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Attachment for retaining a covering over the axle hub of a wheel

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

John G. Polka

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

To retain a decorative tubular cover having a given inner diameter over the axle hub of a wheel, a strap having a plurality of radially extending arms thereon is tightened around the circumference of the axle hub. The ends of the arms define a circle having a diameter a little larger than the given inner diameter of the tubular cover. The tubular cover is pushed over the arms until the open end thereof rests against the web of the wheel where it is retained by the outwardly directed forces applied by the arms.

Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A better and more complete understanding of the present invention will be had after a reading of the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is an isometric view of a truck wheel having an axle hub projecting through the center of the wheel;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged isometric view of the end of an 8½ inch truck axle hub with a strap according to the invention ready for attachment thereto;

FIG. 3 is an isometric view of the truck axle hub shown in FIG. 2 with the strap attached thereto and the tubular cover ready for attachment thereto.

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view of the axle hub, the strap, and the cover of FIGS. 2 and 3 shown in assembled relationship;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary cross sectional view of the parts taken through line

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5 of FIG. 4; and,

FIG. 6 is an isometric view of a 6¼ inch axle hub having twelve ribs with a strap attached thereto for receiving a cover.

Claims

1. A cover for an axle hub of a wheel, said axle hub having a distal end having a plurality of longitudinal ribs, said ribs having radially outwardly directed surfaces defining a cylinder having a first diameter, said longitudinal ribs having centers with a given spacing between adjacent ones thereof, said cover comprising

2. A cover in accordance with claim 1 wherein said annular strap further comprises means for radially adjusting said strap whereby said strap can be tightened to said axle.

3. A cover in accordance with claim 2 wherein said radially adjustable strap further comprises a screw.

4. A cover in accordance with claim 1 wherein said retainer prongs each have a first arm and a second arm, said first arms having distal ends defining a first circle and said second arms having distal ends defining a second circle.