US 2800931 A
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July 30, 1957 E. G. SUTCLIFFE DISPENSING NOZZLE GUARD WITH MAGNET Filed Aug. 6, 1956 w I ,5 ,JMYZ/ A5 FIG FIG. 3
United States Patent D DISPENSING NOZZLE GUARD WITH MAGNET Eugene G. Sutclifie, St. Louis, Mo.
Application August 6, 1956, Serial No. 602,131
4 Claims. (Cl. 1413Q2) The invention relates to the use of dispensing nozzles commonly associated with gasoline pumps at filling stations, and the invention consists in a nozzle guard or shield applied to the metal nozzle device, and provided with a magnet for holding a gasoline tank cap while the attendant is performing other duties such as inspecting the radiator or oil level or cleaning the windshield of the car being serviced.
In the accompanying drawings illustrating a selected form of the invention:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of an automatic dispensing nozzle such as is in common use, with the nozzle shield applied thereto.
Figure 2 is a horizontal section on line 22 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a vertical section on line 33 of Figure 1.
The nozzle N includes a body 1 forming a valve chamber. A handle 2 projects in one direction from the body and has a terminal 3 to which the hose will be connected. A spout 4 projects from the other end of the housing. A guard 5 projects from the lower portion of the body rearwardly and upwardly to merge with terminal 3. The guard mounts a latch 6 whereby the valve lever 7 is retained in valve opening position.
The shield S applied to the nozzle proper comprises a deep cup-like casing of elastic material such as rubber, polyethylene or other plastic, and has a bottom wall 11 apertured to permit the passage of the nozzle spout 4 therethrough. The opposite end of the shield is open to receive the forward portion of the nozzle. The sides 12 of the shield embraces the opposite side of the nozzle. One of the shields sides has a pair of openings 13 spaced apart to provide a narrow strip 14 of the shield material between them.
A permanent magnet 15 is applied to the inner face of shield 12 with its poles 16 projecting through openings 13 and preferably enlarging these openings so that the elasticity of the shield material retains the magnet and shield assembled irrespective of the application of the device to the nozzle.
When the device is applied to the nozzle, the elasticity of the shield thrusts the back of the magnets intermediate portion against the outer face of the nozzle and further insures the assembly of the magnet and the shield.
When the device is in use and spout 4 is inserted into the automobile gasoline tank, shield S protects the finish surrounding the tank opening from scratching or marring by the metal of the forward portion of the nozzle. The attendant places the tank cap C against the magnet poles 16 and goes about hi other duties mentioned above without having to insert the cap into his pocket (and later fishing it out), and without laying the cap down where it may he stepped on, misplaced, or soiled by grease or dirt.
While the shield shown has a peculiar conformation adapting it for application to the particular type of nozzle illustrated, it will be understood that other shaped shields may have the magnet readily applied thereto in a manner similar to that indicated in the drawings. Also, the U-shape of the magnet is illustrative only, and other shaped magnets may be used.
These and other variations of the structure may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention, and the exclusive use of those modifications coming within the scope of the claims is contemplated.
What is claimed is:
l. A shield device for use on a gasoline pump dispensing nozzle for protecting the finish of an automobile to which the nozzle is applied, comprising a deep cup-like casing of flexible material shaped to receive the forward portion of the nozzle guard and having an aperture in its bottom wall for the passage of the nozzle spout, there being spaced side walls at the edges of said bottom wall, there being an opening in one of said side Walls, and a magnet having a surface seated against the inner face of the apertured side of said flexible material casing and having a restricted portion projected through said opening and exposed exteriorly of the casing side.
2. A shield device for application to a gasoline pump dispensing nozzle for protecting the finish of an automobile to which the nozzle is applied, comprising a deep cup-like casing of elastic material having an interior shaped to receive the forward portion of the nozzle guard, the bottom of the casing having an aperture to permit the passage of the nozzle spout therethrough, there being a pair of adjacent openings in one side of the casing and spaced from said aperture, and a magnet having an intermediate portion bearing against the inner face of said casing side and having pole portions projecting through said openings and stretching the adjacent material of the casing side to retain the magnet in place in the casing.
3. In combination with a dispensing nozzle having a body forming a valve chamber, there being an elongated spout projecting in one direction from said body and a lever guard projecting in another direction from said body, a cup-like casing of elastic material having an aperture in its bottom receiving the nozzle spout and stretched to fit over the adjacent portion of said body and guard, there being spaced openings in one of the sides of the casing, and a U-shaped magnet with a cross bar positioned between said body and an adjacent side of the casing and with a pair of legs projecting from said cross bar through said openings and exposed exteriorly of the casing for temporary holding thereto of a detachable tank cap.
4. A shield device for use on a gasoline pump dispensing nozzle for protecting the finish of an automobile to which the nozzle is applied, comprising a deep cup-like casing of flexible material shaped to receive the forward portion of the nozzle guard and having an aperture in its bottom wall for the passage of the nozzle spout, the bottom Wall having a portion projecting from one side of said opening to underlie the nozzle lever guard, the casing including side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall projecting portion, and a magnet having a face seated against the inner face of one of said casing side walls and having poles projecting through said wall and exposed exteriorly of said wall for temporary holding thereto of a detachable tank cap.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,497,006 McCoy et al. Feb. 7, 1950 FOREIGN PATENTS 604,646 Great Britain July 7, 1948