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June 20, ‘1950
J G. FONTAINE
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AUTOMOBILE FRAME STRAIGHTENING EQUIPMENT
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Filed July 30, 1948
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JOHN GARFIELD FONTAINE
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Patented June 20, 1950
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,_ UNITED STATES PATENT
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AUTOMOBILE FRAME STRAIGHTENING
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EQUIPMENT
John Gar?eld Fontaine, Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada
Application July 30, 1948, Serial No. 41,642
1 Claim. (Cl. 153—-32)
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My invention relates to improvements in auto
mobile frame straightening equipment, which is
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I projecting legs l6 spaced apart, which are aper
tured as at I‘! to register with any adjacent pair
of apertures I i and to receive pins I8 for the
and trucks are supported for the facility of me
purpose of holding said jack support in any posi
éthaigics working on steering and alignment de
tion along the transverse member 8. A pair of
ec
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webs 29 extend along the sides of the support I!
The principal object of the invention is to pro
to limit its downward movement into the inter
vide means whereby transverse thrust of any de
space between the vertical legs of the angle sec
sired magnitude may be applied to different parts
tions 9 and to facilitate its sliding movement
of an auto frame to restore it to its original shape. 10 along the transverse member 8. A step 22 is pro
Further objects are to so apply the thrust that
vided at the upper end of the vertical edge 23 of
there is no tendency for the frame contacting ele
the support, on which a hydraulic or other appro
ments to slip in any direction while increasing
priate jack 25 is adapted to be placed.
the thrust being applied thereto, and to provide
The transverse members 8 are also adapted to
means whereby the base member through which 15 pivotally support a beam 21 provided along one
the counterthrust to the frame is applied is in
of its edges with a plurality of protuberances 28
capable of endwise slippage across the rack.
conforming substantially to the usual recess in
Referring to the drawings-—
the cap 29 of the jack plunger 30 to prevent slip
Fig. 1 is a plan view of the invention applied
page of said cap lengthwise of the beam. The
to an automobile frame to straighten out a trans 20 lower end of the beam is provided with a vertical
verse bend therein.
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row of spaced apertures 32 for pivotally connect
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken
ing said beam at any desired place to the trans
adapted for use with a rack on which automobiles
on the line 2--2 of Figure 1.
verse member 8 by means of a pin 33.
Figure 3 is an enlarged transverse view taken
A hook member 35 having a forked shank 36 is
on the line 3-3 of Figure 1.
25 provided for engaging a side channel 38 or other
part of the automobile frame supported above the
Fig. 4 is a view taken on the line 4--4 of Fig
ure
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rack l.
The hook member 35 has a vertical bear
In the drawings like characters of reference
ing part 39 which is inturned at its upper end
indicate corresponding parts in each ?gure.
as at 40 to hook over the engaged frame member
30
For clarity, wheels and longitudinal frame
and prevent downwise slippage and the forked
shank 36 is provided with apertures 4| to regis
members of the automobile only are shown.
ter with an aperture in the beam and to receive
The numeral l indicates generally an elevated
a pin 42 to pivotally couple the hook member and
rack formed with vertical standards 2 supporting
the beam together.
a pair of spaced heavy H'beams 3, each of which
Assuming the automobile frame 45 to have its
is surmounted by a broad track 6. The beams 3 35
longitudinal frame members 38 bent forward of
are of sufficient strength or are otherwise suitably
its longitudinal centre as shown in Figure 1, a
cross braced to withstand any strains to be ap
transverse member 8 will be placed in the posi
plied to the frame of a vehicle standing upon the
tions A, B and C (see Figure l) and the equipment
tracks 6.
The rack I is usually provided with a ramp ‘I 40 consisting of a jack support l5, jack 25, beam 21
and hook member 35 will be ?tted in appropriate
along which a vehicle is driven to place it in
position, with the hook members of A and C be
position to be worked upon.
ing applied to the outerside of the left frame
Slidably ?tted to the underside of the beams 3
member 38 adjacent its ends and the hook mem
are transverse members 8 formed of spaced angle
sections 9 with their vertical legs provided with 45 bers 35 of the 13 against the outer side of the .
right frame member adjacent the point of bend.
spaced apertures II and having their horizontal
-The several jacks are actuated to take up any
legs folded over at opposite ends to form hooks
-slack existing between the hook members and
l2, which hooks engage the lower outer ?anges
their frame contacts, then the jack at B position
of the beams 3. These hooks l2 serve to prevent
endwise movement of the transverse members 8 50 is actuated as required to correct the disalign
ment of the frame members by urging the beam
and to enable them to be slid freely lengthwise
21 to swing about its pivot pin 33, thus causing
of the beams to any desired position. Each of
the transverse members 8 is adapted to carry a
the complementary hook member 35 to thrust
jack support [5, which consists of a substantially
against the adjacent side frame member 38 with
triangular frame having a pair of downwardly 55 appropriate force. It will be observed that by
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adjusting the several parts of the equipment the
application of pressure can be made to any part
of the automobile frame irrespective of its height
above the level of the tracks 6.
What I claim as my invention is:
Automotive frame straightening equipment
adapted for use with a pair of spaced tracks on
to the jack support, a jack carried by the sup
port for urging the beam away from the jack
support, a forked hook shaped member pivotally
mounted for free swinging movement about the
upper end of the beam engaging a frame member
of the vehicle.
JOHN GARFIELD FONTAINE.
which avvehicle is adapted to be supported, said
REFERENCES I CITED
equipment comprising a transverse member have
ing a slot extending longitudinally thereof, said 10 The following references are of record in the
?le of this patent:
member being adapted to extend transversely
from one track to the other and be slidable there
UNITED STATES PATENTS
along, a jack support having side members adapts.
Number
Name
Date
ed to form transverse member engaging guides,
1,889,187
Wochner _________ __ Nov. 29, 1932
and a lug adapted to project- through‘ the. Slot
1,9933387‘
Smith ___________ __ Mar. 5, 1935
and below said side members, pins for detaph;
ably securing the jack support against movement
lengthwise of the transverse member, a beam ex
tending into said slot and being pivotally con
nected to said transverse member and extending
thereabover said. beam being set in spacedrrelation 9°
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$372,509
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Heineman ________ __ Dec. 3,
Bennett ____________ Dec. 20,
Smith ___________ __ May 9,
Merrill et a1. ____ __ Mar. 27,
Merrill et all ______ __ June 1,
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