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NOV. 25, 1946.
2,411,500
G_ T_ BRADLEY I
CONTROL FOR AUTOMOBILES
Filed Feb. 1, 1945
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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NOV. 26, 1946.
G, T_ BRADLEY
2,411,500
CONTROL FOR'AU‘I'OMOBILES
Filed Feb. 1, 1945
2 Sheets—$hee’n 2
2,411,500
Patented Nov. 26,; 1946
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,411,500
CONTROL FOR AUTOMOBILES
George '1‘. Bradley, Kerens, Tex. ; Louise N.
Bradley administratrix of said George T.
Bradley, deceased
Application February 1, 1945, Serial No. 575,701
3 Claims. (01. 74-481)
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My invention relates to improvements in aux
of the right angled form shown, for a purpose
presently seen. A pair of rearwardly extending
crank arms I'I, I8 are provided on the sleeves 4, 5
iliary controls for automobiles, the primary ob
ject in view being to equip such vehicles with
simply constructed, inexpensive means for oper
ating the clutch and brake pedals, also the throt
tle valve of the carburetor, quickly and easily, by
hand, and which is especially adapted for instal
lation in present day automobiles without necessi
of the right and left hand levers l, 2. ,
A pair of right and left hand push rods I0, 20
incline downwardly and forwardly through the
floor 2| of the body I I forwardly of the brake and
clutch pedals 22, 23, with lower ends slidably
extended suitably through said ?oor and to tilt
tating material alteration of the same, and does
not interfere with foot operation of the clutch 10 therein for a purpose presently apparent. A pair
of suitable clevises I9’, 20' adjustably connect the
and brake pedals.
upper ends of said rods I9, 20 to the crank arms
To the accomplishment of the above, and sub
ordinate objects presently appearing, a preferred
'6, I3.
As will presently more clearly appear, the crank
arms I‘I, I8 swing through arcs and thereby tilt
in the succeeding description, and de?ned in the
the push rods I9, 20 in the floor 2| at the points
claims appended hereto.
X, Where the lower ends thereof slide through
In said drawings:
the ?oor.
Figure 1 is a fragmentary View in transverse
The brake and clutch pedals 22, 23 are pro
section through the body of an automobile illus 20 vided with forwardly extending operating bars
24, 25 suitably ?xed thereon and having slots 26,
trating my improved control in rear elevation,
27 therein through which said push rods I9, 25
Figure 2 is a view in vertical section taken on
extend, and said rods I9, 20 are provided with
the line 2—2 of Figure 1,
Figure 3 is a View in perspective of the right
collars 28, 29 fast thereon and overlying said bars
and left hand levers, the sleeves of said levers, 25 24, 25. A pair of coil springs 30, 3| suitably at
the shaft upon which the sleeves are mounted and
tached at one end to the push rods I9, 20, as at
parts associated with the left hand lever and said
32, with the other ends thereof similarly attached
to the crank arms I'I, I8 function to yieldingly
sleeves,
Figure 4 is a view in perspective of one of the
hold said rods I9, 20 and the crank arms I‘I, I8 in
v a normal position against downward movement,
pedals, the operating bar therefor, and the push
also the levers I, 2 in a normal forward position.
rod associated with the pedal,
Figure 5 is a detail view in vertical section
In explanation of the action of the coil springs
taken on the line 5—5 of Figure 1 and drawn to
30, 3!, the push rods I9, 20 and the crank arms
an enlarged scale,
I1, I8 form elbow joints with said rods and crank
Figure 6 is a fragmentary view in longitudinal
arms normally in substantially right-angled rela
section through the sleeves mounted on the shaft,
tion. Obviously, if such joints, or in other words,
embodiment of my invention has been illustrated
in the accompanying drawings, set forth in detail
Figure 7 is a detail view in section taken on the
said rods and crank arms, are moved so as to
line 'l—l of Figure 1.
straighten the same out, the springs 30, 3| will
Reference being had to the drawings by
be stretched, thereby exerting increasing tension
numerals, my improved auxiliary control, as illus 40 on said rods and crank arms tending to move the
trated, comprises, as the basic elements thereof,
same back into right-angled relation, and in so
a right and a left hand, upstanding lever I, 2.
doing tending to cause the sleeves 4, 5 and the
respectively, with hand grip ends 3 and which
levers I, 2 to move back into normal position.
rise from a pair of horizontal sleeves 4, 5 rotatably
A hand grip lever 33 is »pivoted, as at 34, to the
mounted in end-to-end relation on a horizontal 45 upper end of the left hand lever 2 and to which
shaft 5 having the ends thereof mounted by U
one end of a “Bowden” wire 35 is connected, as
bolts 1 on a pair of right and left hand clip-like
at 35, with the sheath 31 thereof suitably ?xed at
bracket bars 8, 9 straddling the cowl l0 inside the
one end, as by a clamp 38, to said lever 2. Said
body II of the automobile and the instrument
panel I2, and secured to the cowl I 0, as by bolts I3. 50 wire 35 is suitably extended forwardly through
the dash 39 for connection to the throttle valve of
A spacing collar I4 on the shaft 6 is interposed
the carburetor, not shown, of the automobile, the
between the sleeves 4, 5. As best shown in
arrangement being such that by gripping the vhand
Figure 1, the levers I, 2 are arranged upon oppo
lever 33 and the upper end of the lever 2, a pull
site sides of the steering post column l5 and the
steering wheel [6. The left hand lever 2 may be 55 may be exerted on said wire 35, by the resulting
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swinging of said lever 33 toward the lever 2, such
pull opening said throttlevalve.
The operation of the described invention will
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standing push rods slidably extended at the lower
ends thereof through the ?oor of said body in
front of said pedals, respectively, operating con
‘be readily understood. By pulling rearwardly on
nections between said crank arms and the upper
the right hand lever l, the crank arm I? is swung
ends of said push rods, and pick-up connections
downwardly to thrust the push rod l9 down
between said push rods and said pedals ‘respec
vvardly and engage the collar 28 with the oper
ating bar 213 of the brake pedal 22 whereby said
2. The combination with an automobile body
brake pedal is depressed. By pulling the left
instrument panel, and brake and clutch pedals,
hand lever 2 rearwardly, the clutch pedal 23 10 respectively, of hand-operated means for depress
is depressed in a similar manner through the
ing said pedals selectively comprising a horizon
medium of the crank arm l8, push rod 28, collar
tal shaft mounted in said body in front of said
29 and operating bar 2?. The coil springs 39,
panel, a pair of hand levers mounted on said
3! function in the manner already described to
shaft in upstanding position and to rock thereon
tively.
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return the levers l, 2 to normal forward posi 15 from a normal position, a pair of crank arms
tion and by such return of said levers i, 2 the
‘extending rearwardly from said levers, a pair.
push rods I9, 26 are elevated to normal posi
of upstanding push rods slidably extended at the
tion in a manner which will be clear. In the
lower ends thereof through the floor of said body
normal position of the push rods i9, 26, the
in front of said pedals, respectively, operating
brake and clutch pedals 22, 23 may be operated 20 connections between said crank arms and the
in the usual manner, by foot. The manner in
upper ends of said push rods, and pick-up con
which the hand grip lever 33 and “Bowden” Wire
nections between said push rods and said pedals, ‘
35 operate the throttle valve of the carburetor
respectively, said connections comprising for
has already been described. The clevises I9’, 25!’
wardly extending bars on said pedals having slots "
provide for adjusting the connection between the 25 therein through which said rods extend, and ?xed
push rods I9, 20 and the crank arms ll’, is, as
collars on said rods overlying said bars.
occasion may require.
3. The combination with an automobile body
The foregoing will, it is believed, suf?ce to im
instrument panel, and brake and clutch pedals,
part a clear understanding of my invention with
respectively, of hand-operated means for depress
out further explanation.
Manifestly, the invention, as described, is sus
ing said pedals selectively comprising a hori
zontal shaft mounted in said body in front of said
ceptible of modi?cation without departing from
panel, a pair of hand levers mounted on said
the inventive concept, and right is herein re
shaft in upstanding position and to rock thereon
served to such modi?cations as fall within the
from a normal position, a pair of crank arms
scope of the appended claims.
35 extending rearwardly from said levers, a pair
What I claim is:
of upstanding push rods slidably extended at
l. The combination with an automobile body
the lower ends thereof through the floor of said
instrument panel, and brake and clutch pedals,
body in front of said pedals, respectively, oper
respectively, of hand-operated means for depress
ating connections between said crank arms and
ing said pedals selectively comprising a horizontal 40 the upper ends of said push rods, pick-up con
shaft mounted in said body in front of said panel,
nections between said push rods and said pedals,
a pair of hand levers mounted on said shaft in
respectively, and springs connected to said crank
upstanding position andto rock thereon from a
arms and push rods for maintaining said levers,
normal position, a pair of crank arms extend
cranks and rods in normal position.
ing rearwardly from said levers, a pair of up 45
GEORGE T. BRADLEY.
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