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Aug. 25, 1931. J. PUNKE RUNNTlNGYBOARD CONSTRUCTION Filed Dec. 10, 1928 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENITOR 55 5 Ja/mJPan/fe ATTORNEY5 Aug. 25 1931. J. .1. PUNKE 1,820,324
RuNN ING BOARD CQNSTRUCTION Filed Dec. 10-, 1928 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR Jizw J. Paalfe a mama 0 n l l I I u w ATTORNEYS Patented-1 Aug. 25, 1931 UNITED STATES PATENTOFFICE JOHN J. PUNKE, OF'DETROIT, MICHIGAN, ASSIGNOR TO EUPP MOTOR CAR CORPORA- TION, 015 DETROIT, MICHIGAN, A. CORPORATION OF VIRGINIA RUNNING BOARD CONSTRUCTION" Application filed December 10, 1928. Serial No. 324,990.
This invention relates generally to vehicles and has particular reference to running board assemblies therefor. 7
One of the primary objects of this invention is to simplify, render more eflicient and improve generally structures of the above character, by providing a non-metallic covering so designed as to completely conceal the running board and dust shield of the vehicle.
A further advantageous feature of the present invention which attributes materially to the commercial value and acceptability of the construction is the provision of a non-metallic covering for the running board and dust shield which in additionto completely concealing the latter members functions to conceal the joints between the front fenders and running board. This arrangement not only improves the general appearance of .the vehicle but also precludes any possibility of dirt and water collecting in the joints between the fenders and running boards and rusting these parts.
Other objects and novel details of construction of this invention will be made more apparent as this description proceeds, especially when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a top plan view of a running board constructed in accordance with my invention,
Figure 2 is a side elevation of the construction shown in Figure 1,
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 33 of Figure 1,
.Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3 showing a slightly modified form of conlongitudinal edge in a depending flange t5 having a return bent end portion 16 and at its inner longitudinal edge in an upwardly extending flange '17 forming a dust shield or kick plate. The dust shield in turn is provided with an inwardly extending flange 18 projecting beneath the lower edge por tions 19 of the body and spaced therefrom.
The forward end of the running board;
ing to a lateral flange 24 formed upon the 3 rear fender 25'.
While any suitable means may be employed for securing the running board to the brackets 13, the' present invention accomplishes this result by providing a air of laterally spaced longitudinally extent ing channel shaped rails 26 having lateral flanges 27 welded or otherwise suitably se-. cured to the running board. The base portions 28 of the channel shaped rails 26 are suitably secured to the brackets 13 as at 29.
In order to provide an eflicient construction and at the same time improve the general appearance of the body, the running board 14; and dust shield 17 arecovered by a suitable mat 30. This mat is preferably formed of a non-metallic material such, for
example, as rubber or a rubber composition and is so designed as to completely conceal not only the running board 14 but also the dust shield. As shown, the mat 30 preferably conforms in shape to the particular contour of the running board and dust shield and. is vulcanized to these parts. The
inner longitudinal edge of the mat 30, as
shown particularly in Figure 3, projects into the space formed between tho'inwardly extending flange 18 and the lower edge of the body. The forward end of the mat 30 preferably overlaps and conceals the joint between the'front fender and running board, whilethe rear end of the mat preferably curves upwardly as'indicated at 31 and terminates adjacent the connection of the rear fender with the running board.
Referring now to the modified form of the invention illustrated in Figure 4 of the drawings, it will be noted that the particular construction of the running board and dust shield is substantially the same as in the first described form of the invention. The only material difference between the two forms of the invention being that the mat 32, illustrated in Figure 4 of the draw ings, is detachably secured to the running board and dust shield. This is effected in the present instance by vulcanizing suitable metallic strips 33 to the longitudinal edges of the mat. These strips are formed with a series of open return-bent portions 34 and 34 adapted to receive the depending flange and inwardly extending flange 18 of the running board and dust shield respectively. However, if desired, the strips 33 may have a continuous upturned portion instead of the spaced tongues 34, but in any event serves as a reinforcement for the outer edge of the mat and is designed to prevent scuffing the rubber from the board. Moreover inasmuch as the return-bent portions of the strips 33 are bent around the flanges 15 and 18 as pointed out above, the strips serve to detachably secure the mat to the assembly.
In the modified form of the invention illustrated in Figure 5, the outer logitudinal edge of the ruining board is depressed as indicated at 35 having a wall 35. inclined downwardly and outwardly from the tread portion 36 of the running board and terminating in a laterally extending wall 36 preferably arranged parallel to the tread portion 36 and forms a shoulder for engaging the outer longitudinal edge 37 of the mat 38. The latter is preferably of one piece construction and covers substantially the entire running board and dust shield in the same manner as the mat hereinbefore described with some particularity in connection with the first described form of the invention. The means for securing the outer edge of the mat 38 to the running board differs from either of the foregoing described forms of the invention in that a moulding or wear plate 39 is provided for accomplishing the securing function. This moulding is preferably provided with a flat base portion 40 adapted to seat upon the outer longitudinal edge portions of the matand clamp the same to the inclined wall The outer edge of the moulding engages the shoulder 36' and thetop wall 41 thereof is substantially arcuate in shape and in effect form a continuation ofthe top surface of the mat and the outer surface of the depending apron 42. The latter is in the form of a flange extending downwardly from the outer edge of the wall 36.
For securing the molding upon the inclined wall 35', I provide the fastening elements 43 having heads 44 disposed within the moulding and shanks 45 projecting from the heads aforesaid and adapted to extcnd through a longitudinally extending slot 46 formed in the base portion of the molding strip. In this connection it will be apparent that the fastening elements 43 are assembled with the strip through one end thereof and are held in proper spaced relation to each other by means of the inwardly extending portions 47 pressed inwardly from the top of the molding strip and frictionally engaging the heads of the fastening elements. The shank portions of the elements-are preferably threaded and extend through aligned apertures formed in the mat 38 and inclined wall 35 so as to threadedly engage the nuts 48.
Thus from the foregoing, it will be apparent that the herein described construction renders possible the production of a practical and efficient running board assembly having parts that may be easily and quickly assembled or replaced when necessary. It will further be noted that the mat is formed of a single strip of non-metallic material which in addition to completely concealing the running board and dust shield functions to conceal the joint between the fenders and running board. In other words, it will be noted that I have provided a protective covering for the entire dust shield that will not scratch or mar easily. Furthermore the present invention contemplates a quick and novel detachable connection between the non-metallic covering and running board assembly.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. In a running board assembly, the combination with a running board and dust shield having longitudinal edge portions, of a mat completely concealing the upper surface of said running board and dust shield and having the longitudinal edge portions detachably embracing the edge portions aforesaid of said running board and dust shield.
2. In a running board assembly, the combination with a running ,board provided along its outer longitudinal edge with a depending flange, of a dust shield provided along its upper longitudinal edge with a lateral flange, and a single strip of nonmetallic material completely concealing said running board and dust shield and having the longitudinal edge portions thereof overlapping portions of said flanges and secured thereto.
- 3. In a vehicle, the combination with a body, ofa running board, a dust shield having a lateral flange extending beneath and terminating adjacent to the body, of a mat mounted upon the running board having a portion extending over the \dust shield and "wall. "6. In a running board between the lateral flange aforesaid and the body.
4. In arunning board assembly, the combination with a fender and a runnlng board connected thereto, of a dust shield extending upwardly from the running board, and a mat adapted to completely conceal'the upper surface of said running board, dust shield and joint between the fender and running board.
5. In a running board assembly, the combination with a running board having a down-.
wardly extending inclined wall ad acent one edge thereof terminating in a lateral shoulder, a mat for said running board having a portion covering said wall and abutting said shoulder, and means for clamping the portion aforesaid of the mat to said inclined assembly, the combination with a running board having a downwardly and outwardly inclined wall at one edge thereof, a mat for said running board having a portion seated upon said wall, and a moulding secured to said' w all and operable to clamp the portion aforesaid of the mat to the running board.
7. In'a running board assembly, the combination with a running board having a tread portion terminating at one edge thereof in a downwardly and outwardly inclined wall, a'
depending flange, a mat for the tread portion having an edge portion seated upon the said wall, and means for clamping t e edge portion of the mat to-the inclined wallaforesaid including a moulding having a bowed outer surface cooperating with the outer surfaces of said depending flange and mat to form in effect a continuation thereof.
9. In a vehicle the combination with a running board, of a dust shield for said running board having a flange extending laterally from the upper edge thereof, and a mat having a portion forming a kick plate for said dust shield and having another portion overlapping the flange aforesaid and secured thereto.
extending portion forming a shoulder, a mat for the tread portion of the running board having a portion seated upon the wall aforesaid and abutting the shoulder, and means for clamping the portion aforesaid of the mat to the inclined wall including a moulding having the outer edge thereof also engaging said shoulder.
11. In a running board assembl ,the combination with a running board provided along its outer longitudinal edge with a depending flange, of a dust shield having along its-upper longitudinal edge a lateral flange, and a mat covering portions of said running board and dust shield and having the longitudinal edge portion thereof overlapping portions of said flanges and secured thereto. I
12. In a running board assembly, the combination with a running board and a dust shield extending upwardly therefrom, of a mat for said running board having portions extending over said dust shield and secured to the upper edge of the latter..
13. A running board assembly for vehicles comprising a running board, a dust shield having a portion at the upper edge thereof concealed by a part of the vehicle, and a mat for the board having a'portion extending upwardly over a portion of the dust shield and. having the upper edge thereof extending over the first-mentioned portion of the; dust shield and secured thereto whereby the said upper edge of the mat is also concealed by the part of the-vehicle aforesaid;
14. "A running board assembly including in combination, a running board having a shoulder adjacent the outer edge thereof terminating in a depending flange, a mat for the running board having the outer longitudinal edge thereofabutting said shoulder, and means detachably securing the outer edge portion of the mat to said runnin board including a member secured to sai running board and also abutting said shoulder. v
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
JOHN J. PUNKE.
10. In a running board assembly, the combination with a running board having a tread ortion provided adjacent the outer edge t ereof with a downwardly and outwardly inclined wall having an outwardly