US 2649142 A
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Aug. 18, 1953 l.. NEW 2,649,142
- HEADREST APPLIANCE Filed Oct. 22. 1951 INVENTOR. LEO NE W Y AT TORNEY Patented ug. 18, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE HEADREST APPLIANCE Leo New, Muncie, Ind.
Application October 22, 1951, Serial No. 252,458 l 4 Claims. 1
The object of this invention is to provide a utility appliance applicable at the lintel portion of an automobile door easement, said appliance embodying a device capable of being adjusted to and maintained in such position interiorly of the body of the automobile, that restful relief may be afforded to the user, from the bodily fatigue which is incident to continuous and prolonged driving.
The said general object, and also certain speciiic aims which have to do with structural features leading to economy of manufacture, facility in mechandising, and convenience in use, are accomplished by, and my invention is contained in the new construction, combination and arrangement of parts described in the following specication and illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
The several parts ci the invention are identied by suitable characters of reference applied to them in the different views in the drawings, in which Fig. l is a front View of my new appliance.
Fig. 2 is a view in the direction of arrow 2 in Fig. l.
Fig. 3 is a View in the direction of arrow 3 in Fig. l.
Fig. is a vertical enlarged central longitudinal View on broken line -i, in the direction of arrow i in Fig. 3.
Fig. 5 is a bottom plan view, in the direction of arrow 5 in Fig. 4, the foot portion of the supporter arm 55 being broken away.
Fig. 6 is a vertical cross section view on broken line 'i--G in the direction of arrow B in Fig. 4.
Fig. is a detached enlarged side View of the connector screw which interconnects the base portion ita. ef a body plate I5, and a shank plate 26, which said plates and said connector screw constitute what I denote as a clip portion of the appliance.
Fig. 8 is a side view of the said clip portion hereafter called clip, and designated C, as it porter arm 35 as modified when the securing of same to the shank plate 26 of the clip, as by welding, may be desired.
Fig. 11 is a bottom plan view in the direction of arrow II in Fig. l0.
A body member consists of a thin flat metal plate l5 provided at the opposite sides of its base portion la with inwardly turned flanges I3 which form a longitudinal guideway immediately at the underface of said body. Said plate' I5 embodies an extended portion having upright bend IB, parallel outboard bend I9, and thence an upward and inward bend forming inturned hook 22. At a median location in said base portion l5a is threaded hole 23.
A shank member consists of a thin nat metal plate 25 provided at what I term the inboard end with integrally formed upright catch lug 2l. Centrally of said plate 26 and at its undersideis a longitudinal recess 28, and centrally of said recess is a longitudinal slot 2Q. Threaded holes 30 in said shank member 26 will presently be referred to, reference being had to Fig. 5 and to Fig. 6.
The said shank plate 26 is disposed at the underside, and, its side edges are slidingly received between the flanges l, of the base portion |5a of said body plate. A connector and set screw with hat head 3! of thickness slightly less than the depth of the recess 28, and with barrel 32 slightly longer than the depth of slot 29 of the shank member 2S, and with threaded stem 33 of length slightly less than the thickness of body plate I5, when screwed home in the threaded hole 23 of the base portion i505 of said body plate, binds the body plate and the shank plate in united relation; and when slightly unscrewed permits said plates to be moved longitudinally, one upon the other. The movability of said plates while limited in distance not greater than the length of said slot 29 is sulricient to meet requirements due to differentiation of lintel Widths.
The said clip is adapted to be placed and to be fastened in crosswise engagement with the underside of the lintel portion of the car door easement, and Within the space S thereunder which is cleared by the surface oi the top rail of the car door, as indicated by the broken lines in Fig. 8.
Procedure of placing the clip in installed position consists in slightly retracting the screw 3i thereby rendering the body plate and the shank plate free for movement longitudinally, one on the other. The user now spreads said plates a distance limited by the length of the slot 2S (see Fig. l4l) then applies the hook 22 of body plate I5 the user while shoving the welt cord W aside from its normal position immediately near the inner edge of the lintel, then pushes the shank plate 26 in the direction indicated by arrow P in Fig. 8, the lug 2l coming into engagement with the inner edge of the lintel of the car door easement. Now,
upon tightening the screw 3i the clip will have been made fast to the said lintel.
A cantilever which I designate as a supporter arm because it supports within the interior o the car body the parts presently to be described, consists of a metal arm 35, its foot portion 3E provided with holes spaced to register with the threaded holes B of the aforesaid shank -plate 26. In said threaded holes 29, countersunk screws 38 are tightened, thereby securing said arm 35 at the foot portion 3E thereof, to the shank plate 26.
Immediately at a point near the vertical plane of the lug 2l of said shank plate, the said supporter arm has semicircular crook 39 into which the saidwelt cord of the car upholstery is received. The free or inboard portion of said arm is orried with upwardly directed bend di to the face of which is integrated a circular seat l2 having radial serrations, and from which said seat protrudes a threaded stud 43.
Pad 44 consists of an envelope, as of leather or fabric, with stuiilng as of sponge rubber. it is retained as by slender longitudinal ribs ll Whose inboard ends are secured to a cross-piece 46 that is integrated with a round stem i'i, vertical connector bar i with longitudinal slot 52 of suitable length extending from an end thereof has, at a side of its `other end, circular seat :Se with radial serrations to 'engage the serrations of 'said circular seat d2 of the supporter arm. 4Centrally of said circular seat 54 is a hole for ,the 'reception of the said stud 43. By means of thumb nut 53 the said connector bar is made fast in the position to which it may be adjusted 'and -where inY such position the said serrations are coengaged.
Tubular horizontal wrist member 5t at its inboard end embodies a base block 5i provided 'with a threaded stud 58 which is received in the 'slot 52 'ofsaid vertical connector bar 5l. By means of thumb screw nut 59 said wrist may be rnade fast at the position to which it is adjusted. In the said'wrist member is received horizontal stem 4l of the pad xture which permits of the pad being moved to position adjusted rotatively, Yor to position adjusted longitudinally of the said Wrist. Longitudinal slits Sii are provided in the outboard portion of said wrist. By means of a thumb-screw clamp connector 62 interconnecting the ends of a draw band `63 which surrounds the slit'te'd end portion of said wrist, the wrist is constricted to holding engagement with said stem 41.
The several parts vcombined and arranged as described, enable the user to install the appliance vin connection with the door casing at either the right side, or at the left side of the car body; to 'make adjustments, and to so fasten the parts at their adjusted positions that the pad may be readily poised at any desired height, at any desired point to right or left, and or at any de- 's'ired angle of inclination.
The clip, that is vto say, the interconnected bodyl plate l5 andthe shank plate 23, although of restricted dimensions, is strong, secure, 'and 4 durable and it constitutes a rm and dependable holder for the supporter arm. The head rest portion of the appliance when not in use as such, may be folded t0 be placed closely adjacent to the inner face of the top Wall of the car body.y Removal of the appliance may be eiected by the detaching of the supporter arm from the shank plate (by removal of the screws 38) or, if the user does not care to have the clip in the installed position, it may easily be detached by simply the loosening of the screw 3| and then Vspreading the body plate and shank plate thereof.
as in Fig. e, and then unhooking it from the drain molding.
In the use of a welded interconnection to bind the supporter arm to the shank plate, the sup- 'porter arm is provided at its foot end with opening [i9 (see Fig. 1l) and through which said opening access to the screw 3| is had. Thus the clip may be installed, or it may be removed, without the removal of the supporter arm therefrom. The above modication is desirable where the user may wish to have the clip permanently in place and with supporter arm of the short dimension shown, in which instance the detaching of the head rest portion of the appliance is had at the thumbscrew connection #i3-53.
Whereas the several parts of the invention are shown and described in what may be considered as preferred forms as to structure and detail, it will be understood that modications may be made without departing from the principle and spirit of my invention or sacrificing any of its advantages.
What 1 claim as my invention is:
l. An appliance applicable to the drain molding and lintel portion of an automobile door casement, comprising a thin flat body plate having, at a predetermined distance from the inboard end thereof, an upright bend, thence a horizontal bend, thence an upward and inturned bend to engage said drain molding, a thin flat shank plate positioned beneath the inboard portion of said body plate and embodying an upturned lug at its inboard end to engage the inner edge of said lintel, means loosely interconnecting said body plate and said shank plate to permit moving one upon the other, said means being manually operable to fasten them in united relation when they are adjusted to tightened engagement with said molding and lintel, a supporter arm directed inwardly from said lintel, and means to fasten it to the underside of the shank plate.
2. An appliance applicable to the drain molding and lintel of a door casement of an automobile body to serve as a utility supporter device interiorly of said body, consisting of a thin at body plate having at the opposite sides of its base portion downwardly and thence inwardly directed flanges, said plate at a predetermined distance from the inboard end of its base portion having an upward bend, thence an outboard bend, thence an upward and inward bend, said last named bend being adapted to be placed in engagement with the said drain molding, a shank plate received in the space `between the ilanges of said body plate and having an inturned lug adapted to be placed in engagement with the inner edge of said lintel, means interconnecting said body plate and said shank plate `and manually operable to fasten them in united relation, a supporter arm directed inwardly from said lintel, and means to fasten it to the underside of said shank plate.
3. A rest appliance applicable to and for use within the interior of an automobile body, adapted to be fastened in connection with the drain molding and the lintel portion of a door easement of the said body, said appliance comprising a thin body plate provided at a point a predetermined distance from its inboard end, with an upright bend, thence a horizontal bend, thence an upward and inward bend to engage said drain molding, a thin shank plate positioned underneath the inboard portion of said body plate and embodying an upturned lug at its inboard end to engage the inner edge of said lintel, means interconnecting the said body plate and the said shank plate to permit moving one upon the other and operable to fasten them in united relation with each other and with the drain molding and lintel of said door easement, a horizontal supporter arm directed interiorly of said body and detachably fastened at its outboard end to the underside of the said shank plate, said arm having a U shaped crook at a position adjacent to the lug of said shank plate, a vertical connector bar connected at an end thereof pivotally to said arm, including a grip device to hold said bar at adjusted position, a horizontal tubular wrist member adjustably connected to said connector bar, including a grip device to hold said wrist in adjusted position, a pad, a mounting therefor including a longitudinal horizontal stem, said stem being slidingly retained in said wrist, and including a grip device to hold said stem in adjusted position in said wrist.
4. An appliance applicable to the drain molding and lintel portion of an automobile door casement, consisting of a thin flat body plate having at a predetermined distance from the inboard end thereof, an upright bend, thence a horizontal bend, thence an upward and inturned bend, said inturned bend to engage said molding, the said plate at a median location in its inboard portion being provided with a threaded hole, a thin flat shank plate positioned beneath the inboard portion of said body plate and embodying an upturned lug at its inboard end to engage the inner edge of said lintel, said shank plate having at its underside a longitudinal recess and centrally of said recess a longitudinal slot, a set screw with flat head of thickness slightly less that the depth of said recess, and with barrel lslightly longer than the depth of said slot of said shank plate, and with threaded stern of length slightly less than the thickness of the said body plate, a supporter arm directed inwardly from said lintel, and means to fasten it to the underside of the said shank plate.
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