For Adjusting Variable Positioned Parts Patents (Class 81/484)
  • Patent number: 10759453
    Abstract: A handle section has an interior tube slidably received in an exterior tube. A locking mechanism is secured to the exterior tube and includes a cylindrical finger reciprocable between an unlocking position and a locking position to allow for lengthening and shortening. A head is coupled to the interior tube. The head has a central tube formed as an extension of the interior tube. The head has a first wing with a first upper edge extending horizontally across the first wing. The first wing has a first outer edge extending vertically from the first wing parallel with and spaced from the central tube. The first wing has a first lower edge extending in a major arc between the first outer edge and the central tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Orlando Ayala, Ricardo Cuyar
  • Patent number: 9902409
    Abstract: The present document describes a torque wrench adaptor system for applying a torque value to an operating shaft of a manual brake of a railcar. The torque wrench adaptor system comprises: a central hub for a hand wheel, the central hub attachable to the operating shaft via the central hub; and a socket adaptor removably engageable in the central hub, and adapted for engagement with a ratchet tool; wherein the ratchet tool is for applying torque which is transmitted to the operating shaft via the socket adaptor and central hub until the torque value is reached and applied to the operating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Normand De Carufel
  • Patent number: 9649732
    Abstract: A system for sealing a plurality of orifices through a wall of a vessel is provided. The system includes a plurality of sealing members configured to releasably seal respective orifices of the plurality of orifices. The system also includes a base defining a central axis therethrough. The base includes a plurality of segments disposed about the central axis. Each of the plurality of segments includes an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface is configured to engage at least one sealing member of the plurality of sealing members. Further, each segment of the plurality of segments is configured to deform toward the central axis on application of a force upon the outer surface thereof to bias the at least one sealing member into sealing engagement with a respective orifice of the plurality of orifices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul N. Gami, Marion B. Grant, John S. Miller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9085447
    Abstract: A device for temporary, directed movement of a shoulder harness for installing a child car seat on a vehicle seat, the device having a handle end and a generally triangular-shaped harness end with rectangular slot openings and entry openings shaped for slidable insertion and retention of seat belt strap material. In operation, a user slidably inserts a shoulder belt inside one of the slot openings and passes the device into, through, and out of, the back rest of a child car seat without requiring insertion of the user's hand inside the back rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Diane Royall
  • Publication number: 20150135500
    Abstract: Device and procedure for the adjustment of sight of handguns. This device is used for adjust the front sight and rear sight in handguns when the handgun has a deviation. This invention is featured by a plate with nuts (1), a plate with holes (2), two tightening screw (3), a drift screw (4), an interchangeable tip (5), and a quick reference (6). Also this patent describes the procedure specific for the tool assembly in a handgun. The device in accordance with the invention is particularly designed to do the adjustment of a handgun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Eneko Jorge Gomez
  • Publication number: 20150135532
    Abstract: An apparatus for setting a clearance has a movable body and a valve guide. A valve body is disposed along the axis of the movable body, and a bore hole is formed in the movable body. The bore hole is formed on the axis and includes a first bore with a first diameter, a receiving surface, and a second bore. A tool having a forward surface is inserted into the bore hole and pressed against the receiving surface. The flow of a fluid between the guide cylinder and the movable body is determined and compared against a standard. If it does not meet the criteria, the force is adjusted and reapplied until it meets the desired value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL ENGINE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMPANY
    Inventor: Maximilian Herbert Kronberger
  • Publication number: 20150047169
    Abstract: Tools for grasping and aligning a number of knuckles of a hinge are presented, the tool including: a tube having a bore and a slotted opening in a side of the tube connecting with the bore and parallel thereto, where the bore extends from one end of she tube to another end of the tube, and where the bore includes a diameter sufficient to permit telescoping the tube onto the number of knuckles; a stop located along one end of the tube and perpendicular thereto; sad a pair of flattened surfaces formed along an outside surface of the tube and opposite one another, where the pair of flattened surfaces are configured to receive a leveraging tool, in some embodiments, the flattened surfaces include: a raised flattened surface and an indented flattened surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Steven M. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 8857030
    Abstract: A leverage hand tool for opening doors of a conventional cargo container provided with a latch mechanism having locking brackets and pivotal levers engaged with the locking brackets. The leverage tool is designed to amplify the lever arm formed by the pivotal container handle and make it easier to release the arm from the locking bracket. The tool has an elongated tool handle with a longitudinal axis and an engaging member secured to the tool handle at an acute angle in relation to the longitudinal axis. The engaging member has a through opening of sufficient size to slide over a pivotal lever of the cargo container while transmitting pivotal force from the tool handle to the pivotal lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph H. Stutson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8839591
    Abstract: A concrete anchor point system provides for an anchor point, a receptacle for embedding into a concrete structure for removably receiving the anchor point, and a tool for remotely installing the anchor point in the structure, or removing the anchor point from the structure. The receptacle is preferably tapered, and an anchoring end of the anchor point is preferably tapered to match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Climb Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Karl Guthrie, Ivan A. J. Kekahuna, Eric Shawn Patrick, Ben Sy
  • Patent number: 8656814
    Abstract: A rotary hub for being operatively coupled to a hub of a pulley to facilitate manual rotation of the pulley. The rotary hub involves an upper plate and a lower plate, with the upper plate operatively coupled to and offset from the lower plate. The lower plate is configured for being operatively coupled to the pulley hub. The upper plate has apertures defined about an outer ring thereof, with a plurality of the apertures configured for being engaged with in rotating the rotary hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: James Miranowski, Paul G. Dimmer
  • Patent number: 8516933
    Abstract: The internal combustion engine ignition timing tool (10) installs removably atop the distributor housing (D) after removal of the distributor cap (C), and enables the mechanic to set timing accurately without need of additional equipment. In one embodiment, the tool has a single collar (12), while the other embodiment has an inner collar adjustably rotating within an outer collar. Each has a rotor tip clearance notch (22). The engine is turned to align the conventional external timing marks, and the distributor (D) is turned opposite the normal rotational direction of the engine to push the leading face (24) of the clearance notch (22) against the rotor tip, thus removing all gear lash and slack from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Swindell
  • Publication number: 20130047801
    Abstract: A tool for use in adjusting the relative position of one gear to another is provided. The tool may be used to set and adjust the backlash between a camshaft gear and an adjustable idler gear in an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Caterpillar, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam William Ostein, Benjamin Carl Thomas, Christopher Lee Bach, Curtis John Graham
  • Publication number: 20120291279
    Abstract: The internal combustion engine ignition timing tool (10) installs removably atop the distributor housing (D) after removal of the distributor cap (C), and enables the mechanic to set timing accurately without need of additional equipment. In one embodiment, the tool has a single collar (12), while the other embodiment has an inner collar adjustably rotating within an outer collar. Each has a rotor tip clearance notch (22). The engine is turned to align the conventional external timing marks, and the distributor (D) is turned opposite the normal rotational direction of the engine to push the leading face (24) of the clearance notch (22) against the rotor tip, thus removing all gear lash and slack from the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Swindell
  • Patent number: 8074538
    Abstract: A specially configured wrench is fitted to the fork structure of the rear wheel of a motorcycle to transmit rotational torque to the axle and move the rear wheel axle and sprocket to adjust and accurately set the tension in the drive belt of the motorcycle to a desired level. Further, a method is disclosed for reducing slack, changing, and/or setting a desired tension in the flexible power transmission mechanism of a motorcycle, the mechanism exemplified by a chain or drive belt having upper and lower reaches wrapped about respective of a rotatable forward motor drive sprocket and a rotatable rear wheel drive sprocket and used in cooperation with a fork structure for mounting the rear wheel and a cam-operated structure for repositioning the rear sprocket and associated axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: John Gilgallon, George Faleris vice Saleris
  • Publication number: 20110269580
    Abstract: A rotatable football goalpost is provided comprising a mounting structure; a gooseneck, the gooseneck comprising an outer tubular member having first and second portions, each of the first and second portions of the outer tubular member having first and second ends, the first end of the first portion of the outer tubular member being secured to the mounting structure, the second end of the first portion of the outer tubular member releasably engaging the first end of the second portion of the outer tubular member such that the second portion of the outer tubular member is structured to rotate relative to the first portion of the outer tubular member; a cross bar attached to the second end of the second portion of the outer tubular member; and a pair of upright members extending from the cross bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: William Kress Query, JR., Larry Theodore Tucker, Timothy Harold Wallace, Christopher Charles Cucchiara, Christopher Edward Brafford, Frank Sherrill
  • Patent number: 7900539
    Abstract: A tool for creating tension of a chain on a cycle according to one embodiment comprises a wheel engaging portion; a frame engaging portion positioned opposite the wheel engaging portion; and at least one handle operatively coupled to the wheel engaging portion and the frame engaging portion such that application of force on the at least one handle is operative to bias the wheel engaging portion and frame engaging portion away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph E. Meissner
  • Publication number: 20100175517
    Abstract: A bicycle tool comprises a tool body, wherein the tool body includes a magnetic material; a magnet; and a connector. The connector is movably coupled between the tool body and the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshio Tetsuka, Takeshi Takachi
  • Patent number: 7743686
    Abstract: A pliers has specifically configured elongate jaws of about rectilinear construction with multiple position adjustability to variously operatively engage a plurality of slack adjustment services of diverse commercial air brakes to check the slack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20090193945
    Abstract: A method and tool assembly (10) for unloading and reloading spring energy from a torsion bar (11) in a torsion bar suspension system of a motor vehicle. The tool assembly (10) includes a generally C-shaped body (14) having a screw shaft (24) threaded through a boss (22) in a lower section (18) thereof. An anti-rotation stem (38) includes a knurled flat face (40) which increases versatility of the tool assembly (10) by enabling anti-slip operation with various vehicle types. A counter-torque tool perch (46) extends from the lower section (18) of the tool body (14) for applying a counter-rotational torque to the body (14) during use of the tool assembly (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Larry John Verbowski
  • Patent number: 7472475
    Abstract: A screwing station, in particular along an assembly line, comprises at least one machine frame and a screwing tool adjustably supported relative thereto between at least one retracted and one operative position and connected to a supply and, optionally, a measuring line. To improve a screwing station of this type in such a way that less mass has to be moved while the screwing station is of a simple construction, so that wear, maintenance work and energy consumption are reduced and a concurrent movement of supply and measuring lines is prevented at the same time, which might otherwise result in damage to the lines, the screwing tool comprises a drive shaft supported on the machine frame and a wrench head telescopically displaceable relative to said shaft, the drive shaft and wrench head being drivingly connected and the wrench head being movable by means of a lifting and lowering means between retracted and operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Power Tools GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Werner Andreas Lutz, Herbert Müller
  • Publication number: 20080134443
    Abstract: A pliers has specifically configured elongate jaws of about rectilinear construction with multiple position adjustability to variously operatively engage a plurality of slack adjustment services of diverse commercial air brakes to check the slack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20070220948
    Abstract: A tool is provided that is adapted to calibrate a dispenser operative to dispense a selected granular material received from the interior of a receptacle. The tool may include a handle extending longitudinally from a first handle end to a second handle end along a longitudinal axis and a positioning element located proximately to the second handle end. The positioning element is adapted to locate the flow control member associated with the dispenser at a selected position thereby to set a desired delivery rate of the granular material. The positioning element may be formed as an elongate projection extending upwardly from a location proximate to the second handle end or as a flat blade. A set of tools is also provided such that the dispenser can be set at alternative desired delivery rates. A method of calibrating the delivery rate of a dispenser is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Applicant: Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Arthur Sutton, Daniel Kidder
  • Patent number: 7257904
    Abstract: A tool for inspecting a trailer kingpin and adjusting a fifth wheel hitch includes a plate having at least two mutually substantially perpendicular sides, one side having upper and lower generally rectangular tabs extending therefrom and separated by a space therebetween, the space being dimensioned to snugly receive a kingpin lower flange, the upper tab being dimensioned to be snugly received along a kingpin shank. Opposing this tabbed side is a side having at least one shaped recess for receiving a means for adjusting play in a fifth wheel hitch and transferring the application of torque thereto. The plate also includes a shaped aperture for receiving a kingpin, the shaped aperture having a substantially rectangular wide portion and a substantially rectangular narrow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Fontaine International
    Inventors: Eugene Brown, Tom Moulton, Danny Henderson
  • Patent number: 7013770
    Abstract: An engine tilting tool used to tilt transversely mounted General Motors engines includes a tubular bracket member which receives a telescoping tubular member that is driven telescopically by means of a drive rod mounted on the bracket member. The bracket member is attached to the vehicle engine compartment in place of one end of the “dog bone” strut engine support and the telescoping tubular member is attached to the engine in place of the opposite end of the strut engine support. A nut is used to adjust the position of the telescoping tube relative to the tubular bracket member to thereby effect tilting of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Danny Williams
  • Patent number: 6928713
    Abstract: A hinge that has a first mounting base for attachment to a first hinged object. The hinge also has first and second hinge members pivotally connected together. The first hinge member and the first base are configured and dimensioned for cooperatively positioning and aligning the first hinge member in a plurality of mounted positions along the base length. At least one first locking member is associated with the first hinge member and the first base for locking the first hinge member to the first base in one of the mounted positions. The hinge may also be segmented. A positioning tool may be connected to at least the first base with an attachment portion and configured for positioning the first base and attachment portion on a first hinged object at a predetermined distance from the second hinge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: Austin R. Baer
  • Patent number: 6874390
    Abstract: With the advent of this new and unique spring-loaded slot door latching bar the individuals involved in the operation of removing the contents of the moneyboxes and the like will have at their disposal a device that by inserting and pushing down on the bar handgrip, the latching mechanism will be set and then, by turning the three separate keys the latches will be relocated in place holding the door mechanism. This rapid and safe operation will easily speed up the operation and eliminate a lot of skinned knuckles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Yiejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
    Inventors: David J. Panek, Al Silva
  • Publication number: 20040200326
    Abstract: An engine tilting tool used to tilt transversely mounted General Motors engines includes a tubular bracket member which receives a telescoping tubular member that is driven telescopically by means of a drive rod mounted on the bracket member. The bracket member is attached to the vehicle engine compartment in place of one end of the “dog bone” strut engine support and the telescoping tubular member is attached to the engine in place of the opposite end of the strut engine support. A nut is used to adjust the position of the telescoping tube relative to the tubular bracket member to thereby effect tilting of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Applicant: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Danny Williams
  • Patent number: 6763746
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for adjusting a relative position between two components, having a support part which is fastened to the one component and has a through-opening in a holder section. The device includes a setting screw which has an external thread that engages in the region of its one end in an internal thread firmly arranged on the other component. The setting screw has rotary actuating means on its other end, has a radially projecting, fixed collar between its ends, and passes through the through-opening on a side of the collar remote from the other component. The setting screw carries a lock nut on a side of the holder section remote from the other component, the collar and lock nut axially restraining the holder section between them for fixing a relative position between setting screw and support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Benjamin Bayer, Roland Gamisch, Bernd Kraemer
  • Patent number: 6763560
    Abstract: A bucket spreading tool is disclosed for separating covers of adjacent turbine buckets, the tool includes: an arm for extending a head of the tool between adjacent turbine wheels and for positioning the head between the adjacent buckets of a wheel, wherein the head includes an attachment to an end of the arm and a forward portion having a front side surface shaped to engage a first bucket of said adjacent buckets, and a rear side surface shaped to engage a second bucket of said adjacent buckets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dwight McGee, Mike Tessier, Gary Senecal, Kiernan Francis Ryan
  • Patent number: 6694568
    Abstract: A hinge that has a first mounting base for attachment to a first hinged object. The hinge also has first and second hinge members pivotally connected together. The first hinge member and the first base are configured and dimensioned for cooperatively positioning and aligning the first hinge member in a plurality of mounted positions along the base length. At least one first locking member is associated with the first hinge member and the first base for locking the first hinge member to the first base in one of the mounted positions. The hinge may also be segmented. A positioning tool may be connected to at least the first base with an attachment portion and configured for positioning the first base and attachment portion on a first hinged object at a predetermined distance from the second hinge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Austin R. Baer
  • Patent number: 6694590
    Abstract: A method for ensuring the proper setup position of an automotive-type automatic transmission gear selector (shifter). The present invention utilizes a setting tool having an arcuate configuration. The setting tool may be inserted through a gear selector lever of a gear selector assembly, and rotated to provide for a slight biasing of the gear selector lever in a predetermined direction. The method is especially applicable to the setup of a gear selector, wherein the connector coupling the gear selector lever to the transmission is attached using a threaded fastener. The bias imparted by the setting tool counteracts the movement of the gear selector lever produced by the torque applied during tightening of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jon Jenkins
  • Patent number: 6536500
    Abstract: Banknotes are placed for transportation purposes in cassettes comprising a container and a hinged lid, made secure by applying a seal composed of two parts that can be coupled non-releasably and are provided with latch elements appearing as curved teeth positioned to locate in the holes of lugs associated with the container and with the lid. The seals, loaded into a magazine with the two parts spread, are fed and applied to the cassettes by a unit comprising a clamp assembly with retaining pins designed to pick up the seals from an outlet of the magazine and transfer them to a gripper head presenting a pair of arms by which the two parts are taken up and restrained; the arms are mounted to respective pivots on the gripper head so that when the head is made to assume a final operating position adjacent to the lugs on the cassette, the arms can be rotated toward one another, causing the two parts of the seal to couple together with the curved teeth engaging the holes of the lugs, securing the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Currency Systems International
    Inventors: Armando Neri, Paul Gray
  • Patent number: 6536307
    Abstract: Boxes containing banknotes are secured by a mechanism utilizing a latch plate that can be removed and replaced automatically by a device of which the parts include a top slide equipped with a pivoting arm and a pusher designed to hold the latch plate steady and in tension from two points of contact; the device is also equipped with a bottom slide carrying a gripper of which the two jaws operate in concert one with another and with the pusher and the arm to release the latch plate from the position in which it secures the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Currency Systems International
    Inventors: Armando Neri, Paul Gray
  • Publication number: 20030010164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for adjusting a relative position between two components, having a support part which is fastened to the one component and has a through-opening in a holder section. The device includes a setting screw which has an external thread that engages in the region of its one end in an internal thread firmly arranged on the other component. The setting screw has rotary actuating means on its other end, has a radially projecting, fixed collar between its ends, and passes through the through-opening on a side of the collar remote from the other component. The setting screw carries a lock nut on a side of the holder section remote from the other component, the collar and lock nut axially restraining the holder section between them for fixing a relative position between setting screw and support part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventors: Benjamin Bayer, Roland Gamisch, Bernd Kraemer
  • Publication number: 20020092370
    Abstract: A sensor positioning apparatus comprising a mounting plate, a sensor housing, a sensor assembly pivotally mounted to the sensor housing, and a sensor pivotally mounted within the sensor assembly. The sensor housing includes an upper plate and a base plate connected in a spaced relationship and a central axis. The upper plate is coupled to the mounting plate and the base plate includes a socket adapted to receive a ball joint. The sensor assembly is carried by the housing and comprises a cylindrical body having an opening therein and defining a body axis. The sensor assembly also includes a piston within the body movable between a retracted and an extended position, a ball joint rotatably coupled to the base plate socket, a resilient member for maintaining the body axis substantially coaxial with the central axis, and three contact members for contacting a surface and orienting the sensor assembly normal to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: John Pawelek, Kurt Platz, Roy Jerue, John Boback
  • Patent number: 6415755
    Abstract: Valve clearance adjusting shims in an internal combustion engine having an overhead cam, are removed and replaced by compressing a valve spring through a cam follower forcibly held against the spring pressure by a valve clearance tool. A method for relieving pressure against the valve spring and for replacing the valve clearance adjusting shims is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Joseph W. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 6324948
    Abstract: A tool for coupling a striker structure to a vehicle body structure in operative alignment with a latch mechanism coupled to a door structure. The tool includes a body locating portion and first and second fixture portions. The body locating portion selectively couples the tool to the vehicle body structure. The first fixture portion is coupled to the body locating portion and includes a post member for engaging a latch ratchet of the latch mechanism and an outrigger structure for engaging the door structure to thereby limit an amount by which the tool may rotate about the post member. The second fixture portion may be coupled to one of the body fixture portion and the first fixture portion. The second fixture portion includes a plate member and a latch clamp. The plate member has a slot for receiving the leg member of the striker structure with the slot having a proximal end and a generally open distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew R Kavc, Lawrence J Lezuch, Zlatko B Stojkovic, Emily Zagata, Gary W Beaubien, Bradley DiTomasso
  • Patent number: 6302002
    Abstract: An apparatus for servicing an engine cylinder head of an internal combustion engine includes a mounting portion adapted to be removably attached to the engine cylinder head. The apparatus additionally includes a support portion for radially supporting the cam sprocket. The support portion is generally cylindrical in shape and adapted to align with the cam shaft. The apparatus is intended to maintain the radial position of a cam sprocket during removal of the cam shaft. The mounting portion preferably includes a pair of apertures adapted to align with a pair of apertures in the cylinder head. Further, the mounting portion is generally planar and the support portion extends substantially parallel to a plane defined by the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Defer
  • Patent number: 6260454
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the camber of a vehicle wheel having an axis of rotation and having camber adjustment means comprising the steps of loosening the wheel camber adjustment means while the wheel bears part of the motor vehicle's sprung mass, applying a clamp tool substantially vertically to the wheel whereby the tool straddles the wheel perpendicular to the axis of rotation, pivoting the tool and the wheel attached thereto perpendicular to the axis of rotation to a desired camber, and tightening said camber adjustment means. The clamp tool comprises a clamp having opposed inner and outer arms for engaging the respective inner and outer sidewalls of the wheel, at least one of the inner and outer clamp arms being extensible for engaging a wheel sidewall, means for adjusting the tool for snug engagement of the inner and outer arms with the wheel sidewalls, and lever means detachably connected to the tool for pivoting the tool and the wheel engaged by the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventor: Paul Kevin Laprade
  • Patent number: 6209427
    Abstract: An adjustment tool is provided for performing vehicle suspension alignment procedures where it is necessary to adjust the space between suspension components. Embodiments include an expanding adjustment tool with a first arm and a second arm that pivots relative to the first arm, and an adjuster, such as a wedge, for moving the first and second arms relative to each other. Both arms have detachable tips, such as spreader plates, yokes, wedges, etc. of different sizes and shapes, which tips are easily interchangeable depending on the particular application. The adjuster is rotatable to adjust the relative positions of the arms, and has an end engagable with a standard ratchet, thereby allowing extensions, swivels, etc. to be connected to the adjuster as needed to facilitate the alignment procedure in tight spaces. Thus, a single adjusting tool easily performs adjustments on a wide variety of vehicles with minimal additional cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Snap-On Incorporated
    Inventor: Donald A. Healy
  • Patent number: 6196092
    Abstract: A tool for manipulating the reciprocable lever of a cargo strap buckle ratchet winch has an elongate shank, a C-configuration transverse handle at one end of the shank and a fulcrum plate at the other end for engagement with the strap winch lever. The plate has a planar proximal section attached to the shank and parallel with the transverse handle, and a planar distal section remote from the shank and extending at an obtuse handle with respect to the proximal section. A foot portion of the fulcrum plate extends at a right angle to the distal section, to engage a fulcrum surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Quick Winch Products Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Potter
  • Patent number: 6006635
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for positioning a latch assembly and a striker on a motor vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus is designed to improve the fit of the tailgate to the side walls or truck body. A good fit is defined as the outer surface of the tailgate and the outer surface of the side wall being coplanar when the tailgate is in the closed position. The apparatus, by way of a first formation and first locating element, determines the position of the latch assembly with respect to outer surface of the tailgate. The apparatus, by way of a second formation and second locating element, also determines the location of the striker with respect to the outer surface of the side walls. The apparatus, by way of a body member, also determines the position of the striker with respect to the latch assembly and vice versa. By setting the latch assembly and the striker by the above relations, build variances of the tailgate and of the truck body are eliminated as a possible cause for a poor fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Zlatko B. Stojkovic, Larry M. Storinsky, Jim Neubacher, Daryl L. Rothamer, Thomas Weber, Don Johnson, John D. Dredge, Brad DiTomaso
  • Patent number: 5957015
    Abstract: A clutch tension adjustment tool for adjusting the tension on clutches that have a threaded aperture into a clutch pressure plate and a clutch adjustment ring for adjusting the tension of the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Lawrence Jackson
  • Patent number: 5894769
    Abstract: A front end alignment tool (10) for a front suspension system (12) of a motor vehicle (14) comprising an elongate bolt (16). A foot (20) is also provided. A structure (22) is for attaching the foot (20) to a first end (24) of the elongate bolt (16). An assembly (26) is for mounting transversely and in an operable manner the elongate bolt (16) onto either end shaft (28) and (29) of a pivot bar (30), for an upper suspension arm (32) of the front suspension system (12). A component (38) on a second end (40) of the elongate bolt (16), is for rotating the elongate bolt (16), so that the foot (20) will bear against a frame (42) of the motor vehicle (14). This allows adjustment and tightening of a bolt (44) and nut (46) through each of two apertures (48) in the pivot bar (30) and each of two adjustment slots (50) in a suspension arm frame mount (52) of the front suspension system (12) attached to the frame (42) of the motor vehicle (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventors: Irving F. Rogers, Raymond M. Cash, Charles M. Lunda
  • Patent number: 5887497
    Abstract: A release tool is provided to aid in the unlocking of extending towing arms. The tool is adapted to fit a tow bar assembly that has a telescoping towing arm which is locked in an extended position by a slideable collar. The collar is moveable between a locked position and a released position. When in the locked position, the collar holds catches in engagement with legs of the towing arm to hold the legs fixed relative to each other. When in the released position, the legs are free to telescope relative to each other. Stress can build-up in the towing arms making it difficult to move the collar from the locked position to the released position. The release tool of the present invention provides a mechanical advantage to aid in the movement of the collar from the locked position to the released position. A cam surface on the tool engages the collar and moves it from the locked position to the released position as a handle is rotated about a fulcrum means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Dethmers Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Russell M. Ensz
  • Patent number: 5875695
    Abstract: A rigid elongated member with a first end and a second end has a handle disposed at the first end. A substantially straight shank portion protrudes from the handle and can either be notched or smooth. The elongated member extends past the shank to further form an arcuate segment near the second end of the tool. The tool terminates at the second end with a straight segment which is coaxial with the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Terry Gerard Zavilla
  • Patent number: 5613412
    Abstract: A slack adjuster check tool includes a holding member formed of flanges to engage a slack adjuster and a retention hook and/or chain to hold the tool in place on a slack adjuster. The retention member is located between the holding member and the handle to allow the user to observe the slack by exerting force on the handle to determine how much freedom of movement there is in the slack adjuster. Openings are provided in the holding member to provide direct access to adjustment heads on slack adjusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Ronald A. Dawson
  • Patent number: 5570619
    Abstract: A slack adjuster arm wrench is provided for engaging the slack adjuster arm of a brake. The slack adjuster arm wrench hereof includes an elongated lever and first and second generally parallel engagement members connect to and extending substantially normally from the lever. A plate connects the engagement members to provide reinforcement during use. The engagement members are preferably circular in cross-section and may be of different diameters to facilitate use with holes in various slack adjuster arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: Leroy Goswick
  • Patent number: 5553521
    Abstract: A device for adjusting the spring tension in a door closer in situ comprises body having a front side and back side surface. Mounting screw openings are disposed within the body and are positioned at locations corresponding to locations of selected locking screws in the closer used to secure a spring cover. Mounting screws are disposed within respective mounting screw openings. A centrally positioned cavity is disposed within the body and accommodates rotatable placement of an adjustment shaft therein. The adjustment shaft comprises a hexagonal head extending outwardly from the front side surface, and is attached to an adjustment assembly comprising a drive disk extending outwardly from the back side surface of the device. Adjustment pins extend outwardly from the drive disk and are numbered and configured to correspond to adjustment holes in the spring cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: David S. Dunn
  • Patent number: 5537901
    Abstract: An apparatus for making minute adjustments to a rotary adjuster, such as head alignment of a helical scan device, includes reduction means for receiving an angular displacement and transmitting a reduced angular displacement to an adjustment tool. The adjustment tool is inserted into the top of a rotary adjuster of the helical scan device. The reduction means allows for a complete turn of the knob to produce a minute adjustment to the helical scan device. The adjustment apparatus may be mounted to the helical scan device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Curt S. Cichowicz, David T. Hoge, Joseph J. Paone