Vehicle door-fastener.



W. HARTER & A. A. STEPHENS. VEHICLE DOOR FASTENER. PPLIOATION FILED A1111. 13,1914. ` E ,i l, qu: I Q-M1.. gwgwf. THE NORRIS PETERS CO.. PHDTU-LITHO., WSHINGTUN., Sms i 'WILLIAM HRER ANnALvA A. srErHENs. oEeRnE-Nvrnnn. omo. fj VEHICLE Doon-EASTENER. T0 all whom it may concern: Be it known that we, WrLLIAM HARTER and ALvA A. STEPHENS, citizens of the United States, residing at Greenville, in the county of Darke and State of Ohio, have invented new and useful Improvements in lVehicle Door-Fasteners, of which the following is a specification. Our present invention pertains lto the doors of closed vehicles; and it contemplates the provision of means whereby the door of a vehicle may be expeditiously and easily fixed with respect to the body of the vehicle so as Vto effectually prevent rattling of the door irrespective of Whether the door is Vopen or closed or partly open. The invention also contemplates the provision of improved means forA securing a vehicle door in a closed or an open position, and this without liability of the door being casually released. With the foregoing in mind the invention will be understood from the following descriptionand claim when the same are read in connection 'with the drawings, accom` panying, and forming part of this specication. in which: Figure 1, is a transverse sectionV of a vehicle bodyequipped with our improvements. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal vertical section taken from the inside of the body and showing the controllingV lever and the clutch bar of our improved mechanism in full lines and the L-shaped rail in dotted lines. Fig. 3 is a detail horizontal section illustrative of the relative arrangement of the door and its appurtenances relative to the side wall and door opening of the body. Similar numerals of'reference designate corresponding parts in all of the Vviews of the drawings. With the exceptions hereinafter noted,`the Y body 1 may be of the conventional construction or of any other construction not incompatible with our invention. The said body is provided at 2 with a door opening, and at i 3 and 4 with guide rails for a slidable door 5. In furtherance of our invention, the body is provided on its side and in rear of the door opening 2 with a rail 6, of L-shape in cross-section. Carried at the inner side of the door 5, is a clutch bar 7 designed as hereinafter described to coperate with the rail 6. The portion of the bar is pivotally connected atV 9 with a hand lever 10 Specification of Letters Paten-t. vldtegljiggyl.M131116, 1915, I VApplication led April 13,191.4. Serial No. 831,462. i i the ldoor by a link 8, that isfulcrumed on the door at the pointV 11. rThe said hand lever is arranged between a guard strap l2 on the door and arack 13 fixed to the door, there being sufficient clearancebetween the rackand the guard r`strap out of engagement with the rack. In the practical operation of our novel device, it will bemanifest that forward to permit of the lever being sprung into and movement ofthe hand lever 10 will be at? tended lby an upward thrust of the clutch f bar 7 and whensaid bar is moved upwardly itwill be placed in firm frictional contact engaged with the rack 12, the'door will not `with the rail 6. lThen when thejlever 10 is i only be secured in the position in which it is Y placed, but will be Veffectually prevented from rattling or shaking. whether the door is open or closed or Vpartly open.- To release the in which it is secured, it is simply necessary to spring the lever 10 out of engagement with the rack and then swing the lever rearwardly so as tov lower the clutch bar. f7. v With this done. the door can be moved with the same facilityas a door that is not equipped with anti-rattling means. It will door from the positionV begathered from-the foregoing,` that notwithstanding the eHciency of our 1 This 1s true no matter improved device, the same is simple and Q compact in construction, and when propf erly embellished is calculated to enhance rather than detract from the nished ap`V pearance of a vehicle interior. Having described our invention, what weV claim and desire .to secure by Letters-Patrv ent. is: Y The combination of a vehicle body having a. door opening. exterior guide rails on the body, a door slidable in 'said guide rails .a rail, of L-shape in cross-section. fixed to andV arranged at the outer Vside oftheV body and disposed in rear ofthedoor opening, a verfv tically-movable Vclutch bar carried at the inner side of the door and connected through a link jthereto and arranged to bear u-p'- wardly lagainst the underside of the L- shaped rail, a hand lever fulcrumed on the l door and connected at an intermediate point of its length ,tof said clutch bar; said hand Y s 2 Llszal lever being resilient, y,a rackrxed to the in; set our hands in,presence,of/tweubscrhng ner slde of thedoor and Censtrnctedandarwrtnesseaf, ranged to be engaged by the hand lever, WHJLXAM HARTER. and a guard strap carried by Jche door and ALVA A.. STEHENS. arranged at `doel-opposite side of the -hand Witnesses: lever, with reference to the rack. JAS. B. KOLP, .In testimony whereof we have hereunto VQD. BRUMBAUGH. Gopeaeeihlenatentmay be obzained for ve cents each, by addressing the "Commissioner ofi retenes, Washingtpn, .,D. G.



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