Abstract: A clamp for grasping a major extent of rounded corner of a vehicle hatch or door opening, and providing an anchor-like extended grip by which re-positioning forces are evenly applied to the rounded corner. This grip assures that the entire curved corner retains or is returned to its original shape as it is adjusted into alignment with the rest of the opening. This in turn facilitates smooth and continuous replacement of the elastomeric weather seal around the opening to restore a completely functional seal about the hatch or door when it is closed.
Abstract: A probe for achieving entry into a locked vehicle cab, includes an integrated light which can emit a bright directed beam from its actuating end to facilitate locating such end onto or against a chosen door lock release mechanism. The probe is a completely independent unit, comprising an appropriately shaped and relatively stiff rod (preferably tubular), having a tip at the insertion end of the rod including an LED or comparable small source of light. A battery pack or comparable energy source is fitted to the probe, preferably incorporated into the probe handle which remains exterior of the vehicle door during use. In the preferred embodiment electrical conductors are incorporated in (or pass through) the rod and a switch is located on the probe handle to control application of electrical energy to the light source.
Abstract: An appropriate engine plate, having a bolt hole pattern to match a hole pattern in an engine in a front engine van type vehicle, is attached to an adapter arm tube attachable to the arm (e.g. boom) of a conventional engine floor hoist. One end of the adapter arm tube is telescopically fitted onto the hoist arm, and the other tube end has a pair of spaced apart forwardly extending hinge plates that define a horizontal attachment axis. The engine plates have socket-like hinge plates which can be connected with hinge pins to the adapter hinge plates of the adapter arm, providing a horizontally aligned hinge attachment between the engine and the hoist arm. The tilt angle of the engine plate and an attached engine is adjustable by a tilt control in the form of an extendable/retractable shaft which acts between the hoist adapter arm and a region of the engine, such as the crankshaft pulley, vertically spaced from the horizontal hinge axis of the attached engine adapter plate.
Abstract: A method of releasing the door lock of an automotive vehicle is disclosed, using as a prying tool a wedge of dense plastic material and an elongated rod-like probe with a short tip, at the end of the probe to be inserted, extending generally perpendicular to the length of the probe, and a handle at the other end of the probe to facilitate manipulation of the probe. By inserting the prying tool into the gap between a door and its door frame on the vehicle body, at a location opposite the door hinges, and using the tool to pry out a portion of the perimeter of the door sufficiently to achieve access to a resilient weatherstrip between the door and door frame, to release pressure locally on the weatherstrip sufficiently, it s possible to insert the probe past the weatherstrip, at the locality where pressure is released on the weatherstrip, into the interior of the vehicle without damaging the weatherstrip or the door or the door frame.
Abstract: An automobile body repair tool which includes aligned, spaced apart "U" shaped members having bight portions, a work engaging member spanning and attached to the spaced apart "U" shaped members so as to engage a panel member, or the like, of an automobile body having an open edge in said bight portions, and a force transmitting member spanning and attached to the "U" shaped members on the side opposite the work engaging member. When a lateral force is applied to the force transmitting member, an even, straightening force is applied along the face of the work engaging member to one side of the panel member in the bight portions.
June 6, 1985
Date of Patent:
April 29, 1986
Steck Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Claire F. Gaston, George L. Steck, Raymond E. Steck, Laurence D. Steck