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Oct, 4, 1938.
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J. B. GRIFFIN
21,131,874
RADIATOR PRQTECTOR
' Filed May 25, 1936
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J. B. GRIFFIN
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RADIATOR PROTECTOR
Filed-May 25, 1956‘
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‘ .'Patented Oct. 4, 1938
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RADIATOR rnorno'roa
> John B. Gri?in, Oakville, Conn.
Application May .25, 1936, ,‘Serial No. 81,560’
5 Claims. (01.‘ 257-132) '
Flg. 8 is a transverse section taken along line “
ZUI'hiS"iI1VBl'1tl0n relates-to a protector for.
8-8‘ of Fig. 5.
and,‘ more particularly,
automobile radiator,
a cover composed of a plurality of cooperating
:bailies 1 whereby the ‘ ext entof
'
,Referring‘ to the drawings with reference to
the vembodiment of my invention disclosed in
Figs. 1 and 2, I have provided a ba?‘le member, 45
air flow through
‘5 "said: radiator‘ may be tarded to a desired ex
tentito‘ maintain a suitable motor-operating tem
generallyindicated at Ill, which, in the present '
instance, includes a ?exible strip ll having a
locating hookfl2 secured to itslowerend as by
IiaéI‘Ieretofore, various- devices have been em
ployed-for co vering and protecting th
an eyeletlt or othersuitable means.
‘£10 an automobil e radiatoriso that-the cooling air
?ow therethrough could3be limited during cold
weather. ‘a These“ various devices have usually ' tained therein.
composed a~blanket-like memb er adapted to be
removably isecured to the grill in‘iront of axradi
‘l8 having a, suitable handle l9 formed thereon.
15
The baffle members-l0 are adapted to be de
tachably and resiliently‘secured .to the grill 2,!)
of an automobile radiator, generally indicated
tectorsE are -: incon-ve
ply; (and no not ‘usual1y baiile the required amount
‘of ‘airadiator tor regulate a‘desired air flow theree
Furthermore,
at 2i .
ers " have‘) refrained ‘ fr om using these prior types
nsi-ghtly- appearance. ,
tecting frontportion of radiator 2| list-Provided
with a plurality of spaced vertically extending
bars 23 braced-by crosslmemberswlll and 25.
‘oil covers (due to‘ ‘their -u
1 F113‘: is therefore the :aim‘ of . the present- inven
:applied‘and removed from
.253 :beriq'ui'ckly and easilyf an automobile radiator and
Hooks
andl2engaged
may be ‘under
locatedbar
between
>25 as‘adjacent
shown, bars
and ‘
' '23
the-front portion vo
which-visiadjustable :to
such extent as to be high
"ly ieffe'ctive's in :op‘eration‘and-Which will also en
han‘ce ‘the appearance <0fl'the front portion of an
automobile.’
In accordance with the general-construc
tion of many of’ the present day vehicle radiators, go
the grill miwhich forms ‘a decorative andypro
manyq-automobile- drive
tion torprovi'de a'simple baf?e device which may
The upper end of spring-I6 ter
minates in'a loop l'i pivotally‘engaged by a_hook
ator “and having‘ a closedi and partly open posi
tlon. iizHowever; these‘ :prior types of radiator pro
e, dif?cult toap
29
The up
periend of strip ll is aperturedsto receive are- 3119
inforcing eyelet M whereby. the‘ lower hooked '
end i 5 of a coiled ‘springlt. may be pivotally re
‘
V vitai-s :a‘ further iobl‘ectio f my invention to pro
to be resiliently
.vide a'pluralityeof baf? de-indapted
cooperative covering
hooks it may be simllarly'engaged over .-bar‘,24.
It'wil-l be appreciated, of coursewthat the length
of :strips -H is so chosen that springs 16 are in
‘resiliently stretched positions‘ when the hooks .30'
‘engage the respective bars 24 and 25, thereby
maintaining bafflestrips l-i against the front, of
gr-ilmll. In theievent that the-cross bars ,Zdand
25 are ‘not conveniently located: for application
of my ba?le ‘members ii], it is to be ‘understood ,35
that any=suitable type of cross barmay easily
and‘ removablyv :secure
engagement :over a front p0 rtion'of an automobile
‘ radiator vtor'regulatethe-air ?ow through ‘said ra
' be rem'ovably clamped either in ‘front or behind
'diator to- any ,idesi'red
’ ~Qther-objects ' will-1b e‘ apparent from the en
the vertical‘bars 23 so that \memberslll? may be
suing rd-isclosure of: :my invention. in I, have in
Referring to the {draw
zd-i'cated ilrkewparts
-like ~numer als:
members W may be located in overlapping rela
‘:pli'ed :in-cooperative A an d ‘in ‘individual relation to
the I trontportion ‘of anva tomobile radiator ‘grill
tion- to ‘completely ba?le an entire section of a
‘radiator or in individual spaced relation to reg
ulate the flow of air therethrough. Hence, by
to control ‘the ‘flow of air th
engaging the respective ‘hooks ‘I2 and.|8 with A5
rE'igune lw'ShOWS' a» :p lurality of my devices ap
~ iFig; 21is a perspec tive view‘ of my
»r' Fig: 3 shows a:
lev-ation of a slightly dif
:ferentfembodiment,ofanmyinvention;
view of the parts
~ Rig. 1'4 / shows a pl
illus
ltratedoin Fig. 3;
5 shows a ,different embodimentlof my in
on wherein ‘a t-ba?ie- includes a ‘shutter por
Ftion “herein sill'ustrated ,in closed-position;
a1» .section taken sub
l- Rig. ‘6 shows a-‘longitudin
.salong line-6+6 .of
> 5;
!7 shows. }the shutter; in; open position;
removably located in desired positions.
' As shown ‘in Fig. 1, it will'be appreciated that go
crossmembers 24 and 25, one or more baffles
may be quicklyand ‘easily located in desired po
sitions. 1' preferably provide the hooks l2 and
i8 and spring it, as well aseyelets l3 and M,
with the same ?nish as produced on the radiator ,50
grill ,2!) so that said members will not be par
ticularly noticeable, but will tend to enhance the
.appearanceof the front of a‘ vehicle whenmount~
ed imposition. The vstrip ‘.ll maybe made of
anytsuitable ?exible ~material,and Iv preferably :55
2
,
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compose said strip of a transparent material such
as Celluloid or Cellophane and round the ends
thereof to prevent tendency of tearing and to also
provide a neat appearance. Hence, it will be
apparent'that when strips II are composed of a
transparent material, my radiator cover will not
noticeably change the general appearance of the
front of a motor car.
.
In Figs. 3 and 4, I have shown a slightly dif
10 ferent embodiment of my invention wherein the
upper end of strip H has a hook 21 resiliently
secured thereto by an intervening strip of suit
able resilient material, suchas a ?at strip of elas
tic webbing 28, which will normally lie under
15 resilient tension when hook 2‘! is in operative
engagement with rod 24. It will be appreciated,
of course, that this modi?ed constructionmay be
employed in the same manner as heretofore
disclosed with relation to the embodiment shown
20 in Figs. 1 and 2.
'
In Figs. 5 to 8, I have illustrated another em
bodiment of my invention wherein one or more
of the ba?ies may include a shutter portion
adapted to regulate the flow of air through a
25 series of spaced apertures so that a very exact
adjustment of ba?ling may be provided. As
therein shown, I provide a bailie strip 30 corre
sponding in general outer contour to my strip H
and arranged to be resiliently but removably
30 secured to the radiator grill in any desired posi
tionand in the manner previously described.
Strip 30 is provided with a series of spaced
aligned apertures 3! illustrated herein as sub
stantially rectangular in form and de?ned by
35 the respectively spaced longitudinal edges 32
and transverse edges 33. It will be‘ evident, how
ever, that these apertures may be of any suitable
size and contour. In forming these apertures in
strip 30, the transverse edges 33 extend a ‘short
distance beyond the longitudinal edges 32, thus
providing opposed slotted portions 34 at the top
and bottom of each aperture and extending lat
erally therefrom to form spaced longitudinally
extending guiding lips 35 at each side of aper
45 tures 3|.
A shutter member 36 extends longitudinally of
strip 30 and is provided with a series of spaced
apertures 31 of similar contour and in similar
spaced relation to apertures 3| so that member
50 36 may be slidably and adjustably positioned
relative to strip 30 and regulate the opening of
the apertures to any desired extent. Figs. 5 and
'7 respectively illustrate the shutter in closed
and open positions. Shutter 36 passes through
55 slots 34 and frictionally engages lips 35 spring
ing the lips out of the plane of strip‘ 36 so that
the shutter will be free for slidable adjustment.
To suitably secure the bottom of shutter 36 in
engagement with strip 30, I further provide a
60 transversely extending spaced slot 38 of slightly
greater extent than the width of member 36 so
that the shutter may slidably pass therethrough.
The bottom of the shutter may be provided
with an eyelet 39, or other suitable member, serv
65 ing as a handle and normally preventing the
shutter from being pulled out of registering en
gagement with slot 38. The top of strip 36 ad
jacent the movable end of shutter 36 is provided
with a longitudinally extending slot 46. A tubu
70 lar rivet or eyelet 4| forming an operating
handle has a shank portion 42 received within
an aperture 43 in the top of shutter 36 and slid
ably mounted in slot 40. The shank terminates
at both ends in ?anged heads respectively and
75 frictionally'engaging members 30 and 36 to aid
in securing the shutter member in adjusted
position. It will thus be evident that a down
ward pull on eyelet 39 longitudinally of strip 30
will serve to open apertures 3|, and an upward
pull on eyelet 4| will serve to close the shutter
to the desired extent. The slot 40 limits the
maximum movement of the shutter in open and
closed positions, and the frictional engagement
of the parts maintains the shutter in any read
justed position. Hence, the shutter may be eas 10
ily and quickly adjusted when the ba?ie is located
on a radiator grill. My ba?ie and shutter may
be composed of any suitable ?exible material and
preferably are made from a slightly rigid trans
parent material such as Celluloid or Cellophane. 15
As many changes could be made in the above
construction and many apparently widely differ
ent embodiments of this invention could be made
without departing from the scope thereof, it is
intended that all matter contained in the above 20
description or shown in the accompanying draw
ings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not
in a limiting sense.
It is also to be understood that the language
used in the following claims is intended to cover 25
all of the generic and speci?c features of the in
vention herein described and all statements of
the scope of the invention which, as a matter
of language, might be said to fall therebetween.
I claim as my invention:
1. A protective cover for an automobile rad
30
iator comprising an elongated ?exible strip, a
fastening device secured to one end of said strip,
a resilient member secured at one end to the op
posite end of said strip and at its other end to a 35
second fastening device, said fastening devices
being adapted to selectively and removably en
gage the front Dortion of an automobile radia-'
tor whereby the ?exible strip may be located in
a-desired position.
2. A protective cover for an automobile radia
tor comprising an elongated ?exible strip, a hook
secured to the lower end of said strip, an elon
gated resilient member secured at its lower end
to the upper end of said strip, and a second hook
45
secured to the upper end of the resilient mem-'
her, said hooks being adapted to selectively en
gage various portions of an automobile radiator
and maintain the ?exible strip in desired position
under in?uence of the resilient member.
3. A protective cover for an automobile radia
50
tor comprising a plurality of transparent ?exible
strips in adjacent. cooperative relation, a hook
secured to the lower end of each strip and adapt
ed to removably interlock with the lower front 55
portion of the radiator, an eyelet at the upper
end of each'strinna plurality of elongated resil
ient members, each being respectively secured at
one end to an eyelet, and a hook secured to the
upper end of each of said resilient members and 60
adapted to tension said members and interlock
with an upper radiator portion whereby the
strips may be positioned as desired to regulate
the air ?ow through a radiator as desired.
4. In a radiator cover, an elongated transpar
ent ?exible strip having a plurality of substan
tially rectangular spaced apertures therethrough
and longitudinally thereof, the top of each aper
ture terminating in a transverse slot, an elon
gated ?exible ‘transparent slide member passing
through said slots for slidable movement relative
to the ?exible strip and having apertures similar
in position and shape to said ?rst mentioned
apertures, and means limiting the extent of slid
able movement of the slide member whereby
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said sets of apertures may be located in desired
registering positions to control the effective air
?ow through theapertures in the flexible strip.
. 3
being provided with a series of spaced apertures
therethrough, and a shutter member ‘slidably
supported by said strip for movement in align
ment therewith and having spaced apertures
5. Ina radiator cover, an elongated ?exible
strip, a fastening device secured to one end of » therethrough arranged to be moved into and out 5
the strip, a resilient member secured at one end of alignment with said other apertures whereby
to the opposite end of the strip and at its other
end to a second fastening device, said fastening
devices being selectively engageable with the
10 front portion of an automobile radiator, the strip
the effective size of the apertures through the
strip may be controlled to regulate the air ?ow
to the radiator.
JOHN B. GRIFFIN.
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