Patents Examined by John J. Love
  • Patent number: 4887829
    Abstract: A three wheeled vehicle having one front wheel and two rear wheels. The front wheel is for steering. Each rear wheel is rotatably mounted to a swing arm means. The two swing arms are pivotably mounted to the frame. The swing arms are connected to each other through a rocking arm assembly. The rocking arm is pivotably connected to the frame with a roll joint. The operator has the ability to lean the vehicle while negotiating curves. The vehicle can be kept upright while traversing a slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Inventor: Curtis L. Prince
  • Patent number: 4858952
    Abstract: A door checker which can be advantageously utilized for driving automotive equipment such as a seat belt reacher system in synchronization with the opening and closing action of the vehicle door. By appropriate arrangement of a spring and a taper in the door checker member, the force required to open and close the door is not unduly increased. By proper arrangement of the spring, the side thrust from the door checker member is always directed in one direction, whereby the structure for supporting the side thrust is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiichi Sasaki, Tadanori Honda, Hidetoshi Saruwatari, Kazuo Higuchi
  • Patent number: 4832356
    Abstract: This invention relates to a universal splash guard deflector for use with a vehicle in the vicinity of the vehicles wheels. The deflector in use is positioned behind a vehicle wheel in respect of the vehicles primary direction of travel. The splash guard deflector is comprised of a planar central portion defined by upper and lower edge regions, as well as inside and outside edge regions. The upper edge region is adapted to be secured to a portion of the vehicle.A splash deflecting element is integrally secured to the planar central portion along a line equidistant to one of the edge regions. A plurality of openings are disposed along the equidistant line to thereby allow for the passage of air due to vehicle movement in the primary direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventors: Samuel J. Liberto, Eugene J. Berardi
  • Patent number: 4817981
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjusting the longitudinal position of a safety binding of a ski including a base plate attached to the binding and adapted to longitudinally slide in a guide on the ski. The base plate has a plurality of teeth adapted to engage a plurality of notches in the guide. Also provided is an apparatus for locking the teeth in the guide including a locking lever, a locking cam, and an elastic bearing. The locking lever is pivotally attached to the base plate by a first journal. The cam includes a second journal pivotally mounted on the base plate to rotate between locked and unlocked positions. Either the first or second journal is housed in the elastic bearing. Rotation of the cam from the unlocked to the locked position rotates the locking lever to displace the teeth into the notches and longitudinally displaces the journal housed in the elastic bearing, thereby compressing the bearing and biasing the teeth against displacement out of the notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Jack Desbiolles, Pierre Feche
  • Patent number: 4815762
    Abstract: A wheel suspension for steerable wheels of motor vehicles, especially for rear wheels which includes a wheel carrier supporting the wheel. Of the wheel guide members (upper triangular guide member, lower individual cross guide members) one guide member is displaceable approximately in the transverse direction of the vehicle by way of an adjusting motor and additionally supports the support spring. With its inner end, this guide member is pivotally connected at an intermediate lever. This intermediate lever is pivotally supported at the vehicle body about a pivot axis extending approximately in the vehicle longitudinal direction and is connected at its lower end with the adjusting motor by way of lateral tie rods. The high bearing forces at the inner end of the guide member are absorbed in this manner principally by the intermediate levers and are kept away from the adjusting motor and the adjusting members thereof (tie rod, actuating member).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Reinhold Jurr
  • Patent number: 4815554
    Abstract: A two wheel motorcycle of the scooter type employing a power unit with an engine mounted forwardly of the rear wheel, a power train extending rearwardly on one side of the rear wheel to couple the engine and the rear wheel and a muffler extending along the other side of the rear wheel. A carburetor is mounted above the power train and an air cleaner for that carburetor is mounted above the muffler. A connecting tube extends transversely of the vehicle between the air cleaner and the carburetor at a location above and forwardly of the axis of the rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Hara, Nobuo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 4813719
    Abstract: A ski binding adapted to be displaced between a boot retaining and boot releasing position. The binding includes a jaw and two lateral arms pivotally connected at one end to the ski around a first transverse axis and pivotally connected at their other end to the jaw around a second transverse axis passing through a journal. Also provided is an elastic element for biasing the jaw against pivoting around the second transverse axis, and a retractable support. The support supports the jaw, the arms and the journal when the support is in its active position. The support is also retractable to an inactive position in which the jaw, the arms, and the journal are unsupported by the support. When the support is retracted into this inactive position the jaw, the arms, and the journal can be displaced around the first transverse axis to release the boot from the binding without substantial pivoting around the first transverse axis, and therefore without pivoting against the bias of the elastic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1989
    Assignee: Salomon, S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Dimier
  • Patent number: 4805941
    Abstract: A quick-release wheel retainer consisting of a hooked-shaped member having a generally planar shaped tab attached thereto and extending outwardly therefrom approximately perpendicular to the hook-shaped member. The member is pivotally connected to a vertical drop-out of a bicycle front fork and the pivot connection is positioned directly above the drop-out slot such that, once in a locked position about a bicycle axle, the weight of the axle against the member causes the retainer to remain in that locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Verlon D. Downing, Timothy J. Dietz
  • Patent number: 4802689
    Abstract: The invention relates to an axle suspension means for motor vehicles, wherein the guide means of a rigid axle is constructed so that the latter changes its position in the sense of a positive oblique springing during inward spring stroke movements, and executes no inherent steering movements during one-sided and alternate-side inward and outward spring strokes. For this purpose the rigid axle is guided on each side by a pair of guiding control arms which determine, for its wheel axis, a pivot axis about which the wheel axis is movable by means of a guide arm retained on the vehicle body in the sense of the positive oblique springing during inward spring stroke movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Friedrich Hoffmann, Franz X. Scheller
  • Patent number: 4800980
    Abstract: A body cover for a motor scooter vehicle with a rear cover for covering the engine unit. The rear cover has a projection in its upper portion over the rear wheel, the projection having an outlet. Accordingly, the heat generated from the engine unit may be well discharged through the outlet of the projection to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ochiai Hideo, Kiyoshi Ohno, Eiichi Iwao, Hideo Mori
  • Patent number: 4800979
    Abstract: A motorcycle having a cantilever-type rear swing arm pivotally mounted to the vehicle frame. A cushion member associated with the rear swing arm extends between the upper frame and linkage below the swing arm through an offset bore in the swing arm. A rear wheel is arranged on an axle supported at one end of the rear swing arm with a brake disc therebetween. The brake disc is aligned with the centerline of the vehicle as is the wheel rim. The hub of the wheel is arranged with a concavity to accommodate the brake disc. The swing arm is arranged such that it gradually increases in thickness as it extends rearwardly from the front pivot. The thickness is maximized near the center of the swing arm at locations which approach the mutual tangent lines of the pitch circles of drive and driven sprockets of a chain drive mechanism. Sliders are positioned to accommodate the chain when necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seino Tatsuji
  • Patent number: 4799697
    Abstract: Apparatus to reduce the force required to move a load along a flat or inclined surface utilizing an assembly of two traction wheels on a common axis whereby one wheel is free to rotate and the other is prevented from rotation and vice versa by the use of a uni-directional control arm system and means for applying a horizontal oscillating force in alternating left and right hand directions in the form of a relatively long handle attached to the axle housing midway between said traction wheels. The wheel assembly is particularly useful for trailers for carrying animals, small boats, recreational vehicles, two-wheeled hand trucks and similar applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventors: Calvin C. Williamson, Joan Williamson
  • Patent number: 4799705
    Abstract: The hitching aid disclosed is for use with agricultural tractors. It is used to allow the tractor to be backed onto a trailer, whereupon the trailer becomes automatically hitched to the tractor. The aid includes a converging channel which receives the head of the trailer's draw-pin. The channel draws the pin-head into a throat, thus aligning the pin before the pin enters the pin-receiving jaws. Thus, any abusive loads due to mismatch, etc., are taken by the bulbous head of the pin and the channel, rather than by the shank of the pin and the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventors: John B. Janes, Carson I. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4799706
    Abstract: A coupler for a pickup drawbar has a removable stud mounted to the end of the drawbar for engaging an implement hitch. A main bracket is mounted to the drawbar between the stud and the work vehicle. A top strap is pivotally mounted in the main bracket and is pivotal between a position engaging the top of the stud and a position removed therefrom to allow the implement hitch access to and from the stud. The top strap is lockable in its closed position engaging the stud and preferably also in its fully open position laying back against the drawbar. The coupler is readily modifiable for use with various implement hitches simply by replacing the stud and top strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Thomas W. Myers, Earl C. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 4798400
    Abstract: A vehicle frame for a four wheeled buggy having a steering wheel operated by a driver seated, comprises a main frame having a narrower front portion, a support frame for supporting a steering apparatus, a flat floor support portion, a pair of step frames, a seat frame, an engine supporting frame, an oblique frame supporting the engine supporting frame, and an accommodating space for accommodating a driving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideyoshi Kosuge
  • Patent number: 4798394
    Abstract: A steerable axle assembly having an axle with a generally vertically extending bore therein, a kingpin that is non-rotatably positioned in the bore in the axle in such a manner that the kingpin is longitudinally engaged by the bore so that the kingpin can not drift upwardly in the bore, the kingpin having upper and lower cylindrical portions that receive first and second tapered roller bearings, respectively, the first and second tapered roller bearings being retained, respectively, in apertures in upper and lower yoke arms of a steering knuckle. The first and second tapered roller bearings are adjustably preloaded by an externally threaded bearing adjuster that is threaded into an internally threaded portion of the aperture in the upper yoke arm of the steering knuckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Pollock, Larry P. Stoneburner
  • Patent number: 4798393
    Abstract: A rider-controlled working machine having a four-wheel steering system including a steering link mechanism operatively interconnecting a steering wheel and front and rear wheels for steering the front and rear wheels simultaneously. The steering link mechanism includes a device for steering the rear wheels such that when the steering wheel is turned through a relatively large angle, the center of turning movement of the working machine is positioned between extensions of the axles of the front and rear wheels at the time the front and rear wheels are in a neutral steering position, and when the steering wheel is turned through a relatively small angle, the center of turning movement of the working machine is positioned between an extension of the transverse axis of an earth working unit coupled to the rear end of the working machine and the extensions of the axles of the rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Miura, Hiroshi Uno
  • Patent number: 4798258
    Abstract: An ajustable throttle connector for a vehicle speed control unit is disclosed. The adjustable throttle connector includes a throttle connector arm which is pivotally connected in an adjustable manner to a housing for the vehicle speed control unit. The adjustable pivotal connection is accomplished by forming a plurality of apertures in the throttle connector arm near the center thereof. A corresponding plurality of apertures are formed in the housing. A pin is inserted through a selected one of the apertures formed in the throttle connector arm and also through the corresponding one of the apertures formed in the housing to provide a fulcrum about which the throttle connector arm is free to pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Jack O. Otteson
  • Patent number: 4796718
    Abstract: For the control of the drive slip of a motor vehicle a first rotation rate sensor produces a first rotation rate signal corresponding to the rotation rate of the driven wheel or the output rotation rate of the change-speed gear. A second rotation rate sensor generates a second rotation rate signal corresponding to the rotation rate of a non-driven wheel. The friction clutch of the motor vehicle is engageable and disengageable through a controllable servo drive, and a control system controls the clutch in the release direction when the first rotation rate signal represents a rotation rate higher by at least a pre-determined difference value than the second rotation rate signal. The control system controls the clutch in the engagement direction when the rotation rates represented by the first and the second rotation rate signals differ by less than the pre-determined difference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1989
    Assignee: Sachs-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Thielen, Franz Nagler
  • Patent number: 4795182
    Abstract: A wheelchair is provided including a forward transversely extending support mounted at one forward corner of the wheelchair for angular displacement about a horizontal axis for movement between a closed position extending between opposite side forward corner positions of the wheelchair and an open position projecting forwardly of the aforementioned one forward corner portion of the wheelchair, the other forward corner portion of the wheelchair and the support including coacting structure for releasably latching the support in the closed position and supporting the adjacent portion of the support against downward deflection relative to the wheelchair as a result of a load being supported by the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventors: Larry B. Dyess, Kenneth R. Ball