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1. WO2006116463 - CONVERTIBLE TOP MECHANISM WITH INWARDLY ARTICULATING REARMOST LATERAL RAILS

Publication Number WO/2006/116463
Publication Date 02.11.2006
International Application No. PCT/US2006/015740
International Filing Date 26.04.2006
IPC
B60J 7/12 2006.1
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
JWINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES
7Non-fixed roofs; Roofs with movable panels
08of non-sliding type, i.e. movable or removable roofs or panels, e.g. let-down tops or roofs capable of being easily detached or of assuming a collapsed or inoperative position
12foldable; Tensioning mechanisms therefor, e.g. struts
CPC
B60J 7/0069
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
JWINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES
7Non-fixed roofs; Roofs with movable panels ; , e.g. rotary sunroofs
0053Collapsible lateral roof side beams
0069where the beam itself is folded and moves inwardly, e.g. concertina type
B60J 7/1265
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
JWINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES
7Non-fixed roofs; Roofs with movable panels ; , e.g. rotary sunroofs
08of non-sliding type, i.e. movable or removable roofs or panels, e.g. let-down tops or roofs capable of being easily detached or of assuming a collapsed or inoperative position
12foldable; Tensioning mechanisms therefor, e.g. struts
1226Soft tops for convertible vehicles
1265characterised by kinematic movements, e.g. using parallelogram linkages
Applicants
  • COLLINS & AIKMAN PRODUCTS CO. [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • HARRISON, Albert, W., III [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • BROOKS, David, Wayne [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • FRANK, G., Joseph [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • HARRISON, Albert, W., III
  • BROOKS, David, Wayne
  • FRANK, G., Joseph
Agents
  • GROSSMAN, Steven J.
Priority Data
11/114,92826.04.2005US
Publication Language English (en)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) CONVERTIBLE TOP MECHANISM WITH INWARDLY ARTICULATING REARMOST LATERAL RAILS
(FR) MECANISME SUPERIEUR CONVERTIBLE COMPRENANT DES RAILS LATERAUX ARRIERES ARTICULES A L'INTERIEUR
Abstract
(EN) A three-dimensional four bar linkage mechanism (2) is described which provides in and out movement of the rear comers (72,74) of a convertible top as the top is being lowered or extended which allows the storage space for the retracted top to be smaller in width than the width of the foot print of the top when extended. A drag link (62) which is hinged at one end to one bar (29') and connected by a ball joint (66) to a second bar (2'T) which in turn is obliquely hinged to a third bar provide the three-dimensional action.
(FR) L'invention concerne un mécanisme de liaison à quatre barres tridimensionnelles produisant des mouvement des coins arrières d'une partie supérieure convertible, lorsque cette dernière est abaissée ou étendue, ce qui réduit l'espace de stockage pour la partie supérieure rétractée en largeur par rapport à la largeur d'une empreinte de la partie supérieure lorsqu'elle est étendue. Une tige d'entraînement est placée sur une barre et reliée par un joint à billes sur une deuxième barre, qui à son tour est placée de manière oblique à une troisième barre, ce qui permet une action tridimensionnelle.
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