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July 23, 1946.
G, A, LYQN
WHEEL STRUCTURE
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Patented July 23,1946
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UNITED STATES PATENT » >’OFFICE
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STRUCTURE
George Albert Lyon, Allenhurst, N.~J.
Application J une 21, 1943, Serial No. tl_¿9`1,76_04
12 Claims.
(Cl. 301-‘f-37)
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of metal or the Vlike snapped Vintoretaine'd posi
invention relatesïto a wheel structure and
more particularly to an ornamental trim or wheel
cover therefor.
tion in an intermediate annular channel vin the
cover.
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An object of this invention is to provide a sim
pliñed form of ornamental trim for a wheel
wherein the means utilizedfor retaining the trim
will more fully appear fromïthe following ‘detail
on the lwheel may also 'be vemployed for the pur
pose of strengthening and ornamenting the wheel
panying drawings which illustrate several Iem
trim.
Other objects and features of this invention '
description 'takeniin connection. with the accom
bodiments thereof land in which: l
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Figure 1 isa side‘velevationfof ‘a Wheelstructure
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Another object of this -invention relates to the 10
embodying-the featurespf vthis invention.; '
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provision4v of a cover which may be made of re
> Figurefz is an Kenlarged fragmentary cross
silient material such as' plastic and wherein pro
vision is made for the reinforcing of the cover
or wheel trim at its vpoint of retention on the
sectional View taken on» the line 2--2 of Figure 1,
looking in Va direction indicated by the arrows
and »showing my invention as applied to a >wheel
wheel.
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Another object-of »this invention resides in the
provision of a novel structure wherein a wheel
trim or wheel coverl cooperates in a uniquefman
ner with the flanges ofthe tire rim so as to prop
disk;
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Figure 3' is a fragmentary cross-sectional View
corresponding to an upper right-’hand portion' of
Figure 2 and illustrating my novel cover in the
process of beingïpressedfaxially home into retain
erly position Vthe wheel trim and yet rigidify it at 20 ing cooperation with the outer flange of the tire
its point of securement to the wheel.
In accordance with the general features of this
»Figure 4 is a sectional view somewhat similar
to AFigure `3 but illustrating the position of the
invention'there is provided in a wheel structure,
including a multi-flanged rim for carrying a tire
cover after it has been pressed home »and into
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and having'expose'd flanged surfaces adjacent the
retaining engagement and in which engagement
'tire which are to be concealed, a circular wheel
the fingers have been radially deflected into their
trimhaving an outer edge terminating radially
beyond the rim and adjacent the-outer side Wall
retaining position;
of the tire carried and annular means-for re- `
similar to `Figure 2 showing a modified form of
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‘ `Figure-5 is -a fragmentary cross-sectional view
tainingly holding the outer edge of the trim and 30 myl invention in which the’ novel aspects thereof
Íare applied to an annular trim ring;
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provided with rearwardly extending resilient
means for engaging an outer edge of the rim when
the cover member is pressed axially against the
Figure 6 is a sectional view similar to Figure 5
illustrating la further modification 4of the inven
tion `wherein the inner edge of the trim ring is
rim so as to be self-retained on the wheel with
the cover member extending radially inwardly 35 held away from the cooperating `parts of »the
.therefrom over the flanged surfaces of the rim
concealed thereby.
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Figure 7 is a sectional View similar to Figures 5
and 6 but showing a slightly modified way of
Another feature of the invention relates to the
provision in the aforesaid structure of retaining
'attaching the" retaining »ri-ng to the ornamental
means in the form of lingers', each including a 40 trim as well- as' showing the trim
contact-at its
'inner edge with the wheel body; and
free axially extending extremity deflectible radi
ally into an inclined retaining position when the
Figure 8 is a further sectional View similar to
trim is pressed axially against the flange of the
Figure 5'but illustrating a slightly modified form
vof retaining finger.
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tire rim.
As shown on the drawings:
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A further feature of the Vinvention relates to
the provision of a wheel trim of the aforesaid
-The- reference character 9 designates gener
characteristics which maybe embodied either .in
ally a conventional type of tire'having the usual
an annular'ring or in a complete wheel disk and
'inner :tube therein and provided with the cus
tomary valve stem 8 extending through a lateral
‘irrespective of said two applicationsfhas >the same
advantageous feature.
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A further feature of the invention relates to
the 'application of my novel' trim structure to a
wheel disk and to the' provision in -the wheel disk
when itis made Íof aplastic material of> inter
-flange of Ia :conventional -drop center’ multi
'flanged tire rim IB. Connected in the usual way
at spaced intervals tothe base of the tire rim is
a wheel body' Il which' has openings I2 alternat
'ing with' the> areas of vattachment of the wheel
me'diate'rigidifying meansin the form of a bead 55 Ibody'to -th'eï basel flange ofthe rim; These open
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enable the circulation of air in and about the
brake drum associated with' the conventional au
tomobile wheel.
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The wheel body II is of a metallic construction
and embraces the usual central dished section
formed into a bolt-on flange I3 by means of
which the wheel may be attached, as is well->
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afforded by the turned outer edge of the ring 2|
and that thereafter the two may be easily inter
lockedV by tightly rolling the outer edge 22 of the
ring 2| against and relative to the edge 2U. Thus
the turned edge 22 not only attaches the ring
2| to the cover but, in addition thereto, rigidi
fies the outer edge of the cover or Wheel trim.
Furthermore, by reason _of the fact4 that the
known ~inthe art, in a detachabp1e`~mannervto a
supportronlanaxle or the like. -
ñex the outer edge'of the cover into the channel '
turned edge 22extends around to th‘e front or
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outer sidev of the cover it adds tothe ornamental
Associated' with' ‘the aforesaid“ conventional
appearance of the cover and this is particularly ~
wheel is a wheel cover designated generally by
true when this turned edge 22 is given a lustrous
the reference character I5 embracing :the fea-A
tures of this invention. As noted hereinberore»,y ~ finish' such as that which is obtainable by chro
mium platings and also by the use of stainless
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in, the features of the invention have 'been illus- "
steel.
23 bentA rearwardly into an axially extending
flange 24 which has formed Yon it axially out
wardly extending spaced cover retaining fingers
25. These'ñngers may be of any suitablenuin
ber and each includes an axially extendingyfree
extremity 26 which projects toward the rear side
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form of a complete disk, although it is to be,V
understood, as is evident from the modifications
to be hereinafter described, that the invention isV
form'of anannulus.
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The trim ring, in addition to the turned edge
trated as being applied to awh'eel _trim in »the
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The wheel cover I5 embodies two main trans-v
i ' .verselycurved sections |6Vand I1 which are inte-_
' YV'grally Vconnectedland are fabricated from a highly 25k of the wheel cover or trim.
26 of the fingers> are about to enter the outer
' -of its own accord yto its original’contour upon
most curled flange o_f the Wheel rim Iü, that is
to say the extremities 26 bear against the outer
most edge of the wheel `'rim I0 and must be
indenture of the-same by'reason’of blows or the
-like..„IV haveobtained excellent results in the
fabrication ofA Wheeltrimrmembers from a plas
tic known commercially `tothe trade as ethyl
cammed or deñected in order for them to enter
the channel of the flange behind this edge of the
,cellulose which isa well-known form of a thermo
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VThe' section I6 H_layglce> termed the wheel trim
-ring part of the coverA whereas the ksection I'I
maybe :termed the hub cap part of the cover.
' -Each'fof-these partsis of a convex, concave curved
.cross-sectionalshape,and inV reality embody op
positely facing curved surfaces.
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is ñrst pressed against the wheel into the posi
tion’A shown in Figure 3 in which the extremities
rdeformation and: yet is resilient enough to return
plastic material.
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In applying the cover to the Wheel, the cover
resilient material such, for example, as synthetic
‘plastic sheet'v which is resistant tok permanent
In Figure 4 I have illustrated the position of
the'ñngers after they have ,been cammed or de
flected radially inwardly by reason of the pressing
of the cover axially home into'r its retained posi
tion on the wheel. It`will be noted from this fig
ure that the extremities 26 of the lingers are no
The two sec
tions I6 and I'I at their junction are rigidiñed'by
a metallic’hollow annular bead which has turned
edges, the outermost one of_ which is _resilientlY
Asnapped behind an annular shoulder I9 formed ,145
¿in the `trim ring section» I6. This arrangement
is such as torrigidify the two sections I6 at their
-junction as Awell as at their point of bearing
4¿onnthe _wheel body II as shown inV Figure 2.
longer axially straight-but are in reality bent or
deflected into an inclined position so that the
fingers are underV tension in their gripping en
gagement with the rim flange in Whichthey have
been pressed. By avoiding a biting engagement
of the tip of the finger with the flange of the rim,
I find that I am able to provide a structure which
„is moreeasily removable from the tire and yet
iAlso theV annular ymetallic ring I8, particularly Y50 is one wherein there is sufficient resiliency in the
-ñngers to tightly hold the cover on the wheel in
, if it is made of stainless steel or is given a lus
jtrous ñnish adds materially t0 the ornamental
`effect of the cover in that it is contrasted against
theuse of the Wheel.
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The metal ring 2|, as VnotedV before, not only
,the differently finished surfaces of the two sec
¿serves as a means of _attachment but in addition
55 provides a point or place for the application of a
Now my invention is particularlyr concerned
pry-off force when it is desired to eject the cover '
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from the wheel. This prying off'of the cover may
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wheel" in a detachableV manner 4as well as for
>be effected by the insertionQoi the end of a pry
rigidifying the outer peripheral edge of the cover
olT tool underneath the turned edge 22 or, in other
I5. YI provide for these objectives Yby the use of 60 words, between’ the turned edge andY the tire.
an annular‘metallic ring 2| which' may be man
.Thereafterthe application of a slight leverage,
ufactured economically on alarge?production ba
force on the pry-off tool which might be a screw
sis by the rolling ofthe same from suitable strip'
ldriver will enableA the cover to be readily sprung
stock and by the subsequent ,splittingV of the
or ejected from the wheel.
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stock to provide lingers.Y This retaining ring 2|, 65 In order to’simplify the description of the modi
,as .is best shoWn’in‘Figures 3VV and 4, has an outer
ñcations to now be describèd'lhave used the same
_*turned'edge 22 which extends over and around
.reference numerals‘as in the previously/‘described
ythe outeredge20 of the ring I6 so'as to securely
’lock the cover -toyth'e attaching ring 2|. ' In the
f embodiment insofar as the parts of the wheel are
concerned. 'I‘hereason for ,thisV is that the wheel
' application of the cover to this/ring Vthe outerV 70 is conventional and embraces substantially the
edge of the cover is initially flexed .under the
Yturned edge' 22 of the' ring 2| and ythenthe
turned edge„22 is more tightly Vcurled-against
same parts in all ' modifications'.
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YIn AFigure 5 ithe> wheel cover or trim isn illus
¿trated as being inthe form of a trim ring 46 and
r»has attached to its-outer peripheral edge a metal
.parts together. Y' I îhave'found that it- is `_easy to 75 *retaining _ring 41 ;lo.cked` to the' trim 'ring 46- by
» ‘the edge'of the Acoverso as to interlock the two
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the turned edge‘ll'ß. >This ring f4!! when it is inter
èlockedîw-ith'theîtrim ring ‘46 is ¿the same ‘as 'in
fturnedvedge of -‘the ‘trim -ring .or -wheelcover lit
fwcúld s'till not vresult vin any- damage vto the vcover
»thïeîñr'st Vform of the invention and henceno'i‘ur
¿since ¿the cover lis of a resilient `"ch'arafcter.and ris
ther description 0f the same is needed.
It shouldbe-noted that in this form oil‘the in- 5
-venti'on as in ~the îflrst ’described vform,`the trim
ring is o'f "a shape 'and' depth so as tosconc’eal the
resiliently carriedV 'on the tire -rimïofthe wheel.
@Also by ‘reason ofthe >fact* that the outer edge of
exposed surfaces of ïthe side iianges `of the wheel
¿rim l0. lIn addition, the trim .ring 48, as inthe
ipreferred‘form, maybe apertured to permit the
:lvalve stem to extend therethroughso .as_to render
'the lwheel cover’er dtrim comprises `a-turnededge
of metal, ’such edge should it bear against the'tire
in -the operaticnof'the tiregïwill better resist 'wear
-a’ndtear lthanwould be th'ecase if it was‘a -raw
‘plastic
edge.
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1. In a `wheel structure including a multi
“the’valve 'stema’ccessible
-flanged rim for ~'carrying a ‘tire and having -ex
>The inner edge'äû of the trim ring 46 is ‘turned
posed flange surfacesA adjacent the tire'which-fare .
’and/is formed to bear against .ëthe ïjunction of the
v¿two wheel partsvl'ß and ïI l. This arrangement is v15 lto be concealed, -a'wheel coverr member-of convex»
ìsuch'that -theïtrim ring does'not, in any way, in
-concave cross-sectional -shape and Y'of a radial
»depth sufficient to» concealsaid îflangesurfaces,
terfere 'with the circulation-‘of air through the
lsaid cover member ¿being lrnadeof a «synthetic
:wheel openings vI 2 of the wheeli body l I.
plastic material' having the physical property‘fof
VThe application 'and-removal of this/plastic ring
lbeing self-sustaining Lan'dyet Yresiliently defiect~`
-’541i is the’same as inthe first described form of
able without permanent deformation', ‘the outer
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edge of said member terminating radially beyond
In'Figure 6 I have illustratedra slightly Vdiner
-ent form of trim ring 56 which is made of plastic
and `is ïinterlocked at 58 with a metal retaining
»ring- 51 corresponding to the ring 2| in the iirst
fdescribed form of the invention.
Í The inner edge 60 of the trim ring 5'6 is turned
-or rolled upon itself and is so constructed as to
be radially inwardly of the wheel openings I2 but
is spaced lfrom’the’wheel body lI I’so as to allow air ~
to circulate under this 'edge 60.
In Figure 7 the plastic Vtrim'ring «6B is inter- l
ï-locked by fa slightly diiTerent 'arrangementfto »the
‘retaining ring t1.A With the exception of ‘the type
the rim and yadjacent the outer side wall of the
tire, and comparatively more rigid rmeans made
from material such as metallic sheet and ‘the llike
for hcldingfsaid `member on ythe wheel,»said means
comprising-a ring having a channeled outer edge
in‘which the outeredge of the Vcover member is
-adapted ‘to be disposed vand retained, and> having
rearwardly deflectable vresilient means for engag
ing anV outer edge of :the ‘rim `~to the rear lof the
‘ cover member for vdetachably“holding'the Vcover
»member thereon.V
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2.!In a wheel structure includin'g‘a ’multi
of‘iinterlock the 'retaining ring ~61 functions in 35 "flanged rim for carrying'a ~tire and having’ex'
»posed iiange surfaces adjacent the‘tire whichare
>identically the same way as theretaining ring »2|
to be concealed, a wheel cover member of convex
’previously described. The 'interlockingror fasten
concave cross-sectional shape and of `a radial
ing ofthe ring v$1 to the trim ring- 66 is‘effected by
depth su'iiicient to concealsaid flange surfaces,
ïrneansfof a separate hollow bead I$58 whicnhas its
Houter edge turned around’an outer `edge ofthe 40 said cover member being made of a synthetic
plastic material having the physical property of
ring 61 and the-edgebf the ring AE6 t0 lock -the
being self-sustaining and yet resiliently deiiect
two together. The inner edge 1‘0 of'this addi
-able without permanent deformation, the outer
'tional bead or ringlìß is likewise turned upon it
edge of said member terminating radially beyond
self so’asïto avoid the presentation of any sharp
the rim but adjacent the outer side wall ofthe
-edge.> The ring or'bea‘d >68 may be given a highly
'lustrous finish `such asis Vpossible in the luse of
stainless steel‘so that a highly `ornamental effect
tire, and comparatively more rigid means 'made
‘from material such as metallic sheet andthe` like
vmaybe provided.
V.for holding said member on the wheel, said‘me‘ans
comprising a ring having a channeled outer edge
' In this form of the invention the trim ring 66 is
lat its inner edge curled'slightly -outwardly as des 50 in which the outer edge of the cover member is
»adapted to be disposed and retained and having
ignated 1| 'and is formed vvto 'bear Vaxially on'the
rearwardly de?lectable resilient means for engag
wheel body I I.
V’ing an outer edge of the rim to the rear of the
The form of the invention illustrated in Figure
' cover member for detachably holding ‘the cover
"8 is substantially the same as vthat of the Llirst
"form 'with the -exception of the configuration of "
-`the 'fingers of the retaining ring 11. In this ’form
A>of the invention ~the plastic trim‘ ring 16'is inter
"l’ocked with ‘the retaining ring and iingers 11 at
v'i'.he'tu'rned edge 18. The retaining fingers of the
ring '11 instead of >having a straight extremity are
curled upon themselves so as to conform general
ly to the curvature of the channel in the rim in
which the fingers are to` engage. The operation
`of this form of the invention however is substan
tially the same as that of the previously described
Yembodiments and henceno'further description of
the same is necessary.
member thereon, said rearwardly extending
means comprising outwardly extending resilient
fingers each of which has an axially extending
v free portion deflectable radially inwardly asthe
cover member is pressed axially home into -retain
ing position on the wheel.
3. In a wheel structure including a ymulti
flanged rim for carrying a tire and having "ex
posed flange surfaces adjacent the tire which'are
to» be concealed, a wheel cover member of convex
concave cross-sectional shape and of a radial
depth suiiicient to conceal said flange surfaces,
said cover member being made of a synthetic
plastic material having the physical property of
It will be perceived that in all forms the outer
being self-sustaining and yet resiliently deflect
turned edge of the cover or wheel trim is slightly
70 able without permanent deformation, -the vouter
zspacedïfrom the tire beyond the outer edge of the
edge 0f said member terminating radially beyond
tire rim so that in the event the tire becomes
the rim but adjacent the outer side wall of the
.punctured there is still a slight clearance present
tire, and comparatively more rigid means made
«to 'allow for the collapsing -of the tire. Even if
from material such as metallic sheet and .thel'l-ike
"'theftire should, upon"collapsingfcontact‘the outer " 76 forholding said member on the wheel, said means
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comprising a ring having archanneled outer> edg
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axial free portion adaptedY to be cammed'over'an
.outer edge of the rim vand into resilient gripping
, Í adapted to be disposed-and retained; and having
engagement with a surface of the rim ñange in-V
vî rearwardly dei-lectable resilient, means for engag
side said edge.
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7. As an article of manufacture,„a circular
wheel trim for ydisposition over the exposed sur
faces of the flanges of a wheel tire rim including
an annular section of curved cross-sectional con
tour and of a radial'depth sulìcient toextend
' ling an outer edge of the rim to the rear of the
Y ïcover member for detachablyr'holding the r,cover
`member thereon, saidcoverl member having an
p intermediate depressed annular groove with a
p reentrant portion in which is resiliently snapped
10 from theY >tire over the exposed surfacesrof the
l a metallic bead for strengthening the coverY radi
tire rim flanges and' made of `a synthetic plastic
Í ally inwardly'of the tire rim.
V4. In a Ywheel structure including a ymulti
Eñ'anged rim for carrying Aa tire andY havingv ex
ì posed flange surfaces adjacent the tire which'are
ì tobe concealed, a wheel cover member of convex
material having the physical property of being
self-sustaining and yet'being resilientlyl deiiect
‘said cover` member, being made of a synthetic
able without permanent deformation, and re
taining means at the Youter periphery of; said
section formed for resilientjdetachable/retaining
engagement with a flange ofy the tire rim 'ad
jacent the outer periphery of the tire rim, said
à plasticY material having theA physical property of
means having acircular ring portionfor embrac
@concave cross-sectional shaperand ,of a radial
' àdepth suflicient to conceal said flange surfaces,
being self-sustaining » and yet resiliently deflect 20 ing the‘outer edge of the said trimgsection t0
rigidify said edge radially beyond Vthe place of
ïable without permanent deformation, the outer
l edge of said member terminating radially beyond
attachment of the section to the whee1~tire rim,
` the rim but adjacent the outerV side wall of the
said‘annular portion of the retaining Ymeans be
ing curled axially outwardly and’radially in
l tire, and comparatively more rigid means made
‘3 from material such as metallic ysheet-,and the like 25 wardly about the outer edge Vof said annular
trim section to hold said edge away from the
for holding said member on the wheel, said means
tire and torigidify said edge so that a pry-off tool
comprising a ring having a channeled outer edge
; in which the outer edge of the cover `member is
may be applied tothesamewhen it is desired
. adapted to be disposed and retained, and having
to detach the trim from the wheel. Y'
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i rearwardly deflectableresilient means for engag 30
and a central load bearing portion, there being a
ï ing an outer edge ofthe rim to the rear of the
‘ cover member for detachablyholding the cover s circular, generally radially inwardly extending
[member thereon, said retaining means comprising
shoulder on said rim, a-cover assembly'including
¿a plurality of curled fingers eachl of which having
a circular portion disposed'radially overa por
ya curled extremity conforming generally in shape 35 tion of »tlievwheel structure, said circular portion "
being formed from synthetic sheet *material-Q and
l with the contour of an outermost flange of the
`_rim for nesting therein in resilient cover retain
Y5. As an article of manufacture,Y a circular
l wheel trim fora wheel including a flanged tire
an annular, relatively rigid,v reinforcing, y retain
ing member for said cover portion, said retain
ing mem-ber including »ai circular vpart »exposed
from the axially outer 'side of the Ycover and ex
` rim including an annular section of curved cross
tending radially outwardly of the'radially outer
ï sectional contour and of a radial depth sufficient
; to extend substantially from an outer edge of the
peripheral edge thereof and also including a cir
cular portion arranged for snap-0n engagement
‘ ing contact therewith.
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with a portion -of the wheel, said snap-ony por- -
Y 1 rim substantially over the exposed surfaces lof
.tion of the retaining member merging into a
circular portion arranged to extend'over the ra
’the tire rim ñanges and made of a plastic mate
' 1 rial having the physical property of being self
su’staining and yet being resiliently deflectable
without ~permanent deformation, and retaining
means at theouter periphery o_f said section
` formed Yfor resilient detachable retainingengage'
ment with aV flange of the tire rim adjacent the
dially outer edge Vof-said cover portion.
9. In a wheel structure including a flanged
tire rim and a central load bearing portion, there
50 being a generally-radially inwardly extending,
circular shoulder on saidwheeL a cover- assem
bly including a circular cover membenformed
l outer periphery of the tirefrim, said means hav
ing a circular ring portion >cooperating with the n yfrom sheet synthetic plastic material having the
`radially outer edge thereof disposed radially out
j outer edge of the said trim section and with a
55 »wardly of the radially outer extremity of the
, flange of the rim.
wheel» structure.. and a retaining annulus for
6c As an article of manufacture, a circular
maintaining said -cover on the wheelV structure,
j wheel trim for disposition over the exposed sur
A including anannular sheet metal member hav
1 faces of the flanges of a wheel tire rim includ
Ving the axially outer edge thereof >curled around
l ing an annular section of curved cross-sectional
l contour and of a radial depthßsuliicient to ex 60 the’radially outer edge of the cover to envelop
Y the' same and having the axially inner vpart
Y ‘tend from the tire over the exposed surfaces of
-thereof curved radially inwardly >and then ax
1 the tire. rim flanges and Ymade of a synthetic
ially inwardly to provide/an axially inwardly ex-.- '
i plastic material having the Yphysical property of
1 being self-sustaining and yet being resiliently de
öö‘ftending resilient snap-on flange for retaining en
‘ flectable without permanent deformation', and
ï retainingl means at the outer periphery of said
‘ section .formedV for resilient detachable retainingr '
l engagement with aY flange of «the tire rim adja-`
cent the outer periphery of the tire rim,v said
gagement with the wheel structure.'
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10. In a 4wheel structure including'a tire rim
'and a central load bearing portion, there being
a circular, radially inwardly extending shoulder
on-said wheel, a cover‘a'ssembly including a Vcir-`v
means having a circular ring portion'for em
` bracingV the outer edge of the Ysaid trim section
cular cover member formed from sheet synthetic
plastic-material and having the radially outer
‘ to rigidify »said edge radially beyond the place
of attachment of the section to the wheel tire
edge thereoffterminating in thevicinityjof said
Vrshoulder on the wheel, and circular,V reinforcing,
-retaining means for maintaining said -cover >on
Trim, saidretaining means including spaced ra
‘ dially outwardly' turned fingers :each having an 715V the'V oute'rs'ide’of Vthe wheel structure,A saidre
.
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taining means including an axially outer portion
extending radially outwardly over the radially
outer edge of said plastic cover portion and also
including a part bent back upon said radially ex
tending portion and terminating in a generallyA
for said plastic cover member, a portion formed
to envelop the radially outer edge of said plas
axially inwardly extending flange, said flange
tachable engagement thereon.
terminating in a bead arranged to retainingly
12. In a cover assembly for disposition over
the outer side of a Wheel 'structure having a tire
envelop the- radially outer edge of said plastic
tic cover member and a portion arranged to re
tainingly engage a portion of a wheel over which
it is disposed for maintaining the cover in de
cover member and also being arranged to re
tainingly engage with said shoulder on the Wheel
structure to maintain the cover detachably theren~
rim and a central load bearing portioma cover
over.
tion extending radially outwardly substantially
11. As an article of manufacture, a circular
cover assembly for disposition over the outer side
over the outer side of the tire rim and an annu
portion formed from resiliently pliable material .
such as'sheet synthetic plastic, said cover por
lar relatively rigid member having a part ex
of a wheel structure, said cover assembly includ l5 tending radially irrwardly behind the cover por
ing a portion having at least a radially outer
tion and into detachable, retaining engagement
margin formed from synthetic plastic sheet ma
with a part of the Wheel and said annular mem
terial and arranged to extend radially outwardly
ber also having a part for enveloping the edge of
on a wheel, and an annular reinforcing member
the cover portion to reinforce the same and to
having a radially extending annular part dis '20 constitute an ornamental border therefor.
posed to form a reinforcing, ornamental border
GEORGE ALBERT LYON.
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