Patent Number: 6,167,977

Title: Easy-install, two-position tractor hood

Abstract: A work vehicle having a novel hood coupling apparatus is disclosed. The work vehicle includes a frame provided with a compartment and a hood. The hood is coupled to the frame by at least one hinge and at least one latch. The latch includes a stationary portion associated with the frame and a movable portion associated with the hood, and the hinge includes a first portion associated with the frame and a second portion associated with the hood. The latch is configured for the stationary portion to engage the movable portion in a particular location when the hood is closed, and the second portion of the hinge is configured to assume an approximate position with respect to the first portion of the hinge, and thereby to the frame, upon engagement of the latch, the latch thereby aligning the hood and the second portion of the hinge to the frame when engaged. The work vehicle may also include a hood biasing device and a hood positioner for controlling the amount of opening of the hood. The hood positioner includes a cam and a cam follower. Also disclosed is an apparatus for the securing of a hood to a work vehicle. The apparatus includes at least one latch, the latch including a stationary portion associated with the frame and a movable portion associated with the hood, the stationary portion configured to engage the movable portion in a particular location when the hood is closed. The apparatus also includes at least one hinge including a first portion associated with the frame and a second portion associated with the hood, the second portion of the hinge configured to assume an approximate position with respect to the first portion of the hinge, and thereby to the frame, upon engagement of the latch, the latch thereby aligning the hood and the second portion of the hinge to the frame when engaged.

Inventors: Adamson; William H. (Lake Villa, IL), Bahr; Jesse J. (Clarendon Hills, IL), LoPiccolo; Salvatore (Addison, IL)

Assignee: Case Corporation

International Classification: B62D 25/10 (20060101); E05F 1/10 (20060101); E05D 11/10 (20060101); E05D 11/00 (20060101); E05F 1/00 (20060101); B62D 025/12 (); B62D 025/10 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018