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Publication numberUS2522160 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 12, 1950
Filing dateApr 16, 1948
Priority dateApr 16, 1948
Publication numberUS 2522160 A, US 2522160A, US-A-2522160, US2522160 A, US2522160A
InventorsBorchers Charles T
Original AssigneeBorchers Charles T
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Spring ejected toy vehicle
US 2522160 A
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Sept. 12, 1950 c. T. BORCHERS SPRING EJECTED TOY VEHICLE Filed April 16, 1948 6.12 Barckews INVENTOR ATTORNEYS.

Patented Sept. 12, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SPRING EJECTED Tot-VEHICLE Charles T. Borchers, Shelbyville, Ind. Application April 16, 1948, see: No. 21,332

1 Claim.

This invention relates to toys, and particularly mechanical toys.

The primary object of the invention is to provide a mechanical toy in the form of a fire vehicle, together with a building representing the fire house, means being provided for ejecting the vehicle from the building, when the door has been opened to a predetermined position.

An important object of the invention is to provide mechanical means which may be set by the movement of the toy vehicle to its proper position within the building, so that by actuating the door, the ejecting mechanism will be released.

With the foregoing and other objects in View which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts, hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claim, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts with out departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.

Referring to the drawing Figure 1 is a sectional view through a. building illustrating a toy vehicle as positioned therein with the ejecting means in its set position, the

view being taken on line II of Fig. 2.

Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 2, illustrating the tracks formed in the floor of the building.

Referring to the drawing in detail the building or toy fire house, is indicated generally by the ref erence character 5 and is provided with a floor 6 in which the tracks I are formed, the tracks being in the form of longitudinal grooves extending from the rear wall to the front of the building to accommodate the wheels of the fire vehicle forming a part of the toy, so that the vehicle when ejected from the building will move in a direct line.

The reference character 7! indicates the door of the building, which is hingedly connected to the building, by means of the hinges 8 which are arrang-ed in spaced relation with the upper end of the door, as clearly shown by Fig. 1 of the drawing.

Mounted within the building, at a point adjacent to the rear wall thereof, is a tubular housing 9 in which the rod I0 operates, the rod Ill extend,- ing through an opening in one end of the tubular housing 9, where it is supplied with the bar I I that is of a length to extend across a pair of tracks I.

A coiled spring indicated by the numeral I2 is positioned around the rod I U and has one of its ends bearing against the washer I3 that is held against the pin I I, the opposite end of the spring I2, bearing against the vertical housing I 5 in which the latch It moves.

A notch is formed in the rod Ill and receives the end of the latch member I6, which is forced towards the rod Iii, by means of the spring ll.

As clearly shown by Fig. 1 of the drawing, the rod It is of a length to extend through an opening in the rear wall of the building, where it is supplied with the finger piece [8 which may be gripped by the operator to pull the rod Iii rearwardly and set the device for operation.

Connected with the latch member It, is the cable I9 which passes over the pulleys 2t and 2| mounted in brackets suspended from the roof of the building.

The reference character 22 indicates toy vehicles which have supporting wheels that are disposed within the tracks of the fioor. When the vehicles are positioned within the building, the bar I i is pulled to the position as shown by Fig. 1 of the drawing. The device is now set, since the latch member It will move into the notch of the rod I0, holding the rod IE! and bar II in their set positions.

It is obvious that when the door I is moved to its open position, the end 23 of the door which extends beyond the hinge 8, will contact with the cable I9 moving the cable to the dotted line position as shown by Fig. 1 of the drawing, tending to shorten the cable. This action results in the cable being pulled which in turn pulls the latch member It to its releasing position. The rod II! is now forced forwardly by the action of the coiled spring I 2, which forces the toy vehicles through the open door of the building, simulating the movements of vehicles passing from the building under their own power.

From the foregoing it will be seen that due to the construction shown and described, I have provided a toy which is exceptionally amusing, and one which will be attractive to young people.

While I have shown and described mechanical motors in the form of coiled springs for ejecting the toy vehicles from the building, it is to be understood that various other types of spring motors, electric motors or the like may be used in shortening the cable to operate the latch and release the ejecting means, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:

In a mechanical toy, a toy building having a hinged door at the front thereof, and in which a toy vehicle is positioned, a horizontally disposed tubular housing mounted within the building at the rear thereof, a spring pressed rod extending into the building through the rear Wall of the building, said rod passing through the tubular housing, a handle on one end of the spring pressed rod by means of which the rod is moved to its set position, a bar secured to .the end of the rod extending into the building against which the toy vehicle is positioned, a spring pressed 4 latch engaging in a notch of the rod, normally holding the rod in its set position, a cable secured to the latch, said cable being connected to the door whereby movement of the door to its open position operates the latch releasing the spring pressed rod ejecting the vehicle through the Open door.


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U.S. Classification446/423, 124/34, 273/129.00R
International ClassificationA63H17/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H17/008
European ClassificationA63H17/00F