|Publication number||US3861225 A|
|Publication date||Jan 21, 1975|
|Filing date||Dec 19, 1973|
|Priority date||Dec 19, 1973|
|Publication number||US 3861225 A, US 3861225A, US-A-3861225, US3861225 A, US3861225A|
|Inventors||Mattson Richard W|
|Original Assignee||Eltra Corp|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (9), Classifications (8), Legal Events (8)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent [1 1 Mattson Jan. 21, 1975 EXTERNAL FINE TIMING ADJUSTMENT  Inventor: Richard W. Mattson, Rossford, Primary Exammer wesley Ohio Attorney, Agent, or FtrmD. Henry Stoltenbcrg  Assignee: Eltra Corporation, Toledo, Ohio 57 ABSTRACT  Filed: Dec. 19, 1973 1 An ignition tuning adjustment means is disclosed  Appl' 426376 which rotates the distributor housing and assembly by means of a bifurcated arm affixed to the distributor  U.S. Cl 74/54, 74/569, 74/568, hou ng, whereby an adjustable cam is enabled to 123/117 R, 123/146 5 A move the arm by small angular increments by the use  Int. Cl. F16h 25/08 of simple hand tools, after which, the a gular adjust-  Field of Search 74/54, 568, 569, 526; m is made permanent by a locking means. A limit- 200/30 A, 30 AA, 30 R; 123/117 R, 146.5 A ing means for angular rotation is provided for the cam to prevent more than a predetermined angular move-  References Cited ment.
UNITED STATES PATENTS 10/1935 Kimball 123/117 R 4 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures EXTERNAL FINE TIMING ADJUSTMENT With the automotive industry utilizing electronic ignition systems for automotive vehicles, which obviates the use of contact points and the adjusting means associated therewith internally of the distributor housing, it has been found necessary to provide an external adjustment means for the distributor to vary the ignition timing of the ignition system, which can be adjusted by the use of simple hand tools. This invention contemplates the provision of a device of this kind.
It is a principal object of this invention to provide an ignition timing adjustment means for distributors of automotive vehicles which is exterior of the distributor casing and can be manipulated by the use of simple hand tools.
It is a further object of this invention to provide an ignition timing adjustment device, which is external of the distributor housing, which after manipulation to correct the ignition timing can be permanently locked in position, but released when desirable for further manipulation to correct ignition timing faults. A means forming a part of the device prevents and limits the adjustment beyond a predetermined angular movement.
Other objects and advantages of this invention relating to the arrangement, operation and function of the related elements of the structure, to various details of construction, to combinations of parts and to economies of manufacture will be apparent to those skilled in the art upon consideration of the following description and appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification wherein like reference characters designate corresponding parts in the several views.
FIG. 1 is an elevational view of an ignition distributor to which the invention has been applied,
FIG. 2 is a plan view partly in section taken along line 2-2 of FIG. 1, with the locking means removed,
FIG. 3 is similar to FIG. 2 showing the range of movement of the cam adjusting portion and FIGS. 4 and 5 are plan and elevational views of a modification of the invention.
Referring to the drawings particularly to FIG. 1, an engine block is shown on which is mounted in vertical position in a box 10A an ignition distributor 12 of conventional ignition system for the engine on which it is mounted, and may be provided with a rotatable breaker cam 14 mounted on the vertical distributor shaft 16 rotatably mounted in the distributor housing 10 in a conventional manner. The cam 14 may actuate breaker points 20 or cooperate with an electronic timing device depending on the type of ignition system to be utilized for the engine. A conventional centrifugal advance govenor 22 and a conventional vacuum advance device 24 can also be provided if desired for controlling the ignition timing advance or retard depending on load and/or speed of operation of the engine. In other respects the distributor is conventional.
The neck portion of the distributor housing is provided with a shoulder 12A, which rests on the upper surface of the block 10 as shown, the shoulder also forming a seat to which is affixed a horizontallyextending arm 26 which may be welded or brazed thereto or it may be clampled thereon as shown in the modification in FIGS. 4 and 5. The outer end of the arm 26 is bifurcated to form an opened slot 26A, which loosely embraces an eccentric cam 28 so that the cam is readily rotatable therein. The cam 28 is permanently affixed as by brazing or welding to a vertical threaded stud 30, which is fitted vertically into a threaded bore 30A in the block 10 a suitable distance from the vertical axis of the distributor housing 12 as best seen in FIGS. 1 and 2. The threaded stud 30 is screwed into the bore 30A, a sufficient distance to position the cam 28 within the thickness dimension of the arm 26, so that the cam may be rotated about by the turning of the stud 30 without displacing it from the slot 26A in the arm. For turning the stud 30, a hexagonal slot 303 is provided in its upper end as shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4, to cooperate with a conventional Allen wrench W as is well-known in the art. The rotation of the cam 28 is limited by the cam contacting the bottom wall 268 as shown in FIG. 3 which will maintain the cam within the vertical thickness dimension of the arm 26.
After the ignition timing for the engine has been adjusted to the desired extent by the angular rotation of the arm 26 by the manual manipulation of the threaded stud 30 and the cam 28 by the Allen wrench W, the arm 26 is locked in position on the upper surface of the block 20 by drawing down a hexagonal nut 32 against washer 34 and spring washer 36 to clamp against the upper surface of the arm 26 by the use of a conventional wrench of suitable size. This is best seen in FIG. 1, where the parts are shown in assembled loose relation before the ignition timing adjustment has been made.
In FIGS. 4 and 5, a modification of the affixing means for the arm 26 is shown, wherein the portion of the arm locked to the shoulder 12A is bifurcated to provide a pair of spaced portions 40 and 42 which are thickened and fitted with a bore, one portion of which is threaded to cooperate with a clamping bolt 44. This allows the portions 40 and 42 to be drawn together to clamp against the shoulder 12A of the distributor 12.
It is to be understood that the above detailed descrip tion of the present invention is intended to disclose an embodiment thereof to those skilled in the art, but that the invention is not to be construed as limited in its application to the details of construction and arrangc ment of parts illustrated in the accompanying drawing since the invention is capable of being practiced and carried out in various ways without departing from the spirit of the invention. The language used in the specification relating to the operation and function of the elements of the invention is employed for purposes of de scription and not of limitation, and it is not intended to limit the scope of the following claims beyond the requirements of the prior art.
I. In an ignition distributor rotatably mounted in the block of an engine whose timing is to be adjusted, a bifurcated arm affixed to the distributor adjacent the engine block, a stud rotatably mounted on the engine block including a cam affixed thereto to cooperate with the bifurcated portion of the arm to move the arm angularly through a predetermined angular movement, means on the stud to cooperate with a hand tool to control the angular movement of the arm, and means cooperating with the stud to lock the parts in a fixed position.
2. The device defined in claim 1, further characterized by a means limiting the rotation of the cam with reference to the arm.
3. The device defined in claim 1 further characterized by providing a resilient means for locking the parts in fixed position.
4. The device defined in claim 1 further characterized by providing an adjustable means for affixing the arm to the distributor.
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|U.S. Classification||74/54, 74/569, 123/146.50A, 74/568.0FS|
|International Classification||F02P5/02, F02P5/00|
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