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Publication numberUS3671071 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 20, 1972
Filing dateMay 16, 1969
Priority dateMay 16, 1969
Also published asCA928742A, CA928742A1
Publication numberUS 3671071 A, US 3671071A, US-A-3671071, US3671071 A, US3671071A
InventorsRalph S Evinrude
Original AssigneeOutboard Marine Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Convertible golf car
US 3671071 A
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June 20, 1972 R. s. EVINRUDE CONVERTIBLE GOLF CAR Filed May 16, 1969 Jm/mtor Z441 .5 EV/Me up:

"United States Patent Oflice 3,671,071 Patented June 20, 1972 3,671,071 CONVERTIBLE GOLF CAR Ralph S. Evinrude, Jensen Beach, Fla., assignor to Outboard Marine Corporation, Waukegan, Ill. Filed May 16, 1969, Ser. No. 825,207 Int. Cl. B60n N10 US. Cl. 296-69 10 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A four-wheeled vehicle has a rear seat and a rear seat back independently adjustable to convert for alternative provision of a passenger carrying seat, a well in which golf bags and clubs are supported vertically, and a luggage carrying deck with horizontal baggage space.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION Partially convertible golf cars are known but it is believed that none has the comfortable seating and threeway adjustment which characterizes the vehicle disclosed.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION On a frame which has front and rear floor portions, the front seats are conventional and form no part of the present invention. There is a rear seat back which normally stands erect in a slightly tilted position adjacent a rearwardly facing rear seat spaced at a comfortable height above the rear portion of the floor. Links connected with the rear seat permit it to be swung from the generally horizontal position it occupies for seating purposes to a generally upright position in which it serves as the rear wall of a well in which golf bags are carried upright to hold the clubs in easily accessible positions for use in play. With the seat thus adjusted to its rear and nearly vertical position, the rear seat back may be swung down by releasing a catch. When lowered, the back has an exposed top surface which is flush with a deck surface normally concealed beneath it. These surfaces together provide an extensive and substantially horizontal deck for luggage. The entire deck is preferably carpeted. Linkage controls the movement of the back between its normally upright position and its normally horizontal position in which its exposed surface provides a part of the deck.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a view in three-quarter rear perspective of a golf car embodying the invention.

FIG. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary view showing the convertible rear seat portion of the car in side elevation.

FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing the rear seat in an alternate position to which it may be adjusted to provide a back for a well in which golf bags will stand upright.

FIG. 4 is a still further enlarged detail view fragmentarily illustrating the linkage and latch structure for the rear seat back.

FIG. 5 is a view similar to FIG. 3 showing the rear seat back moved upon its linkage to a position in which it serves as a deck extension.

FIG. 6 is a fragmentary view in perspective on the line 6-6 of FIG. 2.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The golf car frame 10 has a front floor portion 12 and a rear floor portion 14. The present invention is not concerned with the forward seat 16.

The frame includes upwardly bowed side portions 18 connected by a transverse frame member 20. At each side there are hand rails 22.

Behind the front seat 16 on the elevated frame portion 18, there is a short deck 24 which is normally somewhat concealed by the rear seat 26 and the rear seat back 28. As clearly appears in FIG. 1, the rear seat is adapted to carry two people comfortably, the passengers facing in a rearward direction.

The side portions 18 of the frame are connected with the rear floor portion 14 by gussets 30 at opposite sides of the vehicle. Pivoted to these gussets at each side of the vehicle are links 32 and 34 which are also pivoted to the base 36 of the rear seat 26. The relatively straight link 32 has its lower pivotal connection 38 rearwardly of, and well below, the pivotal connection 40 of the longer curved link 44.

When it is desired to transport golf bags with the clubs exposed for use, the seat 26 is pivoted rearwardly from the position of FIG. 2 to the position of FIG. 3, being guided by its pivotal connection at 42 and 44 with the respective links 32 and 34. The connection 42 is near the rearward side of the seat while the connection at 44 is near the forward side of the seat. The geometry of the linkage is such that the seat 26 moves from .the generally horizontal position of FIG. 2 to a position shown in FIG. 3 in which the seat is nearly upright and its base 36 forms the rear wall of a well in which golf bags can be carried upright.

The seat back member 28 has remained in the upright position in which it is illustrated in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3. If it now be desired to carry the golf bags or other luggage on a horizontal deck surface, the seat back 28 may be swung out to the position shown in FIG. 5. The deck 24 has upstanding flanges 46 at each side of the vehicle. Connected with the seat back 28 is a deck extension 50 which is provided at each side with flanges 52 connected by links 54 and 56 with the flanges 46 at the ends of the permanent portion 24 of the deck. The short link 56 normally projects forwardly, as in FIGS. 2 and 3 from its pivotal connection at 58 to the fixed flange 46. It is pivotally attached at 60 to the lower forward corner of the flange 52 on the movable deck element 50. The seat back 28 is in a protected location beneath deck element 50.

The longer link 54 is pivotally connected at 62 with a rear end portion of the lateral flange 46 and it is connected at 64 with an upper portion of the flange 52 on the movable section 50 of the deck. A latch lever 66 pivoted at 68 to the latter flange has a terminal hook portion 70 normally engaged with the stop 72 on the fixed flange 60. A tension spring 74 maintains the hook 70 normally engaged with lug 72 as best shown in full lines in FIG. 4. When the lever is swung against the bias of spring 74 to its dotted line position, the hook is disengaged from the lug 72 to permit the seat back 28 to be swung manually to the position of FIG. 5, where the movable deck section 50 is in the plane of the fixed deck section 24 to provide a rear deck of very substantial area for luggage of all kinds. This entire rear deck is preferably carpeted (not shown).

Conversion from one to another of the three functions is very easily effected. Conversion from the FIG. 1 position of the parts to that of FIG. 5 has already been described. To reverse the operation, it is only necessary to raise the seat back 28 to the position of FIGS. 1 to 3, whereupon its latch lever 66 will automatically engage itself. The well for golf clubs is now exposed.

If the car is to be used for passenger transportation, the seat 26 is now manually raised from the position of FIG. 3 to that of FIG. 2. It will remain by gravity in this position, no latch being required.

I claim:

1. A golf car vehicle comprising a frame, a seat, a seat back, means on said frame for mounting said seat for movement between an operative generally horizontal position and an inoperative generally vertical position spaced rearwardly of said operative position, means on said frame for mounting said seat back for movement between an operative and an inoperative position, means on said frame cooperating with said seat when said seat is in said inoperative position for constituting a golf bag support, and means on said frame cooperating with said back rest when said back rest is in said inoperative position and said seat is in said inoperative position for constituting a luggage deck.

2. A vehicle according to claim 1 wherein said frame has a floor portion and a seat supporting portion, and a linkage connecting said seat to said seat supporting portion for seat movement between said operative position wherein said seat is located above said floor portion and said inoperative position wherein said seat extends upwardly from said floor portion.

3. A vehicle according to claim 2 in which said vehicle frame includes a first deck element, and said seat back includes a second deck element extending upwardly when said seat back is in said operative position, and extending substantially on a level with said first deck element when said back is in said inoperative position, and wherein said means on said frame mounting said seat back comprises a linkage pivotally connecting said seat back and said frame for controlling movement of said seat back between said operative and inoperative positions thereof.

4. A vehicle comprising a frame having an elevated intermediate portion and a floor extending rearwardly therefrom, a deck on said elevated portions, a deck element, a linkage mounting said deck element on said frame for movement between a retracted position wherein said deck element extends upwardly from said deck, and a horizontal position wherein said deck elements extends in a generally horizontal position rearwardly from said deck, a seat back located on said deck element and above said deck when said deck element is in said retracted position, a seat normally disposed when said deck element is in said retracted position in a first position beneath said seat back, and a linkage pivotally connecting said seat to said frame for seat movement between said first position and a generally rearwardly offset upright position at the rear of said floor.

5. A golf car vehicle comprising a frame having forward and rearward floor portions and an intermediate elevated portion and a generally upright portion between the elevated portion and the rear floor portion, spaced links pivotally connected with the generally upright portion, a seat with which said links are pivotally connected and which is pivotally movable on said links between a generally horizontal position of use above the elevated frame portion and a generally upright position in which it is spaced rearwardly from the generally upright frame portion to provide a bag-receiving well having the rearward floor portion as its bottom.

6. A vehicle according to claim 5 in further combination with a deck on the elevated intermediate frame portion, a deck extension normally extending upwardly above said deck and carrying a seat back, links connecting the desk extension with the deck and constituting means on which the deck extension is pivotally movable to a generally horizontal position substantially flush behind the deck and extending over said well.

7. A vehicle according to claim 5 in which said frame has gussets at the opposite sides of said rear floor portion and to which the links upon which the seat is pivotally movable are pivotally connected.

8. A vehicle according to claim 6 in which said frame has gussets at the opposite sides of said generally upright frame portion and to which the links upon which the seat is pivotally movable are pivotally connected, said deck having upstanding flanges at opposite sides of the frame and said deck extension including lateral flanges, the links connected with the deck extension being pivotally connected with the lateral flanges and extending forwardly and pivotally connected with the deck flanges, and other links connected with the said lateral flanges near their lower ends and extending forwardly and upwardly, and pivotally connected with the deck flanges.

9. A golf car vehicle comprising a frame having a wheeled support and provided with a relatively elevated deck and a relatively depressed footrest and an intervening generally upright portion constituting the wall of a well for which said footrest provides a bottom, a seat, and a linkage pivotally connecting said seat with said upright frame portion for pivotal movement of said seat across the footrest to a generally upright position constituting a wall for said well opposed to and spaced from the wall first mentioned.

10. A vehicle according to claim 9 in which said seat has a back in pivotal connection with said elevated deck, and means providing said connection for mounting the seat-back for movement between an upright position above said seat and in which it functions as a back and a lower position in which it constitutes a horizontal extension from said deck over said well.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification296/69, 297/129, 280/DIG.500
International ClassificationB60N2/30, B60N2/10
Cooperative ClassificationY10S280/05, B60N2/10, B60N2/3065, B60N2/3013, B60N2/309
European ClassificationB60N2/30B2C4, B60N2/30C6B, B60N2/10, B60N2/30M2
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jan 31, 1991ASAssignment
Owner name: CUSHMAN INC., A CORP. OF DE
Free format text: NUNC PRO TUNC ASSIGNMENT;ASSIGNOR:OUTBOARD MARINE CORPORATION, A DE CORP.;REEL/FRAME:005584/0592
Effective date: 19901019
Jun 21, 1989ASAssignment
Owner name: CUSHMAN INC., A CORP. OF DE, NEBRASKA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:OUTBOARD MARINE CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:005159/0016
Effective date: 19890619