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Napier Engine Suspension. Automatic Carburetter. Peugeot Live Axle.
SOC. ANON. DES AUTOMOBILES AND CYCLES PEUGEOT, No. 17,422, dated under 'International Convention 27th October, 1913.-16 the Peugeot worm drive, when it is desired to remove the whole of the transmission mechanism from the back
axle it is necessary to draw the shafts driving the wheels outwards to release the stub members from the driving members.
According to this specification the casing for the driving shafts is bored inside to fit the outside of the casing of the cardan joint at the inner end of the shaft.
With this arrangement when the wheel shaft is withdrawn outwards the stub member at the inner end is conveniently supported so that it can be engaged in place again on reassembling the mechanism without any trouble.
H. G. LONGFORD, W. W. LONGFORD and W. A. CLARK, NO. 6800, dated 18th March, 1914.—This plug is provided with an insulating cover which is sprung into place and completely protects all the metal work of the plug from damp or moisture and at the same time protects the main body of the insulating material In the same way. A split tube or other resilient mounting is screwed into the metal part of the plug around the insulator, and the latter is so shaped as to provide a space between it and the split tube. The head of the plug is made of porcelain or other insulator and it has a screw fixed in the upper part and projecting downwards. A nut on this screw enables the wire to be connected to it as shown in the drawing, and the nut itself is recessed so as to be a close fit over the terminal on the plug proper. A rubber shield is preferably provided around the porcelain body of the hood.
When the wire has been connected up the hood is slipped over the plug and contact is made with the terminal.
H. l'EuGusosr, No. 14,988, dated 5th February, 1914.—This specification describes an improvement as applied to a Zenith carburetter, but applicable to any other, which is claimed to give better economy in running. An additional fuel inlet is
provided at the base of the carburetter and is controlled by a needle valve. This needle valve is operated by a Bowden wire in two ways, manually by the driver, and automatically by the throttle. A cam fixed on the spindle of the throttle valve is arranged to engage a bracket secured on the control wire so that when the throttle is closed the additional fuel supply is opened. When the throttle has been opened to a pre-determined position the additional fuel supply is cut off, but when the throttle is opened wider the additional supply is opened once more.
This arrangement gives easy starting of the engine when cold and good acceleration without impairing economy in running under normal conditions.
D. NAPIER AND SON LTD., and A. J. ROWLEDGE, No. 3879, dated 14th February, 1914.—According to this invention the engine of a motor vehicle is flexibly suspended from the chassis by a non-metallic suspension, so as to minimize vibration.
The two side members of the frame are each provided with a U-shaped bracket, and a sheet or sheets of leather are fixed across the arms of the U by bolting them to flanges on these arms. The engine is bolted to the middle of the sheet of leather on each side so that the only connection between it and the frame is through the leather.
When a three-point suspension is used, the connection to the third point is made in a similar way with a circular disc of leather.