Step for attachment to a wheel

  • US 5,111,909 A
  • Filed: 10/01/1991
  • Issued: 05/12/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/01/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A portable step apparatus for removable connection to a vehicle wheel for providing a stable platform for supporting a person while working on said vehicle, the apparatus comprising:

  • a support frame assembly means having a spaced-apart side supporting frame members held in a spaced-apart relationship, each of the side supporting frame members comprising a leg and an adjustment portion extending from a top end of the leg over the top of the vehicle wheel, both of the leg and adjustment portion being formed with a plurality of openings at regular intervals;

    an internal passageway extending from one end of the adjustment portion towards the top end of the leg;

    a U-shaped gripping member having a pair of tubular attachment bars bent from two ends of an elongated member, each of the tubular attachment bars being formed with aopening and dimensioned to slide along the respective internal passageway of the adjustment portion;

    lock means accommodated in the tubular attachment bars to secure one of the tubular attachment bars to one of the adjustment portions at a plurality of predetermined locations to adjust a distance between the elongated member of the U-shaped gripping member and the legs of the side supporting frame members for an attachment to the vehicle wheel;

    a planar member; and

    means for adjustably and hingedly attaching the planar members to the legs of the side supporting frame members comprising a pair of bracket members each having a base rigidly attached to a bottom of the planar member and two spaced-apart plates extending upwardly then rearwardly from the planar member and having horizontally aligned openings adapted to correspond to one of a plurality of the openings of the legs for releasably connecting the planar member to the legs with pins at a plurality of predetermined locations so that the planar member is collapsible when not in use.

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