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y 1934- F. VOEGELEIN HOOD LOOK FOR AUTOMOBILES Filed July 18, 1932 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 May 15, 1934.
F. VOEGELE |N HOOD LOCK FOR AUTOMOBILES Filed July 18, 1952 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 3mm Eel Vaeyelgzn Patented May 15, 1934 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 1 Claim.
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in hook locks for automobiles.
One object of my invention is to provide a device of this character that will serve as a pro- Ttection against stealing anything from the motor when the hood. is closed.
A further object of my invention is to provide a hood lock that will automatically lock the hood when the latter is pulled down or lowered and ,may be instantly released to permit raising of the hood merely by pulling on a knob or handle on the dash board.
A still further object of my invention is to provide a device of this character which is simple and economical in construction and highly efflcient and durable in use.
With the foregoing and other objects in view that will appear as the nature of my invention is better understood, the same consists in the novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts illustrated in the accompanying drawings and more particularly pointed out in the appended claim.
In the accompanying drawings, which are for illustrative purposes only and are therefore not drawn to scale:
Figure 1 is a fragmentary elevation, illustrating the application of my invention.
Figure 2 is an enlarged detail elevational view of the locking mechanism.
Figure 3 is a central longitudinal section of the locking mechanism.
Figure 4 is a horizontal section, taken on line 44 of Figure 3 and the remaining views are details of various features of my invention.
Figure 5 is a top plan view of the locking mechanism.
Referring to the drawings for a more particular description of my invention and in which drawings like parts are designated by like reference characters throughout the several views, A
designates the hood of the automobile, B the dash board and C my improved hood lock, as a whole.
Specifically, my hood lock comprises the elongated housing 1, which is bolted at opposite ends,
as at 2 and 3, to the frame 4 of the machine and is preferably situated at the bottom center of the hood. A locking bolt 5 is fastened to the inner ;face of the hood A at a point preferably above ioperates with the beveled latch 9 working in the longitudinal recess 10 of the housing, in locking the hood in closed or lowered position. The latch 9 is carried by the inner end of the longitudinal rod 11 slidably mounted in the corresponding end of the cable housing 12 and said latch is normally held in operative or locking position by the coil spring 13 disposed around the rod 11, with its inner and outer ends bearing against the latch and front end of the housing, respectively. The cable 14 is connected at its front end to the latch rod 11 and at its opposite end to the shank 15 of the handle 16, which is situated on the dash board 17 of the machine, within convenient reach of the operator.
The cable housing 12, which is preferably in the form of a hollow pipe, has a screw-threaded connection at its front end, as at 18, to the rear end of the housing 1 and is connected at its rear end to the shank of the handle 16, by the coupling 19, or other equivalent means.
My device will automatically lock the hood when pulled down or lowered and may be released to permit the raising of the hood, as desired, merely by pulling on the handle 16. My device will serve as a protection against stealing anything from the motor, as the hood will be locked when closed.
In an emergency, should the operator find it necessary to obtain gas to prime the motor, it will not be necessary to get out of the car and unlock the hood, as this may be accomplished by merely exerting a pull on the handle 16.
The service station attendant may then raise the hood and when the latter is lowered, it will be automatically locked in place.
The device may be easily attached to the car without employing the services of a mechanic and it is impossible to get under the car and reach the cable, as the latter is protected by the housing 12.
From the foregoing description taken in connection with the drawings, it is thought that the construction, operation and advantages of my invention will be readily understood, without requiring a more extended explanation.
Various changes in the form, proportions and minor details of construction may be resorted to without departing from the principles or sacrificing any of the advantages of my invention as defined in the appended claim.
Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:
In a hood lock for automobiles, an elongated housing bolted to the frame of the machine, said housing provided with a vertical opening,
cable between the latch and handle, a cable housing having a screw threaded connection at its front end to the first mentioned housing and a coupling for connecting the opposite end of the cable housing to the shank of the handle.