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March 25, 1941. c 2,236,208
PROTECTOR Filed April 1, 1940 (fl; 0 I a 9 Inventor 170mm; Era ,20 0)? C'ree/ A tiomcy Patented Mar. 25, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Thomas Braxton Creel, Chapel Hill, N. 0. Application April 1, 1940, Serial No. 327.332
This invention relates to a protector. and has for the primary object the provision of a device of this character which will prevent the finish of an automobile from being scarred or otherwise damaged by a guard of a gasoline dispensing nozzle coming in contact therewith and is of such a construction that it may be easily and quickly installed on a guard and will entirely cover the latter and will in no way interfere with the usual operation of the nozzle valve.
With these and other objects in view, the invention consists in certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts to be' hereinafter more fully described and 16 claimed.
For a complete understanding of my invention,
reference is to be had to the following description and accompanying drawing, in which Figure 1 is a side elevation illustrating a gasoline dispensing nozzle equipped with a guard protector constructed in accordance with the present invention.
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view illustrating the protector.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken .on the line 3-3 of Figure 1.
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 2.
Referring in detail to the drawing, the numeral 5 indicates a. conventional type of gasoline dispensing nozzle used on gasoline pumps for the control of gasoline therefrom into a tank of a motor vehicle and includes the usual control valve 6 operated by a hand lever I protected by a guard 8. Frequently; when dispensing gasoline into the tank ofan automobile the guard 8 will come in contact with the automobile body and damage the finish. To obviate the guard contacting the body of the automobile, a protector is provided therefor and which is constructed in accordance with the present invention.
The protector is indicated in entirety by the character 9 and is constructed of any suitable cushion material, preferably rubber, and is of channeled formation, as shown at Ill. The side walls of the channel converge towards the mouth of the channel so that the side walls will readily grip the guard when the protector isadapted thereto. The guard 9 includes an elongated portion having a slight curvature thereto and a portion at one end thereof and which extends at substantially right angles thereto. The portions as specified form the protector into a shape to match the shape of the guard 8 so that the entire guard from one end to another will be covered by the protector. 5
Substantially U-shaped springs ii are embedded in the protector adjacent the ends thereof for the purpose of contracting the walls of the channel of the protector against the guard to prevent the protector from slipping off of the 10 guard but which will permit removal of the protector from the guard at any time desired.
By reference to Figure 1, it will be seen that the protector when applied to the guard will simply cover the latter and will not in any way in- 15 terfere with the operation of the lever l for opening and closing of the valve 6. The guard covered by the protector cannot possibly come in contact with the body finish or fender finish of an automobile. Furthermore, it will be seen that so a device of this character is extremely simple to install and may be manufactured and sold at a low cost.
It is believed that the foregoing description,
when taken in connection with the drawing, will 25 a fully set forth the construction and advantages of this invention to those skilled in the art to which such a device relates, so that further detail description'will not be required.
Having thus described my invention, what I 30 claim is:
1. In a device of the character described, a cushion channel member shaped in accordance with the shape of a gasoline dispensing nozzle guard and adapted to receive in the channel 35 thereof the guard and to frictionally grip the latter, and spring elements embedded in the cushion member to contract the walls of'the channel thereof against the guard.
2. In a device'of the character described, a 40 channeled cushion member including an elon- THOMAS BRAXTDN