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No. 791,144. PATENTED MAY 30, 19055 l I.. I. GANNQN. OVERHEAD VEHICLE WASHING APPARATUS.
APPLICATION FILED IMI. 25'. 1905.
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JAMES J. GANNON, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
OVERHEAD VEHICLE-WASHING APPARATUS- SP'ECIFICATION forming part of Letters PatentNo. 791,144, dated May 30, 1 905.v
Application filed January 25. 1905. Serial No. 242,593.
T0 (LZZ whom it may concern:
Be itknown that l, J AMns J. GANNON, a citizen ofthe United States, residing'at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful I mprovementsl in Overhead Vehicle-Washing Apparatus, of which the following is a speci-r ication, such as will enable those skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same. Y
This invention relates to overhead vehiclewashing apparatus similar to that shown and described in United States Letters Patent No. 750,932, dated February 2, 1904, and No. "624,423, dated May 2,`1899; and the object thereof is to provide an improvement in this class of apparatus which involves a rotatable coupling or support for a-horiZontally-arranged pipe, with which in practice a iieXible hose is connected, the rotatable coupling being also provided with a gas-xture which turns therewith. v
The invention is fully disclosed in the following specification, of which the accompanying drawings form a part, in which the separate parts of my improvement are designated by suitable reference characters in each of the views, and in which- Figure 1 is a sectional side'view of an apparatus of the class specified embodying my invention'; Fig. 2, a section on the line 2 2 oi' Fig. 1; Fig. 3, a partial section on the line 3 3 of Fig. 1, and Fig. 4 a partial section on the line 4 4 of Fig. 1. f
In the practice of my invention I provide a tube a, which is adapted to. be suspended from an overhead support or ceiling, and for 'which purpose the upper end thereof is provided with a plate a2, and the upper end portion of said tube is enlarged and the lower end of the enlarged portion is tapered, as shown at a3, and mounted on the tapered portion a3 isv a collar or band Z, provided in its inner surface with an annular groove Z2v and held in place or in its position on the beveled portion a3 oi' the tube a by means of a nut Z3.
The tube a constitutes the main supply-tube ofthe apparatus,and connected with the upper end thereof is a water-tube Z4, which in practice is connected with the usual water-supply mains or pipes of the building in which the apparatus is located, and in the opposite side of the upper end portion of the tube a is a by-pass c,- with Ythe upper end portion of which is connected a gas-supply pipe c2, and the lower end portion of which communicates with the annular groove Z2 in the collar or band Z, and said collar or band Z is also provided at one side with a coupling-stud c3, with which is connected an elbow-pipe c4, with which is connected a downwardly-directed pipe c5, with the lower end of which is connected an Youtwardly-directed pipe c, provided at its outer end with a cross-tube coupling c7, with the opposite ends of which are connected depending burner-tip tubes 08, each of which is provided with a burner-tip ci'. 4
The lower endportion of the tube a, is screwthreaded, and mounted thereon are three screw-threaded collars d, (Z2, and d3, and between the collars Z2 and d3, which are placed in. the order named above the collar d, is a threaded plate or washer cZ, and the lower end of the tube a projects into the couplinghead e, having a central enlarged chamber e2 and laterally-directed tubular members e3, with which are connected outwardly-directed tubes e4, one of which in the form of construction shown is closed by a cap e5, and with'the other .of which is connected a flexible tube or hose e, which conveys the water to Vthe carriage or other article to be washed, and the endof which in practice is provided in the usual Way with'l a suitable discharge-nozzle for this purpose.
The coupling-head e is provided with a laterally-directed top iiange @7, on which is secured a sleeve f, through which the tube a passes, said sleeve being provided at its lower end with a iiange f2, in the bottom of which is an annular space f3, in which the plate or washer 0Z4 fits, and between the bottom oi' the sleeve f and the said plate or washer is placed a packing fi. vThe flange or rim f2 of the sleeve f and the flange e7 of. the coupling- 95 head e are connected by screws or bolts f5,
and between said flanges is placed a packing f6, on which the plate or washer Zialso rests, and that portion of the coupling-head e into which the lower end of the tube a projects is IOO enlarged, and the collar (Z is placed within the said top portion of the coupling-head e and the collar (Z3 within the bottom portion of the sleeve f, which is also enlarged, while the collar Z2 is inclosed by the paekingf, and between the collars Z and Z2 is a flexible cup-shaped valve g, the rim of which extends downwardly within the top portion of the coupling-head e and closely fits the same. rlhe collar CZ3 also lits snugly within the lower end portion of the sleeve f, and the upper end portion of said sleeve is enlarged to form a packing chamber g2, and this packingchamber is angular in cross-section, as shown in Fig. t, and is partially filled with packing, and set into the upper end of said packingchamber and pressing on the packing therein is a tubular gasket g3, the lower end of which is also angular in form and the central bore of which closely ts the tube (Z, and screwed into the upper end of the tubular gasket g3 is a tubular plug gi, which closely tits the tube a, and at the upper end portion of said tubular gasket g, below the top thereof, is a lange or rim g5, and suspended therefrom is a nut-shaped sleeve g, the lower end et which is screwed on the sleeve f, which is also provided with a set-nut g? below the nut-shaped sleeve g.
Mounted on the enlarged upper end portion of the tube ais a rotatable cross-head ZL, which in practice is preferably composed of two separate bars, and pivoted to `the outer ends of the cross-head /t are hangers 7b2 and Zia, the hangers LZ being slightly longer than the hangers 7b3, and the lower ends of these hangers are all provided with clamps Zbl, said clamps on one side being double clamps and on the other side being single clamps, and the double clamps engage both the laterallydirected water-tube e* and the gas-tube c6 on one Side of the apparatus, and the single clamps support the water-tube e* at the other side of the apparatus. l
When constructed in the manner described, it will be observed that the coupling-head e, the'water-tubes c", connected therewith, the sleevef, the sleeve g, the nut-shaped sleeve g, the plug g4, the cross-head ZL, the hangers /LZ and if, the collar or band b, and the gastubes c5 and c, together with the burner-tips c, are all free to turn in a horizontal plane on the tube c, and this operation does not interfere with the flow of gas through the gas-I tube to the burner-tips nor with the iiew of water'through the tubes 0*, and, if desired, a flexible tube e may be connected with both of the water-tubes @4, and the operation of the apparatus in as far as it relates tothe washing of carriages and other articles will be the same as that of other apparatus of this class. It will also be understood that the rotatable coupling-head e and all the parts connected therewith through which the tube a passes are supported on said tube by the collars (Z, (Z2, and (Z3 and the washer (Z, which do not rotate, and by making the packingchamber g2 angular in cross-section the parts g3 and ,/7'1 are also compelled to rotate with the sleeve f, while the position of thc tubular gasket g3 is regulated or may be regulated by means of the nut r/7 and the nut-shaped sleeve gu.
Having fully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
l. In an apparatus of the class described, a tube adapted to be suspended from a suitable support and the upper end of which is enlarged and provided with a by-pass, a rotatable collar or band mounted on said tube and inclosing the lower end of the by-pass and provided with an annular groove with which said by-pass communicates, a gas-tube couneeted with said collar or baud and communicating with the said annular groove, and a retatable coupling-head connected with the lower end of said tube and provided with laterallydirected water-pipes, substantially as shown and described.
Q. In an apparatus ot' the class described, a tube adapted to be suspended from a suitable support and the upper end of which is enlarged and provided with a by-pass, a rotatable collar or band mounted on said tube and inclosing the lower end of the by-pass and provided with an annular groove with which said by-pass communicates, a gas-tube counected with said collar or band and communicating with the said annular groove, and a rotatable coupling-head connected with the lower end of said tube and provided with laterallydirected water-pipes, said gas-tube comprising downwardly and horizontally directed members, and a rotatable support mounted on the upper end portion oi said tube and provided with pivoted hangers at its oppesite ends, said hangers being provided at their lower ends with clamps which inelose the gas and water supply tubes at one side of the rotatable head and the water-tube at the other side of said rotatable head, substantially as shown and described.
3. In an apparatus of the class described, a tube adapted to be suspended from an overhead support, the lower end portion et said tube being threaded and provided with a plurality of screw-threaded collars, a couplinghead mounted on the lower end portion of said tube and provided with laterally-directed water-tubes, a threaded sleeve mounted on said tube above the coupling-head and secured to said head, a washer placed between the upper collars and in the bottom portion of said sleeve, packings placed above and below said washer, a flexible cup-shaped gasket secured between the lower collars and within the cou pling-head, the upper end of said threaded sleeve being IOO Ilo
`gasket and into the lower end of which 'the threadedv sleeve is screwed, said threaded sleeve being also provided With ayset-nut, sub-v stantially as shown and described.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as myinvention I have signed my name, in pres- I5' ence of the subscribing witnesses, this 24th day of January, 1905.
JAMES J. GANNoN.
CLARA J. KLEIN, C. E. MULREANY.