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Man!) 22, 1938.
H. c. MEAD
FiIedNov. 11, 1955
2 ‘Sheets-Sheet 1
March 22, 1938.
H. c. MEAD
Filed Nov. 11, 1955
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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Q/ozméa’ G Wisnd
Patented Mar. 22, 1938
Howard C. Mead, Anderson, Ind., assignor to Gen
eral Motors Corporation, Detroit, Mich., a cor
poration of Delaware
Application November 11, 1935, Serial No. 49,111
4 Claims.
(Cl. 240-84)
The present invention relates to illuminating with the base 2 is an angled member 26 to which
apparatus‘ and more speci?cally to accessory is secured, by suitable screws 32 in its horizontal
fender lamps for use on automotive vehicles.
portion, a socket member 28 into which a light
The principal object of this invention is to pro- bulb 30 may be screwed. Also secured by the
5 vide a fender lamp of pleasing appearance which screws 32 and between the socket 28‘ and the 5
is practical and easily serviced.
member 28 is a suitable strip of insulating mate
Further objects of my invention will become rial 34 which carries a contact member 36 to
evident from the following speci?cation which which the source of current may be attached. A
sets forth the embodiments of my invention as spring contact member 88 is clamped under the
10 illustrated in the accompanying drawingsI in inner end of the contact member 36 and has its 10
other end portion bearing against the inwardly
Fig. 1 is a vertical longitudinal section through projecting contact on the bulb base. A further
a fender lamp of my invention.
disk shaped insulating member 40 surrounds the
Fig. 2 is a top plan view of my invention, parts inner end of the contact 38 to space the same
15 being broken away and shown in section.
from the opening in the angled member 2B 15
Figs. 3 and 4 are perspective views of the two ,through which the contact 36 projects. It will
main parts of the lamp frame.
thus be evident that all portions carrying elec
Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken on line 5--5 tric current to the bulb are insulated from the
of Fig. 2.
20 Fig. 61s a reduced longitudinal section through
The inner end of the member 26 extends ver- 20
the forward portion of a modified form of my in- tically and the top thereof forms the cross mem
ber 8 of the base 2. Secured to the cross member
The fender lamp of my invention is composed ill by a machine screw 42 is an angled spring
of a base frame member designated generally at member 44 the latter being utilized to secure the
2, whose horizontal cross section is generally that outline frame 12 to the base 2. In assembling 25
of an ellipse with one end being smaller than these two parts it Should be noted that the real‘
the other and drawn more to a point. The lower portion of the frame I2 is filled in to form a ?at
surface of the base is curved to match the sur- Portion 45 the forward POrtlOn Of which is
face to which it is to be attached, namely the pressed Out 130 form an inclined Plane 45 and
30 upper surface of a fender, and the upper plain when the frame I2 is placed upon the base 2 80
horizontal surface is ?at, the forward portion 4 and drawn to its proper position forwardly the
being slightly lower than the rearward portion 6. end of the spring member 44 rides upwardly on
Extending horizontally across from one side to the inclined plane 48 to hold the, frame I! down
another are two cross frame braces B and i0.
securely against the base. when it has reached
Fitting on top of the base portion is a thin this position a long bolt 50 is placed through an 35
skeleton frame l2 of the same outline as the opening provided in the top of the Wishbone
horizontal cross section of the base and fitting bracket 20 and extends down through a threaded
snugly above the latter. The frame l2 engages opening in the cross member 8 to lock the frame
the upper surface of the base and in normal posi'2 in its Proper posmon‘
40 ticn is spaced from an upwardly extended ?ange
Enclosing the top of the lamp frame in a bulb- 40
II on the forward portion of the section 4 to per- one form there are provided two portions. A
form a clamping action as will later be evident. sheet metal stamping 52 extends rearwardly
Extending across from one side of the frame l2 from the wishbone 2° and has 9' ?anged lip 54
to another there are a plurality of brackets l6, extended under the edge of the Wishbone, the as 5
46 I0, and 20. The brackets l6 and I8 lie in the sides being bolted down to fit within a rim groove
general plane of frame l2 and the bracket 20 56 on the frame member l2. Secured within this
is humped up at its center to form a wishbone bulbous member 52 and welded to the inner side
the purpose of which will later be clearly under- thereof are two Securing brackets 58 and 60
Both of these securing members have a hori
Cast within the cross member IU of the base 2 is zontal extension 62 which is threaded to receive 50
a securing bolt 22 and also cast within the front one end of a securing Screw Fl which extends
portion of the base 2 is a similar securing bolt through both the cross member ii at the for
24 both of which are utilized to secure the fender ward portion and the plate 46 at the rearward
lamp assembly to the fender.
Extending rear-
66 wardly in the forward portion and cast integral
Forwardly from the wishbone 20 is a bulbous 55
lens structure 66 over the top of the light bulb
30. The lower edge of the lens, which is formed
in conformity
the outline of the frame i2,
is ?anged as at 68 and extends within a groove
‘HI. Also the base 2 carries on its upper surface
a resilient gasket '69 upon which the lower face
the other end of which bears against the inside
of the shell I! the forward lip 54 of which en
gages under the member 20 to keep the two parts
from separating and the spring keeps the as
sembly tight, the rear end of the shell being
of the lens rests to prevent breakage thereof and secured as before.
to seal the bulb compartment against dirt and
The construction of this modi?ed form is
water. The rearward portion of the lens ‘6 is otherwise the same’ as previously described and
10 ?anged in a vertical plane as'at ‘l2 and extends so it has not been deemed necessary to show the
against a resilient packing means 14 which is whole or to carry the description further. The 10
held within the wishbone 20. The lens is there
changes also do not affect the assembling and
fore clamped in place between the base 2 and disassembling methods originally described.
the frame l2.
I claim:
1. In a fender lamp, a streamline base, light
In disassembling this lamp it is of course only
necessary to remove the bolt 50 and slide the ing means secured in the base, a frame mem 15
frame assembly to the rear to disengage spring ber having the same outline as the top of the
44 from the inclined surface and then lift the base and adapted to be secured thereto, a flanged
assembly clear of the, base which is substantially edge on the front of the frame member, a lens in
splitting the lamp structure upon its horizontal the shape of one half of a modi?ed cone, a flange
center line. The bulb may then be replaced and
on the lower edge of the lens to ?t under the 20.
the frame structure again applied thereto.
In the modi?ed form of my invention shown
25 in Fig. 6, the base 2' has been modi?ed by the
addition of a vertical leg Ill and has as before
the angled member 26. Extending rearwardly
frame ?ange for securement of the same over
the lighting means, and enclosing means secured
to the rear‘ of the frame and forming with the
frame, base and lens a streamline structure.
2. In a fender lamp, a streamline base, light
ing means secured in the base, a frame member
from the upper end of the member 26 is a tab
02 in which there are two threaded openings 84.
having the same outline as the top of the base
30 Fitting in the forward compartment, which is
triangular in horizontal cross section as in the
a lens in the shape of one-half of a modi?ed cone
former type, there is a triangular boat shaped
cup I‘. This member is secured in place by a
screw it which threads into the top of the leg
II and by an integral tongue 90 which extends
back over the top of the member 28 and is se
cured by a screw 02 engaging the rearmost open
ing 84.
and having a ?anged edge at the front thereof,
having a flange adapted to fit under the ?ange
on the frame for securing the same over the
lighting means, means for securing the base and
frame members together including resilient
means and threaded means and means enclosing
the rear portion of the frame to form with the 35
ll. Supported by the lower portion of the angle
lens, frame and base a streamline structure.
3. In a fender lamp, a streamline base, lighting
means carried by the base and forming therewith
bracket 2' is a spring contact 30 as before which
one unit, a subframe, a lens and a bulbous mem
In the central portion of the member I6 is a
40 flanged opening 04 adapted to support a bulb
is adapted to press against the central contact
of the bulb, the contact being insulated from the
above the bulb by
arated from the base by a cork gasket I“ to seal
‘ the Joint.
In this form the method of attaching the for
ward end of the shell to the upper frame I02
is also different from the previously described
type. The cross member II’ on the upper frame
has a cup shaped portion I" integral therewith
55 which seats and guides one
end of a spring I"
ber, both carried by the subframe to form a
second unit, resilient means connecting one end
of the two units together and threaded means
for connecting the other ends.
4. In a fender lamp, a streamline base, light 46
ing means carried by the base and forming there
with one unit, a subframe. a lens and a bulbous
member, both carried by the subframe to form
a second unit, a spring clip carried by the base
to overlie a portion of the subframe in assembled
position to hold the two in juxtaposition and
a bolt securing the opposite end of the subframe
to the base.
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