrangement for individual motor-vehicle shelters
US 1731327 A
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Oct. 15, 1929. 1,731,327


In modern garages it often happens that the motor vehicles are disposed in closed individual shelters arranged on one side or on both sides of a common way leading to them.

The present invention has for its object a yielding closing arrangement for such shelters which allows the said way of access to be reduced in width and greatly facilitates the entrance, exit and moving of the motor vehicles. The efficiency of the arrangement may be thus greatly increased.

In view of this the lateral walls of the shelter are reduced in length, their length being smaller than that of the motor vehicle which it is to receive and the shelter is closed by means of a door having the same width as the shelter and the shape of which is approximately that of a cylindrical surface. The door preferably comprises a series of vertical 0 panels pivotally secured together along their adjacent vertical sides. This door can slide along one of the side walls of the shelter and when desired is guided by a suspended rail or in a groove provided in the floor so as to close the front of the shelter where it forms a comparatively arched curve, its fore end being securedto the end of the opposite side wall in the case of a one-leaf door. A two leaf door may be provided in a similar man 0 ner, each leaf sliding along one of the side walls and adapted to come against one another in the middle of the front curved closure line. The advantage of such arrangements lies in the fact that when the door is open, the front of the vehicle is already beyond the walls of the shelter and the movements necessary for its exit out of the garage are thus much simplified. Reversely the motor can be much more easily put back into its shelter than heretofore.

One embodiment of the invention is shown by way of example on appended drawings whereof:

Fig. 1 is a plan View of the arrangement when closed.

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the door whilst it is being opened or closed.

Figs. 3 and 4 are respectively a front view and a cross-section of the device pivotally connecting two panels together.

The walls 1 and 2 which close the sides of the shelter 3 may comprise a series of adjacent parts and their length is smaller than that of the motor vehicle 4 which is to be lodged in the shelter.

The door 5 comprises a series of panels 6 pivotally secured together along their vertical sldes 7. It bears at its upper edge a series of rods 8 adapted to pivot round their axes and each provided with a roller 9. These rollers run one. rail 10 secured to the top of the wall and on an extension 11 thereof proecting along a curve in front of the shelter between the Walls 1 and 2.

Thus when'the, door 5 is open, it bears entirely against the wall 1 of the shelter-without projecting beyond it as shown for the shelter 3 in Fig. 1 the vehicle can thus enter the shelter and move out of it with the greatest ease. When it is closed, the door passes in front of the vehicle which it encloses and projects beyond the walls of the shelter.

In the case of large double shelters, it is preferable to use two-leaf doors, each leaf being constituted like the one described hereinabove and adapted to come against the other in the middle of the curved front part of the shelter.

In the arrangement shown on Fig. 2, the lower part of the door which han s freely like a skirt, is somewhat yielding whereby it can give way if a motor vehicle comes against it from outside after a wrong movement. This prevents any damage to the carriage body or to the mudguards of the vehicle. However as this yielding of the door must not be sufl icient to allow the vehicle inside the shelter to be damaged, it is of advantage to secure the lower part of the door through one or more points, for instance in the middle, through a sliding rod 12 engaging the ground at 13 as in most doors commonly in use.

In order to build a yielding door of the abovementioned type in a strong and economical manner, it is of advantage to connect the transverse bars 14: of the panels with the uprights 7 in the following simple manner (Figs. 3 and 4). The upright 7 has a small lateral recessed projection 15 for each bar 14 wherein the said bar 14 is adapted to enter; this bar is provided with an oval hole through which passes a bolt or rivet 17 secured to the projection 15. Thus the bar 14 held by the enlarged head of the bolt or rivet 17 is adapted to move angularly with reference to the upright by a small angle suficient nevertheless for allowing the door to take the necessary curvature.

What I claim is:

1. An arrangement of adjacent individual automobile shelters having a common rear Wall and the intermediary partitions of which are less long than the automobiles to be sheltered, the width of each shelter corresponding substantially to that of the automobile it shelters, a door arrangement for each shelter adapted to slide from its open position where it is disposed against the wall of the shelter to its closed position between the side Walls and in front of the automobile parked in the shelter, said door arrangement comprising a series of vertical panels pivotally secured together along their adjacent vertical sides and means whereby the door panels are allowed a slight pivotal motion round a horizontal axis in their plane.

2. In a garage, the combination of a plurality of adjacent individual automobile shelters the breadth of which corresponds to that of the automobiles to be sheltered, having a common rear wall and separated by partitions longer than the distance separating one partition from the other and shorter than the length of the automobile to be sheltered and door arrangement for each shcl ter formed of a series of adjacent elements pivotally secured together and adapted to slide from its position where it lies flat against the partition to its closed incurved position between the partitions and in front of the automobile parked in the shelter.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification52/71, 52/238.1, 52/206, 52/205
International ClassificationE04H6/00, E04H6/42
Cooperative ClassificationE04H6/42
European ClassificationE04H6/42