Patents by Inventor Gary L. Dunkle

Gary L. Dunkle has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9688135
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a filler-neck closure adapted to mate with a filler neck to close a mouth opening into a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the filler neck. The filler-neck closure includes a vacuum-relief valve and a handle arranged to overlie the filler-neck closure and gripped by a user during removal of the fuel cap from the filler neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Stant USA Group
    Inventor: Gary L. Dunkle
  • Publication number: 20140326742
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a filler-neck closure adapted to mate with a filler neck to close a mouth opening into a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the filler neck. The filler-neck closure includes a vacuum-relief valve and a handle arranged to overlie the filler-neck closure and gripped by a user during removal of the fuel cap from the filler neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Gary L. Dunkle
  • Patent number: 8567628
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a filler-neck closure including a pressure-relief valve and a vacuum-relief valve and a handle arranged to overlie the filler-neck closure. The fuel cap also includes a torque-transmission ring arranged to lie between the handle and the filler-neck closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Louis T. Frank
  • Publication number: 20100089919
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a filler-neck closure including a pressure-relief valve and a vacuum-relief valve and a handle arranged to overlie the filler-neck closure. The fuel cap also includes a torque-transmission ring arranged to lie between the handle and the filler-neck closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: STANT MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Louis T. Frank
  • Publication number: 20100089306
    Abstract: A fuel gauge is adapted to extend into a fuel tank to enclose liquid fuel in the fuel tank and to sense the level of liquid fuel in the fuel tank. The fuel gauge includes a fuel-level indicator having a needle and a buoyant float exposed to the liquid fuel in the fuel tank. The needle moves in response to changes in the level of liquid fuel in the fuel tank sensed by the buoyant float.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: STANT MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Louis T. Frank
  • Patent number: 7527044
    Abstract: A power source is provided for a machine. The power source includes an engine and an engine fuel system of the type that generates fuel vapor containing hydrocarbon material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Dunkle, Josh J. Mullins, Louis T. Frank
  • Patent number: 7163117
    Abstract: A fuel cap is provided for use in a filler neck of a tank of a vehicle having body portions which are conductive. The fuel cap includes a housing sized to fit into the filler neck and a cover coupled to an upper end of the housing. The cover is made of a non-conductive resin and an electrically conductive coating covering at least a portion of the non-conductive resin. The coating has a thickness of between approximately 0.1 and 0.6 mil. The fuel cap further includes a conductive discharge member having a first end engaged with the electrically conductive coating of the cover and a second end adapted to be coupled to one of the filler neck and the body of the vehicle to dissipate static charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Griffin, Gary L. Dunkle, Wallace D. Tallent
  • Patent number: 7131469
    Abstract: A filler neck closure includes a closure base, a handle, and an apparatus mount. The closure base is adapted to mate with a fuel tank filler neck to close an opening into a fuel-conducting passageway formed in the fuel tank filler neck. In certain embodiments, a fuel treatment apparatus and/or vent apparatus is coupled to the apparatus mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Gary L. Dunkle
  • Publication number: 20040000554
    Abstract: A fuel cap is provided for use in a filler neck of a tank of a vehicle having body portions which are conductive. The fuel cap includes a housing sized to fit into the filler neck and a cover coupled to an upper end of the housing. The cover is made of a non-conductive resin and an electrically conductive coating covering at least a portion of the non-conductive resin. The coating has a thickness of between approximately 0.1 and 0.6 mil. The fuel cap further includes a conductive discharge member having a first end engaged with the electrically conductive coating of the cover and a second end adapted to be coupled to one of the filler neck and the body of the vehicle to dissipate static charge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffery Griffin, Gary L. Dunkle, Wallace D. Tallent
  • Patent number: 5549317
    Abstract: A foldable hand truck apparatus having 1) a main support frame assembly; 2) a support wheel assembly connected to the main support frame assembly which resembles a conventional hand truck structure; 3) an extendable handle assembly having a handle support tube which is anchored to the main support frame assembly; and 4) a dual foldable load assembly pivotally connected to the main support frame assembly. The extendable handle assembly includes a handle member telescopingly mounted within the handle support tube and movable from a compact storage position laterally of the handle support tube to a locked usage position. The dual foldable load assembly includes a luggage or large article support frame and a load support plate, both pivotally connected to a lower portion of the main support frame assembly. The load support plate is first pivotal to a position 90 degrees perpendicular to the main support frame assembly for carrying smaller loads thereon or gripping an edge portion of an article to be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Harper Truck, Inc
    Inventor: Gary L. Dunkle
  • Patent number: 5253881
    Abstract: A hand truck stair crawler assembly having a new and novel stair engaging crawler assembly mounted on a conventional hand truck assembly. The stair engaging crawler assembly includes a pair of spaced, cooperating stair crawler assemblies secured to the hand truck assembly, each having a main roller support assembly with a main roller assembly connected thereto. The main roller support assembly includes a pair of spaced bearing retainer plates secured by a plate connector assembly to the hand truck assembly. The main roller assembly includes a plurality of spaced roller bearings mounted within the bearing retainer plates and having an endless belt member mounted thereon for engagement with stairs for traversing thereof. The roller bearing member is of a special design having a central body portion with outer end belt retaining sections to support the endless belt member having contact and support entirely on a plurality of cooperating roller bearing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Harper Trucks, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Dunkle
  • Patent number: D354601
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Harper Trucks, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Dunkle