Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.
PROTECTIVE MEMBER FOR A VEHICLE
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a device for protecting vehicles. More
not exclusively, this invention relates to a device for protecting a vehicle
damaged by minor external impacts.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The damage caused to vehicles from minor impacts without the addition of extra
protection can be expensive. Damage to a vehicle may by prevented or minimised
use of a protective device mounted to span a section of the vehicle to be
It is an object of the invention to provide a protective device for a vehicle
overcomes at least some of the abovementioned problems, or at least to provide
public with the useful choice.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
According to an aspect of the invention there is provided a device for
protecting a vehicle
comprising a protective member spanning a section of the vehicle, and mounting
to mount the protective member to the vehicle.
It will be appreciated the invention has particular advantage when installed
used in environments where minor impacts to a vehicle are more frequent than
driving environments. These environments include off-road places such as farms
Preferably the protective member comprises a plurality of interconnected
form a frame. Preferably the frame is mounted between the rear of the cab of
such that the frame protects the cab from a load being hauled.
Alternatively the frame is preferably mounted at the front or the rear of the
is ancillary to the bumper of the vehicle.
Preferably the protective member is adapted to replace an existing bumper of a
or is ancilliary to the bumper of the vehicle.
Preferably the protective member is formed of a durable material such as steel
alloy. Preferably the protective member is formed of 12mm alloy.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
This invention is now described by way of example with reference to the
drawings. The disclosures and the description are purely illustrative and are
to limit the application of the invention.
Figure 1 - shows a protective member in the form of a replacement and
strengthened vehicle bumper;
Figure 2 - shows a protective member in the form of the bumper of figure 1
uprights from the bumper to form a frame at the front end of a
Figure 3 - shows a protective member in the form of a frame or "bullbar"
mounted at the front of a vehicle according to an alternative
embodiment of the invention;
Figure 4 - shows a protective frame in the form of a rear guard at the rear of
truck cab according to an alternative embodiment of the invention.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS OFTHE INVENTION
For the purposes of promoting an understanding of the invention, reference
will now be
made to various embodiments of the invention as illustrated in the drawings
language will be used to describe these embodiments. It will be understood
limitation of the scope of the invention is intended, and alterations and
modifications may be made to the invention without departing from the scope of
invention as described.
Referring now to the drawings, figure 1 shows a protective member in the form
upgraded and strengthened vehicle bumper 1. Bumper 1 is moulded to the shape
lower front end of a truck 2 and matches the body lines of the truck 2. In
the bumper 1 is designed to replace the original bumper on the truck 2. The
is made of a strong and durable material such as an alloy or steel. Preferably
1 is constructed of 12mm alloy because of its lightness, strength, and its
Apertures 3 may be made in the bumper 1 to allow indicator lights of a vehicle
through the aperture in the bumper 1 when in use. Metal bumper attachments
shown) are welded at one end to suitable places against the inside of the
bumper 1 and
are attached to the chassis of the truck 2 by bolts or by welded joints at the
of the attachments.
Cutout sections 4 may be made in the bumper to allow access to any tow hooks
originally on the vehicle 2 to protrude through the cutout sections 4 in the
when the bumper 1 is attached to the vehicle 2.
A concave portion 5 may be formed in the bumper 1 and a steel bar 6 secured in
concave portion 5 by the bumper 1 to allow a hook to be retained about the
steel bar 6
for towing purposes.
The bumper 1 may be moulded of a width such that the bumper 1 forms a wide
(not shown) across the front of the vehicle or be modified with a rake (not
It is an advantage to have a replacement bumper formed of a strong alloy for
strength and durability. This design of bumper is particularly suitable for
use on a vehicle
used for agricultural, forestry, and/or quarry work.
Referring now to figure 2, an alternative embodiment of the invention is
bumper 10, similar in design to bumper 1, is moulded to either replace the
bumper of the truck 13 or be an addition to the original bumper as a bullbar.
bumper 10 is to be attached to the chassis of a truck 13 by suitable
such as with bolts or by welding.
A plurality of interconnected elements form a frame 15 at the front of the
interconnected elements include vertically extending uprights 12 made of metal
which are attached to the bumper 10 and extend upwardly to a height to protect
front end of the truck 13. For added strength, sections of preferably alloy
tubing 11 are
attached to uprights 12 to form a solid frame 15 to protect the front of the
from minor impacts.
The frame is designed to protect the particular front end of the vehicle, and
in this case
the frame is shaped to allow the beams of the headlights 14 to penetrate
Referring now to figure 3, an alternative embodiment of the invention in the
form of a
frame 25 or "bullbar" is shown. In this embodiment the original bumper remains
on the vehicle. The frame 15 is attached to the chassis of the vehicle from
bumper and protrudes at a spaced distance from the front of the vehicle.
Uprights 20, cross members 21, and a metal plate 22 are connected together to
protective frame 25. A bottom rake 23 projecting beyond the plate 22 is
the bottom of the frame to provide further support for the frame 25. The bull
attached using bolts, or by welds, to the chassis of the vehicle by arms
attached to the
central uprights and extending underneath the bumper (not shown).
Preferably the plate 22 is made of 12mm alloy and the uprights 20 of 8mm
Preferably the cross members 23 are made of 12mm alloy tubing.
Apertures 24 may be cut out of the plate 22 in appropriate places to allow the
from indicator lights to pierce through.
Referring to figure 4, a protective frame 38 showing a rear guard to protect
the cab of
a truck, is illustrated.
Two vertically extending uprights 30 are connected to a bracket 31 which is
connected to the top section of the chassis of a truck. Tubing 32 is shaped to
frame 38 which follows the width and height of the rear of the cab of a truck.
tubing 32 is welded to the other ends of the uprights 30 from the bracket 31.
Cross members 33, 34, 35 are welded perpendicular to the uprights 30 within
32 to give the frame 38 added strength. Mesh 36 is preferably attached to the
of the frame 38 above the cross member 34 to allow a driver to view the road
rearview mirror of the cab when the truck is not hauling. A metal plate 37 is
to the cab side of the frame 38 between the outer frame 32 and below the cross
34 to the bottom tubing 32 for added protection and strength.
The protective frame 38 in this instance protects the cab from any load being
from behind the cab in the event of the load being pushed into the cab.
Where in the aforegoing description reference has been made to specific
integers of the invention having known equivalents, then such equivalents are
incorporated as if individually set forth.
Although this invention has been described by way of example and with
possible embodiments thereof, it is to be understood that modifications and
improvements may be made thereto without departing from the scope of the
as appended in the claims.