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Publication numberUS2233116 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 25, 1941
Filing dateJan 22, 1940
Priority dateJan 22, 1940
Publication numberUS 2233116 A, US 2233116A, US-A-2233116, US2233116 A, US2233116A
InventorsVoorheis Frank F
Original AssigneeVoorheis Frank F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy wagon
US 2233116 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Patented Feb. 2.5, 1941 Frank Voorheis,

Downers Grove, lll.

Application January 22, 1940, Serial No. 315,021

3 Claims.

My invention relates to toy wagons having a front cab and trailer and with six wheels.

Amongthe objects of my invention is to provide toy wagons having a construction that will permit them to turn in the minimum of space and in which the trailer will follow exactly in line with the path of the cab, and such other objects, advantages and capabilities as will later more fully appear and which are inherently possessed by my invention.

While I have shown in the accompanying drawl ing a preferred form of my invention, yet I desire it understood that the same is susceptible of modification and change without departing from the spiritof my invention.

Referring to the drawing, Fig. 1 is a side ele,`-v

vatlonal view of a toy wagon constructed in ac'- cordance with `my invention; Fig. 2 isa plan` on which is built a cabin I3. Rotatably attached to the under bottom portion I4 of the floor I2 by suitable means such as a bolt is a block I5, said block being spaced from the bottom portion I4 of the oor I2 by a washer I3.

Said block I5 has a flat top portion I1 resting against thebottom of the washer IB. 'I'he block I3 also has a pair of oppositely sloping side portions I8 and a central groove I9 to receive the axle frame 23 for the front wheels 2|. The axle frame 23 is pivotally attached by a pin to the block I5 and is adapted to pivot with a knee action so that the wheels 2| may pass over minor obstructions in their path.

A housing 22 is attached to the rear of portion I4 and has therein an axle 23 for the rotatable support of center wheels 24.

0n the upper face of floor I2 adjacent the rear is a guide 25 with a V-shaped cut out portion 23. To the rear of the guide 25 in the floor I2 is a slightly forwardly inclined aperture 21 surrounded by a washer 23.

My trailer II has front walls 23 with angular portions 30, side walls 3|, a rear wall 32 and a floor 33. 'Io the under portion 34 of the floor 33 adjacent the front thereof a substantially triangular shaped member 35 is pivotally attached by a pin or bolt 36. The bolt 36 is substantially view on line 2--2 of Fig. 1, also showing by dot.- ted lines the operation of my invention; Fig. 3

(Cl. .4G- 201) midway between the side walls 3l. The apex 31 of the triangular shaped member 35 is adapted to `slide within the V-shaped cut out portion 23 and be held therein by the walls of guide 25. The lower end of the bolt 36 removably fits with- 5 in aperture 21.

A connecting shaft 33 has a curved front por- -tion 39 which is pivotally attached to the triangular member 33 by a pin 43. The triangular member has a slotted portion 4I which ex- 10 ltends from the base 42 around to one of the side portions 43 short of the apex 31. At the rear of the under portion 34 is attached 4' a block 44 to which is attached an axle frame 45. Pivotally attached to said axle frame 45 on op- 15 posite ends are stub axles 43 and 41 connected by a cross member 48. Rear wheels 43 rotate on said stub axles 43 and 41.

The connecting shaft `33 extends rearwardly from-the triangular member 35 and its rear end 53 is pivotally attached to stub axle 41. 'I'he shaft 33 may have a cut out portion 5| to escape contact with one of the rear wheels 43 when the same is in certain positions.

For best results my pin 43 attaches the front end 33 of connecting shaft 33 to triangular member 35 at a point substantially one-third forwardly from the base 42 of said triangular member 35. My pin is positioned laterally from boit as the same distance that either king pin. 3

52 is laterally positioned'from the center tread of its adjacent rear wheel 49.

The stub axle 41 has a plurality of spaced openingsl 53 through which pin 54 may be inserted vto attach the rear end 5I! of the connecting shaft 33.

In use when the front wheels of the cab are turned my construction acts to turn the rear wheels of the trailer so that the cab and trailer 4:0v

turn on a minimum of space.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. A toy wagon construction comprising a cab, a trailer, said cab having front and back wheels, and at its rear portion a guide with a V shaped portion and an aperture, said trailer having at its front portion a substantially triangular shaped member, a bolt for pivotally attaching said triangular member to the trailer, the apex of said triangular member adapted to tit within said V shaped portion of the guide member, said bolt adapted to fit within said aperture to removably attach the trailer to the cab, an axle frame attached adjacent the rear of said trailer, a stub axle construction pivotally attached by king pins 55 to said axle frame, rear wheels having a tread attached to said stub axle construction, said king pins positioned a desired distance laterally from the tread of the adjacent tire. a connecting shaft connecting said triangular member and said stub axle construction, said connecting shaft on one end pivotally attached to the triangular member the same distance laterally of said bolt that either of said king pins is spaced from the tread of its adjacent tire, said connecting shaft on the other end pivotally attached to the stub axle construction on the same side, so that when the front wheels of the cab are turned the triangular member will move the connecting shaft and cause it through the stub axle construction to turn the rear wheels of the trailer so that the wagon may be turned in a minimum of` space.

2. A wagon construction comprising a cab and a trailer, said cab having-front and back wheels, said trailer having an axle frame, stub axles pivotally attached by king pins to said axle frame and rear wheels, each of said king pins positioned a desired distance laterally from the center tread of its adjacent wheel, means for removably and pivotally attaching the trailer to the cab, a triangular member attached to the trailer by said means, said member contacting said cab and turnable upon the turning of said cab, a connecting shaft extending from said triangular member to the axle, said shaft pivotally attached on one end to the said triangular member the same distance laterally of the center of said member, that either of said king pins is spaced from the center tread of its adjacent tire and pivotally attached on the other end to one of the stub axles a desired distance so that when the front wheels of the cab Yare turned said triangular member will turn and cause the shaft to also turn the rear wheels of the trailer so that the wagon may be turned in a minimum of space.

y aasams 3. A toy Wagon construction comprising a cab, a trailer, said cab having front and back wheels, and at its rear portion a guide with a V shaped portion and an aperture, said trailer having at its front portion a substantially triangular shaped member, a bolt pivotally attaching said triangular member to the trailer, the apex of said triangular member adapted to fit within said V shaped portion of the guide member, said bolt adapted to t within said aperture to removably attach the trailer to the cab, an axle frame attached adja-4 cent the rear of said trailer, a stub axle construction pivotally attached by king pins to said axle frame, rear wheels having a tread attached to said axle construction, each of said king pins positioned a desired distance laterally from the tread of their adjacent tires, a connecting shaft connecting said triangular member and said stub axle construction, said connecting shaft having a curved front portion, the front endof said connecting shaft pivotally attached to the triangular member the same distance laterally of the bolt that either of said king pins'is spaced from the tread of its adjacent tire and the rear end of said connecting shaft pivotally attached to said stub axle construction so that when the front wheels of the cab are turned the triangular member will movev the connecting shaft and cause it through the stub axle construction to turn the rear wheels of the trailer so that the wagon may be turned in a minimum of space, said triangular member having a continuous grooved portion extending inwardly from its base and one of its sides to substantially its center to accommodate the curved portionv of the connecting member whenever the triangular member is turned to extreme positions.

FRANK F. VOORHEIS.

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US2750208 *Jan 22, 1953Jun 12, 1956Henry Cashly ATrailer fifth wheel coupling and steering mechanism
US2797106 *Feb 8, 1954Jun 25, 1957Lorr Orville WDirigible wheel support for tractor hauled trailers
US3702037 *Feb 22, 1971Nov 7, 1972Mattel IncToy vehicle system featuring pivotable toy vehicle
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US6672936 *Nov 19, 2002Jan 6, 2004The Little Tikes CompanyToy truck
US7195271Oct 15, 2004Mar 27, 2007Mattel, Inc.Pinch-resistant hitch assembly and children's ride-on vehicle assemblies including the same
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Classifications
U.S. Classification446/434, 280/426
International ClassificationA63H17/00, A63H17/38
Cooperative ClassificationA63H17/38
European ClassificationA63H17/38