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Adjustable automotive gauge mounting cup with interchangeable pedestals

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Mike Durnen

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

An adjustable gauge mounting cup with interchangeable mounting pedestals that provide a maximum number of mounting locations within a vehicle. The gauge mounting cup allows the operator to easily adjust the viewing angle of the gauge after the cup is mounted in the vehicle. The cup can also have replaceable mounts that have various types of mounting footprints and sizes. The gauge mounting cup mounts on a ball and socket or other adjustable mounting means. This allows the cup to be swiveled on three axes after the base pedestal is mounted and also allows the cup to be moved forward and backward on the pedistal mount.

Description

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows an exploded perspective view of the embodiment from FIG.

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FIG.

3. shows a section of an embodiment with a ball mounting.

FIG. 4 shows an A pillar mounted embodiment of the invention in a back/side view.

FIG. 5 shows a section of a screw mounted embodiment.

FIG. 6A shows a cross section of a ball mount.

FIG. 6B shows an end view of the ball mount of FIG.

6A.

FIG. 6C shows a front view of a modified ball mount.

FIG. 6D shows an offset angled ball mount.

FIG. 6E shows variation of a ball mount.

FIG. 7 shows an A pillar ball mount.

FIG. 8 shows an A pillar screw-on mount.

FIG. 9 shows an A pillar mounting bracket that can be used with the embodiment of FIG.

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Claims

1. A gauge mounting cup of the type used on high performance vehicles comprising:

2. The gauge mounting cup of claim 1 wherein said base pedestal has a footprint smaller than 2 inches for mounting in tight spaces.

3. The gauge mounting cup of claim 1 wherein said ball part of said ball and socket pedestal is separable from said socket part.

4. The gauge mounting cup of claim 1 wherein said semi-circular bracket is attached to said substantially cylindrical cup-shaped container with double-sided adhesive tape.

5. The gauge mounting cup of claim 1 wherein said substantially cylindrical cup-shaped container is plastic.

6. The gauge mounting cup of claim 1 wherein said substantially cylindrical cup-shaped container is aluminum.

7. The gauge mounting cup of claim 1 wherein said substantially cylindrical cup-shaped container is carbon composite.

8. A gauge mounting cup of the type used on high performance vehicles comprising:

9. The gauge mounting cup of claim 8 wherein said fastening means comprises at least one screw.

10. The gauge mounting cup of claim 8 wherein said fastening means comprises at least one bolt.

11. The gauge mounting cup of claim 8 wherein said fastening means comprises at least one sheet metal screw and at least one bolt.

12. The gauge mounting cup of claim 8 wherein said substantially cylindrical cup-shaped structure is plastic.

13. The gauge mounting cup of claim 8 wherein said substantially cylindrical cup-shaped structure is aluminum.

14. The gauge mounting cup of claim 8 wherein said substantially cylindrical cup-shaped structure is carbon composite.

15. An vehicle instrument mounting system for mounting cylindrical instrument gauges in vehicles comprising, in combination:

16. A system for mounting a 2{fraction (1/16)} gauge on a vehicle A pillar comprising a hollow cup-shaped container molded from plastic or stamped from aluminum, said cup-shaped container being of color selectable by a purchaser, said cup-shaped container attached to a gauge cup holder by doubled-sided adhesive tape or VELCRO, said adhesive tape or VELCRO allowing front-to-back adjustment of said mounting system, said gauge cup holder containing a lower partially-spherical socket, said socket mounting with a spherical ball attached to a round or rectangular flat base plate, said base plate being attached to said vehicle dashboard with a fastener means.

17. The system for mounting of claim 16 wherein said fastener means contains at least one sheet metal screw.

18. The system for mounting of claim 16 wherein said cup-shaped container is metal.

19. The system for mounting of claim 16 wherein said cup-shaped container is plastic.

20. The system for mounting of claim 18 wherein said cup-shaped container is aluminum.